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Dexter: What Was The Perfect Ending (And Why It Didn’t Happen)? — HN

Dexter has two of the most controversial series finales in TV history, but was there ever going to be a perfect ending for the character?

Showtime’s Dexter is notable for having not one but two of the most controversial TV finales of all time, with neither using a perfect ending for the character. Dexter, which originally ran from 2006 to 2013, followed the conflicts of Dexter Morgan, a bl**d-spatter analyst for the Miami Metro Police Department who moonlighted as a vigilante serial k*ller. Operating under his adoptive policeman father’s “Code of Harry,” Dexter Morgan hunted down known m*rderers who escaped justice while trying to hide his own criminal activities from his coworkers and family. The series continually worked through Dexter’s changing relationship with his Dark Passenger, as more of his loved ones suffered from his actions, but couldn’t wrap it up for a satisfying conclusion.

After eight seasons of building up to Dexter Morgan’s eventual demise, the finale came as a major disappointment to critics and fans alike, leading to much controversy over the legacy of the series. However, eight years later, Showtime announced that Dexter would be getting a sequel series, aptly titled Dexter: New Blood. The limited reboot would see Dexter living in a new town under a new identity, with his estranged son Harrison finding him for the first time since the original season 8 finale. Dexter actor Michael C. Hall and original showrunner Clyde Phillips described Dexter: New Blood as a way to amend the faults of the original series finale, with audiences expecting to finally see a satisfying conclusion to the beloved serial k*ller’s story.

However, Dexter: New Blood’s finale left original audiences just as – if not more – disappointed with the character’s conclusion. While the majority of Dexter: New Blood was well-received as a worthy return to the character and story, the finale undid much of the original and reboot’s set-up, leading to perhaps even more controversy than season 8’s blunders. While Dexter: New Blood was meant to give the series the satisfying conclusion it deserved, the widespread negative responses proved it didn’t accomplish what it set out for. Since neither of Dexter’s two finales could deliver a well-liked conclusion, conversations inevitably arose over what ending could appease audiences. Interestingly, popular ideas of how fans would have preferred Dexter to end still primarily include the serial k*ller’s demise, but the how of the matter and the emotional treatment of the character are much different.

Dexter’s 2 Ending Controversies Explained

The original Dexter season 8 ending saw the character fake his death as he rode into the eye of a hurricane, with Dexter putting his serial k*lling days behind him to work as a lumberjack in Oregon. The ending also included the death of his sister Debra Morgan, with Dex pulling the plug on her life support and burying her in the ocean after she was shot by serial k*ller Oliver Saxon. The series also concluded with his son Harrison escaping to Argentina with Hannah McKay, Dexter’s girlfriend who was an ex-serial k*ller and fugitive. Dexter season 8’s finale became polarizing among audiences and critics, primarily due to it throwing away much of the series’ character development, while concluding on an ambiguous ending, avoiding the question of whether or not Dexter deserved to pay for his crimes, and rushing the last episode’s storyline. The original ending was criticized for betraying Deb’s character by k*lling her off, never answering if Dexter was exposed as the Bay Harbor Butcher, and forcing the lumberjack narrative after Dexter had consistently explained he couldn’t rid himself of his Dark Passenger.

Dexter: New Blood then offered a more family-driven ending to the serial k*ller’s story, which was set up to see Dexter and his son Harrison explore the complex nature of their Dark Passengers. This finale saw Dexter arrested by Angela for k*lling Matt Caldwell while also suspecting him of being the Bay Harbor Butcher, with Harrison having just helped Dexter k*ll Iron Lake’s Runaway K*ller, Kurt Caldwell. After Dexter escaped prison by k*lling Logan (which he arguably didn’t have to do), he rendezvoused with Harrison in the woods, where Harrison decided to shoot and k*ll him for m*rdering his innocent wrestling coach. After Dexter gave Harrison permission to k*ll him, Angela arrived to see what had occurred, with Dexter: New Blood concluding as Angela lets Harrison go free. The polarizing nature of Dexter: New Blood’s ending was even more severe, with many pointing to uncharacteristic actions, narrative plot holes, a rushed conclusion, and the idea that Harrison k*lling Dexter felt unjust. Not to mention that Dexter: New Blood ending with the k*ller’s death indicated a much more final conclusion, meaning there’s little to no room to fix the errors in the future.

How Fans Wanted Dexter To End

While some would have liked to see Dexter end with the k*ller continuing his Bay Harbor Butcher career, others agreed with the creators that the series would inevitably conclude with his demise. Many fans supported the notion that Dexter season 8’s ending would have seen him finally arrested as the Bay Harbor Butcher, with the perfect conclusion of either seeing him behind bars or being executed under the death penalty as the public debates him actually being a hero. The perfect ending wouldn’t see Dexter Morgan labeled a monster, but rather with him realizing in his inner conscience that he never was, with the imaginary Harry perhaps even consoling him and apologizing before he dies. Others enjoyed showrunner Clyde Philips’ original series ending plan, which would have seen Dexter executed for his crimes while he imagines every single person he k*lled (or whose deaths he was responsible for) in the observation room. It’s generally agreed that Dexter’s story couldn’t be conclusive without the character dying, as the character himself realized he could never completely rid himself of his Dark Passenger.

Dexter: New Blood introduced new avenues for how to end his story in a similarly heroic yet final manner, with the ending being much more faithful to the overall themes of the broken justice system and the conflicts of Dexter being an anti-hero. The perfect ending would only have seen Harrison k*ll Dexter had the conflict had been explored in a much less rushed manner, with the themes of sons suffering from the sins of their fathers still being there, but in a way that feels more deserved. On the other hand, others would have rather seen Dexter die while sacrificing himself to save Harrison, thus giving him a heroic death that k*lls his Dark Passenger while making up for his failures with his son. Repeating Phillips’ plan for the original ending, a perfect way to see Dexter: New Blood conclude also would have seen him arrested as the Bay Harbor Butcher, with Dex seeing all of the people he k*lled as he’s injected with a lethal dr*g by the executioner.

Was Dexter’s Original Ending Really That Bad?

While Dexter’s original hated finale wasn’t the best way to end the series, it wasn’t as bad as its reputation suggests. While it can be argued that Dexter going to live as a lumberjack was unrealistic, the notion that he drove into a hurricane to try to stop his family from suffering any longer due to his Dark Passenger, which he knew he couldn’t stop forever, made sense. The setup for Dexter finally facing up to the consequences of his actions had been developed over the course of the series, but season 8 introduced too many conveniences or uncharacteristic plot points that made the ultimate conclusion feel unearned. Perhaps Dexter faking his death would have felt more realistic had he been exposed as Miami’s Bay Harbor Butcher, but the execution of the season 8 finale felt like he was running away from something that wasn’t necessary. The ending wasn’t necessarily good nor was it awful, Dexter season 8 just didn’t execute proper character payoff or conclude storylines that had been set up throughout the entire series; it felt incomplete, which meant there were always going to be better alternatives.

Why New Blood K*lled Dexter Off – & Why It Didn’t Work

K*lling off Dexter shouldn’t have been surprising in New Blood’s ending, as the original series had always been pointing in that direction. Death was meant to be the way that Dexter could finally expel his Dark Passenger and pay for the innocent lives that his vigilantism cost. Dexter: New Blood also couldn’t simply end with the character escaping or in prison, as the entire underlying conflict of the series is based on how many k*llers can slip through the cracks of the justice system. Dexter’s original series and reboot explain that death is the only way to conclusively stop these k*llers, and while Dexter isn’t as monstrous as the many villains he faced in the series, his actions frequently caused the deaths of innocent lives without any legal consequences, which meant he fit the Code of Harry.

The main reason why Dexter’s death didn’t work is the lead-up to the scene where Harrison k*lls him. For starters, Harrison decides to k*ll Dexter when learning that he murrdered Logan, with Harrison’s loyalties flipping a switch from calling Dexter a superhero to labeling him a monster. The change was instantaneous, and since Harrison had largely been played as a foe to Dexter during New Blood, it didn’t feel like the emotionally conflicted death that Dexter would have deserved.

