With only two episodes left, we finally have some idea of what Travis had in mind all along for a genocidal event to finish off his doomsday rampage: Wormwood. You can go read some of what Wormwood’s about and what some theorize it’s supposed to mean on Wikipedia, but it seems Travis has something a bit different in mind, if we’re to believe the evidence Dexter discovered. Nowhere in what I’ve read does it seem a poison gas translates to the prophecy of Wormwood. I’m wondering if the gas is either meant to simply accompany the true mayhem or the bottles Dexter found were decoys.
So Travis takes this poison … bomb, or whatever it is, and decides Miami Metro is the place to set it off. It being a poisonous gas, does he just sit it down in the lobby? Is putting it inside the building really enough to spread as much as he hopes it will? All along Travis has been indicating that his whole purpose for these killings was to bring upon the end of the world. How does a cloud of poison gas do that? A rare pathogen, OK. But poison gas? Weak. However, Travis picking Miami Metro as his first target means this: someone on the show’s not going to make it through to next season.
If I had to guess who’d die from the poison gas, I’d say it’s Quinn. He’s been on some weird, destructive course this season; there’s got to be a point to that. I could see him dying from saving Deb, finally redeeming himself for being a complete fuck up all season, including not being there as Batista’s backup in this episode. I don’t like that Quinn would die without the whole issue of him being highly suspicious of Dexter not being resolved, but that could always come up in some other form. Maybe he whispers something to Deb on his dying breath, or he’s left some notes that Deb discovers. I say “Deb” learns the truth because, really, could you see someone else learning the truth first?
Now that I’ve posted the theory about intern Louis, this episode really did a job of supporting it. Louis clearly has either a man crush on Dexter or highs him in familial high regard. So I guess that first person who learns Dexter’s secret could be Louis, if he doesn’t know already. I’m going with him not knowing yet.
A couple of parting thoughts for you: What use will Gellar’s dead hand be to Dexter on that “rainy day,” and will it come? What’s going to happen to the old Captain now that Deb knows his secret?
“He thinks Gellar is still alive.” – Dexter
“Talking to someone who isn’t there. Huh.” – Harry
“Time to play find the fuck pad.” – Dexter
“It’s so weird. His sister seemed so convinced he was a good guy.” – Deb
“Maybe she didn’t know.” – Dexter
“Anything’s possible.” – Deb