Michael C. Hall on 'Dexter' Much-Criticized Ending: It's Satisfying but Not So Savory
Months after "Dexter" wrapped up on Showtime, Michael C. Hall speaks about the much-criticized series finale. In an interview with The Daily Beast, the actor hints that he shares most of fans' feelings about the ending.
"Liked it? I don't think I even watched it," he says of the final episode which aired last September. "I thought it was narratively satisfying-but it was not so savory," he adds, referring to Dexter's fate in which he faked his death and lives a new life in exile after losing his adoptive sister Debra.
"I think the show had lost a certain amount of torque," he continues explaining. "Just inherently because of how long we'd done it, because of the storytelling capital we'd spent, because our writers may have been gassed."
"Maybe some people wanted a more satisfying-maybe they wanted a happy ending for him, either a happy ending or a more definitive sense of closure. They wanted him to die or something, but I think the fact that he's sort of exiled in a prison of his own making is, for my money, pretty fitting."
In another interview, Hall says the ending was "fitting," though Dexter being dead would make a better ending. "You know, his dad died, Rita died - well, once he decided that, he faked his death and erased himself, but he didn't want to die. I honestly find it to be a pretty dark ending, and I think it upset a lot of people," he elaborates.
"Certainly, the shakiness of certain aspects of the eighth season maybe made that ending less palatable to people. I don't think people were ready to be told that, because they were already feeling a sense of ambivalence for the show. But the idea that he imprisons himself in a prison of his own making I think is fitting [for the character]. It's tricky... Sometimes I wish he'd offed himself, wish he'd died, wish Deb had shot him in that train compartment - of course, that would have made an eighth season difficult to do."
Star Aimee Garcia who played Jamie Batista on the crime drama has offered an explanation of why viewers were disappointed with the ending. "Punishing himself for everything that he's done... So much more heartbreaking than escaping through death. But it was hard for people to swallow that. No one wants to see their favorite anti hero so sad," she said, admitting that she was also "so angry and unsatisfied" with the finale.
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