[TV] The Original, and Better “Dexter” Series Finale!!!


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…

  • weresmurf

    In my personal opinion, Dexter peaked with season 4 and never recovered. How can you top Lithgow? You simply cannot. This ending sounds far better than the shit we had thrown on us and I agree, Season 8 was a vile waste of time. None of it was worth watching, it was completely useless. The whole thing could’ve been a single episode. Deb gets shot in the line of duty, Dex finds her in the hospital and takes her out to sea to ‘dispose of her’ like all his other victims. No Vogel, no shitty brain surgeon, no shitty Masukas daughter, no shitty anything else from 8…

  • Guilli Munster

    yeah, that season finale left me staring past the tv screen, thinking: “so, that’s it. never getting that time back.”

  • dtm07

    We get it, you guys don’t like Dexter. Every article about the show screams “We don’t like popular shows! My opinion is different!”

    And that ending with him waiting to be executed is stupid and cheap and predictable. Who wants an ending that you can see a mile away. It wasn’t the greatest finale ever, and it was one of the overall weaker seasons of the show, but at least they did something different and pushed Dexter into an interesting direction.

    And who takes the promo images of shows at face value? American Horror Stories promos make no sense and have no connection to the plot, they’re just interesting

    • Danz

      I also believe that the whole poster and promo image from the season meant that Dexter was tied by his own life style, it was never a literal thing…

  • Danz

    I have seen a lot of hate towards the ending and I disagree with all of that hate. First of all, this was the end I was picturing for the show since episode 10’s killing room sequence, that made clear to me that Dexter was not meant to be happy and have a normal life, no matter what he was thinking, he was going to be the killer he always was, being a matter of time that he would realize that, later in the same episode with Vogel’s death and finally with Debra’s death. With that in mind, the possible ending for Dexter was that one, where he would fake his own death, he actually dying in the hands of someone or he being arrested. Despite of being a weak season overall, quite shallow on some of the matters, I do think they’ve presented and tied everything together so that end chosen could be possible. The love of Hannah for Harrison and his love for her, the life of each character getting some kind of closure. So I do think everything was meant to be the way it was and I really liked it. This alternative ending described here would be far less intriguing and interesting, as if everything from the whole series was just a memory and that would be really absurd since we get to see a lot of things about other characters without any relation with Dexter and it would have to change not only the whole season but a lot more since there’s no way to make him guilty as the bay harbor butcher unless he admited that.
    And there’s also the fact that no one likes anything and I’m yet to see a tv show end that actually pleased most of the viewers.

    • Infectedbydevils

      100% agree. The hate for this episode is completely unwarranted.

  • oneofthosedeadfckers

    RIP Dexter – That was the worst finale I’ve ever seen. The writing was such bullshit. Hurr my sister is dead, better fake my own death, abandon the woman I love and my young son even though I SPENT THE WHOLE FUCKING SEASON LEADING UP TO LEAVING WITH THEM. They should’ve either gone with the happy ending or the ending Clyde Phillips wanted. It went out with a whimper when it should’ve gone out with a bang.

  • joe666

    A better ending would have been “ironically” Debra ending up on the execution chair for the murder of Laguerta and Dexter getting away but filled with guilt for the rest of his life. The last scene would have been her execution while he is watching.

  • djblack1313

    this season was really bad and insulting to anyone’s intelligence. that being said i actually didn’t hate the finale. it wasn’t a good finale per se but i didn’t hate it. i DO hate the ending lumberjack scene. Dex putting Deb’s body in the ocean makes NO sense. THAT’S WHERE HE PUT THE PEDOPHILES, MURDERERS,…HIS SCUMMY VICTIMS!!!! symbolically (and physically) putting Deb with them was an insult. Deb deserved better.

    it should have ended with (IF he had to do this) Deb’s body in the ocean and Dexter dying in the storm. they should have been reunited in death.

    • HorrorJunki

      It is odd about Deb..but.. I think Deb was guilty..she killed an innocent..she killed for DeXTeR and symbolically..if you think about it..DeXTeR KILLD HeR!! Deb killed an innocent.. Dexter might as well of killed her outright on the table..but.. I agree. that sequence like?? wTF?also…hannahs hair?? no disguise? IT HAD ITS +’S BUT ALOT OF -‘S TOO!

  • coldblood

    I always wanted to nail Dexter’s wife Rita.

    • HorrorJunki

      lol..just glad you did not say..in a tub of bloody liquid!

  • huntermc

    Yeah, Dexter just suddenly abandoning Hannah and Harrison makes absolutely no sense and is completely out of character. And the “I’m a lumberjack and I’m okay” ending didn’t seem like a final resolution, it just seemed like the lead-in to the next season.

    Actually, maybe they should have done something like that after Rita’s death. Dexter leaves Harrison with Deb because he knows that his dark passenger will eventually lead to Harrison’s death as well. Then he skips town to assume a new identity as he stalks his prey. As a plot device, rather than being tied down in Miami, he could show up anywhere and assume a new identity while he gets close to his next victim for the next story arc. That way they could keep things fresh with new characters, rather than find some stupid bullshit to keep Batista, Matsuka, and the rest occupied each season.


    Worst season, I have so many issues with it I wont bother listing them all!