Dexter Series Finale Post Mortem: EP Reveals Why [Spoiler] Had to Live and [Spoiler] Had to Die, Talks Alt Endings and Dissects That Final Scene

Dexter Series Finale Post MortemWarning: This story contains spoilers from Dexter‘s series finale. Read on with caution…

Now that you’ve had some time to process the events of the Dexter series finale —  in which Dex became a reclusive mountain man, Deb died (sob) and Harrison most likely wound up as an illegal immigrant of Argentina — let’s delve deeper into the bound-to-be polarizing send-off with a little help from executive producer Sara Colleton.

Here, the EP — who has worked on the Showtime saga since the very beginning — details the decision to let Dexter live, explains why the ending fans saw was the only one on the table (pun intended), breaks down the significance of that haunting final shot and much, much more.

TVLINE | Was there ever a scenario planned in which Dexter actually dies?
No, and the reason there wasn’t is that it’s not a fitting enough punishment for him. Going into exile away from everything that he knows and has become attached [to] in his whole infrastructure is a more fitting punishment for what his journey toward being a human being has cost everyone around him. If the central idea from the pilot on was: Here’s a guy who thinks of himself as a monster and yet yearns to be human… We’ve seen him on this journey – he started off as faking it but then became real somewhere along the line – and we’ve seen year-to-year what this journey has cost him. So, in the finale, the final price comes through… If he had listened to the Dark Passenger and stuck to the Code, he would never have left Saxon, he wouldn’t have thought that he didn’t need to kill, that he’s got a stronger pull. Deb, who was his touchstone and soulmate, died — and this was the only fitting punishment. He banishes himself, if you will, into exile. When he looks into the camera in the end [of the finale], the rest is silence; there’s not even a voiceover there anymore. It’s just emptiness… Committing suicide is too easy; that’s letting himself off the hook.

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TVLINE | It seems as though the writers approached the penultimate episode as Dexter’s happy ending and then the series finale as his realistic ending.
Yes! And that’s the cost of being a human being. Do you know how much easier it is to be a sociopath, and not to think and not to have anxiety and not to have hesitation or to love? I’m hoping that in addition to it making sense for Dexter’s specific journey, it is an analysis or a look at how hard it is to be a human being.

TVLINE | Is the takeaway meant to be that he’s no longer killing, but rather just living his life in solitude?
Yes. Anything that was a part of his life that gave it meaning is gone. He’s banished himself as far away from Miami and anyone he’s loved.

TVLINE | What went into having Dexter look directly at the camera in the final shot?
It’s that it’s just silence. There’s always been so much that you’ve been able to read into Dexter – twice before in the series, he looked into the camera, but always with a voiceover. And here he’s just got nothing. Nothingness. The rest is silent. Empty.

TVLINE | Was it always the plan for Deb to die?
Well, not from Year 1, but certainly two years ago when we mapped this out. Dexter [in the finale] is as close to being a human being as possible – he’s within a plane ride of achieving his happiness — but he hesitates that one moment. And Deb, who is the closest to him of anyone, [suffers].

TVLINE | Were there any other possible scenarios in which Dexter “kills” Deb, other than him taking her off life support?
That was always [planned]. In a completely fully-aware [moment] of love, at his most human, he does something that he’s had to do a million times: to take someone’s life. That’s the irony of that. There is a certain bravery because she’s living as a vegetable – I hope that if that ever happens to me I have a brother who loves me enough to take me off life support. But Dexter’s now aware enough as a human being that the guilt and the punishment of that will last a lifetime.

TVLINE | What, if any, alternate endings were thrown around the writers’ room? Did you always envision he’d end up where he ended up the way he ended up there?
[There was] never [an alternate ending]. We felt that it would be really cheating not to have an ending that was specific to what we wanted to say… This is always as we have planned it. I’m sure there will be a great bit of discussion and controversy about it, but for those of us who have been involved with the show from the very beginning, it feels — and it felt — right.

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TVLINE | Was there any concern that Dexter‘s rabid fanbase might take issue with the lack of any real closure on some of the storylines? For example, the manhunt that would inevitably happen for Harrison and Hannah, or the fallout from Dexter taking Deb from the hospital, etc.
All of those beats were fully discussed. [Showrunner] Scott Buck and [executive producer] Manny Coto, they nailed [the finale] in the first draft… There has to be a certain degree of ambiguity, because we can’t tie up [everything]. There was so much to do in a one-hour episode – I know people will wonder what’s going to happen to Quinn and Harrison and Hannah and everyone, but this has always been Dexter’s story. All of those things will be left to chew over, but we very specifically didn’t feel that those needed to be wrapped up.

TVLINE | Talk about the brilliantly loaded looks Quinn shot Dexter’s way after watching him kill Saxon.
Quinn’s always thought that there’s more to Dexter than meets the eye and that maybe he’s shaved off a few corners, but I don’t think it’s ever occurred to Quinn the extent of Dexter’s nocturnal journeys – and certainly not that he’s the Bay Harbor Butcher. But those looks are that Quinn completely knew that Dexter went in there with the intention to — and did indeed — kill Saxon. And Quinn absolutely approves. Finally, at this moment where their relationship is over, they have this relationship of mutual respect.

TVLINE | Was your understanding that Hannah believes Dexter is in fact dead?
Oh, I think she believes it. She knows that the hurricane was bearing down. At that moment, she believes that the reason she hasn’t heard from Dexter is because he was lost in the storm.

TVLINE | Any significance to Deb’s focus on hiking before she died?
She’s drugged up and coming out of it, so she was having weird thoughts. She’s already thinking about when she comes down to visit them in Argentina because there are mountains there.

TVLINE | Were any Deb/Dex scenes from previous seasons in contention to use in place of the newly shot flashback?
Nooo, because we wanted it to be about Harrison’s birth in the hospital and about the responsibilities of being a big brother and a father – which inform his decision to [kill Deb]. When he was driven just by the Code and the Dark Passenger, he could have just taken out the life support, but as a fully aware human being, he’s aware of the consequences and what the cost will be. But he loves his sister enough to know that he cannot leave her behind.

TVLINE | So, we now know that a potential spin-off likely won’t center on Deb or Kenny Johnson’s dead U.S. Marshall. Was there ever actual discussion about centering the project on either of those characters?
It was amusing more than anything. We would hear something about a U.S. Marshall spin-off or a Deb spin-off and we would laugh amongst ourselves, wondering where these ideas were coming from. We just wanted to complete the series; eight years is a long time.

TVLINE | Is there any one thing in this finale that you’re most proud of?
I love Dexter’s sum-up of his eight-year journey, before he goes in and knows he’s got to disconnect Deb’s life support: “As much as I may have pretended otherwise, for so long all I’ve wanted was to be like other people, to feel what they felt… Now that I do, I just want it to stop.” It has such a human feeling, the pain of being alive, and he feels it so acutely. It’s a beautifully written piece of voiceover that sums up the entire series…. To me that’s a very powerful moment where I understand that he understands what all of this has cost, and what he’s giving up.

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  1. MyHeadIsAlreadyHurting says:

    The worst episode of the series.

