Dexter came to a close two months ago, leaving fans of the show…perplexed with an ending that they never saw coming. Some loved it, some hated it, some grew to love it and the opposite. One thing’s for certain: it was an ending that no one is on the fence about.
As Lady Sovereign once put it,
“Love me or hate me, stillll an obsession.”
Since it’s true that I can’t get Dexter off of my mind, I’ll be listing my least favourite season to my favourite.
Warning: there WILL be spoilers.
8. Season 8
Yes, it’s true. I’m one of the people who really disliked the ending. At first I casted some symbolism onto the ending that made sense, and then I realized, “…No, there’s no symbolism. This ending just really SUCKS.”
My biggest qualm with it is not even the ending. It’s the whole freaking season! It was messy.
Why? Think: Chekhov’s gun, people.
And now think of the arc with Masuka’s daughter or the arc with the PI having silly little crush on Deb. And now rethink: CHEKHOV’S GUN.
And Hannah was the biggest sore of it all. Hated her character last season, hated her this one. But this time around, the writers used cheap tricks to try to get the viewer on her side. Not. Happening.
The lines in this show started getting unbearably soap-opera-y. Like when Hannah said something along the lines of, “I found more blood on my dress. I didn’t want to wash it off…………..it reminded me of you” honestly who writes this stuff.
7. Season 6.
What makes this season so high up on the dislike-list is that I can hardly remember it. So we have the Doomsday killer, and boy is he boring. There was almost no depth added to his character. Having only watched the season a few months ago, I can honestly say I only remember the last episode.
Because the last episode had the only actual GOOD part of the season. And it lasted perhaps 37 seconds.
Don’t get me wrong, this season wasn’t retched. It wasn’t hard to burn through. But it pales in comparison to some of the earlier stabs at a season.
While I went through my crazy watch-a-season-of-Dexter a day thing (ahem), this is the season that killed the pattern. That’s saying something! I had NOTHING else to do yet I’d rather do something else.
Also…too much religion talk. I try to escape people’s beliefs whenever I can.
6. Season 3.
This season did something that I wanted to see be done for the first two seasons. But, unfortunately for me, it did it with the wrong character. Miguel. Miguel, Miguel, Miguel… he was the weak point of the season, and he was SO dire to the season. Urgh!
What’s worse, is that the serial killer, The Skinner was another empty serial killer to me. What were his motives again? I don’t remember at all.
And the final episode was anti-climactic as ever. It’s almost like, why didn’t you just do this sooner? That was too easy.
This season wasn’t awful. It still kept me on my toes and got me excited. But in comparison to some of the other seasons, it was WEAK. The first season that the show really started slipping!
5. Season 5
This season seems to get a lot of hate, and I’m not particularly sure why. Maybe because it was the season in the wake of S4, or maybe because people didn’t like the new heroine type character.
If anything, the latter is what threw me off. Now, I didn’t hate Lumen. No, not at all. But I didn’t like her either.
Because Rita. I will always be on team Rita. And I didn’t appreciate this girl comin’ in so soon after *cough* and steppin’ on toes.
As a character alone, she was fine. But I really disliked the spin that they tried to put on her.
Another thing that was annoying as all hell in the beginning episodes of the season was Aster! AM I RIGHT or AMIRITE?
Overall, decent season with decent killers, but ah, there were better before it, and even better after it.
4. Season 7.
Dexter redeemed itself with this season! Huzzah! Finally us fans had a season that genuinely EXCITED us. There was never one point in my Dexter-watching-career when I was truly sick of the show (as much as I love to cast hate on some of the seasons), but there were so many points that were just too great for words that I gravely missed!
Season 7 brought it back on the map. If you’ve watched that 37 seconds of season 6 that I spoke of earlier, you’d know how this season started: EPICALLY.
The only downside to this season was the introduction of Hannah, who would soon turn into the cancer of the show.
And can we talk about Laguarta? WEEEWWW, rollercoaster!
3. Season 1
And here comes the season that left a first impression on all of us…. the season that made us keep watching in the first place…. season 1!
This season set up what she show should be and is supposed to be pretty perfectly. Unlike other seasons where you may know who the serial killer is, this one keeps you guessing all the way until like, episode 10. And what a delightful shock it is when you find out!
A little Dexter backstory never hurt anyone either! I certainly was not mad!
What a truly epic way to start off a show. Most shows are slow at the beginning and pick up eventually, but as Taylor Swift so lovely put it in her song Sweeter than Fiction, “They never saw you comin’. You hit the ground runnin’. And now you’re onto somethin’.”
Great start out to a great series.
2. Season 4
Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes. I am aware that this is typically at the top of everyone’s list of best Dexter season. And it’s so close to mine too! There’s really not much of a reason why it’s in second place and not first except for ONE minor detail that I’ll reveal later.
This season is the epitome of “HOLY CRAP.” The Trinity killer is easily one of the best serial killers this show has ever seen. They’ve never been able to successfully pick it up from him. He set the bar so disastrously high that nothing after it could even compete.
John Lithgow did an amazing job as Trinity.
In the first episode we find out who the killer is, but this doesn’t ebb the amazement of it at all. Just watch. You’ll see why.
AND 1……….. Season 2!
This season and season 4 are almost on par. This. Season. Was. DOPE.
The reason that I picked it over season 4 is because I absolutely love a cat and mouse chase. Before watching Dexter I watched Death Note. Very similar in premise, VERY different in execution.
This season is probably the closest you’ll get to Death Note.
Because the serial tracker the police department is trying to catch is none other than Dexter himself! How absolutely fun.
Doakes vs. Dexter was one of the most fun things to watch.
Sure, Lila was annoying but at least she was annoying in a good way…I guess.
Great. Season. All. Together.