It's been well over a year since Showtime's hit series Dexter aired its final episode, and some fans are still upset with the show's controversial ending. Be warned, there will be spoilers for the series finale below, if you still haven't caught up with the show, so read on at your own risk. This is your last chance to turn away. If you're still with us, keep reading.
Most thought that Michael C. Hall's title character would die at the end, getting his comeuppance for eight years of murder, but instead, Dexter Morgan retreated to a life of solitude as a lumberjack, leaving his old life behind. During a Reddit AMA session earlier this week, Michael C. Hall was asked what his initial reaction was to Dexter becoming a lumberjack in the final scene. Here's what he had to say, offering an explanation for this divisive ending.
"Probably sadness. Though... given what he'd been through, and his attempts to have his cake and eat it too in regards to indulging his compulsion to kill AND have a more authentic life, his self-imposed exile did resonate. I think Dexter came to believe that... anything he touched would eventually be destroyed and so he felt he needed to let it all go. Of course, Dexter is also a pragmatist and a self-preservationalist so he didn't do himself in. But rather put himself on hold."
Showtime executives defended the finale back in January, with executive producer John Goldwyn also revealing that it was Showtime's mandate to keep Dexter alive, although they "never even discussed the idea of killing him." Showtime president David Nevins also teased that the network may be developing a spin-off that would include Michael C. Hall returning as the title character. The actor himself said in May that he has no interest in returning as Dexter Morgan in the immediate future.
What do you think about Michael C. Hall's thoughts regarding the Dexter finale? Do you think he should have been killed off? Or do you think he deserved to literally get away with (several) murder(s)? Chime in with your thoughts below.