[TV] Original Dexter Showrunner Reveals What He Envisioned For the Finale
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 09.23.2013
Was his idea better?
Dexter is over, and the series finale has been widely discussed on the internet. But what did the original showrunner for the Showtime series have in mind? Clyde Philips, who was in charge of the show's creative direction through the Trinity Killer storyline in season four, spoke with E! and gave his vision for what he wanted in the finale had he stayed on the show.
Phillips said his plan was as follows: "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."
He added, "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."
As previously reported, the show broke records for Showtime ratings-wise, so they're probably quite happy with how it ended. Still, this could have been one hell of a way to end it (and honestly, a better one than we got).