Does Dexter’s epiphany mean LaGuerta and Matthews are surer prey?
Now that Dexter has come to realize a new “code” for his killings, does this help spell out how this pesky thing with LaGuerta and Matthews will be dealt with?
After Sunday night’s episode of Dexter, Deb and I got to discussing what those final scenes mean for Dexter’s future. My first thought was that by Dexter deciding to kill Hannah’s father (Supernatural’s Jim Beaver!), he will no longer adhere to Harry’s code, killing only those who’ve killed; he’d basically open himself up to kill whomever he felt the need to kill, without having to prove anything to himself first. Deb, on the other hand, thought this was only partly true; it did mean he wasn’t going to follow Harry’s code anymore, but it wouldn’t mean Dexter would kill just anyone he felt like killing — he’d still have some sort of moral compass to follow.
With those thoughts in mind, I wouldn’t say that Dexter is going to simply kill people for the hell of it. Instead, he’s going to kill who he needs to kill, and that just might mean simply anyone who threatens him or gets in his way — including LaGuerta and Matthews.
I believe that Dexter’s new path is not only what could save him from the advancing threat of the law breathing down his neck, but it may very well lead to his downfall. The thing is, this is probably the closest the law has come to having concrete evidence against Dexter since Doakes, and we all know how that ended up. The difference, though, was that Doakes wasn’t exactly an angel. LaGuerta and Matthews, on the other hand, would seriously go against the code of Harry. So, with Dexter’s new outlook on what qualifies as a worthwhile kill, in my eyes it means he may not care about whether or not these are bad people he’s about to kill, just that he has to kill them.
If it winds up that Dexter does resort to killing LaGuerta and/or Matthews — just because they threaten him personally — I don’t think it could be any clearer that the writers intend for Dexter to be brought to justice, not that he lives happily ever after and in safety, whether or not he stops killing.
I’d love to hear other theories on how Dexter’s going to get out of this one. The show has one more season left, and as quickly as LaGuerta and Matthews are narrowing in on Dexter, that’s a whole lot of episodes of him running away from the law. Matthews ended his discussion with LaGuerta, saying he’d talk to Dexter before she “fucks it up;” does anyone else think he’s been onto Dexter’s secret all along, and is moving ahead to throw him some warning and advice? Or will Dexter just have to take everyone out?