Release date: June 18th, 2012
Running time: 600 minutes
Creator: James Manos, Jr.
Cast: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, Lauren Velez, David Zayas, James Remar, C.S. Lee, Christina Robinson, Preston Bailey, Geoff Pierson
Sometimes you can just look at a person and know they’re keeping a secret. Other times, you can know a person your whole life and never know what’s hiding behind their eyes. Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall) is one of those people. He works as a blood splatter analyst with Miami police, but no one – not even his sister, Debra (Jennifer Carpenter), knows what he really is.
Even his late wife, Rita (Julie Benz), never learned the truth about him. Dexter has no ordinary secret; he’s a serial killer. Since being orphaned at the age of three after witnessing the murder of his mother, Dexter was implanted with a fierce desire to punish those who commit criminal acts. While avoiding suspicion with a genial and helpful professional facade by day, while off-duty, he remorselessly hunts down those he believes have escaped the justice of the law and takes his vengeance.
For 5 seasons he’s managed to escape being caught, and while there have a few who knew what he was, he’s more or less remained free to continue doing what he does, but his life is becoming increasingly complicated. He needs to spend more time with his young son, Harrison, and though he fears the same thing might happen to him, Season 6 sees him grappling with religion and whether or not it should play a part in their life.
This struggle takes hold not just in his personal life, but also his professional and secret life. When he comes into contact with Brother Sam (Mos Def), a former drug addict and murderer who repented and became a minister, Dexter observes how he’s been able to reform his life. Brother Sam runs a body shop where he employs other ex-convicts and he helps steer them away from crime.
It gives him hope that religion can have a positive impact on Harrison’s life and he tries to get him into a Catholic school.
Meanwhile, the Doomsday Killers – Professor James Gellar (Edward James Olmos) and his student Travis Marshall (Colin Hanks) – start to make their presence felt in Miami with a series of bizarre and grisly murders that re-enact the Book of Revelation. They leave signs of the Apocalypse including the Alpha and Omega or the Four Horsemen as a cryptographic tableau at crime scenes and gradually they become fixated on Dexter, as much as he is on them.
As the murders become more and more elaborate, Dexter knows his window of opportunity for catching the killers is running out, but things aren’t as simple as they once were.
Debra has now become his boss, so each time he tries to throw Miami police off a scent to get to the culprits himself, he’s effectively sabotaging her investigation. Unknown to him, Debra has developed strong feelings for the man she’s always known as her brother and this creates some tension between them, ultimately leading us to a season finale we all knew was coming but nevertheless – it takes our breath away.
With Dexter debating the pros and cons of what religion can offer, the show takes a controversial approach, but one that always remains true to the character. It’s refreshing, even if he is a serial killer. The conversations he has with one of the Doomsday Killers, as well as Brother Sam, demonstrates how the show has gone from strength to strength as it continues to flesh out a character that’s always in pursuit of answers.
What I also enjoyed about this season was the way it kept me guessing. There are some sudden twists which I never saw coming. After 6 seasons, it’s really great when a show can continue to do this and surpass my expectations. I’m curious to see where Season 7 will take us, especially after such a cliffhanger!
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