At this moment, it didn’t come off as Dexter’s death actually paying for his crimes as the Bay Harbor Butcher, with his ending being geared far more toward easing Harrison’s pain. Just moments before, Dexter was ready to escape to the west coast, with only a few minutes passing before he changed his mind and permitted Harrison to k*ll him. The overarching idea that Dexter needs to die to end his story makes sense, but the execution in New Blood didn’t allow for proper closure on the conflicts of his demons set up in the original series. This ending in Dexter didn’t reach the level of being justice, with a sacrifice or death on the execution table as the Bay Harbor Butcher being better payoffs for nine seasons’ worth of character development.

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Why Dexter Stopped Bringing Donuts For The Station — HN

Dexter Morgan’s routine in Miami included bringing donuts to the station every day, but the series abruptly stopped including this habit.

One of Dexter’s earliest quirks was the fact that the serial k*ller would bring donuts for everyone at the Miami Metro police station, but the series abruptly stopped including this habit. The majority of Dexter’s life in public is spent putting on a charade of “normalcy,” wherein he attempts to act in ways that would be deemed socially acceptable to dissuade any suspicion about his bloody extracurricular activities. When Dexter Morgan isn’t tracking down dangerous k*llers or covering up his own crimes, Dexter is following the Code of Harry that instructs him to blend in and make people like him.

The pilot episode of Dexter sees the titular serial k*ller bring a box of donuts into the station, with each colleague greeting him with a friendly smile (besides James Doakes, of course). Dexter repeats this trick to get his coworkers to like him throughout the series, with the majority of the show’s season pilots and finales seeing Dexter try to get into the good graces of the station through Sadie’s Donuts. Dexter’s daily habit of buying a dozen donuts was so important to him that he even considered inviting the donut guy to his wedding. Realizing the donuts have worked to make most of Miami Metro like him, Dexter Morgan even reuses the trick when Harrison enters preschool in Dexter season 6, with the serial k*ller desperately hoping that young Harrison Morgan’s budding social skills will be better than his own.

Considering the donuts gag was one of the most recognizable quirks of Dexter (outside of the vigilante serial k*lling), it felt oddly abrupt that he stopped bringing in donuts around Dexter season 7. However, this is largely explained by the notion that he had a much better cover for normalcy at this time: a family. Following Rita’s death at the end of Dexter season 4, the secret Bay Harbor Butcher was a single father to Harrison, and was also briefly caring for Astor and Cody on his own. Dexter’s family life was a much better cover than bringing donuts to his coworkers, with a cute kid like Harrison being the perfect avenue for his coworkers to like him.

When Dexter was regularly bringing donuts to work, he was far more concerned about getting caught as the Bay Harbor Butcher. By Dexter seasons 7 and 8, he became much sloppier, with the overly-cautious, donut-bringing Dexter being virtually gone by the end of the series. Although the later seasons of Dexter’s original series tried to suggest that he could perhaps rid himself of his Dark Passenger for good, the show forgot to bring back his most humanizing aspects outside of his relationship with Harrison. Dexter’s best gags about trying to be normal were the donuts and his bowling skills, which were both phased out once he got married to Rita and had bigger fish to fry in terms of his family’s safety.

However, the donuts would make a triumphant return in Dexter: New Blood episode 1, which saw the retired serial k*ller bringing the sweet treats to his boss at Fred’s Fish & Game. The reason Dexter restarted his Miami routine in New Blood was the opposite of why he stopped bringing donuts in the first place, as he had to start from scratch to get his new neighbors in Iron Lake to like him. Before Harrison arrived, it was just Dexter alone living in a secluded cabin, so bringing donuts was likely the only trick he still remembered to establish a “nice guy” persona. Of course, once Harrison turned up, the donuts are gone yet again, as Dexter being a family man is a far better cover.

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Every Season Of Showtime’s Dexter, Ranked According To Rotten Tomatoes — HN

Set across nine seasons, Dexter has had a self-contained story in each outing. So which season did Rotten Tomatoes reviewers consider the best?

There aren’t many shows that can elicit as much of a passionate response from critics and viewers as Dexter. The Showtime series depicts the titular serial k*ller’s activities, with Dexter coming across other, similar k*llers over the years. With nine seasons to watch, Rotten Tomatoes scores might be the best way to know which ones are the best to check out.

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Season 8 – 33%

Many feel that Dexter is one of the TV shows that got progressively worse, and critics agree where the eighth season is concerned. Originally the final season, this one saw Dexter take on the threat of the Brain Surgeon but the latter only showed by the end of the story for a rather tame reveal as Oliver Saxon.

It also didn’t help that the season had Dexter become a shadow of his former self, being more of a sad loverboy who pined after Hannah than the stone-cold k*ller whom fans preferred. The negative reviews primarily come from the finale that k*lled Debra off and had Dexter become a lumberjack.

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Season 6 – 38%
There’s little doubt that Dexter is one of the most beloved TV anti-heroes, but fans weren’t sold on the idea of an evil counterpart. The sixth season attempted to make the Doomsday K*ller such an antagonist, who also had a dark passenger as Dexter.

However, the season carried a meandering pace and suffered from the fact that Dexter had no personal antagonism with the Doomsday K*ller. Another major factor for the bad reviews comes from the wildly unpopular story of Debra falling in love with Dexter, which fans considered to be inappropriate given that Dexter was her adoptive brother.

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Season 3 – 72%

The show took a creative turn in the third season when Dexter became best friends with Miguel, who ultimately started assisting him in his dealings as a serial k*ller. Miguel’s calculating personality was such that he fooled Dexter into trusting him and this psychological battle was entertaining to see.

The downside of the season was the subplot of the Skinner, as Dexter had no involvement in the case against him despite the Skinner being the main k*ller for the season. Still, watching Dexter get played by Miguel and then for Dexter himself to gain his revenge was a good bit of storytelling.

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New Blood – 77%
The revival did a good job in reeling fans in once more, with Dexter now living in snowy Iron Lake. The thematic qualities and change in style were well-received, as was the arc of Dexter having to deal with the return of his son. Kurt Caldwell also made for a worthy final villain whose M.O. of trapping innocent women even freaked Dexter out.

The negative aspect of the season comes from the finale, where Dexter acted out of character to save himself before he was k*lled off. Some reviewers also felt that the climactic episodes were rushed and would have benefited from a few more episodes. Overall, though, New Blood made big improvements from the eighth season.

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Season 7 – 79%

The seventh season was a return to form for the show after the lows of the sixth, featuring many great new Dexter characters that fans liked. This included villain Isaak Sirko, who was after Dexter for the latter’s k*lling of his love, while Hannah and Dexter’s twisted love story also had an immersive quality.

Maria LaGuerta’s investigation into Dexter’s background revived the Bay Harbor Butcher storyline for a riveting climax that still remains among Dexter’s best. While certain stories like Louis’ petty antagonism of Dexter weren’t that great, there were a lot more positive points than negative ones in this season.

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Season 1 – 82%

The first season was the perfect start to the Dexter saga, depicting the chase for the Ice Truck K*ller. It simultaneously portrayed the mysterious villain’s k*ll streak while establishing Dexter’s dark passenger. The season also contains quite a bit of dark comedy that makes it well-rounded in depth.

The reveal of the Ice Truck K*ller as Dexter’s brother is a twist that the show seldom exceeded in later seasons and managed to make viewers sympathize with a pair of serial k*llers. While the characters weren’t as fully developed as they were later, the first season remains a quality viewing.

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Season 5 – 84%

Dexter firmly made the main character a protagonist in the fifth season, where he assisted Lumen in her mission to kill the Barrel Girl gang. The story is divided into points where Dexter and Lumen hunt down each member as their relationship progresses into romantic territory.

