Some scars just don’t easily fade away. Despite Vogel’s attempts to convince Debra that she had made the right choice in shooting LaGuerta, in the end she found herself unable to live with the knowledge of what Dexter is capable of, just like Harry, and decided to do what her father couldn’t bring himself to. Meanwhile Dexter got closer to identifying the Brain surgeon and made an unexpected, ugly discovery.
Where were we again?
- Moving through the chapters of Dr. Vogel’s definitive guide to spotting psychopaths, “Crave to kill”, Dex came across a cannibalistic killer; not the real target, though.
- After a long hard struggle, Deb finally stepped out of the denial shell as she made a drunken judgment call and nearly confessed to shooting LaGuerta. Luckily for Dexter, Evelyn was there to step forward and help him take Debra under their care, right under Quinn’s nose.
- All this, along with Evelyn questioning the genuineness of his feelings for his sister made Dexter realize that he alone is responsible for the pain Debra is going through.
LONG MAY THEY HAUNT US
Rebirth in blood…that seems to be the inevitable turning point in the lives of Dexter’s loved ones, just as it was for himself. Rita didn’t live to see the true face of her husband and Harrison was too young to be fully affected by the calamity of that blinding red moment, but Harry and Debra surely did suffer for Dex’s decisions and their own actions to preserve his secret. Apparently, Harry found suicide to be the only solution to cope with the burden of creating a monster in his son, but Deb took it one step further and decided to drown herself along with Dexter.
We find out that Vogel has been working on Deb for a while. She brings her back to the trailer so Deb could break free of her of denial, stop being overwhelmed by her guilt, bring herself to accept the nature of Dexter and embrace her own dignity, which makes you wonder how things would have turned out if Vogel had treated Dex the same way by making him face his fears. It’s interesting how ever since that fateful night we’ve seen signs of Deb inheriting Dex’s frustration; first with El Sapo and this time her imagining shooting Dexter instead of LaGuerta and finally driving him into the lake.
But was saving Dexter’s life, as Vogel suggests Deb should be proud of, the better option or the only one? If Deb had killed Dexter, she would have had to answer for her complicity and be haunted by the memories of her brother. And now, she has to live with the blood on her hands. But in the end, it seems Vogel was right after all, and Deb will choose Dexter again, as we see her jump right in to save Dexter from drowning. Still, it’s a bit convenient how both Dexter and Deb have left themselves in the hands of a complete stranger, even considering how close Evelyn and Harry might have been.
From another point of view, it’s tragic how Deb finds no other choice than to erase Dexter, the same brother who would look after her and keep her from drowning when she was little. Curiously enough, unlike how she handled El Sapo, this time she actually refused to drink alcohol, and made a conscious decision. Now upon learning the truth after regaining consciousness, Dexter will surely be heartbroken (Yes, Evelyn…we get it, he’s got no conscience, but still!); after all, to his defense, Dex resisted the ITK and saved Deb back in Season 1, and just recently chose her over Hannah. All in all, Deb’s storyline marks a great development for both herself and Dexter, character-wise. It’s great that this season is focusing on Deb’s struggle with her new life, even though at times the approach may feel a touch convenient.
We’ve discussed how Vogel could be using both the empathetic and psychopathic sides of Dexter to her own advantage. It appears that she’s using the same method on Deb, only this time with moral dilemmas. To Vogel, it’s all an experimental environment: Dex is required to maintain balance in nature, LaGuerta was an obstacle or rather an imbalance therefore had to be taken care of, and even though Debra is a good person who was forced to do a terrible thing, in the end she was simply fulfilling her supportive role. “You can walk out that door…the choice is yours.” – There’s something manipulative about that remark, because Debra obviously didn’t choose her brother to be a serial killer. This type of self-acceptance might as well be thickening the veil of denial. But in Vogel’s book, everyone should be contributing to the system. The Deb we see in the final moments had finally found a purpose…she was determined.
By driving Dexter into the lake Deb finally hits the rock bottom Evelyn was referring to. Throughout the episode it seems she’s fully aware of the process Deb is going through. She shows her Harry’s tapes, tells her she sees “a lot of her father” in her and later indirectly lets her watch the rest of the footage along with the other discs on her laptop. So Deb sympathizes with Harry, not surprisingly, finally accepts responsibility for her actions and decides to remove the root of her misery; all the while, Vogel’s words keep ringing in Deb’s head: “In your heart you know, you’ll always choose Dexter”. On the other hand, Vogel tries to convince Deb that she did the right thing by protecting Dexter in the container, just as Harry did by giving him the code. So is this duality what ultimately urges Deb to save her brother? Meanwhile we see Vogel preparing Dexter for the worst case scenario; that Deb may never be able to have him back in her life. Is it safe to assume that Evelyn has been orchestrating the whole thing, in a way systematically isolating subject 0, as Dex comes to realize, to modify his emotional boundaries?
Next: Rewiring the Brain..