    • exclusivlee says:

      She doesn’t have a clue. All of this dexter is “human” stuff is the reason it all went to crap. He’s not human; that’s the point! No one watches “Dexter” to watch a “human’ story; that’s why we watch ‘Friends.” It’s like if Buffy the Vampire Slayer had decided that Buffy wasn’t a slayer anymore and we had to watch several seasons of that. Also, I really don’t like the way these producers don’t care at all about the fans’ reaction. We deserve better than this and I hope Showtime realizes that in the future. The fact is this writing team has no creativity. They don’t even think about the fact that a fugitive has to be disguised… no attention to detail. They don’t remember what happened in past seasons. They write scenes that are completely unrealistic. Again, this whole Deb had to pay a price for Dex’s humanity thing is total b.s. You can’t spend several seasons sayign Dex has no humanity and then suddenly say he does. Deb should’ve lived. She’s the hero of the piece and she’s been treated like she’s to blame for all of it.

      • Bored Now says:

        As someone who suggests that they are a Buffy fan, you’re really missing the point and the more appropriate comparison. If you’re going there then Spike’s story arc is a lot more on the nose. He had no humanity inside himself at all at yet fought to become human because he wanted to. Dexter wasn’t a born sociopath. There was no demon or even a chemical imbalance in his brain preventing him from finding his soul again. His experience as a child had created the Dark Passenger and the life he lived as an adult had given him the opportunity to beat it. Dex honestly believed he had no humanity but there were signs even from the very first season that this wasn’t the case. The life he had created for himself as a cover was never just that. That was the point of season eight and the strength behind why he true punishment was to live without that life.

        • exclusivlee says:

          Looking at donut box: “Empty — just like me.” Where did that go?

          • Bored Now says:

            You do get the concept of character development, right? The idea that a television character becomes something different to who they were when the show began through the events they experience over the years?
            The donut box quote related to who Dexter believed himself to be. The events of the last few years proved that he was was so much more. What’s hard to grasp about that?

          • exclusivlee says:

            Yes, I do understand the concept of character development. But you can’t spend SEVERAL seasons telling the audience one thing and then switch suddenly to a completely different idea….the fact is he doesn’t have a conscience, they even REPEAT that in season 8 when Vogel tells him he doesn’t feel bad about what happened to Laguerta because he’s not like Deb. He was responsible for SO many deaths, yet he never felt BAD. All of a sudden he has all of these feelings? Give me a break! If he had truly evolved, he would’ve felt bad about it all and it would’ve been crippling for him, way before Deb died. He doesn’t have a conscience. Are we watching the same show? They point out constantly how he’s NOT human, even in the final season.

          • Bored Now says:

            There is a massive difference between what you are saying and ‘the point’. ‘The point’ is several thousand miles away from where you are. I’d try to explain again but I fear that my efforts will be in vain.

            All I will say is this. You might benefit from watching the show from start to finish again and reading between the lines a little. You seem to take what is said by the characters at face value rather than seeing that what is said and what is actually seen are two very different things. Dexter was damaged and will never be entirely what we would call ‘normal’ when it comes to how he views the world and his own actions. He was always so much more than you believe him to be though. You are seeing things on a far too superficial level.

            Go back and watch again. See the events for what they are rather than taking the words spoken as gospel. You’ll get a whole new understanding of the character of Dexter Morgan.

          • Boycott those writers' next series says:

            Didn’t that quote seem to be Dexter not liking the feelings he’d acquired?

            Sure, character development is great stuff. But Dexter sort of retreated from it, after he killed Deb. Literally faked his own death away from Harrison, to go into solitude and be as cut off as he could be again.

        • Draz Ekiel says:

          read the books… You are wrong..

      • AM says:

        Actually, the series was about a soul-less killer being drawn into a human world and tries to live among real people. This is what made the 4th season so good – he develops a real connection with Rita and has a son – things that propel him to become more engaged with humanity. This is also why the end of that season was so crushing and effective. That they were trying to make it so that his desire to have both a happy life and living by the code led to people being hurt and that he couldn’t emotionally handle having a soul was the right direction. It was just poorly executed.

        The EP identified the problem with the show. That the story was about Dexter and other characters having loose endings was okay. To effectively tell a story, this should not be okay. There were so many plot holes and characters doing things for no reason that the story fell apart. Examples: Why did Quinn stop going after Dexter when he suspected that he was evil? After Rita, Dexter being a single father and a killer was supposed to be what the show was about, but it was abruptly ended – kids were shipped off and Harrison was dropped off with the greatest babysitter ever (Jaime, the 24/7 babysitter). Deb accepted Hannah… why did this happen other than the writers getting lazy.

        Overall, the last few scenes were good. It was how the show should have ended. It was just that there was no attention to detail and everything that happened became a simple means to bring us to that end even if things made no sense. It’s not ambiguity – it was a lack of follow through and laziness to have so many character and plot holes.

        • canadian ninja says:

          The extra characters and their plots are a side effect of a show lasting so long. The writers start looking for paydirt with other actors so the weight of the series doesn’t all hang on the lead. Hence Quinn’s array of “why the hell am I watching this” storylines.

      • Gangstagrillz07 says:

        Amen. Well said.

      • mjkm84 says:

        I beg your pardon but you have come to the wrong show, go watch Buffy again (Nothing wrong with that… I loved the show too…I’s just that Dexter’s always been a bit more comlex).

        1. Being human is all what this show has been about from day one. It wasn’t the writers or the producers that told you that Dexter had no humanity, it was Dexter’s voice over that did – and for those who were getting the clues it was plain and clear from day one that Dexter was an unreliable narrator and this was were the fun began.

        2. The story – as I see it, from day one has never been that of a heartless serial killer. Dexter has never (not in season 1,2 or any season) been heartless. Dexter has always had a sense for justice that went far beyond “the code”. Dexter has never been indifferent to other people’s thoughts. His Killroom scenes made that clear. He did not want to kill these people – or torture them. The reason why he had them wake up before killing them was because he wanted them to face justice. He wanted to make them see what they had done wrong.

        3. Even in the end, Dexter is not a fully reliable narrator. Dexter thinks that he has all of a sudden become human, while the truth is that he’s just been a human monster. yes, a monster – but human still. Dexter’s journey – and all the character’s developement was not that of a psychopath becoming human. It was that of a traumatized man becomming aware of his feelings that has always been there.

        4. There is much more of the iceberg under the water that most viewers (me included) have ever seen. The last season strongly implicated that Vogel, traumatized by the loss of her own psychopathic son, saw psychopaths wherever she looked and therefore “created” Dexter who himself has never been a reak psychopath but only a young man who was traumatized himself.
        When you re-watch all episodes of Dexter, you will find that all the flashback scenes where Harry is puzzled about how well Dexter has managed to blend in, point in the same direction. … I could go on for hours about that and talk about the meaning of the “choosing him over me” symbolism, but I don’t have the time. So long story short:
        “When Dexter kiled Daniel Vogel, he killed his Dark Passenger”

      • waly says:

        she doesn’t have a clue? She was in the room when they were creating the series. You may not like it but my guess if of the two of you, you don;t have the clue. let go.