It doesn’t have hard-hitting moments as in other seasons, but the story is far more heartwarming. With Lumen’s presence enabling Dexter to move on from Rita’s death, the season had the main character in a far more human spotlight than the show ever dared before or since.

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Season 4 – 88%

Trinity has the highest kill count among all TV serial killers and is considered the greatest foe Dexter ever encountered. The fourth season is as much about him as Dexter, with viewers watching Trinity conduct his M.O. that essentially involves killing fathers, mothers, and sons in separate families.

Dexter and Trinity’s chemistry is one for the ages, as the former initially befriends him in an attempt to learn how he can juggle his family with his life as a killer. The finale has the biggest emotional gut punch the series brought, with Dexter realizing he killed Trinity far too late as the villain had already killed Rita by then.

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Season 2 – 96%

The Dexter-Doakes dynamic remained at peak quality throughout the series and was best shown in the second season. Here, Doakes figured out Dexter’s secret, and the chase between the two makes for an intellectual match-up to watch. In addition, the Bay Harbor Butcher case remains looming at large, as fans wonder if Dexter might finally be caught.

In a change from the norm, the main villain, Lila, isn’t a killer and is dangerous for the way she corrupts Dexter’s mentality. There aren’t any real negative points in the season since everything from character development, creative kills, and an intense climax can be found here.

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‘Dexter’ K*ller Mark Twitchell’s Fandom Ended up Being His Downfall According to New Special — HN

‘Dᴇxᴛᴇʀ’ K*ʟʟᴇʀ Mᴀʀᴋ Tᴡɪᴛᴄʜᴇʟʟ’s Fᴀɴᴅᴏᴍ Eɴᴅᴇᴅ ᴜᴘ Bᴇɪɴɢ Hɪs Dᴏᴡɴꜰᴀʟʟ Aᴄᴄᴏʀᴅɪɴɢ ᴛᴏ Nᴇᴡ Sᴘᴇᴄɪᴀʟ

A ɴᴇᴡ sᴘᴇᴄɪᴀʟ ᴏɴ 48 Hᴏᴜʀs ᴛʀɪᴇs ᴛᴏ ᴘᴇᴇʟ ʙᴀᴄᴋ ꜰᴜʀᴛʜᴇʀ ᴅᴇᴛᴀɪʟs ɪɴ ᴛʜᴇ sᴛᴏʀʏ ᴏꜰ Tʜᴇ Dᴇxᴛᴇʀ K*ʟʟᴇʀ, Mᴀʀᴋ Tᴡɪᴛᴄʜᴇʟʟ. Tʜᴇ Cᴀɴᴀᴅɪᴀɴ ɴᴀᴛɪᴠᴇ ᴇᴀʀɴᴇᴅ ᴛʜᴇ ɴᴀᴍᴇ ᴅᴜᴇ ᴛᴏ ʜɪs ᴍ*ʀᴅᴇʀ ᴏꜰ Jᴏʜɴ Bʀɪᴀɴ Aʟᴛɪɴɢᴇʀ ᴀɴᴅ ʜɪs ᴀʟʟᴇɢᴇᴅ ɪɴsᴘɪʀᴀᴛɪᴏɴ ᴛʜʀᴏᴜɢʜ ᴛʜᴇ Sʜᴏᴡᴛɪᴍᴇ ʜɪᴛ sᴇʀɪᴇs, Dᴇxᴛᴇʀ.

Wʜɪʟᴇ Tᴡɪᴛᴄʜᴇʟʟ ᴅᴇɴɪᴇᴅ ᴛʜᴇ Dᴇxᴛᴇʀ ɪɴꜰʟᴜᴇɴᴄᴇ, ᴛᴇʟʟɪɴɢ ᴊᴏᴜʀɴᴀʟɪsᴛ Sᴛᴇᴠᴇ Lɪʟʟɪʙᴜᴇɴ ɪɴ ᴛʜᴇ sᴘᴇᴄɪᴀʟ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ᴛʜᴇ sᴇʀɪᴇs ᴅɪᴅ ɴᴏᴛ ɪɴsᴘɪʀᴇ ʜɪs ᴘʟᴏᴛ. “As ʏᴏᴜ’ʀᴇ ᴀᴡᴀʀᴇ, Dᴇxᴛᴇʀ ʜᴀs ᴀʟᴍᴏsᴛ ɴᴏᴛʜɪɴɢ ᴛᴏ ᴅᴏ ᴡɪᴛʜ ᴍʏ ᴄᴀsᴇ,” Tᴡɪᴛᴄʜᴇʟʟ sᴀɪᴅ. “Iᴛ ʜᴀs ɴᴏ ʙᴇᴀʀɪɴɢ ᴡʜᴀᴛsᴏᴇᴠᴇʀ ᴏɴ ᴡʜᴀᴛ ᴀᴄᴛᴜᴀʟʟʏ ʜᴀᴘᴘᴇɴᴇᴅ.”

Lɪʟʟɪʙᴜᴇɴ sᴀʏs ᴛʜᴇ ᴇᴠɪᴅᴇɴᴄᴇ ɪɴ ᴛʜᴇ ᴄᴀsᴇ ᴀɢᴀɪɴsᴛ Tᴡɪᴛᴄʜᴇʟʟ ᴛᴇʟʟs ᴀ ᴅɪꜰꜰᴇʀᴇɴᴛ sᴛᴏʀʏ. “Hᴇ ʜᴀᴅ ᴀ ᴋ*ʟʟ ʀᴏᴏᴍ sᴇᴛ ᴜᴘ ᴡɪᴛʜ ᴘʟᴀsᴛɪᴄ sʜᴇᴇᴛɪɴɢ. Hᴇ ʜᴀᴅ ᴀ ᴛᴀʙʟᴇ sᴇᴛ ᴜᴘ ꜰᴏʀ ʜɪs ᴠ*ᴄᴛɪᴍs,” ᴛʜᴇ ʀᴇᴘᴏʀᴛᴇʀ sᴀʏs. “Hᴇ ʜᴀᴅ ᴛʜɪs ᴋɪɴᴅ ᴏꜰ ᴘʀᴏᴄᴇssɪɴɢ ᴋɪᴛ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ᴡᴀs ᴠᴇʀʏ sɪᴍɪʟᴀʀ ᴛᴏ ᴡʜᴀᴛ Dᴇxᴛᴇʀ ᴜsᴇs.” Oɴ ᴛᴏᴘ ᴏꜰ ᴛʜɪs, Tᴡɪᴛᴄʜᴇʟʟ ᴍᴇɴᴛɪᴏɴᴇᴅ Dᴇxᴛᴇʀ Mᴏʀɢᴀɴ sᴇᴠᴇʀᴀʟ ᴛɪᴍᴇs, ᴘᴏsᴇᴅ ᴀs ᴛʜᴇ ᴄʜᴀʀᴀᴄᴛᴇʀ ᴏɴ Fᴀᴄᴇʙᴏᴏᴋ, ᴀɴᴅ ᴡᴏᴜʟᴅ ᴇᴠᴇɴ sᴇɴᴅ ᴍᴇssᴀɢᴇs ᴛᴏ ᴘᴇᴏᴘʟᴇ ɪɴ ᴄʜᴀʀᴀᴄᴛᴇʀ.

