By Gina Carbone
Holy crap. I actually had a gasp-and-cover-the-mouth moment when I saw little Harrison sitting in blood, just like the blood young Dexter’s Dark Passenger was born from.
All that blood. Rita. Julie Benz.
Rita was a pill this season with all the nagging and whining — really, she should’ve known what she was getting into, even if she didn’t quite understand the scope of it — but she didn’t deserve to die such a cold, gruesome death, right when she and Dexter (Michael C. Hall) were getting back on track.
But now what?
Some lingering questions:
1. Will Dexter be a suspect? I vote no. This is obviously a Trinity (Quad?) Killer murder. What is more likely, to me, is Debra (Jennifer Carpenter) and Quinn (Desmond Harrington) will dig into the investigation of why Trinity (the great John Lithgow) went after Dexter. They’ll find out Trinity’s family knows Dex as Kyle and a whole pack of lies will unravel.
2. Did Trinity tell Rita about Dexter before killing her? I think not. Or maybe I just want to think not since she already had to die, why die hurt and confused as well as terrified and tortured? I wish Rita had lived long enough for her to catch Dexter or find out somehow about his Dark Passenger. I’ve been waiting four seasons for that. This is kind of a cop out in that respect. So now the main issue is…
3. Will Deb find out about Dexter’s Dark Passenger? My theory is, she will understand at least some of what he’s doing and become his new Harry in that she’ll be his protector and moral compass. She’ll try to keep him on the straight and narrow. After all, she made that speech about how he kept her alive and made her the person she is today. They are connected for life and she is nothing if not f–king loyal. Plus, she knows Dex will be left taking care of Harrison, Cody and Astor and she won’t want to put away their only surviving parental unit.
4. Are we done with LaGuerta and Batista’s romance now? I am so sick of this subplot. I never bought them as having some kind of passionate, illicit affair. (What was wrong with the chick in vice?) And they really were arrogant in front of the boss. They swore they were not together anymore, then kept their affair going. When they were called on it, they got a quickie marriage and threw it back in his face as if they had actually proved a point beyond “We’re both about 15 years old.” That poor guy must have better things to do than play hall monitor with them. They’re boring, move on.
5. Are Deb and Quinn going to get together? Quinn had that line a few episodes back, if you put two people in a room together long enough, sooner or later they’re going to f–k. And since his girlfriend went the way of murder-suicide — and Deb is still reeling from being engaged to the Ice Truck Killer (Dexter’s bro, which she just found out) — they are kind of perfect together. But it needs to be done right. At this point if they got together it wouldn’t be as out-of-nowhere as LaGuerta (Lauren Velez) and Batista (David Zayas), but they also shouldn’t be allowed to dominate the season with an on-again-off-again thing. It’s Dexter’s show. Don’t forget that.
What are you hoping to see in season 5? Read more of my “Dexter” stories in this handy archive and come back for my thoughts after the Sunday, Sept. 26 season 5 premiere.