      • John says:

        well in the beginning they made it so realistic, and having so much followers, they got federal censorship so they had to make unrealistic crap because there is a lot of stupid people who could use TV show ideas in real life.

      • Charliebaby says:

        It’s true these writers and producers sucks, deb was one of the main characters on the show, she is one of the anchor and killing deb does not really justify the ending. And why would the writers allow Harrison to be with a serial killer like Hannah, I just don’t understand it.

      • Sorally Martinez from Boston MA says:

        I agree that Deb didn’t have to die I mean you could’ve made drama a different way. I agree that Debra had to live and be a hero! I also think we deserve better as audience, we pay attention to detail and remember past episodes. I think this ending was rushed and even though is Dexters story it would’ve been nice to see what happened to everyone else. It was a big disappointment for me that Debra died!

        • Mike G. says:

          Whole-heartedly agree: “…this ending was rushed…”

          Felt like the writers “mailed in” the whole last half of the season. And, in general these writers disrespected us fans.

          The fake search engine “Eliot” just to see how many of us they could trick into trying to find a non-existent website, to take advantage of our naive trust of the show, to demonstrate how many clicks they could generate.

          It reminded me of the last season of Star Trek Voyager. The writers already had “proven” themselves, meaning they had their next jobs lined up and starting. And they knew the fans would watch until the end, or that it didn’t matter if fans stopped. One writer even compared it to writing in high school. Presumably after having been accepted to college, so the grades no longer mattered.

          Worse in Dexter’s case, the writers might even have convinced themselves they were doing good work, somehow. Or, they just put their minds after the fact into slinging BS to defend their bad job.

    • acicx says:

      Stupid writers
      Why kill Deb ?
      Keep Deb alive, fake Dexter death, and lets us all think he’ll be back someday
      Tht’s it!

    • Tanya says:

      Deb, in the very least, deserved a proper funeral where her friends could pay their respects, as well as a decent burial. Dexter threw her in the dark ocean water the same way he did the monsters he murdered. Deb didn’t deserve that. I kept waiting for her to open her eyes and say “Wtf! f**kin’ Dexter? F**k you!”

      • Well, the producer explained in the interview that this was all about Dexter’s journey into being human; that being said, throwing Deb into the ocean (yes, the same way he threw so many true monsters) was him recognizing he is to blamed for her death, him and no one else.
        And, if you think about it, that action alone can be taken as the beginning of his purgatory: which ultimately will be the proof of him finally achieving the humanity he longed for so many years

      • Nick says:

        I personally found the ending extraordinarily beautiful. The whole chaotic imagery is used to portray Dexter’s feelings (Yep, newsflash, that storm is a metaphor, or mirror if you like, of Dexter’s feelings). The ending was quite fitting for a show bound to run out of intruiging plotlines to explore . This is of course strictly my opinion.

    • Mr Frost says:

      It was a fitting ending to a god awful season.

    • the end of Dexter was lame end of history.

    • Edward Brownlee says:

      I agree that this the worst episode ever. No real thought was given to the ending of each person.
      Deb should have lived. But if she had to die it would be much better if she asked Dexter to kill her.

      If Debra had her phone in her hand when returning the kill room again. She drops it and pulls her gun. She gets a few shots off but Simmon’s bullet ‘seems’ to kill Deb. Then we see Dexter about to get on the bus with his son and lover.
      Then we see Deb waking up on the floor of Simmon’s kill room. She tries to reach for her phone; remember she dropped it when pulling her gun. She realises she can not move anything except her head. She stars to cry and says Dexter I need you now and you aren’t F**king here. Then she looks at the phone and say out loudly Call Dexter Morgan. We see the phone light up and ring Dexter. Dexter takes the call. He hears Deb as she calls out Dexter I need you here She starts sobbing between her words. saying I;m in Simmon’s kill room and I can;t move. Thinking that Simmons has turned things around and now has Deb in his chair. He gets Hannah to take Harrison as that happened in the episode. He then goes back to find Deb not in the chair but sprawled in the same position we saw her fall. Dexter runs to her and sees she does not have much blood seeping out but the wound is quite high on her back. he checks he for other injuries but can’t see any.
      Deb says why can’t I move? He asks her to move various body parts. Nothing but her head. He looks at her wound and sees bone from her spine sticking out unnaturally. He tells she has a broken neck. She asks if it can be fixed. Dexter reluctantly; with tears in his eyes says there is too much damage. She cries and asks if she will be stuck like this for the rest of her life. He says I’m sorry but yes, from what I know I’ve seen this in some victims. of a serial killer who cut his victims spines in the same area. This killer tied them up from supporting frames used them as puppets (show Dexter’s memory of finding the killer’s; now all dead, puppet show when looking for evidence of guilt.)
      Deb really starts to cry now. She says I can’t live like this, especially if you’re gone. Dexter says I’ll stay you need me. She replies But I can’t live like this. You’re going to have to kill me. Dexter replies no,no,no, You’re my sister I can’t But you have to. do this one last thing for me before you leave my life forever. I’ll not be forever, he replies. Be serious Dexter, both know you going with Hannah is leaving me forever. He denies it but she says I’m your sister. I know how you are with women. You’re too obsessed with her to leave her even to visit me. I knew it when you told me you were leaving. It cut me up inside that you chose he over me. I still love you Dexter. He apologises saying I can’t. She accepts who I am, since you’ve known It has been eating you up inside, about what I am. I won’t put you through that as more than a brother. Well you won’t now Kill me she replies. If you don’t I’ll just refuse to eat. It will longer and more painful. Please Dexter don’t leave me like this. Dexter reluctantly agree. But he can’t just leave her here. Record a message for Joey from me asking for help here. You can play it after I’m dead. Then you’ll have time to leave without rushing. I’ll even record a voice activation for the phone to activate.
      If this is to look like you died without assistance it will have to be suffocation. I know she replies. She records the message. Then she asks Dexter for one final thing..Kiss me as I’ve always wanted you to. He leans forward and gives her a real lovers kiss. She smiles and says I love you. And nods. He pushes her tongue back into her throat and says suck hard. We hear strangled noises from her throat and just as they are about to stop Dexter says I love you. We hear one last strangled noise and it stops. We see Dexter reach for his Phone. We next see Dexter about to get on a bus when Matthews calls him and Simply says Debra’s been taken to hospital It’s bad. I’m on my way Dexter replies. We see Dexter arrive at hospital. We see Joey sitting crying saying I wasn’t quick enough I should have quicker. Matthews and a doctor walk over to Dexter and the Doctor says I’m afraid your sister has died. What. Dexter replies. we go on through the usual sorry etc. What had happened to her and that she was DOA. Dexter puts on the good shocked brother routine. Matthews asks Dexter if MMP can say Debra’s in critical care to news to see if they can draw out the killer. Dexter agrees things go as episode except for Deb’s death sequence. Dexter recovers Debs Body from Morgue. He drives the boat out as before. He stops as before but as he is about to through Deb over the side he says you don’t belong with them. He puts her back on the bench seat and heads off into the storm as before but this time together with his sister.

