It’s amazing what a change, no matter how small can do for someone or something. Pop culture is full of changes that are made on the fly that help make or break something. Whether it’s changing the ending to a movie, re-writing a song to help bring out the melody a little more or inserting a deeper backstory for a character in a novel, changes are constant. And in some cases (hi, George Lucas!), they come long after something has been out there.
So this week’s question: If you could change one thing about a piece of pop culture, what would it be? This can either be something you love or something you loathe, but I know everyone has something.
Personally, I would go back to the ending of Dexter and make a major change from the infamous “lumberjack” scene at the end of the series. I really believe that how something ends can change how you remember it so, even though everything post-Trinity with Dexter kind of sucked, a solid ending would have redeemed the show much in the same way that the finale of The Office made me forget about Brian the boom mic guy.
The perfect ending for me though actually comes from someone more familiar with the show than me: former Dexter producer Clyde Philips. In an interview with E! back in 2013, he came up with what I think would have been the perfect ending to the show and one of the best endings in television history:
“In the very last scene of the series,” Philips explained, “Dexter wakes up. And everybody is going to think, ‘Oh, it was a dream.’ And then the camera pulls back and back and back and then we realize, ‘No, it’s not a dream.’ Dexter’s opening his eyes and he’s on the execution table at the Florida Penitentiary. They’re just starting to administer the drugs and he looks out through the window to the observation gallery.
“And in the gallery are all the people that Dexter killed—including the Trinity Killer and the Ice Truck Killer (his brother Rudy), LaGuerta who he was responsible killing, Doakes who he’s arguably responsible for, Rita, who he’s arguably responsible for, Lila. All the big deaths, and also whoever the weekly episodic kills were. They are all there.
“That’s what I envisioned for the ending of Dexter. That everything we’ve seen over the past eight seasons has happened in the several seconds from the time they start Dexter’s execution to the time they finish the execution and he dies. Literally, his life flashed before his eyes as he was about to die. I think it would have been a great, epic, very satisfying conclusion.”
So what would you change? It doesn’t have to be something as complex as a finale. It could be simple. As always, tag spoilers and DON’T JUDGE!