By the fifth season, a lot shows have already run dry. The material is not quite as fresh and the show is beginning to either wind down or prepare for a complete "crash and burn". Dexter is the exception to this tradition, as Sunday's premiere episode has reassured fans that the trials and tribulations of "America's favorite serial killer" are far from over.
Last season, the shocking finale left viewers speechless, as Dexter finally ended his long standoff with Trinity (John Lithgow), only to discover that his wife, Rita, had been his last victim. After nearly a year of waiting for a resolution, the story was completed magnificently by picking up immediately where the last season ended, with Rita lying dead in a bathtub and Dexter's infant son sitting in a pool of his mother's blood.
With cops swarming alongside Dexter's sister and homicide detective, Deb, all Dexter Morgan could say was, "it was me". A perfect scene to set the tone for the rest of the episode and presumably the rest of the season. Dexter is now conflicted with his own inner demons of choosing his homicidal lifestyle over his family, which resulted in his wife's death. At first, Dexter is unsure of how to react to the situation, which, in his lack of emotion, catches the eye and suspicion of Detective Quinn. Michael C. Hall treats the audience with his Emmy-deserving portrayal of a man struggling to show his rage and eternal sadness. The entire cast really put their "all" into this episode and leads fans to believe that we are in for a hell of a ride this season.
To keep things local, this episode was viewed in my home in Indianapolis.
Rating: 5 / 5 "Kills"