“Wᴇ ᴀʟʟ ʜᴀᴠᴇ ᴀ ᴅᴀʀᴋ sɪᴅᴇ, sᴏᴍᴇ ᴅᴀʀᴋᴇʀ ᴛʜᴀɴ ᴏᴛʜᴇʀs ᴀɴᴅ ʏᴏᴜ’ʀᴇ ɴᴏᴛ ᴛʜᴇ ᴏɴʟʏ ᴏɴᴇ ᴛᴏ ʀᴇʟᴀᴛᴇ ᴛᴏ Dᴇxᴛᴇʀ. Iᴛ sᴏᴍᴇᴛɪᴍᴇs sᴄᴀʀᴇs ᴍᴇ ʜᴏᴡ ᴍᴜᴄʜ I ʀᴇʟᴀᴛᴇ. I ᴍᴇᴀɴ ʟᴏᴏᴋ ᴀᴛ ᴛʜɪs ᴘʀᴏꜰɪʟᴇ,” ᴀ ᴍᴇssᴀɢᴇ ꜰʀᴏᴍ Tᴡɪᴛᴄʜᴇʟʟ ʀᴇᴀᴅ. Hᴇ ᴀʟsᴏ ᴄᴏᴍᴘᴀʀᴇᴅ ʜɪᴍsᴇʟꜰ ᴛᴏ Mᴏʀɢᴀɴ ɪɴ ʜɪs sᴛᴀᴛᴜs ᴍᴇssᴀɢᴇ, ɴᴏᴛɪɴɢ ʜᴇ ʜᴀs ᴡᴀʏ ᴛᴏᴏ ᴍᴜᴄʜ ɪɴ ᴄᴏᴍᴍᴏɴ ᴡɪᴛʜ ᴛʜᴇ ꜰɪᴄᴛɪᴏɴᴀʟ sᴇʀɪᴀʟ ᴋ*ʟʟᴇʀ. Tʜᴇsᴇ ꜰᴀᴄᴛᴏɪᴅs ᴀʟsᴏ sʜᴏᴡ ᴛʜᴇ ᴅᴀʀᴋᴇʀ sɪᴅᴇ ᴏꜰ ꜰᴀɴᴅᴏᴍ, ᴡʜɪᴄʜ Tᴡɪᴛᴄʜᴇʟʟ ʀᴇᴘʀᴇsᴇɴᴛᴇᴅ ᴛʜʀᴏᴜɢʜ ʜɪs sᴍᴀʟʟ Sᴛᴀʀ Wᴀʀs ꜰᴀɴ ꜰɪʟᴍs, ʜɪs ᴄᴏsᴘʟᴀʏ ᴀᴛᴛᴇᴍᴘᴛs ᴀs Bᴜᴍʙʟᴇʙᴇᴇ ꜰʀᴏᴍ Tʀᴀɴsꜰᴏʀᴍᴇʀs ᴀɴᴅ Wᴏʟᴠᴇʀɪɴᴇ ꜰʀᴏᴍ Mᴀʀᴠᴇʟ Cᴏᴍɪᴄs. Pʟᴀʏɪɴɢ Dᴇxᴛᴇʀ Mᴏʀɢᴀɴ ɪɴ ʀᴇᴀʟ ʟɪꜰᴇ sᴇᴇᴍs ʟɪᴋᴇ ᴛʜᴇ ɴᴇxᴛ ᴇxᴛʀᴇᴍᴇ sᴛᴇᴘ.

Tʜᴇ ʟᴇᴛᴛᴇʀs ᴀɴᴅ ʀᴇᴠᴇʟᴀᴛɪᴏɴs ᴍᴀʀᴋ ᴛʜᴇ ʙᴀsɪs ꜰᴏʀ ᴛʜᴇ 48 Hᴏᴜʀs sᴘᴇᴄɪᴀʟ. Iᴛ ᴀʟsᴏ sʜᴏᴡs ᴀ sɪɢɴɪꜰɪᴄᴀɴᴛ ʀᴇᴀsᴏɴ Tᴡɪᴛᴄʜᴇʟʟ ᴍᴀʏ ʙᴇ ᴅɪsᴛᴀɴᴄɪɴɢ ʜɪs ᴄʀ*ᴍᴇs ꜰʀᴏᴍ ᴛʜᴇ sᴇʀɪᴇs. Sᴛᴀʀ Mɪᴄʜᴀᴇʟ C. Hᴀʟʟ ᴡᴀs ᴀsᴋᴇᴅ ᴀʙᴏᴜᴛ ᴛʜᴇ ᴍ*ʀᴅᴇʀᴇʀ ᴅᴜʀɪɴɢ ᴀ ʀᴀᴅɪᴏ ᴀᴘᴘᴇᴀʀᴀɴᴄᴇ ɪɴ 2012.

“I ᴅᴏɴ’ᴛ ᴋɴᴏᴡ. Aʟʟ I ᴄᴀɴ sᴀʏ ᴛᴏ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ɪᴛ’s ʜ*ʀʀɪꜰʏɪɴɢ ᴛᴏ ᴇɴᴛᴇʀᴛᴀɪɴ ᴛʜᴇ ɴᴏᴛɪᴏɴ ᴛʜᴀᴛ sᴏᴍᴇᴛʜɪɴɢ ʏᴏᴜ ᴅɪᴅ ɪɴsᴘɪʀᴇᴅ ᴛʜᴀᴛ,” Hᴀʟʟ sᴀɪᴅ ᴅᴜʀɪɴɢ ᴀɴ ɪɴᴛᴇʀᴠɪᴇᴡ ᴏɴ CBC’s Q. “I ɪᴍᴍᴇᴅɪᴀᴛᴇʟʏ ꜰɪɴᴅ ᴍʏsᴇʟꜰ sᴀʏɪɴɢ, ‘Wᴇʟʟ, ʜᴇ ᴡᴏᴜʟᴅ ʜᴀᴠᴇ ꜰᴏᴜɴᴅ sᴏᴍᴇᴛʜɪɴɢ ᴇʟsᴇ ᴛᴏ ɪɴsᴘɪʀᴇ ʜɪᴍ,’ ʙᴜᴛ I ᴅᴏɴ’ᴛ ᴋɴᴏᴡ. Tᴏ ʙᴇ ᴘᴇʀꜰᴇᴄᴛʟʏ ʜᴏɴᴇsᴛ, ɪᴛ’s ᴀ ᴛʀᴏᴜʙʟɪɴɢ ᴛʜɪɴɢ ᴛᴏ ᴄᴏɴsɪᴅᴇʀ…I ᴛʀʏ ᴛᴏ ᴛᴇʟʟ ᴍʏsᴇʟꜰ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ᴛʜᴇɪʀ ꜰɪxᴀᴛɪᴠᴇ ɴᴀᴛᴜʀᴇ ᴡᴏᴜʟᴅ ʜᴀᴠᴇ ᴅᴏɴᴇ ɪᴛ ᴏɴᴇ ᴡᴀʏ ᴏʀ ᴛʜᴇ ᴏᴛʜᴇʀ, ʙᴜᴛ ɪᴛ sᴇᴇᴍs ᴛʜᴀᴛ Dᴇxᴛᴇʀ ʜᴀᴅ sᴏᴍᴇᴛʜɪɴɢ ᴛᴏ ᴅᴏ ᴡɪᴛʜ ɪᴛ. Iᴛ’s ʜᴏʀʀɪꜰʏɪɴɢ.”

Tᴡɪᴛᴄʜᴇʟʟ’s ʟᴇᴛᴛᴇʀ ᴅᴇɴʏɪɴɢ ᴛʜᴇ ᴄᴏɴɴᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴ ᴅᴏᴇs ᴇɴᴅ ᴄʜɪʟʟɪɴɢʟʏ, ᴇᴠᴇɴ ɪꜰ ʜᴇ ɪs ᴄʟᴇᴀʀʟʏ ꜰᴜʟʟ ᴏꜰ ɪᴛ. “Tʜᴇʀᴇ ɪs ɴᴏ ᴋᴇʏ. Nᴏ ʀᴏᴏᴛ ᴄᴀᴜsᴇ …ᴛʜᴇʀᴇ ɪs ɴᴏ sᴄʜᴏᴏʟ ʙ*ʟʟʏ ᴏʀ ɪᴍᴘʀᴇssɪᴏɴᴀʙʟʏ ɢ*ʀʏ ᴍᴏᴠɪᴇs … ᴏʀ Sʜᴏᴡᴛɪᴍᴇ ᴛᴇʟᴇᴠɪsɪᴏɴ sᴇʀɪᴇs ᴛᴏ ᴘᴏɪɴᴛ ᴛʜᴇ ꜰɪɴɢᴇʀ ᴀᴛ. Iᴛ ɪs ᴡʜᴀᴛ ɪᴛ ɪs ᴀɴᴅ I ᴀᴍ ᴡʜᴀᴛ I ᴀᴍ.”

