Geez. The 11th episode of the final season of Dexter had me in tears most of the time. My heart was beating so hard the entire show, a mess of emotions, I was! Monkey in a Box has to be the most stressful and sad episode this season, but with only one episode left in the series, I have a feeling that it can only get worse for Dexter and those around him.

Collateral damage? I hope not.
Collateral damage? I hope not.

*SPOILERS, SWEETIE!*

**SPOILERS**

In the 10th episode of the show’s final season, Dexter Morgan tries to say “Goodbye Miami” and instead is forced to say goodbye to his Spiritual Mother figure, as Doctor Vogel gets her throat violently slit by her creepy serial killer son, Daniel Saxon.

Mama Vogel and baby Saxon, awkward at breakfast.
Mama Vogel and baby Saxon, awkward at breakfast.

*Ahoy! Spoilers ahead**

In Season 8, “Make Your Own Kind of Music,” Dexter and team finally figure out what audiences might have guessed with the random insertion of a hot dude that hasn’t died yet into the cast–Oliver Saxon, Cassie the dead neighbor’s boy toy–is the Brain Surgeon AND Dr. Vogel’s not-dead son. Phew! What a plot twist. So, why am I not impressed?

Saxon gets questioned and his hair still looks amaze balls.
Saxon gets questioned by Bautista and his hair still looks amaze balls.

In Season 8, episode 6, “A Little Reflection,” we see Dexter and the cast preparing for the future, which audiences know is pointless, because the show’s about to end. So, Dexter has a potential killer to stalk, the handsome, rich and equally creepy, Zach Hamilton. Zach is guilty of murder and both Dexter and Quinn know it. This unlikely pair are working toward the same goal–finding hard evidence that Zach is a murderer. It starts to get weird when we find out that Zach is seeing Dr. Vogel, and even weirder when it is revealed that Vogel wants Dexter to mentor Zach ala Harry’s Code. Seems like a big conflict of interests, but the good doctor doesn’t seem too concerned.

Zach sees the blood as art.

So, season 8 is half way over and the twists just keep coming.

**Spoilers, Sweetie**

Episode 5, “This Little Piggy”, tied up a few loose ends, namely the Brain Surgeon plot line. Yates kidnaps the Doc right from her own home and, since we have seen what he does to his victims, we know that if Dex and Deb don’t find her fast, Vogel is going to have 10 broken toes and be dead sooner than later.

Which little piggy isn’t going to make it to market?

Season 8 episode 4, “Scar Tissue”, set the tone for what I think we can expect from the series finale. Dexter is on a sloppy, emotional hunt for Vogel’s rogue patient and has developed a huge blindspot when it comes to his deteriorating relationship with Deb. Spoilers ahead!

Dexter might die.
Dexter needs some table time.

In Season 8 episode 3, “What’s Eating Dexter Morgan?” viewers are led down a dark spiral of understanding as Dexter finally begins to realize that his so-called “love” for his sister Deborah is only a reflection of his own selfish needs. Deb is straight up losing her mind to Dexter’s secrets, which we all knew was going to happen eventually, but if you’re like me, you don’t want Deb’s conscience to mess with Dexter’s serial killing ways quite yet. Who knew a crazed psychopath could be so lovable? Vogel interprets Dexter’s relationship with Deb as completely focused on what she can do for him, and, since we know Dexter is a killer and has screwed up Deb pretty bad, there’s really no arguing with that conclusion.

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The “his” and “hers” boxes were a cute touch. Remind us to send a thank-you note.