America's Favorite Serial Killer
Hitlers reaction to dexter season 4 ending (SPOILERS)
Here’s the thing about Rita:
We meet her as this broken, fragile little bird who has been beaten and raped by her husband, who is afraid of falling into the same patterns, and who sometimes has this haunted look in her eye that belies the fact that she’s afraid of the world in general. But she’s never bitter about it, never cruel or cynical. “Normal people are so hostile. But not her.” She has this inner light that outshines the horrible things that have happened to her. She loves her children with all her heart. She works to make ends meet. She struggles but eventually gains back her strength.
And she lets Dexter in. He thinks he’s using her as a cover, and he has no idea that she’s actually transforming him as a person, as much as he’s transforming her. Despite her damage and residual fear, she allows him into her home, she allows him to become a part of her family, she allows him to physically and emotionally become a part of her and wipe all that past hurt away. And she’s always incredibly kind and earnest, with her 1000 watt smile and her soft little voice. In her eyes, Dexter is just Dexter, a normal man who she loves. But he lies to her. And he comes home late, and sometimes he can’t explain where he’s been, and naturally that makes her suspicious. I can’t imagine any woman in the world that wouldn’t be put-off by that behavior, and she’s seen it before and doesn’t want to repeat the pattern. I don’t blame her for getting angry and frustrated at him, or for asking him questions. Keep in mind, we see everything from Dexter’s POV. Generally speaking, it really is the Dexter Morgan show. (I believe I’ve said this before, actually, in my Deb!post.) His thoughts inform us of how to react and how to feel, so when he’s exasperated by her (understandable) prying, we tend to feel exasperated, too. But if you look at it objectively, she never does anything wrong or unusual, and she’s actually highly forgiving of every single strange thing he ever does. She lets him have his sudden silences and his need for time alone and his locked shed in the backyard. She only makes him go to therapy with her (and the NA meetings in S2) because she wants to save their relationship, because it’s vitally important to her. She knows there’s something underneath the surface that she can never quite understand and she loves him completely anyway. He helps her come out of her shell, he causes her to blossom and shine and become the beautiful woman she is by the third and fourth seasons. She doesn’t shrink away from uncomfortable things anymore. She speaks up for herself. Dexter is the one who helps her relearn how to do that. And as she recreates herself through him, he recreates himself through her. “Rita is the scaffolding that holds [the] world in place.” Any ability he has to express love now was born in Rita, and Rita is the light that still encircles he and Harrison every day. She was never oblivious to the dark places within him, even if she didn’t fully understand them - she chose to let them go, she chose to love him as wholly as she could, undeterred by the hidden pieces. Frustration and anger are just human qualities - if she never got annoyed at him, she would be an impossible character, without depth or flaws. The gorgeous thing about Rita is that she does have flaws, and yet not a single one of those flaws diminish her essential goodness or sweetness. Those flaws help make her real. Beyond everything, she is incredibly pure of heart, and that’s what makes losing her so devastating. Ultimately, she always believed in him, no matter what, and there’s some part of that still with him.
Are there people who hate her? Cause if there are, I see plastic sheets in their future!