There’s something raw and beautiful about this scene, about Jennifer Carpenter’s phenomenal acting, about the honesty of it. I believe her because she’s expressing something very painful and very familiar to me.
“It doesn’t matter what I do, or what I choose, I’m what’s wrong. Nothing I can do about it. If I’m not hurting myself, I’m hurting everyone around me, and there’s nothing I can do about it. I’m… I am broken.”
This scene is my favorite Dexter scene of all time. It’ll always be my favorite, and it’ll always be one of the many reasons I love this show so much.
I’m looking forward to September 30th to have Dexter and Debra back in my life. I’m looking forward to seeing Debra deal with the realization that Dexter is just as broken as she is. That if he’s not hurting himself, he’s hurting others, too. That there is something wrong with him, and there’s nothing he could do about it. This particular scene from season 4 puts the two siblings in a difficult position because Dexter knows something about himself that Debra doesn’t. While the way she feels is real and honest and not to be discouraged, her views on him are flawed because she’s missing that one piece of information, knowing who Dexter truly is, knowing the Dark Passenger. It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out in the new season, without a doubt.