The most interesting thing about Harrison pretending to be a hero that prevented some school massacre is that Harrison is living out a sort of glorious vigilante fantasy that Dexter always held himself. By episode’s end, it even appears that Dexter is happy to confirm that his son has the same sickness inside, though it may be more inspired by Arthur Mitchell than the family brand. It will be interesting to see how Dexter approaches his son and whether he’ll try to live vicariously through Harrison. Harrison’s performance and ability to sully his victim’s reputation has kept him clean this time, but what will happen the next time he decides to act out?
Meanwhile, Kurt sticks with his story that Matt is alive, having said that his son FaceTimed him from what looked like an NYC hotel, appearing rundown and tired. Many online theories have speculated that Harrison used a similar deep fake technology that he utilized on Zach to trick Kurt into believing that Matt is alive, but the dodginess of Kurt’s answers makes it look like Kurt is inventing all of this wholesale. If Kurt is responsible for all the missing girls in Iron Lake, and based on his interactions this week with Chloe, the green-haired drifter at his truck stop, he is, then it’s clear he’d rather search for his son’s killer himself than have the police digging around. If the police continue searching, they may find evidence of his own wrongdoing, like in that mine shaft where Dexter encountered the bear, perhaps?
Anyway, Kurt shows up at Dexter’s cabin with a present for Harrison, but it’s obvious that he’s fishing for information, and Dexter walks right into his trap. Dexter brings up Matt’s past with the boat accident, and it’s a slip that visibly gets the wheels turning in Kurt’s head. This series always mined its best material when Dexter was caught in a game of cat and mouse with another killer, so this is a welcome development.
This is a lean, but highly effective episode, with a clear theme, interesting developments, and old rhythms presented in new ways. A confrontation between Dexter and Harrison feels imminent, but I’m also intrigued by how characters like Molly and Edward Olsen will fit in the grand scheme of things. If every episode is as tight and focused as this, then there may be life in Dexter: New Blood yet.
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