WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD. Do not read if you have not watched the series finale of “Dexter.”
TV shows can’t please everyone, and that’s what happened when Showtime’s “Dexter” came to an end on Sunday, Sept. 22. The series finale, “Remember The Monsters?” left fans outraged … but was there an alternate ending?
Original “Dexter” showrunner Clyde Phillips dished to E! Online what he would have done with the show's ending, and it’s definitely different from what viewers experienced.
“I can tell you that this is what I personally would have done should I have stayed with the show,” Phillips, who's now the executive producer for “Nurse Jackie,” said. “I chose not to stay with the show, and so everybody did what they did, and I have no problem with that … and I think they did a good job with the final episode. But here is what I personally would have pitched.”
Phillips would've liked the last scene of the show to end with Dexter waking up. “And everybody is going to think, ‘Oh, it was a dream.’ And then the camera pulls back and back and back and then we realize, ‘No, it’s not a dream,’” he explained.
So, what happens to everyone’s beloved serial killer?
“Dexter’s opening his eyes and he’s on the execution table at the Florida Penitentiary,” Phillips continued. “They’re just starting to administer the drugs and he looks out through the window to the observation gallery.”
Inside the gallery would be all the people that Dexter killed over the seasons. Fans would get to say one last goodbye to the Trinity Killer, the Ice Truck Killer, LaGuerta, Rita, Doakes, and Lila, along with “whoever the weekly episodic kills were.”
“That’s what I envisioned for the ending of ‘Dexter,’” the original showrunner wrapped up. “I think it would have been a great, epic, very satisfying conclusion.”
Of course that's not how “Dexter” actually ended. The series finale, “Remember The Monsters?”, showed the serial killer taking Debra off life support following her gunshot injury from Oliver Saxon. Burying his sister at sea, he wrecks his boat and fakes his own death.
“I destroy everyone I love,” the serial killer says in a voiceover. “I can’t let that happen to Hannah and Harrison. I have to protect them from me.”
With Hannah and Harrison safe in Buenos Aires, the closing moments of the series show Dexter alone in the woods working as a lumberjack.
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