Dexter, Season 7

Half of Miami Knows Dexter Is A Serial Killer. Now What?
Talking television.
Dec. 10 2012 4:50 PM

Dexter, Season 7


Who really dissolved the Xanax in Deb's water bottle?

Amie Garcia as Jamie Batista, Yvonne Strahovski as Hannah McKay and Michael C. Hall as Dexter Morgan (Season 7, episode 11).
Amie Garcia as Jamie Batista, Yvonne Strahovski as Hannah McKay and Michael C. Hall as Dexter Morgan (Season 7, episode 11).

Photo by Randy Tepper/Showtime.

Here we are, Dexter viewers, waiting for the finale as questions hover like one of Dexter’s ghost companions over our heads. Chief among them: Did Hannah actually sabotage Deb with a bottle of Xanax water? Or did a frantic Deb drug herself in order to place her brother’s murderous girlfriend safely behind bars?

Katy Waldman Katy Waldman

Katy Waldman is a Slate staff writer. 

While HuffPo writer (and last week’s TV club guest) Alex Moaba thinks the accident has “Hannah’s fingerprints all over” it, Cory Barker at picks door number two—and quickly heads off our objections.

“Before you even say it, yes, I know that would mean that Deb stupidly put herself behind the wheel of a car and could have killed herself to prove a point. And I think that's why it happened: Deb wants to remove Hannah from the equation so badly that she took a really, really stupid risk. That's who she is, and that's the kind of thing she does for her brother.”

On the comment boards, people are inclined to agree with Barker. AmyEM, nax, Darth and Good Eric all floated, with varying degrees of conviction, the same hypothesis, and several of them highlighted Deb’s vow to “do whatever it takes” to keep Dexter and Hannah apart. Yet Darth also voices an intriguing alternative theory—that Arlene Shram, Hannah’s roommate from the halfway house, tampered with the water out of loyalty to Hannah (not to mention that Deb threatened to separate her from her kids). Hey—Dexter did find a strand of blonde hair by the medicine cabinet in his sister’s apartment, which could just as easily have come from Arlene as from Hannah. Perhaps the subtext of episode 11 has less to do with curdled love and more to do with the general murderous treachery of the towheaded.

Reviewers also latched onto the fidgety ambiguity of Hannah’s parting words to Dexter. You should have killed me. For Cassandra Berube at the Baltimore Sun, the shock and hurt behind the line confirmed our heroine’s innocence. “I hope Hannah will make it to next season,” she writes. “I also hope for world peace and for a credit card with no limit.” Moaba calls the moment “heartbreaking.” But to Vulture’s Richard Rys, the exchange is “shudder-worthy, the first time [Hannah] seems like a true threat, an unhinged psychopath.” He continues, “It seems rather unwise to send your diabolical ex-girlfriend to jail when she knows you like to kill people (sometimes even on a first date).” Now there are four non-Morgans at large in Miami who know or strongly suspect Dexter’s secret: Hannah, drug lord Hector Estrada, who slipped through Dexter’s fingers during a police sting at the shipping yard, the Phantom Arsonist (remember him? He’s still in custody!) and police captain Maria LaGuerta. Alyse Wax seems right when she notes on Fear Net that last night’s “solid little hour of television” went light on the surprises in order to lay a truly involved groundwork for episode 12.

On another note, I was grateful to Cory Barker for pointing out that, regardless of how you feel about LaGuerta, Matthews’ treatment of her is totally despicable. “Everything that comes out of [the retired police chief’s] mouth is hateful, sexist and misogynistic,” she writes. Yup! And racist too. The trend got so egregious last night that I wondered whether the garland of dead Christmas lights on Matthews’ boat was supposed to be a metaphor for the dark synapses in his brain.

Also, I erroneously reported in my original post that a stripper at the Fox Hole paraphrased Nadia’s Dear John letter to Quinn while writhing around on a pole. I am very sorry for the confusion: In fact, she was performing a lap dance. 



Blacks Don’t Have a Corporal Punishment Problem

Americans do. But when blacks exhibit the same behaviors as others, it becomes part of a greater black pathology. 

I Bought the Huge iPhone. I’m Already Thinking of Returning It.

Scotland Is Just the Beginning. Expect More Political Earthquakes in Europe.

Lifetime Didn’t Think the Steubenville Rape Case Was Dramatic Enough

So they added a little self-immolation.

Two Damn Good, Very Different Movies About Soldiers Returning From War

Medical Examiner

The Most Terrifying Thing About Ebola 

The disease threatens humanity by preying on humanity.

Students Aren’t Going to College Football Games as Much Anymore, and Schools Are Getting Worried

The Good Wife Is Cynical, Thrilling, and Grown-Up. It’s Also TV’s Best Drama.

  News & Politics
Sept. 19 2014 9:15 PM Chris Christie, Better Than Ever
Sept. 19 2014 6:35 PM Pabst Blue Ribbon is Being Sold to the Russians, Was So Over Anyway
Inside Higher Ed
Sept. 19 2014 1:34 PM Empty Seats, Fewer Donors? College football isn’t attracting the audience it used to.
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 19 2014 4:58 PM Steubenville Gets the Lifetime Treatment (And a Cheerleader Erupts Into Flames)
  Slate Plus
Slate Picks
Sept. 19 2014 12:00 PM What Happened at Slate This Week? The Slatest editor tells us to read well-informed skepticism, media criticism, and more.
Brow Beat
Sept. 19 2014 4:48 PM You Should Be Listening to Sbtrkt
Future Tense
Sept. 19 2014 6:31 PM The One Big Problem With the Enormous New iPhone
  Health & Science
Medical Examiner
Sept. 19 2014 5:09 PM Did America Get Fat by Drinking Diet Soda?   A high-profile study points the finger at artificial sweeteners.
Sports Nut
Sept. 18 2014 11:42 AM Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.