      I know this is a long winded post but I just wanted people to hear what I thought would have been a more fitting ending for Debs.
      Thanks for reading

    • Ben says:

      Next time don’t put the spoilers IN THE FREAKING TITLE OF THE ARTICLE -.- Be more vague and just say the article contains spoilers.That way if I don’t want to know the spoiler, I don’t read the article. Thanks a lot, ugh.

    • Ceasar Clayton says:

      Please please- Dexter , the movie – the man hunt, Hannah, Dexter, Harrison kinda grown up. You would make so much money of this and make your fans super happy. Same characters or nuthing. Happy ending where dexter and Hannah make it and live a normal life. Hannah lies to harrison, Harrison finds Dexter, Harrison is a killer. Hannah is in trouble, Dexter and Harrison go to Argentina and save her. I dont know but something to keep it going. I always said not even Breaking Bad was as good as Dexter.

  2. M3rc Nate says:

    I was disappointed. I feel similar to how i felt when i finished the ending of Mass Effect 3. All of this tension of getting caught and of getting killed…and it ends this way? Like Lost’s finale it just felt tonally totally different than the entire rest of the series. Dont get me wrong there were things i liked, how he (EP) talks about Deb dying (and Dexter killing her) and how he pretended, then wanted to become a normal human with feelings, and now he finally has and he doesnt like what hes feeling.

    It just feels like its WAY to open ended, it feels like there should be a 2 hour movie about how he ….something and has to go find Hannah and Harrison or something…i dont have a problem with slow endings, or a thinking-mans ending, or a fade to black…but this just doesnt feel organic to the past 8 seasons of his life…which is ironic considering it came from someone who created the show as was there since the beginning.

    Lost’s finale makes me say to friends/family who havent seen the show yet: “Dont watch it, the show was amazing but the ending literally ruined the show for me”…Fringe ending: “It tied up things quite beautifully and though it didnt give you everything you had hoped, it gave you exactly what you needed”….Dexter? : “The series had its good, great, and meh seasons, so watch it, the ending was a very weak meh, but it doesnt null and void the series as a whole or dis-respect the series”.

    • Jess says:

      Lost’s ending, though, was stupid and not thought out at all. This ending for Dexter has been the plan since the beginning. And it makes sense. There’s no way he was going to be happy without Deb, even with Hannah and Harrison. The only two solutions were him dying or him isolating himself. And him dying is too easy. and it’s a cop-out. While him isolating himself, being alone, away from everyone he loves, everything he knows, being inside his mind by himself at all times. It makes sense. It’s perfect.

    • the danger says:

      well said about lost, fringe, and dexter. exactly my reaction to all.

    • DL says:

      I don’t want to make this about Lost, but for me, I’d say to people, “Don’t get wrapped up in wanting answers from the show; if you’re interested in watching a TV show that has a lot of mystery, but ultimately is about deep, compelling characters, their relationships with one another, and how they’ve changed one another through their harrowing journey, then check it out.” Because no, Lost didn’t pay off the mysteries at all. But I felt it DID pay off the relationships, and for me, that was the most important part. Even if the ending made little sense.

      • M3rc Nate says:

        True, i would concede to that argument and if they knew that going in, i could recommend watching Lost, but still for me personally, the ending ruined the series, why would i want to start re-watching it or own in on bluray if the ending utterly pulverized the series for me? I dont.

  3. DarkDefender says:

    I was not left as satisfied after watching, as I feel after this explanation. I did notice the lack of VoiceOver and I think the silence off the episode was deafening. I get it. I really like it. And Dexter not having it all (and having the stark opposite – nothing).. is apropos. I also like to think he continues to feed his compulsion to kill. It is a lonely life.. And my Sunday nights will no longer be the same. Bravo.

  4. Big Mike says:

    Justify it all you want. The fact remains that a LARGE portion of your audience feels like you laid a turd on their dinner plate.

    • Ruby says:

      Yep, pretty much this. I usually try to stay positive cuz these threads get enough hateful crap, but the only good thing i have to say about this season is that Jennifer Carpenter was outstanding as usual, even with the downright embarrassing work she was given. This entire season read like a bad fanfic from a 16 year old who is coming into the fandom halfway through, with no knowledge of who these characters actually are. I have never been so disappointed by a show in my life.

      • Olivia says:

        Dear God yes, Jennifer has been nothing but amazing as Debra Morgan. Or, like she would say “f***ing amazing”! I hope we will see her in a good show really soon, I need her on my screen.

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    • Dmac says:

      Really, as you and others like you seem to be an expert on how shows should end…what would you have done? To me Deb had to die, she was human and made awful choices and killed an innocent and I don’t think she would have forgiven herself or been able to live with what she had done. The Deb we knew was gone and was replaced by someone who when push comes to shove will kill to protect her brother and that wasn’t okay with her.

      • Erin says:

        The problem wasn’t the way the show ended, it was the lead up to that ending. Every single character was acting like a moron. Dexter flip-flopped on his “I have to kill Saxon!” resolve, like, ten times. Hannah never once thought to dye her goddamn hair. Subplots that led absolutely nowhere were continually shoved down our throats. It was awful.

        I don’t disagree with Deb dying. But having her stroke out OFF SCREEN!??! Having her be shot by the weakest villain the show has ever written? Come on.. Deb deserved better than that crap.

        • tripoli says:

          Well said. The entire last season never felt like it was the last one. So many sub plots and new characters that ultimately went no where. And I’m totally with you on Hannah dyeing her damn hair. May not have helped a ton but at least it would have given her a bit of an edge while trying to evade capture. I’m okay with Deb dying but it was a bit annoying to have her fine one minute and dead the next and that we never got to see her final moments, fighting for life. Would have prefered she’d just died at the scene and gotten to see more of the gut reactions from Dexter, Quinn, Batista, etc upon learning of her death. Of course that would have robbed us of the final moments between Dexter and Deb but they did have a decent goodbye before she was shot so maybe it would have been fine that way. Don’t know. Still processing how underwhelmed and disappointed I was in the ending.

  5. Jana says:

    I loved the episode. I thought it was the perfect conclusion to Dexter and the scene on the open water was epic.

  6. Iwasyourbiggestfan says:

    Meh. Dexter doesn’t die because Showtime and Sara Colleton can only hear the clanking of the bell around the cash cow’s neck. Crass BS. I hope Michael C. Hall hasn’t agreed to be involved with anything DEXTER related.

    • Jess says:

      Cash cow? Dexter is over. This is the ending of his story. He’s not going to be on any spinoffs and the show’s already over…

  7. cookie kirkland says:

    I knew that when the doctor said Deb would be a vegetable Dexter would kill her. Bravo,bravo!! I liked the finale. Yes there were what ifs,but I don’t care. I loved that Dexter had to go and kill Saxton,I keep thinking Saxton was going to rat Dexter out,but I guess he was holding his cards as leverage for later. Poor Dexter being banished to a life of nothing less. That was his prison. I shed a tear for him. Also was sad Deb never got to marry or have a child,all because she got mixed up with a serial killer. What a price she paid. Farewell “Dexter” I’ll miss ya. Much love to all, cast,writers and crew!!!

