It’s been awhile since the end of Showtime’s ‘Dexter‘ and finally star Michael C. Hall has come forth on how he felt about the ending. Obviously there are some semi-spoilers here, so if you haven’t watched the show and plan to you may want to turn back now.
Fan reaction to the series’ conclusion was mostly negative, especially compared to how brilliantly another fan favorite show, ‘Breaking Bad,’ came to a close. While the original and second showrunner had both chimed in on the ‘Dexter’ finale, one person we hadn’t heard from was Hall himself. In a recent Reddit Ask Me Anything, the man who played Dexter for 8 seasons has finally opened up.
First he was asked what his initial reaction was to having Dexter end up how he did which lead into his thoughts on the ending:
Though…given what he’d been through, and his attempts to have his cake and eat it too in regards to indulging his compassion to kill AND have a more authentic life, his self-imposed exile did resonate.
I think Dexter came to believe that…anything he touched would eventually be destroyed and so he felt he needed to let it all go. Of course, Dexter is also a pragmatist and a self-preservationalist so he didn’t do himself in. But rather put himself on hold.”
So while some may want to say sadness at the episode, in general it seemed more like sadness that after being able to build the character up so well he ended up being less human than when the series began. With how far overboard they ended up going with the very end, it didn’t seem as if Dexter came full circle but actually regressed.
Now that you’ve had a year to think about the ending of ‘Dexter’, even if you were disappointed with it do you think you could see yourself feeling sad for the character?