A few weeks back, we were offered the chance to speak to Yvonne Strahovski about Dexter and her role in the show. The final season was just about to come out on DVD and Blu-ray (it's out now) so this could well be the final offer we'd receive to talk to somebody who made this show about it.
Our man Patrick Dane is a big fan of Dexter, and so he jumped at the opportunity.
And then he got sick as the interview approached, so I spoke to Yvonne in his stead. We chatted for ten minutes or so and then, largely because of a single, simple mistake, I found out the recording of our conversation turned out to be, essentially, room noise with hardly any trace of human voices.
All I have left are a few hand-scratched notes written to prompt future questions. They don't make any sense in isolation. I'm sorry, but they don't. It would be a discredit to Yvonne to quote her out of context and in tiny fragments. I just can't do it.
I will tell you, however, that she's proud of her work on Dexter, and I understand why. She had good grasp on her character and what she meant to the series.
By bungling the interview, I felt like I was letting down the PR team that organised it on our behalf, so I went back to Patrick and asked him to write something about why he loves Dexter. Seemed only fair. Again, he jumped at the opportunity, even if it took him some time to then put this into words.
Here's what he eventually sent me.
I don't want to be 'that' guy but I'm going to have to be him.
I was "into Dexter" before the big hoopla that surrounds it today. I don't wear that as a badge of honour or any sort of 'holier than thou' credential. It's merely an important factor in explaining what Dexter means to me.
Back in 2006, I began to have notions that I wanted to work in film even if I didn't quite know what that meant. At the same time I had just started a media course at my school and thought that I wanted to be a director – again, not knowing quite what that was.
At this time, I had also just started watching the first season of Dexter and become hooked.
Something in my still-forming young adult brain latched onto the show and made me want to imitate, replicate and produce content that was somehow akin to its tone. If you could go back and look at my early work (something that is near impossible to do, so don't even try) it was all about me shamelessly ripping off Dexter.
The disturbed and perverted yet empathetic protagonist is something I shamelessly stole, time and time again. Leverging the work that I'd produced by ripping off the show, I ended upgoing to University study for a degree in filmmaking.
And that in turn lead to me directing several short films, producing a few, writing tens and tens of scripts, doctoring even more. I've even sound designed and edited a few – but don't ever ask me to do so for you, I'm awful.
And now I work as a pop culture blogger who gets paid to write about what I love, having met idols I never thought I'd meet, forming a critical brain and – arguably – informing readers.
I think this all springs from my love of Dexter when I was an impressionable sixteen year old.
How do I feel now that the show has come to an end? Well, as with many things in my life, I've had to move on from what I liked when I was younger. Despite a revisit of old favourites for a sense of nostalgia, my viewing, reading and game-playing habits have changed drastically.
Due to fluctuations in its quality and a University course that ate up nearly all my time Dexter ended up falling off my compulsive viewing list around Season Five. I have since gone back and thrown myself into catching up, and while I'd lost that original compulsion, I still cared about where the show was going.
There has always been a lot that is great about Dexter.
Michael C. Hall is an incredibly gifted actor who I will always follow closely. Watching Jennifer Carpenter grow as an actress was a gratifying journey and seeing where the show brought all its character was always compelling.
Giving Dexter a child, making him break his code, making him lose his love, making him share his methods and finally forcing him to reveal himself to Deborah made him an immensely rich character by the show's end.
But now that Dexter has finally wrapped up, how do I feel? Grateful.
I believe that many of you will attest that media and pop culture have real and tangible effects on peoples' lives. Without Dexter, I might not have been a filmmaker, I wouldn't have been a writer, I wouldn't be a professional blogger and I wouldn't be where I am right now.
That desire to recreate for others what I felt when enjoying Dexter lead me to relationships, friends, jobs and places I never would have been if I hadn't become so invested in the show.
I'd guess we all have that movie, TV show, book or other cultural artefact that we look back upon fondly on as a pivotal moment for us all.
It might be movie, a comic, a book, a painting, a song that changed your outlook on life and shaped who they are. It was Dexter for me…
…which is perhaps quite ironic. A show that is built around the concept of taking away life played such an important part in lighting up mine.
Here's a video that compresses eight years of Dexter's changes into just a few seconds. It's a good way of underlining how much he's been through – and what a mess he's made.