RECAP: What's this on DEXTER? An incest tease?

Television
by Ian Grey
December 12, 2011 3:36 PM
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Season six has been a mess, so the writers go for the ultimate no-no, a relationship between Dexter and Deb.
Seriously, Showtime: Dexter-Debra incest? That’s what you’re banking on as you approach the season-six finale? Isn’t that why God created slashfic? What’s next? Ghost-y tussles between Dexter and Harry? Deb and Laguerta? The mind reels.

This week’s Dexter is all bent out of shape, peaking at the 20-minute mark, then limping along as it betrays sundry atrocities, anti-revelations and proof that Captain Laguerta (Lauren Vélez) is the Latina Cruella de Vil of the Miami police department.

After a recap in which Debra (Jennifer Carpenter) says that Dex (Michael C. Hall) is her one safe place — oh, great — the Miami police find the body of Travis’ latest murdered girl, along with the corpse of Doomsday_Adam (Kyle Davis), the one-time Travis fanboy, who was actually stabbed by Dexter.

Travis, meanwhile, has hogtied Angel (David Zayas), stolen his ID and given it to Doomsday_Adam’s batty wife Beth (Jordana Spiro). He’s also gifted Beth with a backpack bomb of wormwood poison, with instructions to deliver the package to Deb. She’d once interviewed the object of Travis’ passions, his sister (who he then killed, as these brother-sister love affairs never pan out). And so Deb and the Miami P.D. must die in the name of God. It’s simple, really.

You can read the rest of Ian's piece here at Salon.

Ian Grey has written, co-written or been a contributor to books on cinema, fine art, fashion, identity politics, music and tragedy. His column "Grey Matters" runs every week at Press Play.

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8 Comments

  • Imaginary-God | December 14, 2011 12:20 AMReply

    Well Dexter and Deb are not really related, so it's not really incest but it is still just as hot & kinky as it would be if it was incest!

  • anonymous | December 13, 2011 11:24 PMReply

    Really? Mass murder, other strong sexual content, and lots of controversial religious subtexts this season and this is what you oppose? It's not even really incest considering they're not biologically related. You should probably get your priorities straight.

  • Heather | March 29, 2012 8:01 AM

    OK, so I know this is a very old post and as an Anonymous poster this most likely means this was a drive by posting and you will not see my reply ~ but I just wanna say THANK YOU! I am watching the season late. But I am watching it fully aware of all the horrors and sins that comes along with the program. It's a guilty pleasure. Whatever. So I have been reading a lot of forums, and people seem SO freaked out by this! ???? These are most likely the same people secretly hoping for it. And it is NOT that big of a stretch! And as you mentioned ~ compared to everything else in the show ~ especially the MAIN running theme ~ that the protagonist is also the antagonist .... hello? Serial killer? And this is what bothers people? They were raised in the same home. So are foster children. I have good friends I have grown up with that I refer to as my sisters and brothers. But saying it does not actually make it so. It honestly makes perfect sense to me. If you subtract the fact that Dex is a sociopath ~ he is also the one constant in Deb's life. He loves her, never leaves, never lets her down, yada yada yada. And if we take out the fact that Deb saw him murder someone and she will more than likely have a "good feeling gone" moment ~ I honestly do not think Dex would return those feelings. I think he truly, wholeheartedly sees her as a real sister. Anyways ~ I am getting off topic here. Was just refreshing to finally see ONE person in a gazillion point out the completely obvious here. :)

  • droidboy | December 13, 2011 9:48 AMReply

    Dexter and Deb are not related, so it's not incest.

  • rofl | December 12, 2011 10:30 PMReply

    mabz whats wrong? it was awesome :D

  • Mabz | December 12, 2011 5:14 PMReply

    I was devastated by the latest episode with the incest hints. I don't know if I can keep watching the show now. What an awful idea. Why the hell would the writers think that'd be a good idea?

  • Wow | December 18, 2011 10:18 PM

    It's a show about murdering people. That's okay, but sexual content isn't? It's not incest, so rest assured that you can still watch the show :) Though I must say, you're moral compass is pretty ridiculous, especially considering the show's fictitious nature.

  • Sabda | December 14, 2011 10:51 AM

    Because it is......
    Also, it isn't incest. Incest requires a blood link.

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