You know, I’m used to shipping the underdog relationship in my favorite TV shows. Hell, I’m a Damon/Elena shipper for The Vampire Diaries and if you’ve been watching, you know how that show’s writers enjoy playing with my emotions.
But I didn’t think Dexter could crush me on the relationship front.
If you haven’t watched Sunday’s episode of Dexter—Season 7's episode 11, “Do You See What I See?”—stop reading now. What follows is spoiler-heavy with dashes of ranting and wishful thinking.
This season of Dexter has been a bit of a throwback for the protagonist. He’s rediscovering his murderous ways—and his motivations for them. A big part of that is meeting Hannah McKay. When she was a teenager, she went on a killing spree with her then boyfriend, Wayne. They were able to say it was all Wayne and she was a duped 15-year-old.
That wasn’t exactly the case. But from the outside it looks like Hannah is on the straight and narrow. She runs a greenhouse and is the laid-back chick who always has her bra straps showing (not sure what this says about her, but I noticed it constantly). Only, Hannah has a simple kill-those-who-get-in-her-way policy. Always via poison.
Dexter planned to kill her. Instead he found a kindred spirit and someone who truly understood him. She helped him understand the Dark Passenger was an excuse. It was all him, just a darker part of him. She helped him figure out kills in stressful times. She loved him.
There was this brilliant spark seeing Dexter with a woman who completely grasped how his mind worked. No judgment, no fear from Hannah. She appreciated everything about Dex.
Enter loudmouth problem: Debra.
Deb knows Dex is a killer now. She knows Hannah is a killer. Debra will make an exception on arresting her brother. She won’t do the same for Hannah. She makes it clear she’s going after her and is working hard to find a way to connect her to murders.
Hannah wants Debra to put aside differences for the sake of Dexter’s happiness. Debra kind of wants to shoot Hannah. Not going well.
Last night’s episode had Debra getting into a car accident and blaming Hannah. She claimed Dexter’s girlfriend poisoned her. She managed to convince him that Hannah had dosed her water with a bunch of Deb’s anti-anxiety medication.
I’m convinced this was Debra doing whatever it took to get Hannah out of Dexter’s life. As much as I recognize Hannah is a killer, she’s visibly in love with Dex. She wouldn’t risk it. However, when Dexter finds the water bottle laced with medicine, he does the wrong thing and gives Debra evidence against Hannah.
Deb’s smug self arrests Hannah.
No more Dexter in love.
No more potential for Dexter/Hannah serial killer super couple.
I spent last night’s episode hoping to see Dex and Hannah grow even closer during the holidays—possibly with him inviting her along on a kill—instead he gave up his chance at happiness. It’s not that I don’t appreciate his loyalty to his sister. I get it. I just really wanted a longer run of romance for him.
He’d never really had a woman who understood him and loved him regardless. Sad to watch him throw it away.
While Chelsea Mueller runs Vampire Book Club, she won’t turn down a sexy werewolf, demon or faerie. Her appreciation of Alexander Skarsgard is well documented. Bother her on Twitter — @ChelseaVBC — she likes it.