At some point, I will sit down and actually aggregate my thoughts on Dexter’s series finale, but I have not been able to come to a decisive conclusion on it yet. I understand why they did what they did, but I am not on board with it. To shed some light on the finale though, news comes out today that Showtime would not allow Dexter to die in the series finale, so that may make a little more sense as to why things were done the way that they were.
Per Vulture, Showtime insisted Dexter stay alive despite multiple proposed endings that had him dying. Producer John Goldwyn told the site, â€œThey wonâ€™t let us kill him. Showtime was very clear about that. When we told them the arc for the last season, they just said, â€˜Just to be clear, heâ€™s going to live.â€™ There were a lot of endings discussed because it was a very interesting problem to solve, to bring it to a close.â€