    • Daisy says:

      Exactly this. The ending wasn’t perfect but it was delightfully tragic and not with a cheesy happy ending for all kind of thing. His mistake was not killing Saxon when he had the chance and his sister paid the price. He destroys everything he loves, all the way back to Rita. And so he chooses to be alone. Sure it would’ve been nice if Dexter had a happily ever after along with Deb but this seems more genuine to the idea of a serial killer. A likable serial killer, but a serial killer nonetheless.

    • Susan says:

      Actually it goes back to Harry, who killed himself when confronted with the reality of what he created in Dexter.

    • Pam says:

      The show dexter was awesome! And the way they ended it really was creative because no one guessed that! The show is called Dexter not dexter and friends. The focus never was about anyone but him. The other storylines were intertwined but never to cast the shadow of him. All of you seriously expect way too much from a shows end and don’t appreciate what really mattered! It was sad and it was hard but it really was the most appropriate end.
      I will miss it so…. Michael c hall u r fantastic!!!! Dexter Sunday nights won’t be the same! Congrats!

  8. Fantastic ending. I’m already sick of the whining from the entitled babies that the show didn’t end the way they wanted it to.

    • M3rc Nate says:

      Its not whining, and its not entitlement. People are just responding to the shows ending with their personal views and opinions. I didnt think it was fantastic, i dont really even think it was good, it didnt end how i wanted it to, that doesnt mean im whining about it or that i think im entitled to it ending how i wanted it to…i do think there is something to be said when a show has 80% of its viewers strongly disliking/not enjoying the ending of your show. I dont know exactly what it means, does it mean they should have changed how they ended it? i dont know…they wrote it since the beginning making it theirs, beginning-middle-end. If i create something i have the right to create it and end it however i want..its MINE…so i get that they have the creative right to write it and end it HOWEVER THEY WANT. But dont expect me to sit quietly with my hands under my butt, not expressing my dislike in the COMMENTS section of this website. And no i dont only comment on things i dont like, actually more often i comment on things i LOVE.

      This ending is different than the Mass Effect 3 ending and how the fans up-roared in disapproval and got the ending somewhat changed in a DLC update. That was because the “Creator/Game Runner” said from the beginning that the series wouldnt end in a “Option 1, option 2, option 3” style ending, and thats exactly what it did, except it was “Option Red, Option Blue, Option Green” and the ending didnt fit the plots at all. The writers of Dexter never made promises, or hinted at a ending that involved Dexter dying or being caught…so they have every right to do whatever they want.

      • Jason Cain says:

        Actually the head creative forces for the final season haven’t been driving the creative vision since the beginning. It was Clyde Phillips’s show for the first 4 seasons before he left, another writer took over for season 5 then Scott Buck ran things for the final 3 seasons.

      • Luna says:

        You can’t possibly make a statement likst “… when a show has 80% of its viewers strongly disliking/not enjoying the ending of your show.”…. Where do you get 80%? Because I can promise you that those that dislike an ending are FAR more vocal than those that like it. For every complaint on here I am sure there are at least 3 or 4 fans sitting around at home going “That was a nice way to wrap it up” or “Not what I was expecting, sad, but good”.

        I think everyone has a right to their opinion. I was sad that Deb died, I wish she would have lived and would have been engaged to Joey however her dying, or worse becoming a vegitable so that Dex had to be the one to kill her was far more poetic as was him living alone and silent.

        I have my own thoughts of different endings that i would like to have seen however most of the comments on here and other sites are in fact not sharing opinions but whining and complaining. You seem like you have a decent head on your shoulders but that can’t be said for most of the people who are commenting with “OMG 8 YEARS OF MY LIFE WASTED”. So dramatic!

        I love Dexter. It had its ups and downs for me the entire season but the ending felt perfect to me for how they handled the show all these years.

    • Auntie Ralph says:




      1.The fact of having a right to something.
      2.The amount to which a person has a right.




      1.A stupid person.

    • Luna says:

      I agree completely!

  9. scorpo says:

    Did they let the producers of Lost do the finale of Dexter? This whole season was a snooze.

  10. neha says:

    Eh, I think that their ideas were good (Dexter losing Debra, his son, and his “passion” at the end), but just very poorly executed.

    • Dré Miller says:

      Agreed. It was just rushed. I feel like they had some good ideas. It just didn’t translate to screen the way they wanted it to. Even that fade to black at the end felt rushed because it all just really fit the right way. Sigh, oh well.

  11. Ashley says:

    I said several seasons ago that if Deb died I would be done watching. Even though there are no more episodes left, I still feel unsettled because Dexter is living in the alternate tv world and Deb is at the bottom of Miami Bay. I wished I had stopped watching at the penultimate ep. and moved on to my next series. Bummer.

  12. David4 says:

    Manny Coto is an EP?!?!

    Boy he could do a lot better.

  13. I think I would have been satisfied if the last shot was either Dexter sailing off into the storm or Hannah and Harrison destination ice cream. But at least with Dexter vs the storm, there’s the ambiguity.

    Having read this interview, I can understand why they made him a recluse but I’m leaning on the side of not liking it.

  14. superpissedformerfan says:

    I firmly believe that the entire last season, and especially the finale, cheapened the entire series. You took something great and ruined it. You betrayed your fans and you should be ashamed.

  15. David says:

    Kind of feel like they did the ending the way they did only to set up a possible continuation of some kind dien the line.

  16. Kevin says:

    I was very disappointed. I’ve seen too many shows recently where a main character, like Deb, or the brother on Revenge, appear initially like they could die right away from a gun shot or explosion or whatever but then they are taken to a hospital and seem to be fine and are talking away and then all of the sudden, wouldn’t you know there is a complication and their dead, at least brain dead. Here Dexter could have presumably, as next of kin, lawfully had Deb removed from life support. Instead of the ridiculous scenario of him driving up to the dock of a hospital in a boat, which I thought he had already sold when he planned to go to Argentina?? Then he takes Deb off life support and wheels her out to the boat with nobody noticing?? And then he is driving off into a fake looking Hurricane, it reminded me of the campy 1960s Batman movie, where Batman is driving around in a boat . Cheesy. And then he becomes a lumberjack in the Northwest. What?? Give me a break. I loved most of series. But, this finale was horrible.

    • Ruby says:

      Completely agree with you. There was a spoiler going around that Quinn knew about Dexter all along but never told anyone because he agreed with what Dex was doing, and once Dexter was gone, Quinn picks up where he left off. For all the crap they *did* do in this finale, at least they didn’t actually do *that*.

      • Faster says:

        I think going there would have been worlds better than what they did do in the finale. I was in the camp that believed Quinn knew all along who Dexter was and what he did, or at least since the blood on the shoe incident, but never contemplated that he would pick up where he left off. I still do think that Quinn knew about Dexter, but this finale didn’t even care to tell us what happened to any of the characters. Terrible all around.

  17. JK says:

    agreed, superpissedformerfan, except for some stellar performances by Charlotte Rampling and Jennifer Carpenter I was dissappointed.

    The show should have died with dignity last season. Deb shoots Dexter in the shipping container .The End

    • Bevin Chu says:

      “The show should have died with dignity last season. Deb shoots Dexter in the shipping container .The End”

      There’s a lot to be said for that season ending doubling as the series ending. Perhaps with some further elaboration. For example, Dexter could have ruminated on his own demise in voice over, sort of like the Bill Holden character in “Sunset Boulevard.” The whole first person narrative would have been preserved, from beginning to end.

