When Deb interrupted Dexter's attempts to make it look like LaGuerta and Estrada killed each other, the choice became hers. She saw dead Estrada, unconscious LaGuerta and her brother in his black apron in the shipping container. The gun was in her hand. LaGuerta woke up and told Deb to shoot Dexter. Instead of pleading for his life, or even just standing there waiting for Deb to make a decision, Dexter dropped his knife, told her LaGuerta was right about her being a good person and that it was ok. He put his hands in the air and said, "Do what you gotta do."

Watching Deb's torment as she stared at Dexter, her gun pointed at him, it was impossible to know what she was going to do. She could've shot him. She could've shot LaGuerta. She could've just walked away like she did earlier when she found out Dexter had Estrada in his car. Heck, she could've turned the gun on herself, deciding she couldn't take the guilt of her involvement in this. There was no way to know, and that, in itself, is what made this season so great. There was no way to know until the choice was made, and then it was done.

Dexter seemed genuinely surprised when Deb shot LaGuerta, which leads me to believe he was really prepared to let his sister kill him. Maybe he was ready for it to be over or maybe he believed in his heart that Deb would never kill an innocent person. Deb killing LaGuerta was a disturbing demonstration of the love she has for her brother. The fact that she ran to LaGuerta and hugged her afterward emphasizes that. She hated what she did. She's going to have to live with what she did and so is Dexter. I can't even fathom how this will affect their relationship.The last we saw of them, they were arriving at Batista's retirement party just as midnight struck. A new year. A fresh start?

Deb killing LaGuerta (I'm assuming she's dead or will be dead soon) is strangely fitting when you think about it. It was Lila who killed Doakes, and she did it to protect Dexter because she loved him. In the end, Dexter killed Lila for it (and for putting Rita's kids in danger). But I don't see a spot on Dexter's table in the foreseeable future for Deb. He was going to kill LaGuerta himself. The game changed the moment Deb showed up. Dexter surrendered to her. She made the choice. And once again, the season ends with another game changer.

The question is, will there be repercussions for this? Will Tom Matthews become the next Doakes? In Season 2, it was LaGuerta defending Dexter to Doakes. This season, it was Tom Matthews defending Dexter to LaGuerta, so technically, he's in line to follow the pattern. Plus, he has a history with Harry and thus, Deb and Dexter.

Batista would also be a possible candidate for suspicion and vengeance/justice. Sure, he's retired now, but he had a romantic history with LaGuerta and we saw him looking out for her tonight. It's a possibility, anyway.

Other loose ends

Hannah admitted to trying to kill Deb. She was upset about Deb trying to come between her and Dexter. But, since she loves Dexter too much to turn him in or try to use what information she has on him to make a deal, she got her old camp friend to smuggle her some poison, which she used to get herself hospitalized and then escaped. The last we saw of her, she was putting a plant outside of Dexter's door. Odds are, she's halfway to Argentina by now. And personally, I kind of hope she stays gone. I don't know if we were ever supposed to get caught up in that relationship, but I never did.

In other romantic news, it was looking like Jamie and Quinn were hitting it off. Jamie seems kind of on the young side for Quinn, but they have Batista in common, so there's that.

And that about covers it. It was a whopper of a season. One reminiscent of some of the earlier seasons of Dexter. WIthout a season-long arc involving some other serial killer, the focus remained on Dexter and his own issues. The show seemed to find its way back to what made those first few seasons so great. Now we'll just have to wait and see where things pick up in Season 8!

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