Tᴡɪᴛᴄʜᴇʟʟ’s ꜰᴀsᴄɪɴᴀᴛɪᴏɴ ᴡɪᴛʜ ᴛʜᴇ sᴇʀɪᴇs ʟᴇᴅ ᴛᴏ ᴛʜᴇ 2008 ᴍ*ʀᴅᴇʀ ᴏꜰ 38-ʏᴇᴀʀ-ᴏʟᴅ Jᴏʜɴɴʏ Aʟᴛɪɴɢᴇʀ ᴀɴᴅ ʜɪs ᴅɪsᴍᴇᴍʙᴇʀᴍᴇɴᴛ ɪɴ ʜɪs ᴍᴀᴋᴇsʜɪꜰᴛ “ᴋ*ʟʟ ʀᴏᴏᴍ” ɪɴ ʜɪs ɢᴀʀᴀɢᴇ. Hᴇ ᴀʟsᴏ ᴀs**ᴜʟᴛᴇᴅ ᴀɴᴅ ᴘᴏᴛᴇɴᴛɪᴀʟʟʏ ᴛᴀʀɢᴇᴛᴇᴅ Gɪʟʟᴇs Tᴇᴛʀᴇᴀᴜʟᴛ, ᴛʜᴏᴜɢʜ ʜᴇ ᴍᴀɴᴀɢᴇᴅ ᴛᴏ ᴇsᴄᴀᴘᴇ ᴡɪᴛʜᴏᴜᴛ ʀᴇᴘᴏʀᴛɪɴɢ ᴛᴏ ᴘ.ᴏ.ʟ.ɪ.ᴄ.ᴇ. Bᴏᴛʜ ᴍᴇɴ ᴡᴇʀᴇ ʟᴜʀᴇᴅ ᴛᴏ Tᴡɪᴛᴄʜᴇʟʟ ᴛʜʀᴏᴜɢʜ ᴀ ꜰᴀᴋᴇ Pʟᴇɴᴛʏ ᴏꜰ Fɪsʜ ᴘʀᴏꜰɪʟᴇ ꜰᴏʀ ᴀ ɢɪʀʟ ɴᴀᴍᴇᴅ Sʜᴇᴇɴᴀ.

Aʟᴛɪɴɢᴇʀ’s ʙʟ**ᴅ ᴡᴀs ʟᴀᴛᴇʀ ꜰᴏᴜɴᴅ ᴏɴ Tᴡɪᴛᴄʜᴇʟʟ’s ᴛʀᴜɴᴋ, ᴀɴᴅ ᴀʟʟ ᴏꜰ ᴛʜᴇ ᴇᴠɪᴅᴇɴᴄᴇ ᴡᴀs ᴜɴᴅᴇʀʟɪɴᴇᴅ ʙʏ ᴛʜᴇ ᴅɪsᴄᴏᴠᴇʀʏ ᴏꜰ Tᴡɪᴛᴄʜᴇʟʟ’s “SKCᴏɴꜰᴇssɪᴏɴs” ᴅᴏᴄᴜᴍᴇɴᴛ ᴏʀ ꜰɪʟᴍ sᴄʀɪᴘᴛ. Iᴛ ʜᴀᴅ ʙᴇᴇɴ ᴅᴇʟᴇᴛᴇᴅ ᴏɴ ʜɪs ʟᴀᴘᴛᴏᴘ, ʙᴜᴛ ᴘᴏʟɪᴄᴇ ᴍᴀɴᴀɢᴇᴅ ᴛᴏ ʀᴇᴄᴏᴠᴇʀ ɪᴛ ᴀɴᴅ ꜰᴏᴜɴᴅ ɪᴛ ᴏᴜᴛʟɪɴᴇᴅ ᴛʜᴇ ᴇxᴀᴄᴛ ᴘʀᴏᴄᴇss ʜᴇ ᴡᴏᴜʟᴅ ᴜsᴇ ᴛᴏ ᴋ*ʟʟ Aʟᴛɪɴɢᴇʀ. Aʟʟ ᴏꜰ ᴛʜᴇsᴇ ᴅɪsᴄᴏᴠᴇʀɪᴇs ʟᴇᴅ ᴛᴏ ʜɪs ᴀʀʀ*sᴛ ᴀɴᴅ ᴀ ꜰɪʀsᴛ-ᴅᴇɢʀᴇᴇ ᴍ*ʀᴅᴇʀ ᴄʜ*ʀɢᴇ.

Dᴇsᴘɪᴛᴇ ʜɪs ɪɴᴄᴀʀᴄᴇʀᴀᴛɪᴏɴ, Tᴡɪᴛᴄʜᴇʟʟ ɪs sᴛɪʟʟ ᴀ ꜰᴀɴ ᴏꜰ Dᴇxᴛᴇʀ. Hᴇ ᴡᴀs ᴀʟʟᴏᴡᴇᴅ ᴛᴏ ꜰɪɴɪsʜ ᴡᴀᴛᴄʜɪɴɢ ᴛʜᴇ sᴇʀɪᴇs’ ʟᴀᴛᴇʀ ᴇᴘɪsᴏᴅᴇs ᴛʜᴀᴛ ʜᴇ ᴍɪssᴇᴅ ᴅᴜᴇ ᴛᴏ ʜɪs ᴀʀʀ*sᴛ ɪɴ Mᴀʏ 2013. Nᴏ ᴡᴏʀᴅ ᴏɴ ɪꜰ ʜᴇ ɢᴏᴛ ᴛᴏ ᴡᴀᴛᴄʜ ᴛʜᴇ ʀᴇᴠɪᴠᴀʟ ᴡʜᴇɴ ɪᴛ ᴘʀᴇᴍɪᴇʀᴇᴅ.

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Michael C. Hall loses six figures on sale of NYC spread — HN

This one wasn’t a hit. Michael C. Hall (inset) just unloaded his apartment at 160 W. 12th St. for a six-figure loss.

Michael C. Hall — back as serial killer Dexter after an eight year hiatus — has just sold his West Village digs at a loss.

The Golden Globe-winning actor, famed for his life and death obsessed roles in “Six Feet Under,” as well as “Dexter” and “Dexter: New Blood,” bought the two-bedroom, two-bathroom killer condo for $4.28 million in 2016.

It just sold for $4.1 million, or a $180,000 loss, according to property records.

He had previously listed it as a $15,000 a month rental.

The 1,585-square-foot unit at Greenwich Lane, 160 W. 12th St., comes with details like beamed ceilings, hardwood floors, steel entry doors and a chef’s kitchen.

But Hall isn’t leaving the city — he bought bigger digs at the El Dorado, where Alec Baldwin once lived, for $4.3 million in 2017.

He lives there with his wife, Morgan Macgregor. They married in 2016 following a brief marriage to “Dexter” co-star Jennifer Carpenter back in 2008.

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Dark Dexter Origin Theory Completely Changes How You’ll See The Killer — HN

One compelling fan theory suggests that Dexter is little more than another innocent victim, manipulated into his m*rderous habits by his father.

A dark and compelling Dexter theory reinterprets the titular serial k*ller as a victim, and it entirely reframes the entire show’s story. Dexter follows Dexter Morgan as he attempts to balance his career as a bloodstain pattern analyst for the Miami Metro Police Department with his family life and his hobby of m*rdering other serial k*llers and m*rderers. Running for an initial eight-season run, Dexter then returned for 10-episode limited series, Dexter: New Blood.