      Had the writers gone that route, the series arc would have remained totally consistent, tightly plotted, and sharply focused.

      Something analogous should have happened with “Lost” as well. The last couple of seasons of Lost frittered away everything that had been built up in earlier seasons. The survivors should have been rescued, returned to civilization, and the island should have remained an unsolved mystery they could reminisce about to each other and their grandchildren. The stuff of legend.

      Personally I think the creators of “Fringe” handled their series ending the most deftly.

  18. Carlos says:

    I would have been fine with. Deb recovers and goes back to detective work. Dexter, Hannah and son make it to Rio. Then a little Dexter side kill in Reo to show he hasn’t completely lost it. Less is more.

    But, instead they decided to take a big “lost” crap in my mouth.

  19. Auntie Ralph says:

    I love how Dexter surviving driving into a freaking hurricane and surviving is considered a realistic end.

  20. Bubba says:

    Limped to the finale…and then fell off that mountain. What a waste of 8 years.

  21. McQuade says:

    Worst ……. Ending ……. Ever ………

  22. Juan says:

    There were some things about the final episode/season that I think someone in the writers room should have said “really?”
    I do appreciate the idea they were trying to present. After all, DEXTER has always been about a man struggling to fit in 2 diff worlds. The loss of Deb finally made him choose one and he chose the dark side. That is chilling and bitter sweet.

    I’d like to believe he went into the Hurricane to die, though he still survived and decided to live alone to stay away from the human connection.

    Again, great ideas…poorly done.

  23. Lovenr says:

    I really enjoyed the finale. Yes who wouldn’t have wanted some outlandish happy ending but this is dexter not Gilmore girls. Dexter had to die or end up in jail well he ended up in his own cell of his making it fit. Dexter is not a happily ever after show and how they finished it was appropriate!

  24. Chris says:

    They made him end as a coward. Sorry to say so!
    Finally he had developed human feelings and had to face the fact, that it is not just happiness. Right then he should have stood up as a man and faced all the grief and sorrow but take care of the ones he loved.
    He screwed up when he did not kill Saxon, but he screwed up as the human, he had become. Humans don’t just kill because it is the easiest way.
    He should have realised that being human can be terrible, but all along is better than hiding in exile. For him and the ones he loves and who love him.

    “Given the choice between the experience of pain and nothing, I would choose pain”
    – William Faulkner

    Personally my hope is, that after a while he realises and heads to Argentina…

    It would not be a real happy end, it is a human end. And that is where this series was always aiming to.

  25. Bored Now says:

    Honestly, guys, I’m wondering how long it’s been since many of you watched the early seasons and the character transitions that have occurred over the years. This ending (the season as a whole in fact) was always where this was going. It really surprises me how many people think that it doesn’t fit when it’s been fairly clear that this has been Dexter’s destiny from the start. His humanity was the goal from day one. The punishment he will suffer for discovering it and having to live with its weight with his entire world gone is the ultimate irony and why the end worked so well.

    The same goes for LOST though. The final episodes were so appropriate but people mistook their own opinions as to how the show should end with actual good writing. A couple of minor rushed issues aside, LOST ended exactly how it was supposed to and works as a cohesive story. It’s such a shame that so many people can’t see that because it’s all there to be seen.

    • Maryann says:

      LOST was NOT cohesive. That was the problem. They spent the entire final season teasing a sci-fi ending, then the entire, season-long flash sideways turned out to be metaphysical. The actual final episode was not bad, but the entire final season turned out to be ashes.

      • Bored Now says:

        Misdirection does not equal a lack of cohesion. Just because you were led to believe something doesn’t mean the writers ever intended other than they presented. Besides, anyone paying attention knew that the flash sideways world could never have been an alternate reality, therefore the fact it didn’t turn out to be shouldn’t have been a shock to anyone. Again, it comes down to paying attention and remembering what you had been told before. Jack’s actions at the end of season five could only ever have created the very future they had already come from. The basis of time travel in LOST only ever allowed for predestination, rather than wibbley wobbley timey wimey type possibilities. Perfectly cohesive story telling.

  26. man says:

    I would’ve been angry if Dex died in a stinking hurricane lol. My second favorite show next to Sopranos is over :( I feel like I know those guys personally. Thanks for making my Sunday nights something to look forward to.

  27. Frank says:

    Brilliant ending. Leaves you wondering if at some point in the future he will make contact with Hannah. Faking his death was sort of like erasing his past. A past that could come back to haunt Hannah and Harrison. Give him some time and he’ll come around… maybe see if he can live and let live before he goes to Argentina. Surely he understands that he needs to be there to protect Hannah and Harrison, since there will be an ongoing investigation. At least from a distance he gets to play his cards… if Harrison is ever taken into state custody upon tracking him down, Dexter would come out of the woodwork. Nothing incriminating except the strange disappearance, but nothing he couldn’t explain given the circumstances.

    Even if he were to continue his life of seclusion, it still makes for a great ending. Lets your mind wander a little… will he start vetting killers as a logger… more of a challenge to find a ready supply of killers to kill. Either way, it’s his own personal journey to work out. If he had died in the hurricane, there would be nothing left to feel (on our part). Deb Morgan had to die, otherwise she would have to continue to live with and be tormented by her terrible mistake. She is at peace. In a way, if Dexter did give up on life, he would be dishonoring Deb’s moral sacrifice in choosing him over Capt. Maria LaGuerta. That was the point at which she got entangled with Dexter’s life… leading all the way up to her death. It was her decision in the end. Deb even told Dexter before she died that she did not want him to feel guilty for the course of events… that she took responsibility for her life. Some part of Dexter recognizes that. Dexter can handle pain better than Deb. Better for her to have gone.

    Dexter’s stealing away of Deb’s body was dramatic and beautiful… out on his boat, right in the elements. One final trip with debs. Dexter still has two people he loves in Argentina. Even if he never makes contact with them, he can live with their having peace… and that will be enough for him.

    To all the whiners out there… and don’t say you’re not whining when you are… come up with a better fairytale ending that satisfies everyone. Give me a scenario where the ending could have been any darker and painful for him. The question all along throughout the seasons was whether he would eventually get caught… and if not, where were the inevitable consequences. No one wanted the memory of our favorite serial killer to be disgraced… and yet he couldn’t have had the bed-of-roses ending that some wanted… yet there are still possibilities. His chapter has not yet ended. Spin-off or no spin-off.

    • Bored Now says:

      The above comment is made of all kinds of win! Frank gets it. Well done Frank.

    • Chan says:

      Well said! Bravo!

    • Erika says:

      Awesome awesome explanation of the ending. Voiced my opinion excellently. :)

    • Jackson says:

      Totally agree!

    • Ruby says:

      What part of “I’m gonna drive my boat into a hurricane and kill myself so I don’t do to Hannah and Harrison what I did to Deb and everyone else I’ve ever met” makes you think the show left it open ended as to whether he’ll go see Hannah?

