But Dexter, of course, is by no means out of the woods just yet, even if he does have Doakes just where he wants him - a prisoner in Dexter's cabin. This was a nice twist - Doakes may literally become Dexter's next victim - which I didn't see coming.
But here's what Dexter has arrayed against him: Lt. Maria Laguerta (beautifully, powerfully played by Lauren Vélez) is clearly no dope, and although she likes Dexter, she loves Doakes, and knows enough about his soul to know that he couldn't be the Bay Harbor Butcher. She could be Dexter's worst nightmare if she starts putting two and two together. And Lundy, of course, is no slouch, either, and even the slightest thing that doesn't add up about Doakes - such as, why is he missing and where is he - could get Lundy thinking that Doakes is not the butcher, after all.
And then there's Lila, who's become a loose, dangerous canon in Dexter's life. Now I've gotta say that I still think she's more a soulmate for Dexter than is Rita, and in a crucial scene tonight she almost gets through to Dexter on that point. But Dexter and Rita seem headed back together, and Lila doesn't like that one bit, which means she could be a threat to Dexter, too.
There's no way she could take the fall as the Bay Harbor Butcher - since everyone knows now that it was an inside job - but she may still play a role in what will be a heart-pounding resolution of this fabulous season in the next few weeks.
The coming attractions on Showtime show Dexter moving to cut up Doakes - but I can't see that happening. Doakes is not a serial killer. Will Lila somehow come to Dexter's rescue, and kill Doakes ... I don't know ... it's hard to predict.
But if Doakes lives, sooner or later he'll be able to convince someone that Dexter's the killer. Maria would be first, and Lundy close after. So unless this season ends on a cliffhanger - to be resolved next season - we should be in for some smart, savage, heart-wrenching twists and turns in the concluding episodes of what is now the best continuing series on television.
See also Dexter's Back: A Preview and Dexter Meets Heroes and 6. Dexter and De-Lila-h and 7. Best Line About Dexter - from Lila and 8. How Will Dexter Get Out of This? and 10. Dex, Doakes, Harry and Deb's Belief Saves Dex and Season 2 Finale: All's ... Well
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