Making predictions about character deaths doesn't always work out. For example, many fans watching Season 6 of "Mad Men" were convinced that Megan Draper was going to die. Despite a lot of compelling evidence (including costumes inspired by murdered actress Sharon Tate), Megan survived the season.
This theory about Dexter dying at the end of this season may also fail to pan out. However, Dexter's death has already been hinted at for years. As Dexter himself points out on several occasions, all serial killers either end up dead or in jail.
Moreover, promo photos for this season have shown Dex wrapped up in the very plastic he uses to kill his victims. That image alone suggests that Dexter's life is at risk.
Beyond the ominous promo photos, there were four more signs in the Season 8 premiere that foreshadow Dexter's death.
Ever since oranges were used prominently in "The Godfather," oranges have become a sort of cinematic shorthand to warn viewers of impending death and violence. On "Breaking Bad," Ted's infamous trip-and-fall incident featured oranges falling off a table. In the finale of "Big Love," Bill Paxton's character placed an orange peel in his mouth before dying later in the episode.
Sharp-eyed "Dexter" fans may have caught sight of a display of oranges in the Season 8 premiere. Visible for just seconds in the market where Dexter confronts Deb, the oranges could be a sign of things to come. Plus, let's not forget that the opening of the show features a blood orange being juiced!
2. Pink shirt, Pink Motel
For a good chunk of the Season 8 premiere, Dexter is sporting a pink shirt. A number of other shows have used pink as a color to symbolize death. Perhaps the most notable example is "Breaking Bad," where the color pink has been linked to the airplane crash and Jane's death.
In addition to Dexter's pink shirt, it's also worth noting that the climax of the Season 8 premiere takes places at the Pink Motel. Coincidence?
3. The Smith & Wesson stool
Toward the end of the premiere, there's an interesting shot in Dexter's kitchen. The camera angle is low, placing a Smith & Wesson stool in a place of prominence. The camera's gaze lingered there for long enough that it seems certain that it was a deliberate choice. Does that long shot on a gun manufacturer's stool foreshadow a gunshot death later this season? Or was it just a bit of product placement?
4. The Lady MacBeth moment
One of the most haunting images from the premiere was Dexter trying desperately to remove a bloodstain from a teddy bear. It was a very Lady MacBeth ("Out, out damn spot!") moment. As fans of Shakespeare know, Lady MacBeth dies offstage. The cause of death: an apparent suicide. Could "Dexter" end with Dexter Morgan's suicide?
Will these bits of possible foreshadowing pan out, or are they just coincidental? Are the signs pointing to Dexter's death or to Deb's? Fans will have to wait until the series finale to know for sure.
- Dexter Morgan