After eight killer seasons, Showtime's "Dexter" came to a dead end Sunday night with a bizarre series finale that will undoubtedly prove polarizing to the show's substantial fan base.

No, it didn't leave viewers staring at a dark blank screen. And it didn't have the ghostly spirits of Dexter's many victims meeting in a church.

But it did leave our serial-killing vigilante (Michael C. Hall) in a place where few, if anyone would have predicted: All alone -- and bearded -- in a lumber camp, presumably located in the great Northwest -- far away from sunny Miami.

So he didn't wind up behind bars, but this was essentially a self-imposed prison. Earlier, in the hour, Dexter watched his sister Deb slip into a coma, the victim of Saxon's gun shot. Grief and guilt-stricken, he killed Saxon (with a ball-point pen to the throat), then took Deb off her respirator and lovingly deposited her body in the ocean -- where he typically left his victims.

And in his mind, Deb certainly was one of his victims.

"I screwed up your life," he told her before post-surgery complications brought about a major stroke.

After bidding a sad farewell to Deb, he proceeded to wreck his boat by plowing it into the raging storm and the Coast Guard reported no survivors.

But Dexter did survive -- if only to subject himself to lumberjack hell.

As for Hannah and Harrison, well they made it to Argentina after overcoming some major obstacles (ie: Elway), and Hannah apparently believes that Dexter died.

Why didn't he join them there when he had the chance?

"I destroy everyone I love," he explained in voice-over narration. "I have to protect them from me."

The episode, which, in some ways, felt like a cop-out, closed the book on the groundbreaking series and on a final season that won't likely be remembered as one of its best.

For years, fans wondered if Dexter would be nabbed by the Miami Metro cops -- at least the ones who didn't end up dead. In this episode, Quinn and Batista actually witnessed him killing Saxon -- via a jail video camera.

But they are so distraught over what Saxon did to Deb that they're willing to cover it up and make it look like self-defense.

"I wish I could have done it myself," says Quinn.

Suffice to say, that bright future Dexter had been looking forward to will never materialize.

So what did you think "Dexter" fans? Did you approve of the ending, or detest it? How do you think Dexter will live out his life? And do you think our main man looks pretty silly in flannel?

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