The show painstakingly covers Dexter’s dark origin as a k*ller: after witnessing the brutal m*rder of his mother, Dexter was adopted by police officer Harry Morgan. Harry noticed psychopathic tendencies and a fascination with d*ath in Dexter and taught him to channel it into vigilantism – namely, into k*lling h*inous cr*minals who slip through the cracks of the justice system. Harry’s guidance leads Dexter to become the Bay Harbor Butcher, and it’s what allows him to lead his m*rderous double life.

However, a fan theory posted to Reddit posits that Dexter was never a psychopath at all, and it changes everything. The theory claims that Harry incorrectly identified Dexter as a psychopath, when in fact, he was just an autistic child struggling to come to terms with his witnessing of his mother’s brutal m*rder. Harry’s code made Dexter a k*ller, but the compelling theory suggests that the character’s m*rderous streak was in fact a manipulation perpetrated by Harry (and later by Dr. Vogel). Dexter’s desire to k*ll would in this interpretation come from his mentor’s teachings turning him into a m*rderer as a result of the lifestyle he had adjusted to throughout his youth, instead of any form of genuine psychopathy.

The biggest piece of evidence to support the theory is the characterization of Dexter himself. Though Harry supposedly identifies Dexter as a psychopath at a very young age, there’s very little actual evidence to suggest that this is really the case. In fact, Dexter as a character is shown to be capable of feeling emotion – it’s acting on them that he finds most difficult. This is consistent throughout Dexter’s run: his strict adherence to Harry’s code and his aversion to hurting the innocent belies Dexter’s empathic nature. In fact, Dexter cares for Astor and Cody far beyond anything that a genuine psychopath would potentially be capable of – and that has no relation whatsoever to Harry’s code.

Dexter’s behavior is actually far more in line with someone with autism. His difficulty reading and responding to social cues is good evidence of this, and his fixation on death could also be explained by the combination of hyperfixation and having witnessed a violent m*rder at a young age. This would also explain why other people describe Dexter as “strange” – most genuine psychopaths have no difficulty blending in and appearing “normal”, something which is evidenced by characters such as Brian, who use social charm to manipulate situations.

The theory that Dexter is not a psychopath would mean that Harry and Dexter season 8’s Dr. Vogel had essentially manipulated a vulnerable child into a life of years of vigilantism and m*rder. Dexter being autistic is actually far more in line with his characterization than him being a genuine psychopath, and the idea that Harry manipulated him into believing himself a monster changes the entire show. Though Dexter struggles to reconcile his Dark Passenger with his own personality at times, the theory instead reframes Dexter’s titular character as perhaps the show’s biggest victim.

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How New Blood’s Ending Compares To The Original Dexter Finale Plans — HN

Dexter showrunner Clyde Phillips penned New Blood’s shocking ending, which differs from his original plan for Dexter’s season 8 finale if he stayed.

While showrunner Clyde Phillips returned to pen Dexter: New Blood’s ending that marked the inevitable death of Dexter Morgan, his script departs from the dramatic conclusion he had originally planned for Dexter’s season 8 finale. Clyde Phillips served as Dexter’s original series showrunner for the first 4 seasons, departing after “The Getaway,” which remains Dexter’s highest-rated episode of all time. After many blamed the show’s decline in ratings and critical reception on Phillips’ departure, the showrunner returned to helm Dexter: New Blood as an attempt to redeem the failures of Dexter’s original season 8 ending.

As far as controversial TV series endings go, Dexter’s season 8 finale ranks high as one the most divisive conclusions to a beloved show of all time. Dexter’s original finale saw the title serial killer preparing to leave for Argentina with his son Harrison and girlfriend Hannah McKay, but his plans are interrupted when his sister Deb is sh*t by the serial killer Oliver Saxon who he had just captured. Dexter decides to send Hannah and Harrison alone to Argentina, kill Saxon, and mercifully unplug Deb’s life support, as she had gone braindead after surgery. Realizing that his actions as a serial killer led to Deb’s season 8 finale death, the person he was connected with most in the world, and could also put Harrison in danger throughout his life, Dexter decided to drive his boat straight into the eye of a hurricane. Dexter miraculously survived, but then chose to abandon Harrison and live under a fake alias as a lumberjack in Oregon. After 8 seasons of seeing Dexter in action, viewers were displeased with the idea of him abandoning his life to live quietly as a lumberjack.

After the nearly decade-long criticisms of Dexter’s season 8 ending, Clyde Phillips returned to write Dexter: New Blood’s series, including its now-controversial ending. Dexter: New Blood’s twist ending sees Dexter arrested for Matt’s m*rder and found out as the Bay Harbor Butcher. When trying to escape his holding cell, Dexter m*rders the innocent deputy Logan, trying to rendezvous with Harrison in the woods and flee to Los Angeles. Harrison realizes that Dexter’s killing has never been about vigilanteism, that he enjoys killing, and his actions have caused the deaths of so many innocents including Rita and Deb. Dexter: New Blood’s finale ends with Harrison fatally shooting Dexter as his father talks him through pulling the trigger, after which Angela lets Harrison go without punishment. While New Blood’s ending is a brutal father-son confrontation that concludes Dexter Morgan’s story, it’s not too far off from Clyde Phillips’ original Dexter finale idea.

Clyde Phillips’ Original Dexter Ending Plan

Clyde Phillips revealed (via EW) after Dexter’s controversial season 8 ending in 2013 that had he stayed on the show, he would have pitched a very different finale. Phillips envisioned that the final scene of Dexter’s series would have had Dexter waking up – with the audience thinking the events were a dream – only for the camera to pan out and show that Dexter is waking up on the executioner’s table at Florida Penitentiary. Dexter would open his eyes and as the dr*gs to k*ll him were administered, he would look out the window to the observation gallery and see every person that he has ever k*lled, or whose death he was responsible for. Phillips elaborated that every episodic k*ll, the Ice Truck K*ller, the Trinity K*ller, Rita, LaGuerta, Doakes, and Lila would all be there – everyone from the small weekly victims to the major deaths of the series. The final scene of Dexter’s original series would have essentially shown everything that happened over the past eight seasons in just a few seconds, with Dexter’s life literally flashing before his eyes as he’s executed for his Bay Harbor Butcher crimes.

Dexter Was Always Going To Die In New Blood

Although the executioner-style ending where Dexter is caught, tried, and handed the death penalty by his peers and judges is very different from Harrison pointing a gun at his father’s heart, there were a few aspects from Phillips’ original Dexter ending that stuck. For example, New Blood flashed back to original Dexter characters whose deaths Dexter caused or enacted himself right as he came to accept his fate of Harrison k*lling him. The idea for Dexter to “open his eyes” and look at what he’s done still stuck, so while the cast weren’t all standing there watching him die on an executioner’s table, he still faced the destruction he caused in his dying moment. In either way that Dexter ended for Clyde Phillips, he would be found out as the Bay Harbor Butcher and k*lled, the paths to get there were just very different.

Clyde Phillips revealed to Deadline that there was no other possible ending for Dexter: New Blood considered – Dexter Morgan was dying. Whether it be Harrison k*lling Dexter or the protagonist serial k*ller being executed for his crimes as the Bay Harbor Butcher by the state, Dexter was always going to die with Clyde Phillips in charge. While many viewers weren’t keen on Dexter dying, it’s logically the only way Dexter’s story can truly end, especially since the writers always hinted that what Dexter was doing wasn’t right – the vigilante-style Code was simply a convenient justification for his m*rderous addiction.

Why Harrison K*lling Dexter Was Better Than Execution

While Clyde Phillips’ execution ending may have worked better back in Dexter’s season 8 finale, Harrison k*lling Dexter was a better solution for the story of fathers and sons that New Blood was telling. But, Dexter: New Blood’s twist ending with Harrison didn’t come without its flaws. With the way that Dexter: New Blood left off, there was never any confirmation that Dexter would be verified as the Bay Harbor Butcher. While Angel Batista was on his way up to Iron Lake and Angela had made a connection to the Bay Harbor Butcher’s Ketamine use (a retcon of Dexter’s M99 dr*g), the evidence against him likely wouldn’t have held up in court unless Dexter confessed.

