I don’t enjoy Hannah just because Dexter does! I really, truly enjoy them together. The two have great chemistry, they’re well acted, and I really like their recent developments. I just made a post about her actually that I think lays it out pretty well. I don’t wanna get to repetitive here but basically, I really love the ways that she’s helped him to open up. She’s helping him to grow up and that’s part of why I loved Rita too. I think Rita, and now Hannah, have helped him do the most growing (Lila and Lumen did to, but less). And in my opinion, I think that’s a lot of what love is about… when you stay with a person, even through all their tough stuff, through ups and downs, and you grow together.
He grew with Rita and she grew with him. He opened up and she learned to trust again. She took him from being a shell of a man, to a man with a family, with children, she made things matter to him that never would have mattered before. He took her from being a scared, broken and beaten woman, to a strong, happy, and confident woman.
She took him halfway. Lumen helped him heal from the pain of losing her, another bit of necessary growing.
But with Hannah, he’s made even more leaps and bounds. By the time we met her, yeah, we know he can feel. But still not as strongly as most. And he was still going around pretending he was a puppet to the DP, shrugging off responsibility for everything he is. She’s helped him grow up in a lot of ways. And she helped him learn to look to the future. She’s given him an ability to be open in a way that he’s never been able to - in a way he deserved, but couldn’t have.
And I don’t think we often think about it from Hannah’s perspective… but I like it from her perspective too. I think earlier in the season she was talking about how she shut herself off, how she was searching for a way to fill the emptiness. But it never worked, so eventually she just stopped, cut herself off from everyone and every thing. She’s been hurt a lot in her life, as we can see now. Is it an excuse for the innocents she’s killed? No. Just as what happened to Dexter is not truly an excuse for what he does. But it’s the reason we are able to put our hesitation aside for a moment and try to understand these people. Anyways. Like I said, she’s been hurt and betrayed by the people in life again and again. And along comes Dexter.. who for once, actually gives a shit. Who goes out of his way to do things for her. With genuine intent. She’s not used to people giving a shit about her. And that’s why she loves him. And I think that’s beautiful too.
I just have a lot of feelings about them 8(
As for what she’s done to Dex? Well, I don’t know what to say to you on that one because I enjoy what it’s done for him. Yeah he’s kinda spiraling out of control, making really stupid decisions that are gonna get him caught… I expected that to happen anyway. Because when you open yourself to emotion, things get messy. (For instance - presumably Dex’s killing went without a hitch until season 1. He’d been doing it for, what, 15 years already then? And then suddenly Brian comes into his life, and it opens a floodgate of emotion that his created problem after problem for every year after. All because he was made to feel again). He’s grown a lot emotionally, and I think it’s the crash course he was on from the beginning - feeling truly.. human. In the end. It’s the point of the series. The catch is, becoming human is what’s gonna bring about his death.
As for watching a different character? Well Dexter has always had many different masks. And people grow, and people change. He is a different person now, because he’s grown with the years. He’s not the same person he used to be. And neither am I the same person I used to be. But he’s not so drastically different that it’s unbelievable to me. I like who he is. I’m not saying you have to! I just do. :)