Dexter s8 ep 10

Dexter and Hannah are, indeed, planning to go to Argentina. “You know how stupid that sounds?” Deb scoffs. Yes. Yes we do. It’s always problematic when a show tries to have its cake and eat it – sometimes it can be endearingly meta, but sometimes it just comes across as the writers hedging their bets: look, this is silly, but we know it’s silly, so we’re going to do it anyway. With only three episodes to go, though, in a show which was once thrilling, sexy, and bracingly amoral, I’m not buying it.

Anyway, Argentina. First, though, for reasons which are never really fleshed out, Dexter has to kill Vogel’s son Oliver. One assumes, then, that the need to kill still burns within him, and that his Dark Passenger will be accompanying him to South America. It’s not that easy, though, because Oliver knows that Dexter is after him, and Vogel is trying to protect her son. She is, after all, a psychopath expert. Meantime Hannah is lying low, but it all goes wrong when she has to look after Harrison for like five minutes, during which time he injures himself so badly that she has to take him to hospital, where she’s recognised.

Not for the first time, there’s a feeling that the writers have pretty much given up on most of the other people on the show. I’m now in a minority of one, I think, in believing that Quinn is potentially – potentially – an interesting character, but by the start of this episode he’s been reduced to mooching around listlessly after Deb, while passive-aggressively doing his best to get dumped by Jamie. She is, however, too dumb to take the gigantic hints, so he actually has to do something about it, or whatever. Look: was there not a point, a few seasons ago, when Quinn was getting suspicious of Dexter? Did I imagine it?

By the end of the episode, though, the stakes have been raised a little: I’ll concede that I wasn’t expecting the ending, even if I’m not sure where it leaves us. Presumably Dexter will now be even more determined to kill Oliver during an ever-decreasing window, as that bounty-hunter dude closes in on Hannah, giving them the final two episodes to TCB before leaving for Argentina, no matter how stupid it sounds.