      • Frank says:

        Good point. Question is whether he will have the sheer will power to stay away. Sometimes people change their minds… Maybe Dexter will change in the process if he can stay away from killing. Open ended is for Dexter, not for us.

    • Marguis says:

      Oh jeez. Here we go with the fan fiction.

      • frankman777 says:

        Not so much fan fiction… Just a thought process. Isn’t it all fiction from beginning to end, anyways? You crack me up.

    • Kathryn says:

      Well said. Can’t agree more! Thank you!

    • Cheli says:

      A++ comment, not often can a show make me feel like crap over a characters death. I am truly gutted Debra died but can see the reasons why. It was a great show, can’t wait to see the actors in other things.

    • digitalred93 says:

      Exactly! If I have any complaints, they’re more about the directing of the episode and maybe the final editing, too. We needed more “air” to be allowed to connect with what Dexter was going through.

    • jheela says:

      Yes. Exactly. Dead or in prison was always the obvious coming conclusion in most peoples minds. This last season added a surprising happily ever after option. The actual ending left me feeling nothing for an hour or so. However, looking on it after a night of sleep, I now see that it was a brilliant way to end it. None of my preconceived endings were right. Prison, Death, Happiness… Nope. This was a very good way to end it. Self-imposed Exile. The empty nothingness I felt at the end is, to me, a symbol of all Dexter is left with.

    • says:

      i agree with 100%. Debra wrapped in the pure white sheet against a stormy sea was the perfect metaphor for the entire show. She’s a good person who got swallowed by dexter, the dark stormy sea. The way her body sunk made me feel like his humanity sunk with her and all that was left was the dark passenger. it was such a beautiful surreal scene. I loved it. i think him dying would have been too easy a way for him to get away with how he damaged the ones he loved. it was the perfect punishment. prison or lethal injection seems unfitting for him since i dont view him as a criminal i view him as a tragic hero. heros dont get the lethal injection. heros isolate themselves for the greater good of his loved ones no matter how much it kills them inside. besides miami metro is dumber than a bag of rocks. what does that say about dexter if he gets caught by those bunch of morons.and what would they say about it if he got caught. Oh maria laguerta was right all along. god knows we dont want anyone saying that ever. he’s better than that so the only thing that should be able to kill dexter should be the forces of Nature (the storm), the powers that be (god) or dexter himself.

    • drac2you says:

      I’m with Frank, I’m one of the people who feels the ending was appropriate. That being said, I was just able to see the last two seasons on a streaming service, accounting for my much delayed response here. That said, the finale was heart-wrenching. I was stunned. The whole ending made my brain spin uncontrollably, I’m still trying to wrap my head around it; but overall, the ending fit. Some of the production was a bit off, but I was able to overlook these things to follow the rest of the story.Some of the things that happened stretched the imagination almost to outlandish, but that is Hollywood’s job after all to make us go along with it for that moment in time.

    • melody says:

      I strongly agree with you I love your post just so blunt like it should be.

      • Rea says:

        I strongly DISAGREE. The writers abused us fans, using a fake websearch site in one episode, just to see how many of us they could trick into clicking, to prove their viewership.

        And they “short-timed” it, the ending. Nobody I know was satisfied with the ending. It reminded me of the final season of Star Trek Voyager. Where obviously the writers basically went through the motions for most of the episodes. And it felt cheaply, disparagingly done.

        The writers don’t deserve another chance.

        And, any series those writers are on, I know not to invest in

        (Some series advertise, “from the creator of ____.” ) .

    • herrbrahms says:

      Call me a hopeless romantic, but I clung to this idea that Saxon, having studied Dexter’s past through his mother’s files, would set up a kill room in a shipping container. As punishment for rejecting their truce, he would abduct Dexter, Deb, Hannah and Harrison, then proceed to kill Hannah and Deb before Dexter’s eyes with a chainsaw. Finally, he would slice up Dexter in the same way, leaving the 5 year old Harrison in a pool of his stepmom’s, aunt’s, and father’s blood.

      Daniel Vogel would have completed the work that his mother started and brought Dexter’s story to a full arc. Everyone Dexter cared about would pay for his humanity — most of all his son, who would be condemned to live with that horrible memory forever, and perhaps condemned to start the cycle anew.

  28. Paul says:

    Rank the seasons:

    Season 8 was pretty brutal. Not season 6 brutal, like wanting to throw yourself off a cliff brutal, but still pretty brutal. I own from Season 1 to Season 4 on DVD. For me, the show ends at the end of Season 4. I would say that is the perfect ending. Also, if you end at the end of Season 4 all loose ends are pretty much tied up, except for the fact that Dexter wants revenge and he can’t have it.

  29. I was actually really hoping for more from the Vogel relationship this season. When they introduced her, I though that it was going to turn out that She “created” Dexter. That when Harry went to her for help for his clearly disturbed son, she saw this as an opportunity to see if a psychopath could be “created”. That he had been following the code all along, THOUGHT he was incapable of emotion all along, but in reality, he was just a mind experiment if Vogel’s, and his becoming more “human” was really just his innate humanity finally asserting itself.

    I guess not.

    • Bored Now says:

      That isn’t far from what was actually presented. There was no malicious or even intentional plan to ‘create’ Dexter on Vogel’s part but in essence that is exactly what she and Harry ended up doing. Harry assumed the worst about Dexter from very early on and with obvious good reason but as Vogel came to realise in the final season, Dexter wasn’t simply a psychopath or sociopath. It was much more complex than that. Had Vogel known much earlier that Dexter had such potential for compassion and true feeling then maybe she would have spent more time developing a ‘cure’ for his Dark Passenger rather than simply harnessing it with the Code. Dexter might have lived a very different life if he had been given the opportunity to develop his human side rather than his serial killing skills. The humanity was clearly always there but Dexter spent so much of his life believing it was simply his ‘human facade’ that by the time he came to understand his full potential it was too late. Dexter’s final kill was actually his own humanity.

      • I agree with much of this. I wish Dexter had had more of a revelation about this and maybe had an “aha” moment conveyed to us through VoiceOver. It could have been a really powerful and emotional thing for him to realize fully that he could have been so much more.

    • Ruby says:

      There were a LOT of new storylines this year that ultimately went nowhere. I’m still baffled about the whole Masuka/daughter thing. What was the point of that?

      • jheela says:

        Masuka as a caring father clearly illustrated that personal growth is possible even in the most single dimensional of characters. His change is in many ways even more shocking than the changes Dexter went through.

      • tara17 says:

        Seems to me the point of that was to humanize Masuka and provide him with a sense of family + growth as to his behavior toward women, but I didn’t like the whole storyline. I appreciate the season and its finale from a story/writing angle, but I didn’t enjoy as a viewer.

  30. Mellotron says:

    Abysmal ending to an abysmal season.

    Nobody wanted the series to go in the direction it did.
    And if it had to, it could at least have had decent writing that didn’t induce eye-rolls every 5 minutes.

    Oh well, we can still enjoy the first 4 seasons. I Hope.

