Just when it seems like Deb knows all of the relevant details of Dexter's past, some other situation comes us that reminds us that Dexter still has skeletons in his closet. And in the case of tonight's episode ("Do the Wrong Thing"), one of them looks like Julia Stiles. And on the topic of blondes that have Dexter's attention, Hannah was the focus of most of Dexter's thoughts tonight.
"Beautiful and dangerous."
In what has to be one of the more twisted (and sexy) moments of this series, and probably a first - unless I'm forgetting some other instance in which Dexter chose to have sex with his plastic-wrapped would-be victim rather than stab them - Dexter and Hannah sealed the deal tonight, amidst a winter wonderland that was meant to be Dexter's kill room for Hannah.
Their mutual attraction wasn't a surprise, but I have to admit, I was a little surprised that Dexter came so close to killing Hannah. It felt premature by comparison to his other kills. Usually, Dexter has conclusive evidence that the person on his table is, in fact, a murderer. The blood spatter on the beach woman's body does point to Hannah being the one to do the deed, but there may be more to that story. Hannah hasn't admitted to it, so that on its own doesn't seem certain enough to fit the code. Then we factor in her dead husband and Beverly Grey, whose blood test confirmed traces of Aconite, a poison from some purple plant found in Hannah's garden. Again, things seem to point to Hannah being the murderer. But it doesn't confirm it. Not in the way we've seen things confirmed in the past.
Then I considered all of Dexter's conversations with Harry tonight, which built up the mystery. After last week, signs pointed to Hannah being a murderer, but Dexter's conversation with Harry at the start of tonight's episode almost made it seem like a lot of wishful thinking on Dexter's part. Harry playing devils advocate as he sometimes does did create enough doubt to consider that Dexter's filling in a lot of blanks with hunches and a need to kill, than with evidence. And the way the episode ended only makes me more suspicious of that. He's attracted to Hannah, so maybe he wants her to be a killer, not just because he wants to kill her but because he wants her, period. The line between wanting to kill her and wanting to have sex with her is probably as thin as Hannah's see-through shirts.
So, while it was clear that Dexter wanted to prove Hannah was a killer, I'm not sure he did that tonight, which is why I was surprised when he took her on their late-night creepy-carnival picnic and then stabbed her with the needle Things didn't add up, and if he did kill her, I'm not sure I would've felt fully satisfied with the conclusion of Hannah's arc. I guess that doesn't matter though, because even after she goaded him into killing her, he didn't.
Dexter opted for another kind of penetration and they went at it like (un-poisoned) bunnies. And now the mask is off. She knows what he is. And she knows he very-much suspects her of killing people. But there's still no confirmation of that, so we have no idea what's going on in Hannah's head. All signs point to her being a murderer, or else, a murderer-groupie. But if she's not killing people, then who did? Maybe her husband died of natural causes and Beverly killed herself. Maybe it was the handyman, who seemed to know exactly where the wildflowers were. The long shot might be Sal Price. Maybe he's crazy and trying to sell more books. Who knows?