Dexter: Season 7, Episode 10

The Dark... Whatever (2 Dec. 2012)

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There is another victim of the phantom arsonist, the fifth in two weeks. Dexter thinks has a pretty good idea who is behind it. He is frustrated because he promised Deb not to interfere in ... See full summary »

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There is another victim of the phantom arsonist, the fifth in two weeks. Dexter thinks has a pretty good idea who is behind it. He is frustrated because he promised Deb not to interfere in police cases. He tries to explain his dark passenger to Hannah but they're interrupted by a man peeking through the window - who turns out to be Hannah's father who has just been released from prison. He wasn't a very good father - he once left her alone in a motel room for three days while he went off to play poker. He seems to have reformed but after she refuses him a loan he turns particularly nasty. Dexter knows how to make things right. Captain LaGuerta tells her old boss, Tom Matthews, that she suspects Dexter is the Bay Harbor Butcher. When he tells her the Ice Truck Killer was Dexter's brother, she knows she's right, even though Matthews disagrees. Quinn goes after Nadia's boss, George Novikov, when he decides to send her out of State to work in another club. Written by garykmcd

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After Hannah has a rough patch with her father, Dexter and Hannah are having breakfast the next morning. Dexter says "I should get to work" and picks up a piece of fruit with his left hand, but when the camera turns to Hannah it shows Dexter with his left hand in his pants pocket. See more »

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Dexter Morgan: So, he still talks to you. This Bobby... the one who tells you to set these fires?
Joseph Jansen: No. That would make me crazy. AND I NOT FUCKING CRAZY! But I only hurt people because of Bobby.
Dexter Morgan: No. You're the one who's setting those fires. You're the one whose burning people alive. You can't blame on something that happening to you when you are a kid. You're not a kid anymore. It's time for you to take responsability...
[Dexter thinks for a second]
Dexter Morgan: Fuck!
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"The Dark... Whatever"
9 December 2012 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

I remember reviewing last episode, "Helter Skelter" and said I could be considered worried. Ray Stevenson has portrayed an exceptional villain this year and after he and his story-line were killed off, I wasn't sure about the final act of the season. Would the story be as compelling as it was before without its dangerous, yet appealing gangster?

I am happy to report that the answer is 'yes'. The pacing is slower and there is less sense of danger without Isaak. However, this episode benefits from its slower pacing by exploring the phenomenon of the Dark Passenger and turning this concept completely upside down. I think it's a brilliant move on behalf of the writers to explore and eventually get rid of the Dark Passenger. Its timing is perfect, making the episode compelling even without Isaak. Dexter acknowledging responsibility for all that he has done and leaving the Phantom Arsonist for the police, while killing a man who doesn't fit his moral code is one of the most interesting developments of the Dexter character in the past few years. Note here the scene in which Dexter discusses his Passenger with his foster father, while other daddy issues arise in the form of Hannah's father (awesomely portrayed by Jim Beaver). Great timing, which gives the episode more thematic unity. I also dug the scene in which Hannah broke down after her father drove his car into her greenhouse. A plus for Yvonne Strahovski's portrayal of Hannah McKay here.

In the meanwhile, the Bay Harbor Butcher investigation continues as LaGuerta has a helping hand in the form of Matthews. By this the episode really well sets up the endgame of the season as LaGuerta openly suspects Dexter and Matthews is going to have a talk with him. The episode ends with Debra continuing her persistent investigation to get Hannah behind bars -- potentially setting up a huge conflict between Dexter and Debra.

I did not really like how the Quinn story line was handled. I liked the idea of him shooting George and then making Nadia shoot hims to make it look like self defense, but the execution of the scene was plain unbelievable and silly.

For the rest, another great episode. It seems like LaGuerta and Matthews are closing in on Dexter, while Debra is closing in on Debra. Dexter will be cornered and that is exactly when the show is at its most intriguing.

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