‘Dexter’: Why Fans Struggled With Season 8 and Original Ending

by Maria Hartfield

The Dexter empire built its fanbase around a serial killer who is also a TV antihero. The Showtime original series follows hits such as You and Hannibal, which became popular because of the psychopaths and murderers they featured, which kept our eyes glued to the screen every week.

Jim Lindsay’s crime novels inspired the Dexter conglomerate starring Michael C. Hall as Dexter Morgan. Morgan plays a blood-spatter analyst and outwardly average dude. Dexter shows up for work, dates a single mother named Rita (Julie Benz), and for the most part, appears to be a functional member of society. However, Dexter holds a dark secret. He’s actually a serial killer looking to punish criminals who deserve it. His “Dark Passenger” hunts for criminals who have seemingly escaped the justice system.

The original Dexter series received raving reviews and high viewership numbers over its first four seasons. However, the final season which wrapped in 2013, didn’t quite measure up. Rotten Tomatoes gives Season 8 a score of 33% from critics and 51% from viewers. In contrast, Season 1 received a score of 82% from critics and a whopping 96% audience score.

So, why are some diehard Dexter fans not into Season 8 of the series?

‘Dexter’ Fans Make Their Voices Heard on Reddit

Fans of the series took to Reddit to voice their disapproval of Dexter‘s final season. One thread titled “what do you hate most about season 8?” on the Dexter subreddit, r/Slideshow_Slob points out “how many seemingly major plot points are quickly forgotten” over the last episodes. They could be referring to Hannah’s attempt to kill Deb, or La Guerta’s death and the warrants she requested. Or even Deb’s attempt to murder Dexter.

Other Reddit users call out the lack of quality in the writing. User r/mr-self-destruct notes how the show’s voiceovers start to over-compensate by giving away “every…detail of the plot.”

Another thread by r/vortex_of_suck states, “the writing got unforgivably lazy.”

Finally, the biggest cause for disapproval came from the final image of Dexter in hiding, complete with a beard.

Reddit user r/mittens12 mentions it felt like “they messed up the footage from the real ending….showtime [sic] wouldn’t give them the funds for a reshoot and Michael C  Hall was like, ‘oh well I have a beard now and this lumber yard is down the street…'”

On another note, u/peckx063 made sure to voice their opinion on the ending saying, “Dexter will be upset with himself so he’ll fake his death, swim through the ocean during a hurricane, and become a lumberjack.”

It’s not too late to make up for the original show’s ending. Tune in to the sequel series Dexter: New Blood now airing on Showtime.