  31. Jace says:

    I honestly feel that it was a fitting ending for the show. Dexter was never about happy endings, and I would have been disappointed if they went with the cliches. It may have seemed rushed, and that’s really my only real criticism, but the rest of this season seemed to drag, so I’m ok with that.
    It was so sad to see Deb die, but this show has always been dark and about Dexter’s affect on the people he loved. I think once Deb found out about him, this was probably the only way it could end for her. She would never turn her brother in, and she was too moral to deal with the guilt of her role in his killings, especially LaGuerta’s murder.
    In the end, neither Dexter nor Deb were able to really change: Deb was the moral compass, and Dexter was a serial killer, who never felt bad about killing people, but felt incredible guilt over his affect on his loved ones. Dexter and Deb’s strong relationship was what always drove the show. Once Deb died, Dexter was truly over.
    Dexter was always a tragedy. And it had a tragic but fitting conclusion, IMO. He was punishing himself, while he made the sacrifice of freeing Harrison and Hannah, presumably for their own good. The end scene was chilling, I thought. He was truly alone.

  32. stevie says:

    the series is called DEXTER. not “the f’n morgans”
    great finale.

  33. Kim R says:

    I didn’t mind the finale. I understand the choices. I just wasn’t that crazy about the season. :)

  34. One of the worst series finale since The Sopranos?! :-(

  35. In my opinion, Season Five was the worst and it wasn’t the strongest creative year by far when Chip Johannessen took over for Clyde Phillips as showrunner and then he left as he passes the torch to Scott Buck in the last three seasons of Dexter. It deserves to end after eight seasons and the writing staff are the ones who are running out of ideas.

  36. There’s no getting around it, Dexter peaked during season 4 and probably should of ended after season 5. The past 3 seasons are completely non cannon in my mind. I know season 7 had its fans but in my honest opinion the show has been a parody of itself for 3 years. Just look at the way the actors have promoted the season & finale compared to the cast of Breaking Bad. Everyone has been phoning it in, and with the material they’ve been given who can blame them. I’m disappointed Michael C. Hall as executive producer and Jennifer Carpenter as the leading lady didn’t step up and say, “Actually this is pretty damn atrocious.” Good riddance to Dexter: The Lumberjack.

    • frankman777 says:

      Why didn’t you stop watching after season 4… at least half way through season 5? Admit it, you couldn’t get enough of Dexter… I’m sure you watched every episode right to the “atrocious” ending/ final season. Some advice: you don’t sound more intellectual when you criticize something, actually.

    • Faster says:

      Agreed. And to the person who said you didn’t stop watching because you “couldn’t get enough,” just NO. If you stick with a show for 4 or 5 years, you’re going to see how it plays out. The OP is right, this show should have ended after S4, and, while we all knew pretty early on in S5 that it had peaked, you have to finish a show you’ve stayed with that long. That being said, I do wish that we could hit the undo button on S5-8.

  37. Dave says:

    I do prefer happy endings. Having said that I didn’t think the finale was awesome but felt it did justice to the final season even though it felt a bit rushed. The more time i have to think about it the more it makes sense what they did. And I really liked the flashback

  38. frankman777 says:

    Everyone must admit that we got to see one damn good final kill. No remorse. “I wanted to look him in the eye”. Some absolutely magic scenes!

  39. Christine Damen says:

    The last shot of Dex looking? Swollen, as if he’d been crying for a long time. They musta packed his upper lip and cheeks in lieu of slapping him around to get the effect lol. Well my thoughts are that the shot was over too fast…on second viewing this morning I paused it and let it sink in a little more/made it more satisfying. The emotion. The true sadness. They should’ve let it ride for awhile. I’ll miss you Dex.

    • Rashesh Kumar says:

      Exactly!! They did not allow the silence to sink in, just gave it half a second or so. If emotions are what they wanted, then why rush off like a Sherlock episode ?

  40. Jesse says:

    Bit to unrealistic in my opinion, also a bit to open ended… I can see her ideas but the whole thing was rushed. The cast acted spot on, but the finale episode normally would have been at least 3 episodes. They just push leaving, the kill, the kill and all that stuff in 40 minutes.

    Also about the season it felt like they put in some storylines that are totally irrelevant. Masuka got a daughter, just so he made some time in the series. That black woman that went vs Quinn for promotion talked like for the first time this season. Just after the decision it was irrelevant.

    But nonetheless, i really loved the acting. Indeed Quinn nailing the part where he sees dexter murdering Saxon. MCH, Saxon, Deb… great stuff. Will miss it

  41. Emily Bellou says:

    I still keep wondering what Deb’s reference to “we never went hiking” meant. The hiking reference was mentioned several times in this final episode. Before reading the rehash of the ending, I was kinda hoping, that Deb did not die and perhaps she would end up with Dexter in the mountains somewhere–“hiking.” I just did not want the series to end this way.

  42. Marguis says:

    Sara Colleton, you and your fellow producers are not nearly as clever as you think you are. Way to take a golden goose to the woodshed. At least we’ll always have seasons 1 and 4.

    • frankman777 says:

      Remember that season one follows the book, “Dexter darkly dreaming”… Brilliant and dark. Everything after that is to the writers’ credit. What I have always enjoyed about Dexter, is that you can enjoy individual episodes… Isolated seasons… And an overall story arc across seasons. The book alone saw practically no evolution of Dexter’s character.

  43. JD says:

    A great ending, IMO. This is exactly the punishment that suits Dexter. No more Miami. No more Harry. No more Deb. No more Hannah. No more Harrison.

    He’s alone.

    Jail would have been a cop out.

    I think the cast was terrific. The writers/producers put together a great season and finale.

    Fans always want “their” way, but it’s not our show to write or map out.

    I think it was a great way to end it.

    Dexter is busted, just not in jail.

    He is in hell.


    Well done!

  44. Daisy says:

    Quite a satisfying, though sad, ending. Not a perfect season but a really great series overall. Thanks for the ride. It was fun.

  45. john candy says:

    we need season 9

  46. rl says:

    They had some good ideas, but they were poorly executed. A shame that the writers pretty much phoned in the final season. It was an awful ending not because “Dex did this and Deb did that”; it was awful because it was so poorly written. They didn’t think anything through, went for style over substance, and ruined a great series.

  47. Fernanda says:

    Where is James Remar’s final words to Dex or the audience? He is now a complete soulless monster. Sad ending but hey,.. this was Dexter, a series about a serial killer, there’s no happy endings in the horizon.

    Dexter’s Miami Metro remains so stupid. I really want to someone finds out at least one crime of Dexter. Or maybe Quinn or Batista’s boss always knew about Dexter habits and they ignore it.

    If Dexter would commit suicide my perfect ending could be to see Hannah teaching about the code to Harrison.

    Great series, next year we say goodbye to True Blood, Mad Men and possible Glee, my fave shows are going to end.

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  49. Nettie says:

    I personally don’t have a problem with how it ended, except for the fact that Dexter didn’t seem to care that Astor and Cody would be fine with not knowing what happened to Harrison for the rest of their lives. Not knowing what happened to a family member who has gone missing can tear families apart. So while Dexter thinks this is the best solution to keep him from hurting anyone else, he’s actually causing more significant emotional damage to the children that he once loved

    • Quaffer says:

      dexter believes that what hes done is the best in the long run. astor and cody worrying about harrison is nothing compared to the death and sorrow that follows dexter.