After watching tonight’s “Dexter” season 8 episode, we are pretty sure that there is one thing you can officially do: Write off any and all talk that there is going to be a spin-off at some point in the near future starring Zach Hamilton. We’ve complained for weeks that the show was turning into “Dexter and Mini-Dexter,” but in reality, he was just part of a larger story to bring us back to where we started: The story of the Brain Surgeon.
You see, Yates wasn’t really the killer as it was so believed earlier the season, and Dexter learned this tonight the hard way when the body of his protegee Zach was left inside of his apartment with the brain cut out. Who is responsible? If you think about the show for a minute, it will probably hit you like a ton of bricks … but just in case it doesn’t, just think of Cassie’s boyfriend. The important thing to note is that if the show does launch a separate one at some point, it will not be starring a younger version of a Dexter type character.
When it comes to ridiculous moves made by Dexter this week, the biggest one is simply letting his own feelings towards Hannah McKay get in the way of things … again. He had an opportunity to let her go and potentially live free, but he could not bring himself to do it. Instead, he continues to put Deb and himself at risk; a selfish move, but Dexter is a selfish killer. The only person who seems to understand his feelings right now is Dr. Vogel, and with her role on the show right now so undefined, that is probably not a very good sign.
Once again, we find ourselves in a similar position where we are concerned about the future of the show. We just don’t understand where the ending is going here, and while Dexter is helping so many others out right now, we don’t get the sense that anyone other than Quinn is really breathing down his neck right now. At this point in the season, that is unusual. We want to be excited about the story, but right now we’re a little lukewarm given that we don’t completely buy into Hannah McKay, and the villain is hardly the Ice Truck Killer or Trinity.
If you want to watch a sneak peek for next week’s “Dexter” episode, be sure to visit the link here. Based on what we’re seeing, things are going to get even more complicated.