In the Season 3 finale of Dexter, what doesn't kill us makes us stronger. Secrets were exposed and kept hidden. And so many loose ends were tied up quite nicely. I started watching this episode with a mixture of both excitement and sadness knowing it'll be a long wait for the Season 4.
I loved the opening scene with the close-up of Miguel and the way the camera pulled away to show the runner coming past and finding Miguel, then the time-lapse of the cop cars and fire truck and then crime scene tape being pulled across. Battista took off his hat and all the cops and fireman followed suit. It was masterfully done and a fitting tribute to the outstanding reign of Jimmy Smits. I'm not sure Miguel really deserved it, but Jimmy certainly did. I'm sorry to see Jimmy go, but Miguel sure had it coming.
Dexter's meeting with Ramon in jail was really incredible. Dex was ready to hand Ramon his head on a platter, but he actually showed Ramon compassion. He might not see it that way, but when he said you don't always have to destroy the wounded animal, sometimes it's enough just to remove the thorn, I thought it was a really touching sentiment. I was grateful that the writers didn't make Dexter kill Ramon. Killing two Prado brothers was enough. Plus, Ramon has kids.
Rita lied to Dexter for what he believed might be the first time. It throws him for a loop and he ends up researching her past. I don't know, but if you're up to those kind of shenanigans the week before your wedding, something is awry. She's been married not once, but twice before. But being the swell guy that he is, Dexter ends up giving her the lie, since he knows he has so many of his own secrets.
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