After what seemed like an endless wait, Dexter made its triumphant return to our television screens last night. [SPOILERS] After toying with the idea of Debra Morgan discovering Dexter Morgan’s secret season after season, last year wrapped with Deb entering the church just as Dexter plunged his knife into Travis Marshall, season 6’s Big Bad. I’m not ashamed to say that I stood up and yelled at my TV in excitement. Season 5 brought us close to Deb discovering the truth, putting the two of them in the same room with their final kill. Deb decided to give Dex and Lumen a running start from the police because she understood and sympathized with Lumen, an abused woman seeking retribution and revenge. After that close call, I was certain the writers would never allow Deb to see under Dexter’s mask. Damn, was I glad to be proven wrong.
Season 7 picks up right where 6 left off; Deb was shocked to see Dexter standing over Travis Marshall’s body, wrapped in plastic on the altar of the church. Dexter begins to pretend to be panicked, claiming Travis attacked him and he didn’t know what to do. After an internal struggle, Deb agrees to assist Dexter in setting fire to the church to cover his tracks and wait to be called back to the scene to investigate, playing ignorant to what she had just witnessed. In their hurried state, Dexter’s blood slide falls from his pocket and into an air vent on the church floor.
During the investigation of Travis Marshall’s “suicide,” an officer is gunned down in the street, opening an important investigation for Miami Metro and a distraction for the Marshall case. Dexter easily embraces his dark passenger and takes matters into his own hands. His sudden departure from the department, usually overlooked, is noticed by Deb, who then questions Jamie Batista, little Harrison’s nanny, and learns that Dexter takes many late nights “working” at the office. While Dexter is removing the cop killer from this world and delivering him to the ocean floor, Deb goes to Dexter’s apartment where she finds Dexter’s tools and blood slides. As Dexter enters the apartment to find it in shambles, Deb sitting in front of the blood slide box, he is asked if he is a serial killer and if he killed all these people. Having no out, he says yes.
Debra spends the episode putting piece after piece together in discovering who Dexter truly is. She recalls Dexter’s brother, Brian Moser, the Ice Truck Killer, and the way Brian had Deb on a table wrapped in plastic. The set up was identical to the way Dexter wrapped Travis and Deb does not see this as a coincidence. She recalls how Dexter was wearing an apron with plastic sleeves when he killed Travis, dressed in clothes she’s never seen before, which leads her to believe he planned this killing. She begins to have flashbacks of the night Brian nearly killed her and begins to see that while Dexter did save her, perhaps it wasn’t in his nature to do so. With the discovery of the blood slides, there is no more denying what she knows and what Dexter has done.
Dexter doesn’t only have Deb to deal with this season in protecting his identity and livelihood. Louis, a tech at the office and Jamie’s boyfriend, has gone through Dexter’s computer, stolen a blood slide, and mailed Dexter the prosthetic hand from the Ice Truck Killer case. There is no doubt he knows who Dexter is and it remains to be seen what he will do with this knowledge. He thinks Dexter is a jerk and it wouldn’t be surprising if he tries to reveal his secret. The other problem is Captain Maria LaGuerta. In season 2, when James Doakes was believed to be the Bay Harbor Butcher after Dexter planted the blood slides and set him up before his fiery death, LaGuerta fought the idea to the bitter end, believing there was no way that Doakes could do such horrible things. After she found the blood slide at the scene of Travis Marshall’s “suicide” and confirmed that no other cases other than the Bay Harbor Butcher case involved blood slides, she is confident that Doakes was not the culprit and seems to be ready to go ahead in finding the real killer. Doakes always suspected there was something wrong with Dexter and it’s quite possible she could follow his lead and begin to look more closely at him as well. Jonah Mitchell, the son of the Trinity Killer, has knowledge of Dexter’s true colors, as does Detective Quinn. Add all of the elements together and Dexter could easily be outed.
I have high hopes for this season and I’m looking forward to seeing what Dexter does to deal with Debra learning about his dark passenger and how she comes to terms with the fact that her brother has an uncontrollable urge to kill. Will Dexter tell her that their father, Harry, gave him the code to be used to kill only those who have killed others? Will she understand that he has to kill or will she try to curb his urges to do so? What will Dexter be forced to do in order to silence LaGuerta and to get Louis off his back and out of his business? With one more season after this one, there are countless things that could happen and endless possibilities. Whatever course this takes, I’m definitely rooting for the serial killer to come out on top.