Harrison is so relieved that he’s not alone in his feelings that he doesn’t quite think about the ending of Dexter’s story, and he immediately sees his father as a “Dark Defender,” the same illusion Dexter held onto to avoid seeing himself as a ‘Dark Defender’. a monster. In this light, it’s easy to see that Harrison’s situation with Ethan was that Harrison was acting out a similar impulse – taking dark feelings and actions and turning them into heroism. Dexter takes Deb’s advice and doesn’t reveal that he’s killing his victims, and Harrison goes to bed feeling not only understood, but a deeper appreciation for his father.
While Harrison sleeps, Dexter goes to deal with Elric’s body at summer camp. With Christmas music and Dexter making the cheeky comment about wrapping things in plastic, the dark humor that was a staple of Dexter’s early days is back in full force. Seeing Dexter embrace Christmas kitsch is the kind of wink that’s been missing this season, but it’s better late than never. When Dexter returns on Christmas morning, he is practically trembling with strange energy, so happy that he can finally show his true self to not only another human, but also his flesh and blood. Michael C. Hall is always excellent, but he operates on a different level in ‘The Family Business’ and Jack Allcot gets up to meet him. This is the meatiest stuff the two have had together, and they perfectly sell their collective joy and relief over a shared secret.
After a weak intimidation tactic from Kurt, who showed up at Angela’s house over Christmas, Dexter and Harrison fly away, raising Angela’s already expressed suspicions. The pair go on to reveal information about Kurt, as evidence is an important part of the code after all, but during their drone investigation, Harrison reveals that he often fantasizes about taking revenge on the Trinity Killer, telling that Wiggles isn’t getting the right justice. You can almost see Dexter urging him to get to his desired endpoint, just yearning for his son to realize that killing is the answer for both of them. It’s the same energy Kurt had with Harrison at the batting cages last week.
Father and son discover a secret hatch on Kurt’s property and plan to explore it, assuming this is where he keeps his victims. Meanwhile, Kurt advances into Dexter’s property and sets it on fire, but is stunned to realize the Morgans aren’t home. They are busy watching the messed up display in Kurt’s hideout, where Harrison comes to realize that Dexter is killing his targets. Harrison had gotten there himself, but the real horror in Kurt’s basement brings it to the fore. Dexter leans forward and comes out all clean, and unsurprisingly Harrison doesn’t flinch.
A rigged camera shows Kurt that Dexter and Harrison have discovered his “trophy room,” and the villain rushes back to his house to prepare for the run, only to find Dexter and Harrison waiting with a syringe. Kurt wakes up on his own table, with his ‘trophies’, including Molly Park, watching over him. Dexter takes care of Harrison and gives him a way out whenever he pleases, but then slips into his murder mode and delivers a monologue about how Kurt can’t blame his parenting for this, and that his murder wasn’t about saving her. people. it was about power.
However, Dexter doesn’t realize that the speech he gives to Kurt could also explain his own actions. With clear eyes, Harrison seems to register the hypocrisy of what Dexter is saying, even as he continues to follow the events. This scene is the most honest on the show about who Dexter has been in a long time. Kurt spends his last breath revealing that Dexter killed Matt and exclaims how rubbish the “code” is, but it’s too late. Harrison stays nearby to watch the entire process, but when the blood begins to trickle down to his feet, he has a flashback to Rita’s death. The whole series is gripping, and as I said, the best material the series has delivered since season 4.