Judging by the reactions swarming around the Internet in the days following the airing of the final episode of Showtime’s serial killer drama Dexter, many folks think the title character should’ve been killed off at its end.
It turns out that someone intimately involved with the show agrees. Clyde Phillips, who was Dexter‘s showrunner for its first four seasons, told E! Online that, if he were still in charge, Dexter would have been dead meat at the show’s end.
Here’s how his final scene would’ve played out: “In the very last scene of the series, Dexter wakes up. And everybody is going to think, ‘Oh, it was a dream.’ And then the camera pulls back and back and back and then we realize, ‘No, it’s not a dream.’ Dexter’s opening his eyes and he’s on the execution table at the Florida Penitentiary. They’re just starting to administer the drugs and he looks out through the window to the observation gallery.
“And in the gallery are all the people that Dexter killed—including the Trinity Killer and the Ice Truck Killer (his brother Rudy), LaGuerta who he was responsible killing, Doakes who he’s arguably responsible for, Rita, who he’s arguably responsible for, Lila. All the big deaths, and also whoever the weekly episodic kills were. They are all there.
“That’s what I envisioned for the ending of Dexter. That everything we’ve seen over the past eight seasons has happened in the several seconds from the time they start Dexter’s execution to the time they finish the execution and he dies. Literally, his life flashed before his eyes as he was about to die. I think it would have been a great, epic, very satisfying conclusion.”
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