Well, you are disagreeing with me, and there's absolutely nothing wrong with that. You're in my cool book, Ghostie. Disagree with me all you like.
Having said that... ... here's my take:
I think the writers wanted to show that what Dexter is affects everyone and everything around him. And it does. But where they went wrong is to have what Dexter is actually change Deb's character. Over the course of the series Deb suffers some terrible traumas and excruciating losses, and while that affected her emotional well-being, it didn't change the fact that she's solid steel underneath that explosive and emotional exterior. She always bounces back, sets her jaw, digs her heels in and does her job, because being a cop is everything to her. That's repeated countless times throughout the series, they virtually hammer it into our heads. Even Dexter says so on numerous occasions. Starting with the final episode of season 5, they completely ignore that aspect of her character whenever it's convenient to the plot.
Believing Deb would let the killers go at the end of season 5 (whether she knew it was Dexter or not) was asking a lot of the viewer. In season 6, having us believe she would find Dexter standing over a dead body he very obviously killed and not only not arrest him, but help him cover it up, was asking even more. But believing Deb would actually murder an innocent person for Dexter at the end of season 7 is the straw which broke the serial killin' camel's back.
Season 5, 6 and 7 all should have ended with Dexter in cuffs and Deb marching him into the station, heartbroken and soul shattered, but knowing she did the right thing. Okay, fine, so if she'd done that at the end of season 5 there likely wouldn't have been three more seasons, but that's beside the point.
All I'm saying with this little novella of a reply is that I don't know who that was in season 6,7 and 8 (and, as mentioned, the final episode of season 5) but it sure as hell wasn't Deb. They forced a complete change of personality on her, to service the plot.
Last edited by LoudLon (2014-01-27 02:19:14)