Seconds after sharing my displeasure for Showtime’s “Dexter” finale, E! posted an awesome interview with Clyde Phillips, the series’ original showrunner, who reveals how he would have ended the show – and it’s awesome!
“I haven’t shared this with anyone,” Philips told the site. “And I can tell you that this is what I personally would have done should I have stayed with the show. I chose not to stay with the show, and so everybody did what they did, and I had no problem with that…and I think they did a good job with the final episode. But here is what I personally would have pitched.“
“In the very last scene of the series,” Philips explained, “Dexter wakes up. And everybody is going to think, ‘Oh, it was a dream.’ And then the camera pulls back and back and back and then we realize, ‘No, it’s not a dream.’ Dexter’s opening his eyes and he’s on the execution table at the Florida Penitentiary. They’re just starting to administer the drugs and he looks out through the window to the observation gallery.
“And in the gallery are all the people that Dexter killed—including the Trinity Killer and the Ice Truck Killer (his brother Rudy), LaGuerta who he was responsible killing, Doakes who he’s arguably responsible for, Rita, who he’s arguably responsible for, Lila. All the big deaths, and also whoever the weekly episodic kills were. They are all there.
“That’s what I envisioned for the ending of Dexter,” he concludes. “That everything we’ve seen over the past eight seasons has happened in the several seconds from the time they start Dexter’s execution to the time they finish the execution and he dies. Literally, his life flashed before his eyes as he was about to die. I think it would have been a great, epic, very satisfying conclusion.”
What’s even more interesting is that Showtime literally teased this idea in their “gallery” art prior to the eighth season’s premiere (see above). Was this the original plan? Whatever the case, the new showrunner and writing staff butchered the series, bloating it with exposition, adding ridiculous story arcs (like Masuka’s daughter), and even found a way to wuss out with their last shot. I’ve always been a fan of the series, even through the first half of season 8, but by the end I wanted to drive my boat through a storm to wash away the bad memories…