I won't bother spoiler-tagging because I think the only people who read this thread still watch the show.
Well, so much for the Doakes-as-arsonist theory. A pretty boring episode overall.
It's pretty funny how sloppy the writing for this show has become. There are still a ton of loose ends that I doubt will ever be mentioned again:
- The kills are no longer stealthy and elaborate - Dexter is Superman and can pretty much kill anyone anywhere anytime.
- I mentioned the ridiculous shooting range stabbing of last week.
- This time he moves Mr. McKay onto the boat--presumably concealed in some type of luggage, and capture on marina security footage. And presumably the footage would show Dex leaving the boat empty handed. And presumably someone like LaGuerta would check marina security footage.
- There's also the matter of his unmasked conversation with the Arsonist, whose story will hardly sound like the ramblings of a madman when he can describe being tied down like Travis Marshall and give the sketch artist a picture of Dexter...
- It's also the stupid little things that are taken for granted. I enjoyed watching Dexter have to disguise and make time for his actions in earlier seasons, but now it seems to me that logic has been largely abandoned to give more screen time to emotional monologues.
- I can accept that there's some time lapse in the episodes, but it really seems like Jamie nannies Harrison 24/7. Any and every time Dex needs to bolt for hours on end with no notice, it's assumed she'll take care of everything.
- Dexter is almost never shown doing work in his lab anymore. Again, it's probably another circumstance of time lapse. But the guy is always shown ducking out of the office or getting texted a crime scene location while spending the entire day fucking around outside the office. Finally Masuka mentioned something to Deb along the lines of "hey notice how I'm here and Dex is MIA?"
- I understand that a character has to evolve over 7 seasons, but Dexter has gone from full-blown sociopath to having an emotional epiphany every damn week. What hooked me on the show years ago was how funny it was listening to the emotionless Dexter navigate his work and "personal" life through monologue and awkward-as-fuck conversations. This season Dexter falls in love-- cheesy meet-cute and all (dropping the swab? are you fucking kidding me?)---and proceeds to retcon, hard. Perhaps the most ridiclous example was in this week's episode where he "debunks" his Dark Passenger in about 24 hours and seems to be completely fine with it.
At this point I'm just waiting for the inevitable cliffhanger season finale that will carry into season 8. My wild guesses are that either (1) Dexter is fingered as BHB and spends Season 8 escaping or "clearing his name", or (2) someone like Hannah or Deb dies and spends next season on a no-holds-barred revenge bender. Whatever happens, I just hope it's interesting. I'm sure this show has had countless plot holes throughout the years, but I didn't really care because it was fun to watch. Toward the end of this season they stick out to me like a sore thumb.
Oh, and Season 8 will be the final season.
We wanted to end it this year, but the network convinced us that it would be best to do it in two years. In some ways, this is a two-season series-ender. We have worked that out and know where it's going to end. Next year will definitely be the last year of Dexter. Absolutely.