"The Ritual"was, as the name suggests, a ritual that Dexter Morgan carried out within a Kill Room. The ritual consisted of Dexterconversing with his victims (informing them of their misdoings) before killing them.
Plot and Use
After capture, Dexter moves his target to aKill Room. This is where he carries out his Kill Ritual. First, he removes the target's clothing and secures him (or her) to his table (usually with shrink wrap). If tranquilized, he waits for the target to awake. Dexter completes the effect by taping pictures of his target's victims on to a nearby wall, and even lighting candles. Then, using a scalpel, he collects a drop of blood from the target's cheek to keep as a trophy. During this process, he confronts his victim to make him face the crime(s) that he committed. Dexter often speaks with his victim about what he personally is and about his life, although he makes certain to show the victim the "monster" inside of him. For the kill, he uses one of his various toolsand always executes the victim while he is conscious. His kill method is sadistic -- restraint, dominance, intimation -- and Dexter finds the ritual “intoxicating.” As he kills his victim, he may bear a contented look or even gleeful smile (such as when he stabbed Little Chinoin the heart). By taking the life of a killer, Dexter not only satisfies his "urge," but feels confident that his actions will save innocent lives. Lastly, Dexter dismembers the body and puts the parts into black trash bags for disposal from his boat.