The last super-fun thing I did this weekend while my husband was out of town was attend a Dexter Season 4 Finale Party at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers. If you remember, Eric and I had attended a Season 4 kickoff celebration at Lord & Taylor (pretty much by accident) earlier this fall. So, it was fun to end the season in a similar fashion. And you know how much we love all things Dexter - just look at our Halloween costumes, for example!
The party was to start at 8:00, so I went around 7:00 to start standing in line. Apparently people had started lining up by 4:30, but I was just fine arriving when I did. The plan had been for me to go at 8:00 when doors opened, and Eric would try to meet me there before the show actually started at 9:00. His flight back to NYC was due in at 8:00 so we figured he should be able to get to the party just in time for the show. Unfortunately, the nasty rainy NYC weather had other plans, and his flight got delayed quite a bit. So, I partied solo.
The party itself was very nice. They had a full open bar, and servers were coming around with Dexter Cosmos and Dexter Margaritas. Yum. (Unfortunately, one of the main ingredients of these cocktails seemed to be Stuff That Turns Your Mouth Really Red, as you will see in pictures later.) They also had a nice buffet of appetizers, and seating set up in front of several different screens to view the finale. Unfortunately there wasn't quite enough seating for everyone, so I ended up standing in the back for the whole thing. That's okay though, my Dexter Cosmos kept me company.
And all I can say about the season finale itself is, HOLY COW. Goodness, is this an incredible show. I am not going to reveal any details because some of my blog readers are not yet caught up on this season (MOLLY WATCH IT ALL NOW SO WE CAN TALK ABOUT IT AT CHRISTMAS!), but seriously, WOW. They had been hyping up the finale as "the biggest twist ever," etc. I have to admit, I was skeptical. There had already been a number of twists this season, so how big could this one be? And as I watched the finale, I actually thought to myself, "this is good, but not as shocking as they tried to make it sound like it would be." Then, the last minutes happened, and my jaw dropped. Literally. This is the only show that has ever repeatedly made my jaw literally drop. It did in the first season, and again many times this season, but this was the most jaw-droppingest moment yet.
Seriously, people. If you do not watch this show, you are crazy people. Go out and rent the earlier seasons. Netflix them. Buy them on iTunes. Whatever you must do, do it. Start with Season 1 and don't stop until you get to the end of this season. The whole show is genius, even down to the opening credits, which I feel perfectly demonstrate the little bits of everyday violence in all of us. LOVE. THIS. SHOW.
Anyway. Enough gushing. After the finale, everyone stared at each other in shock for a few minutes, then I made my way to the other side of the room. I knew there were supposed to be "cast appearances" at this shindig, but I hadn't seen anyone before the show, so I went to scope things out afterwards. Sure enough, I managed to meet Desmond Harrington, who plays Detective Joey Quinn, and Clyde Phillips, the executive producer.
And that was my Dexter evening. Eric had arrived back in NYC by this point, so I texted him something eloquent about the finale (I'm pretty sure my text was just, "OMG OMG OMG," but we'll call that eloquent) then hurried off to meet him. As soon as we got home I made him watch the finale for himself. I don't think he minded that I watched it before him - he actually both loves and hates this show, because every episode makes him nervous that Dexter is going to get caught or killed. So he actually prefers it when I already know what's going to happen, I guess it's reassuring that Dexter will be okay. So, I watched that finale for a second time just about an hour later. And it was STILL SHOCKING.
I love Dexter!