Dexter: New blood‘s last episode is out now and puts a definite end to it Michael C. Hall‘s beloved serial killer journey. The original Dexter series had an uneven ride that led to a final no one was happy with. However, the revival brought Dexter Morgan back after eight years to give Bay Harbor Butcher the finish he really deserved – at least according to the series’ showrunner Clyde Phillips. New Blood reintroduces us to the titular serial killer 10 years after the events of the original serial finale, now living in upstate New York under an alias and apparently giving up his Dark Passenger forever.
But what exactly is happening in Dexter: New blood final series? And how does everything end? We’ll share it for you right here.
Do not get caught
Dexter: New blood opens up with Dexter Morgan (Hall) living a quiet life in the small, snow-covered city of Iron Lake, New York under the alias Jim Lindsay. Away from the hustle and bustle of the big city, Dexter has spent the last decade holding back his Dark Passenger – that is, until the irresponsible playboy Matt Caldwell (Steve M. Robertson) kills a sacred white deer out in the woods close to territory claimed by Iron Lakes’ native population, causing Dexter to strike out and eventually kill the young man. Unfortunately, Dexter’s impulsive murder puts him in the crosshairs of Matt’s father, Kurt (Clancy Brown), The unofficial mayor of Iron Lakes and, as it turns out, a prolific serial killer himself.
Kurt reveals the truth about his son’s death after finding titanium screws in Iron Lake’s waste treatment crematorium, where Dexter burned Matt’s body. The screws had been surgically inserted into Matt’s knee after a drunken boating accident, and since titanium does not melt, they were the only evidence left by Bay Harbor Butcher. Instead of bringing the evidence to the police, Kurt decides to take matters into his own hands, leading to a cat-and-mouse game that ends in Kurt’s ultimate death.
However, Kurt takes several steps to torment Dexter’s life from the other side of the grave and sends Matt’s titanium screws to Iron Lakes Police Chief Angela Bishop (Julia Jones), Dexter’s girlfriend. After previously learning Dexter’s real name and revealing his past as a forensic specialist for the Miami Metro Homicide, Angela is already in the process of investigating her boyfriend. Kurt’s posthumous gift is thus the last piece of the puzzle Angela needs to reveal Dexter’s true nature. IN Dexter: New bloodIn her finale, Angela Dexter is arrested for the murder of Matt Caldwell. With Dexter behind bars, Angela Miami Metro contact Sergeant Angel Batista (David zayas) to inform him that his old colleague is actually alive and well. Together, the two officers decide to reopen the Bay Harbor Butcher case. Dexter knows there is no way to stop Angela from learning the truth behind bars. Nevertheless, since his adoptive father Harry’s first rule (James Remar)’s code is “do not get caught,” Dexter takes extreme precautions to escape.
First, Dexter reveals the truth about Kurt’s serial murder – and the place where his body is buried – to send Angela away from the police station. So, once he’s alone with Sergeant Logan (Alano Miller), Dexter cheats the lawman and eventually kills him just to grab the cell keys. There is no reason for Logan’s death other than that Dexter’s survival instincts strike, as the sergeant is undoubtedly a good person. Also considering how the killer also tried to grab a knife to prevent Angela from arresting him, Dexter: New blood‘s finale finds the perfect way to show the public, once and for all, that Dexter is a monster. Although the Bay Harbor butcher fights monsters who are uglier than himself, all questionable ethics in Dexter’s actions are thrown away when he gets into a corner. In the end, Dexter is a cold-blooded killer, like all of his victims, which means he deserves the same fate.
As a father, (not quite) as a son
While Kurt is on the trail of his son’s killer, Dexter has to deal with his own parental riddles when Harrison (Jack Alcott) comes to Iron Lake. Ten years after Dexter sent him away to live with Hannah (Yvonne Strahovski), Harrison traces his father and demands answers about his past. Throughout the season, Dexter: New blood playing with the idea Harrison has his own darkness, a killer instinct inherited from his father. Dexter is thrilled to have someone in his life with whom he can share his dark passages, and ends up revealing part of his true nature to Harrison. Dexter manipulates Harrison with lofty tales of justice and never admits that he enjoys torturing, killing and mutilating his victims.
Dazzled by his urge for human connection, Dexter takes Harrison to kill Kurt. While Harrison has his own problems and violent tendencies, the child is clearly disturbed by Dexter’s ritual. The young man can understand how it can be a good thing to rule out serial killers, but he is disgusted with all the blood and body parts, a clear sign that Harrison is not quite like his father.
Dexter: New blood leading Dexter and Harrison to a crucial confrontation alone in the woods. After escaping from prison, Dexter is ready to get out of Iron Lake with Harrison. First, the young man follows his father’s instructions. But when Harrison realizes that Dexter killed Logan just to get away, he can no longer ignore the truth. Harrison knows that Dexter deserves to pay for his crimes, and that his vigilant narrative is nothing but a cover to hide his sneaky nature. But more importantly, Harrison understands that his darkness is different from his father’s.
Harisson is angry all the time, which is understandable considering he saw his mother die at the hands of Trinity Killer (John Lithgow), only to have his father leave him later. When he had to fend for himself alone in the world after the death of his adoptive mother, Harrison was also exposed to bad people, who also taught him to be violent. So Harrison is undoubtedly a disturbed person – but he does not enjoy killing people, nor does he feel excited about chasing people. That means Harrison can hope to have a normal life if he does not have his father’s shadow to draw him into the darkness.
When Dexter realizes that his son will not run away from him, the killer decides that his safety is more important than parenthood and begins to go out alone. Harrison points a gun at his father and begs him to contact the police. Dexter first refuses, knowing he will face the death penalty if he goes to court in Florida. Harrison says Dexter might deserve it, given all the pain he caused. The killer is forced to confront all the innocent people who died as a result of his addiction, including Harrison’s mother Rita (Julie Benz) and Dexter’s sister Debra (Jennifer Carpenter).
Dexter realizes that he will never get rid of his Dark Passenger, and that as long as he is alive, Harisson can never become normal. For the first time in his life, Dexter puts another person above his safety and freedom and forces Harrison to shoot him. Harrison hits the trigger and knocks a monster down, just like his father has done hundreds of times before. However, the young man does not enjoy his actions, which makes him a different kind of person than Dexter.
Angela arrives on the scene, after witnessing the incident, giving Harrison a chance to escape and build a life for himself, wipe the gun clean and take responsibility for killing Dexter himself. As for Harrison, he was last seen driving away from Iron Lake with a smile on his face. There’s no doubt that Harrison will get scars from all the ugly things Dexter brought into his life. But without his father, he finally has a chance to become a better human being and control his violent urges.
As for Dexter, by sacrificing his life for his son’s freedom from the family inheritance, Dexter redeems himself with the first true act of love in his entire life. It is undoubtedly a tragic ending, but one that brings Bay Harbor Butcher to justice on his own terms. It’s been quite a trip, though Dexter is finally over. For real this time.
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