Warning: Spoilers ahead! If you have not watched the most recent episode of “Dexter”, maybe you should turn back. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!
This seasons “Dexter” is not lacking of thrills, chills and yell out loud “OH MY GOD” moments, and perhaps one of the biggest of the season so far was Deb’s awkward admission of love for her brother. She doesn’t mean “brother-sisterly” love either; she is IN love with him, as she blurts out when she tells Dexter "I went to the church that night you killed Travis Marshall to tell you I was in love with you." Yikes!
So what does this mean for the relationship between Dexter and Deb, and how will it affect the rest of the season? Well, show runner Scott Buck has an idea about this. "I think it's very helpful for Debra because she's not someone who has characteristically kept secrets and it's been a huge burden for her to be carrying this inside herself, so just to finally get it out in the air, for her, is a way to begin to move past it, to put it behind her," he says.
"As awkward and as unfortunate as that moment is, it is actually sort of a freeing moment for both of them because I think they understand each other a lot better now and are able to take this information and begin to move past this to a better relationship."
Although I do think they understand each other better, I am not sure how they are going to move past this smoothly, at least not this season. Dexter’s lack of social skills and uncertain reply of "I’m sorry. I don’t know what to say,” will not be easy to wrap up in an episode or two. Not to mention he is in love with Hannah! Oh the drama!
"I think it's him saying, 'I'm sorry that I'm so overwhelmed by this and I have no idea what to say or do,'" Buck says. "I don't think that will be completely closed until the series is over."
I find it hard to root for a couple who play brother and sister to one another, even if they are not blood related, but what makes it more awkward is that Jennifer Carpenter (Deb) and Michael C. Hall (Dexter) were once married in real life. While that makes the prospect of them getting together in the show a little less “incestuous”, it can’t be easy to pretend to be in love with a co-star you have somewhat recently divorced.
However you may feel about their on-screen and off-screen romances, you cannot deny that this season has been full of surprises and suspense and can only get better from here!