How Original Showrunner Clyde Phillips Would Have Ended “Dexter”

September 24, 2013

E! recently posted an interview with Clyde Phillips, the series’ original showrunner, who reveals how he would have ended the show…

I haven’t shared this with anyone,” Philips told the site. “And I can tell you that this is what I personally would have done should I have stayed with the show. I chose not to stay with the show, and so everybody did what they did, and I had 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.

In the very last scene of the series,” Philips explained, “Dexter wakes 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.’ Dexter’s opening his eyes and he’s on the execution table at the Florida Penitentiary. They’re just starting to administer the drugs and he looks out through the window to the observation gallery.

And in the gallery are all the people that Dexter killed—including the Trinity Killer and the Ice Truck Killer (his brother Rudy), LaGuerta who he was responsible killing, Doakes who he’s arguably responsible for, Rita, who he’s arguably responsible for, Lila. All the big deaths, and also whoever the weekly episodic kills were. They are all there.

That’s what I envisioned for the ending of Dexter,” he concludes. “That everything we’ve seen over the past eight seasons has happened in the several seconds from the time they start Dexter’s execution to the time they finish the execution and he dies. Literally, his life flashed before his eyes as he was about to die. I think it would have been a great, epic, very satisfying conclusion.

I haven’t seen any of this last season, but reviews seem to be more negative than positive. Would this ending be any better than the one those chose? It sounds like they left it kind of open ended, which isn’t much of a finale. At least Dexter being executed is a definitive end to the show.

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