Although Dexter would pay for his crimes with his life in either scenario, an execution would have saved Harrison from becoming a m*rderer, especially the m*rderer of his own father. At the same time, Dexter’s entire series has been dedicated to the idea that the justice system does not always work – serial m*rderers get out on technicalities or certain evidence keeps them from being jailed, thus why Harry devised the Code for Dexter in the first place. The system that didn’t work for the hundreds of victims that he took and that he actively defied would not be enough to take down Dexter. He was careful, calculated, and could escape the most impossible situations throughout the series, except the Code-breaking moment where Dexter k*lled Logan in New Blood’s finale.

Dexter was going to have to be k*lled, and after such a long hiatus where all of his bloodthirst came rushing back to him all at once, there was no way he would ever stop again and let himself be caught. In the end, it had to be Harrison who k*lled him. Dexter caused Harrison’s Dark Passenger by abandoning him, his actions lead to the deaths of Rita and Deb, and he tried to push Harrison into becoming the same type of cold-blooded k*ller that Harry made him. It was time for Harrison and so many other innocent people to stop suffering from Dexter’s choices to k*ll, and Harrison had to be the one to break the cycle – to destroy the magnet that attracts death and tragedy wherever he goes. Dexter being executed and seeing each and every face of the people he k*lled would have been another form of justice, but it’s not the great way that Dexter Morgan would go out. While Dexter: New Blood’s ending rushed the switch from Harrison thinking of Dexter as a Dark Defender superhero to deciding to k*ll him, it’s still a logical conclusion to Dexter’s story that aligns with Clyde Phillips’ original finale intentions.

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Every Clue That Frank Lundy Knew Dexter Was The Bay Harbor Butcher — HN

Several characters found out that Dexter was the Bay Harbor Butcher, but whether Frank Lundy knew is up for debate – here’s every clue that he did.

While it was never confirmed due to Frank Lundy’s death, various clues from Dexter hint that the FBI Agent secretly knew Dexter Morgan was the Bay Harbor Butcher. Considering Dexter had been moonlighting as the Bay Harbor Butcher for years without coming under any serious suspicion by his Miami Metro coworkers like Dexter’s Angel Batista, Frank Lundy was his first true adversary to come close to exposing the truth. Dexter established that Lundy was an extremely talented agent with a reputation for solving seemingly impossible cases, but the series still sees the case “solved” without Lundy nabbing the real culprit right under his nose.

Just as Detective Joey Quinn stopped pursuing his suspicions of Dexter after entering a relationship with Deb, it seems the primary reason why Frank Lundy never pursued Dexter Morgan was because of his love for the character’s foul-mouthed sister. Since Debra was closer to her brother Dexter than anyone else in her life, she could never be with someone who tried to pin him as a serial k*ller, even after she found out the horrifying truth for herself. Keith Carradine’s Agent Frank Lundy seemed to have his suspicions of Dexter’s protagonist early on in season 2, but pursuing him as a serious Bay Harbor Butcher suspect was dropped once Lundy began a romantic relationship with Deb.

Once Dexter had successfully framed Sergeant James Doakes as the Bay Harbor Butcher, Frank Lundy left town for his next case, with no further mention of being suspicious of Dexter. When Lundy returned to track down the Trinity K*ller in Dexter season 4, he only briefly reunited with Deb and Dexter before being m*rdered by Trinity’s daughter Christine, thus leaving no concrete answer to whether he knew the true identity of the Bay Harbor Butcher. Of course, it can be argued that Lundy being such a noble FBI Agent means that he would never let a serial k*ller walk free, though there are still clues that he did know, but let his love for Dexter’s Debra Morgan come before his moral duty. Here’s a breakdown of every clue that Lundy may have known Dexter was the Bay Harbor Butcher all along.

Lundy Hinted At Understanding Dexter’s K*lling Motivations

Frank Lundy mentions to Dexter that the only excuse for k*lling is to save an innocent life, which is exactly the motivation for the Bay Harbor Butcher—or at least the moral code that Harry gave to Dexter. This Dexter season 2 line directed at Dexter himself hinted that Lundy knew he was the Bay Harbor Butcher, but may have believed what he was doing was a necessary evil. Lundy spent his life hunting serial k*llers in order to save lives, and although he wouldn’t k*ll a criminal himself unless absolutely necessary, Dexter is eliminating the m*rderers in a way that ensures they won’t be able to take any more innocent lives. Lundy is very by-the-books in the way that he operates, but he realizes that this also means many clues and pieces of evidence become unusable or formalities become hindrances. While he may not agree with the morality of the Bay Harbor Butcher’s actions, his line to Dexter suggests that he may hesitate to capture him as his work is needed. More than likely, however, Lundy’s principles about catching k*llers would still mean that he would pursue Dexter, even if he understood his reasoning.

He Called Out Dexter For His Sloppy Blood Work

This appears to be the most damning evidence that Lundy knew, or at least highly suspected, that Dexter was the real Bay Harbor Butcher. In Dexter’s season 2 episode “Morning Comes,” Lundy interviews Dexter about the “sloppy” blood work he did on Anthony Rodrigo’s case, which would have put him in jail had it not been proven wrong in court. Lundy then calls Dexter one of the “most cautious and precise forensics specialists” that he’s worked with, suspecting that he may have purposefully goofed the blood work to get Rodrigo off. Of course, this is exactly what Dexter did, as he wanted Rodrigo on the street so that he could k*ll the m*rderer himself. Dexter then gives unconvincing excuses about being overworked, though it’s clear that Lundy doesn’t believe him. Lundy never follows up on Dexter’s poor bloodwork, but it’s clear that at this point, the FBI Agent did suspect Dexter of purposefully botching the case, which is a clue that he could have been Dexter’s Bay Harbor Butcher.

Lundy Confronts Dexter About BHB In The Train Car

While the series is clearly framing the scene as Dexter fearing Lundy is on to him, the intelligence of Lundy still hints that he’s giving Dexter nods about his suspicions. When Lundy first walks up to Dexter, he asks him, “If you were the Bay Harbor Butcher, would you use a place like this?” Lundy then continues to closely monitor Dexter’s compulsive process as he sets up his kit, cleverly mentioning that the Bay Harbor Butcher would be compulsive and orderly. When Dexter agrees that the Bay Harbor Butcher likely never would have thought he’d be a role model, the look in Lundy’s eye hints that he suspects Dexter is talking about himself.

Lundy Knew Dexter Docked His Boat At Coral Cove Marina

One of the biggest breakthroughs in Dexter season 2’s Bay Harbor Butcher case was the discovery that the k*ller docked his boat at the Coral Cove Marina, which just so happened to be the home of Dexter’s boat, Slice of Life. To make the discovery even more significant, it was known that Coral Cove harbored many boats that belonged to those in law enforcement, which made it clearer that the k*ller was someone in or related to the department. Just after Lundy had slyly compared Dexter’s compulsions to that of the Bay Harbor Butcher, he quickly mentions that he’s hoping to get a new lead from the security cameras at the marina. Dexter then seems to be a bit worried, with Lundy then questioning Dexter about having a boat there himself. Even Dexter begins to wonder if Lundy had seen him on the marina’s security footage before he wiped it, believing that Lundy brought him to the crime scene that day in order to mess with his confidence.

