I hope you don’t have Time Warner Cable and missed Sunday’s episode due to the carrier’s contract dispute with Showtime and are reading this recap to find out what happened … oh my god! Best episode ever!
Batista finally looked in those boxes of evidence in his living room and is starting to suspect Deb may have killed La Guerta; their scenes are full of tension and cat-and-mouse gamesmanship. And as Batista closes in on Deb, it’s starting to become clear that Dexter might have to choose between keeping his sister alive and keeping himself out of prison, which puts Dr. Vogel’s whole theory on whether Dex really loves his sister to the test. While Jamie realized she could do a lot better than Quinn and dumped his ass, and instead makes an uncomfortable pass at boss-daddy Dex himself. Oh, and Jake Elway hanged himself because he decided his character is too dull to survive.
Okay, so that’s not really what happened Sunday. It was a somewhat sleepy episode (at least, until the very end when Hannah McKay did a pop-in), despite having my favorite Dexter director (John Dahl) at the helm. I was told by an insider that this season will get moving faster soon, and that the home stretch is great. The series finale script floating around Showtime is full of redacted text, with scenes shot in a secret location where the crew was ordered to strip themselves of Dexter logos to not tip off the public. Exciting!
In last week’s recap I made a reference to a rumor making the rounds among insiders that Dexter might get a spin-off (in addition to venting about this season in general). A few days later, Showtime entertainment president David Nevins made headlines by teasing that Dexter might indeed get a spin-off, since showrunner Scott Buck has been signed to a new two-year deal.
The move isn’t surprising since Dexter is Showtime’s biggest hit and the network owns the show (instead of licensing it from a studio). Writing Dexter’s final season in order to set-up a spin-off might seem like a creatively impure way to shape the show’s final round. But think of it this way: Imagine you own a hit TV show AND a popular cable network. You pay yourself millions each year to air your own show – would you want that to just stop? Would you be like, “Well, creatively, I think the ending of season eight might be a tad stronger if it had a greater sense of finality to it.” Of course not! You’d be like: “It’s just a TV show! I want another boat!”
The original months-old rumor that I heard was that the spin-off idea was initially focused on Deb. Showtime will, of course, not say anything about the creative focus of The Spin-Off That Does Not Officially Exist – at least, not until the finale airs, since doing so would very likely give us a spoiler about what happens this season. Jennifer Carpenter has said she wants Debra to die this year, and that she wants to do a comedy series after this (see our interview here). That could be true, could be subterfuge, or could be a negotiation tactic (or a bit of each).
At this point there’s a few spin-off possibilities. I’m betting Michael C. Hall, based on what he’s said publicly about wanting to move on, won’t have an on-camera role. Deb seems to be the most likely star. You could also wonder about Hannah McKay, too. Then there’s Dex’s Mini-Me, Zach Hamilton, who’s getting some screen time tonight, but I suspect his role will be fleeting. And Dr. Vogel? Too creepy.
So I guess that wraps it up for… oh wait – there’s still a recap to write. Here’s 9 things we did find out:
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