“Within the final scene of the collection, Dexter wakes up and everyone goes to assume, ‘Oh, it was a dream.’ After which the digital camera pulls again and again and again after which we understand, ‘No, it isn’t a dream,'” Phillips stated. “Dexter’s opening his eyes and he is on the execution desk on the Florida Penitentiary. They’re simply beginning to administer the medication and he appears out by way of the window to the commentary gallery.
And within the gallery are all of the those who Dexter killed—together with the Trinity Killer [John Litghow] and the Ice Truck Killer [Christian Camargo], LaGuerta [Lauren Velez] who he was answerable for killing, Doakes [Erik King] who he is arguably answerable for, Rita [Julie Benz], who he is arguably answerable for, Lila [Jaime Murray]. All the large deaths, and in addition whoever the weekly episodic kills have been. They’re all there.
That is what I envisioned for the ending of Dexter. That all the things we have seen over the previous eight seasons has occurred within the a number of seconds from the time they begin Dexter’s execution to the time they end the execution and he dies. Actually, his life flashed earlier than his eyes as he was about to die. I believe it will have been an important, epic, very satisfying conclusion.”
Higher than a lumberjack, that is for certain.