Lundy Doubted Doakes Was The Bay Harbor Butcher

Although Lundy knew that the Bay Harbor Butcher was connected to law enforcement, particularly within Miami Metro, he still didn’t believe the suspect was James Doakes, even when the evidence was stacked against him. Maria LaGuerta continued to try proving that Doakes was innocent by verifying he was on a stake-out with her and even went to Haiti to have Dexter’s blood slides analyzed, but Lundy explained that because Maria violated protocol, he couldn’t use any of her evidence to exonerate Doakes. Dexter’s Frank Lundy even hinted that he believed Maria may be right about Doakes not being guilty, but had to follow police protocol in collecting evidence since he was a suspect. Sadly, by the time all of the planted evidence against Doakes was stacked up, there was no way that Lundy could relieve him of blame, even if he didn’t completely believe it to be true. Since Lundy doubted Doakes’ guilt as the Bay Harbor Butcher, the only other suspect that would make sense at Miami Metro is Dexter Morgan, suggesting he had to be Lundy’s own prime suspect.

Lundy May Have Hoped Dexter Would Finally Find & K*ll Trinity

While Frank Lundy was absent for Dexter season 3, he returned to Miami in the season 4 premiere to recruit Miami Metro’s help in solving the Trinity K*ller case, which the FBI believed to be a wild goose chase. While personally investigating the case, Lundy frequently requested the help of Dexter’s blood work and judgment, with certain lines by the FBI Agent continuing to suggest he knew about Dexter’s serial k*lling hobby. After Trinity m*rders Lisa Bell in Dexter season 4, episode 2, Lundy tells Dexter that it was “Kismet” because if Trinity had struck elsewhere he wouldn’t have had access to a blood analyst “of his caliber…” with a long, purposeful pause before “caliber” that hints at the true nature of Dexter’s blood obsession.

Lundy’s work with Michael C. Hall’s character in Dexter season 4 frequently hinted at being grateful that John Lithgow’s Trinity K*ller was working in Miami because Dexter could help to finally catch him. Since Lundy considers Trinity the worst k*ller he’s ever faced, he may have wanted Dexter’s help, specifically, in hopes that he would m*rder Trinity as the Bay Harbor Butcher, ensuring that he could never k*ll again. The proper avenue of going through the FBI and law enforcement hadn’t worked for Lundy over the past several decades, so after he retired, he likely sought out Dexter Morgan in order to finally take out Trinity for good.

While Lundy never had any proof of Dexter being the Bay Harbor Butcher, he clearly knew that Dexter’s blood skills went further than his analysis work at Miami Metro. Sadly, Frank Lundy would be m*rdered in Dexter season 4 before seeing Trinity’s m*rderous spree finally come to an end at the hands of Miami Metro’s skilled “blood guy.” If Dexter: New Blood’s Angela could come to the conclusion that Dexter was the Bay Harbor Butcher with her lackluster evidence, it’s highly unlikely that professional serial-k*ller hunter and FBI Agent Frank Lundy didn’t secretly know as well.

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‘Dexter: New Blood’: How the Cast Reacted to the End of the Show — HN

Dexter: New Blood brought Dexter Morgan back to our TV screens for the first time in almost a decade. When the original show left him, he had fled Florida and moved to Oregon for a second chance at a normal life. But by the time of New Blood, Dexter had relocated again, this time to a small town in upstate New York. He was living under the alias Jim Lindsay and had achieved a life devoid of k*lling. But as viewers learned, that was not sustainable.

The finale of Dexter: New Blood had fans everywhere emotional. But what about the cast? Find out how some of them reacted to the end of the show.

What happened in the ‘Dexter: New Blood’ finale
By the end of Dexter: New Blood, Dexter had found himself in jail for m*rder. He was also likely to face additional charges in the Bay Harbor Butcher case in Miami, where he could be sentenced to death.

Knowing this, Dexter k*lled a guard and broke out of his cell. He rushed to his son Harrison and told him they needed to leave town immediately. But when Harrison learned about what he did, he snapped and sh*t and k*lled Dexter.

When Angela Bishop arrived, she started to arrest Harrison. But he was already so traumatized that she let him go. After calling it in as an officer-involved shooting, she gave Harrison a few bucks and instructed him to leave Iron Lake. Harrison was last seen driving out of town as cops rushed over to the crime scene.

The episode aired on Jan. 9 and had viewers divided. Some fans took issue with the pacing and felt the show left many questions unanswered, like what evidence Angela Batista had on Dexter. Others thought it was a decent sendoff to the character.

Cast reactions to the end of ‘Dexter: New Blood’

For Michael C. Hall (Dexter Morgan), he told The Los Angeles Times that the ending is one that “resonates” with him.

“It feels justifiable,” he explained. As upsetting as it may be, I hope audiences will appreciate the resonance of Dexter dying this way at the hands of his son.”

“Hope you had as much fun we did,” David Magidoff (Teddy Reed) wrote on Instagram in part.

Jennifer Carpenter, who played Debra Morgan, thanked fans for watching in a separate message. “Gracias,” read the post. “Big Time,” she wrote in the caption.

Meanwhile, actors Jack Alcott (Harrison Morgan), Clancy Brown (Kurt Caldwell), Julia Jones (Angela Bishop), Alano Miller (Officer Logan), and Johnny Sequoyah (Audrey Bishop) marked the occasion by sharing behind-the-scenes photos with other cast and crew members.

“That was a fun ride,” Jamie Chung (Molly Park) said on Instagram, attaching photos of herself with people like Jones and David Zayas (Angel Batista). “Lots of fun memories. Thank you for tuning in and breaking all sorts of records!”

Will there be another season?

Dexter: New Blood was designed as a limited series, but it became such a hit that some fans are expecting another season. While Dexter: New Blood creator and showrunner Clyde Phillips has expressed interest in continuing the story, Showtime has said that right now, it is still “enjoying the closure of Dexter.”

“It’s not uninteresting [to continue it] but you have to be judicious about going on with existing IP vs. creating new IP,” Gary Levine, the president of entertainment at Showtime, told The Hollywood Reporter. “We don’t do it a whole lot and when we do it, we do it carefully. At this point, I can’t say definitively either way about it.”

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How The Original Dexter Finale Should Have Ended According To Fans — HN

In the aftermath of the final episode of “Dexter: New Blood,” fans of “Dexter” were left disappointed once again. One of the main reasons that viewers were at odds with the finale was because it was another rehash of the disappointing finale from the original series. After eight seasons of following Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall) through near misses and murders, fans weren’t shy about sharing how they really felt about the ending. One of the most egregious crimes was the death of Dexter’s foster sister Deb (Jennifer Carpenter). Deb struggles with coming to terms with the fact that her brother is a serial k*ller, and that she also happens to have romantic feelings for him.

And still, after all of that, she is k*lled unceremoniously which causes Dexter to abandon his family. He has no ties to Rita’s (Julie Benz) children Astor and Cody, and sends Harrison off with his girlfriend Hannah (Yvonne Strahovski). Instead of caring for any members of his family, Dexter fakes his own death and lives a life as a lumberjack. This was not a satisfying conclusion to the popular show and if fans had their way, there is one significant moment that they would change.

Fans would not separate Harrison from his siblings

There are many changes that fans would make, but there is a glaring issue that they have found with Dexter’s character. Fans on Reddit were mostly disappointed with where Dexter left Harrison. Instead of leaving Harrison to be raised by Hannah, some agreed that he should have gone with his siblings Astor and Cody who were living a comfortable life with their grandparents.

“The biggest shame about Season 8 is with one small change the ending wouldn’t have been great but it would have made sense,” posted u/TheUltimatenerd05. “Dexter leaves Harrison with Astor and Cody. Because of course he would. Dexter’s the person that felt so betrayed by Harry taking his brother away he would make sure Harrison is still with his siblings.” The Redditor goes on to say not only does it make the most sense, but is the best thing for Harrison. Instead of being on the run with Hannah in South America, he would be with a mostly intact family that would take care of and love him.

“My two biggest complaints are leaving Harrison with Hannah and not with his real grandparents and his real (half) siblings,” agreed u/Good_angel_bad_wings. Had Dexter left Harrison with his family, he would not have had the disastrous upbringing revealed in “Dexter: New Blood.” Harrison’s life was essentially ruined by not growing up in a normal household and he follows in his father’s murderous footsteps because of it.