While flying a kite in a lightning storm
isn’t a very good idea, we are just happy to see Dexter Morgan back in action
for the beginning of his end. Following a collection of clips set to the song
“What a Wonderful World,” it appears that Dexter is killing it at work, with the
ladies, and well, actually killing people. We are left to believe that
LaGuerta’s death has solved all of Dexter’s problems. He’s able to concentrate,
he’s got the bowling team back together and even better, he coached Harrison’s
soccer team to win a championship. But what soon becomes evident is that while
Dexter may think he is back to his old self, nothing will ever be normal in the
life of a serial killer.
This season starts six months after the death of Maria LaGuerta. Following a memorial service where Miami Metro dedicates a bench to the fallen hero, Dexter, Batista, Quinn and Masuka sit around trying to place to words on Maria’s value. It seems that Batista, as expected, is having a particularly tough time with the loss of his ex wife and friend. On top of sorting through the things that she left behind, Angel is forced to get over his loss, while still trying to keep Maria’s memory alive. Facing the death of his close friend made Angel realize that law enforcement is his calling after all. Now, he is back at Miami Metro to take Deb’s place as Lieutenant. As for Quinn, him and Jamie are dating in between their busy work schedules. I guess he got over his stripper ex-girlfriend pretty fast. Meanwhile, Masuka is still trying to find the most flamboyant shirt in Miami and we are introduced to a new detective, Angie Miller.
Noticeably missing is none other than Debra Morgan herself. Although many of the people she once called her co-workers do not know she murdered LaGuerta, they are aware that her death caused Deb to leave her job and dive head first into the deep end. We see Deb snorting lines with Andrew Briggs, the man she is investigating, and when she’s not drugged up or drinking, she’s having sex with the man she knows to be a felon. Deb may be a complete mess but at least she knows it, unlike her childhood companion, Dexter. Becoming worried after not hearing from Deb for months, Dexter checks in with her new boss to find out that Deb had not called her boss in weeks. Through her credit cards, Dexter tracks Debra down to a convenience store where he finds her with the criminal she is supposedly pursuing for arrest.
After the two enter a heated argument, Deb tells Dexter, “You made me compromise everything about myself that I care about. And I hate you for it… I shot the wrong person in that trailer.”
Even worse, Deb refuses to leave the coked up criminal Briggs, whom she seems to view as the lesser of two evils.
In another attempt to “save” his sister, Dexter tracks Deb to a sleazy motel she has been living in with Briggs and tries to warn her that she is in danger of assassination. With this, Deb has had enough. She snaps at Dexter again saying she always thought that she needed him in her life but in reality, it was the other way around. When Dexter tries to calm her by saying she is just lost, Deb spits fire. She screams, “I am not lost. I know exactly where I am. I am in some shitty fucking hell, which is exactly what I deserve. You! You are lost.” But before Dexter has time to realize Deb is right, Briggs finds the two outside fighting. Just like when Dexter had “lost” it while he was driving and when Harrison broke the vase in his office, Dexter lost it again when he tackled Briggs to the ground and murdered him. As if this situation wasn’t bad enough, Dexter returns to his car to find that his once sleeping son is missing. After running around in disbelief, Dexter finds Harrison wondering the parking lot. As Dexter looks down at his son wrapped in his blood-covered arms, Harrison asks, “Where are we?” to which Dexter can only reply, “Lost.”
On top of his problems with Deb, Dexter must help to discover the new Big Bad this season; a serial killer who cuts out a particular part of the brain that feels empathy. As Dr. Evelyn Vogel, the new psychopath expert consulting on the Brain Surgeon case points out; empathy is something all serial killers are missing. But a lack of empathy isn’t the only thing Dr. Vogel knows about Dexter, she knows about his secret past and Harry’s Code. Although we don’t know exactly what Dr. Vogel is after, we hope it’s not Dexter Morgan saran-wrapped to a table.