The Ultimate Duel: Dexter Morgan vs. Walter White

          Having just finished “Dexter,” I think the show is an instant favorite; it runs the gamut of entertainment and suspense. Michael C. Hall, who plays the character Dexter, is tailor made for the enigmatic, sinister role. On the other hand, “Breaking Bad’s” Walter White—played by the brilliant Bryan Cranston—seems to be in the same echelon as Dexter in terms of brilliance and canniness. Both actors are remarkable in their depiction of unpredictable specimens who seem wholly concerned with themselves. This extreme amount of egocentricity and self-aggrandizement is why shows like “Dexter” and “Breaking Bad” have been wildly successful by keeping audiences engrossed through their elaborate plots. These two masterminds have their strengths and weaknesses, but if the two faced off given a fixed circumstance, it would be interesting to see who comes out on top. Here’s the objective: Each assailant has a week to prepare using whatever resources he can marshal, then he must kill the other person. The mental and physical status will be mid-series form (Season 3 for Walt, season 4 for Dexter.) Here’s how I think it plays out…

          Dexter catches wind of Walt’s mischievous behavior and immoral doings by using his department’s resources and understands that Walt perfectly matches Harry’s code. Dexter begins to stealthily hunt behind his chameleon-like guise. Walt, conversely, has a keen intuition that he’s being followed and notices Dexter’s car has been lingering by his house for the past two nights. By becoming cognizant of Dexter’s vigilance, Walt decides to plan a sneak attack by manipulating Skyler into thinking Dexter is actually a henchman working for Gus, who has interest in causing strife to the family. When Skyler approaches Dexter’s vehicle as a diversion, Walt surprises Dexter with a gun at close range, leaving Dexter flabbergasted. Walt gets in the car and tells Dexter to drive, with the roscoe still pointed at his head. Unbeknownst to Walt, Dexter has an M-99 syringe in his cup holder; he uses his supreme hand-to-hand combat skills to knock the gun away, then swiftly injects the Etorphine in the syringe into Walt’s neck.

         Walt—drowsy from the analgesic—comes to, only to realize he is lying on the dishonorable table, wrapped in plastic. But, oddly enough, Walt is extremely poised, as if he’s been through this before. He and Dexter begin to bicker and reprimand each other about how they’re both doing equally bad and unpardonable things. Walt’s persistence and sincerity begins to befuddle Dexter. Walt then begins to launch into a diatribe about Dexter’s sister, Debra. He tells him, “Are you willing to kill the man who holds the key to your sister’s life?” Dexter, taking Walt’s word with only a grain of salt, suddenly pulls out his blade and slowly incisions Walt’s facial epidermal layers as he’s done to all of his previous victims. Dexter profoundly states, “Any scum who poisons little kids (Brock) doesn’t deserve to exist on this planet.”

          Then Dexter, hysterical with laughter, grabs a meat cleaver and says, “It’s time to accelerate your death process” while Walt smiles, then he cocks back and gashes Walt’s neck. But, surprisingly, immediately after Dexter ends Walt’s life, a phone begins ringing beneath Walt’s corpse. Dexter, extremely perturbed, answers and hears Debra shout, “I don’t want to die!”after which Dexter hears a faint ticking sound, which leads to a loud explosion. Dexter screams, “NOOO…” and slowly plays out the scenario in his head, only to glean that Walt had calibrated a bomb to go off when his heart stopped beating. Dexter, overwrought by his sister’s death, is unthinkably shaken up. In the final scene, as the camera pans out from Debra’s grave, Dexter’s voiceover says: “The life not worth taking.”

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