Dexter Morgan’s final resting place revealed in the series finale stunned a lot of fans, but was the controversial twist ending also a veiled reference to Mark Twitchell — a convicted killer who replicated the show in real-life?
The ultra-violent Showtime television series concluded its eighth and last season with a bizarre final scene that nobody was expecting (warning: spoilers ahead).
In short, Dexter survives sailing into a hurricane and turns up looking like some kind of lumberjack, hiding in a cabin in the wilderness. He has a big beard and is wearing flannel.
The ending stirred up stereotypical images of Canada and fans across social media were quick to point out that silly connection:
How did #Dexter end up surviving a hurricane and becoming a lumberjack? Like did he do breastsroke to Canada wtf
— Rob Defina (@RDefina) September 23, 2013
And that Monty Python song:
I’m a lumberjack and I’m okay I sleep all night and I work all day…Really??? #Dexter #fail — Ed Mulholland (@muls96) September 23, 2013
Of course, Mark Twitchell, who built his own Dexter-inspired kill room and assumed the fictional serial killer’s identity online, is from western Canada. He is also a big fan of Wolverine, the Marvel character who once worked as a Canadian lumberjack.
Is there some kind of Dexter-Lumberjack-Wolverine-Twitchell connection here? Did the show finally acknowledge the “Dexter Killer” case in this round-about way after declining to provide in-depth official comment on the convicted murderer for several years?
I’m still mad they had #Dexter move to Canada and become Wolverine to end the series. — Charles Akpan (@TheMusicMogul) September 23, 2013
There is some evidence to back up this wild theory.
Scott Buck, who co-wrote the final episode, has given Dexter fans a bit of a hint on what he was really thinking when filming that controversial last scene.