Morgan is a fictional character and the antihero of a series of
novels by Jeff Lindsay, including
Darkly Dreaming Dexter
Darkly Dreaming Dexter
Dearly Devoted Dexter
Dearly Devoted Dexter
Dexter in the Dark
Dexter in the Dark
Dexter Is Delicious
Dexter Is Delicious
Dexter's Final Cut
Dexter's Final Cut
Dexter Is Dead
Dexter Is Dead
(2015). In 2006, the
first novel was adapted into the Showtime TV series
companion web series Dexter: Early Cuts. The eighth and final novel in
the series written by Lindsay was titled
Is Dead, and released
in July 2015, signifying the ending of the character.
In the TV series,
is a forensic blood spatter analyst who works
for the fictitious Miami-Metro Police Department. In his spare time,
he is a vigilante serial killer who targets other murderers who have
evaded the justice system. He follows a code of ethics taught to him
in childhood by his adoptive father, Harry, which he refers to as "The
Code" or "The Code of Harry" and hinges on two principles:
only kill people after finding conclusive evidence that they are
guilty of murder, and he must not get caught.
Season one is largely based on the first novel, Darkly Dreaming Dexter
(2004), but the following seasons veered away from the rest of the
book series. In the television program,
was played by Michael
C. Hall, who won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Television
Series or Drama in 2009. He was also portrayed as a youth by Devon
Graye, Dominic Janes, and Maxwell Huckabee.
1.1 Psychological profile
1.2 Modus operandi
1.3 General biography
2 Character development in the book series
2.1 Darkly Dreaming Dexter
2.2 Dearly Devoted Dexter
Dexter in the Dark
Dexter by Design
Dexter is Delicious
2.6 Double Dexter
2.7 Dexter's Final Cut
Dexter is Dead
Dexter in the television show
3.1 Season one
3.2 Season two
3.3 Season three
3.4 Season four
3.5 Season five
3.6 Season six
3.7 Season seven
3.8 Season eight
4 Other formats
5.1 Critical reception
5.2 Connections to actual crimes
5.2.1 Mark Twitchell
5.2.2 Andrew Conley
6 See also
9 Further reading
10 External links
Dexter Morgan has felt homicidal urges directed by an
inner voice he calls "the Dark Passenger"; when that voice cannot be
ignored, he "lets the Dark Passenger do the driving". He abides by a
moral code taught to him by his adoptive father, Harry, in which he
only allows himself to kill people who are themselves murderers.
Dexter considers himself emotionally divorced from the rest of
humanity; in his narration, he refers to "humans" as if he is not one
himself. He makes frequent references to an internal feeling of
emptiness and says he kills to feel alive. He claims to have no
feelings or conscience, and that all of his emotional responses are
part of a well-rehearsed act to conceal his true nature. He has no
interest in romance or sex; he considers his relationship with his
girlfriend (and eventual wife)
Rita Bennett to be part of his
Dexter likes children, finding them much more interesting than adults;
accordingly, he treats victims who prey on children with particular
wrath. His connection to Rita's children, Astor, and Cody, sometimes
supersedes his relationship with Rita herself. For example, in the
Dexter continues his relationship with Rita because he
realizes that Rita's children are exhibiting the same sociopathic
tendencies he did at their age, and he tries to control their violent
urges by providing them with "guidance" similar to that which Harry
provided him. In the show,
Dexter deviates from his code of only
killing murderers to dispose of a pedophile who is stalking Astor.
Animals do not like Dexter, which can cause noise problems when he
stalks a victim who has pets. The novels reveal that he once owned a
dog that barked and growled at him until he was forced to get rid of
it and a turtle that hid from him in its shell until it died of
Dexter occasionally behaves in a way that suggests that he does feel
some rudimentary human connection. He acknowledges loyalty to family,
particularly to his late adoptive father, saying: "If I were capable
of love, how I would have loved Harry." Since Harry's death, Dexter's
only family is his sister Debra, Harry and Doris' biological daughter.
Dexter admits that he cannot hurt Debra or allow anyone else to harm
her because he is "fond of her". In the first episode of season one,
he says: "I don't have feelings about anything, but if I could have
feelings at all, I'd have them for Deb".
In the first season, Dexter's relationship with Rita sets in motion
his slow but steady introduction to human feelings, progressing
further each season. During the episode "Shrink Wrap", when his
current target is a psychologist,
Dexter infiltrates the doctor's
office by posing as a patient, and the doctor astutely speculates that
part of Dexter's problem in admitting to his feelings is his need for
control. In the second season finale, "The British Invasion", Dexter
finally admits that he needs the people in his life. In season
three, when he is threatened by a target,
Dexter fights to live
because he wants to see his unborn child. In season four, before
killing a police officer who has murdered her own husband and
Dexter is overwhelmed with the realization that he does not
want to lose his new family. He is also horrified when he finds out
that one of his potential victims is an abusive husband and father;
Dexter vehemently insists he is nothing like that and would never hurt
his family. In season five, after Rita is murdered,
that he genuinely loved her and is devastated by losing her.
In both the books and the show,
Dexter selects his victims according
to his adoptive father's code and kills them only after he has
discovered enough evidence to prove their guilt. For each victim, he
ritually prepares a kill site that has some symbolic relevance to the
killer (e.g., killing a boxer in a boxing ring or a gambler in a
casino's storage shed). He completely drapes the site in clear plastic
tarpaulin to catch all spilled blood, and often adorns it with
evidence or photos of his victim's crimes.
The actual capture of his victims differs between the books and the
show. On the show, it usually entails approaching the victims from
behind and injecting an anesthetic (specified to be an animal
tranquilizer called etorphine hydrochloride, or M99), which renders
his victims temporarily unconscious. The injection is a tradition
established with his first victim, the hospital nurse. He uses the
Patrick Bateman (the serial killer protagonist of Bret Easton
Ellis' American Psycho) to procure these tranquilizers. Other
Dexter incapacitates his target by using either his hands or a
garrote to cut off blood flow to the brain. In the books (and twice in
the television program), he hides in the back seat of his victim's
vehicle, then wraps a noose of fishing line around his victim's throat
when he sits down.
Dexter then uses the threat of asphyxiation to
force his victim to drive them to his prepared kill site.
Once they have arrived, he either strangles them into unconsciousness
or uses the noose to drag them to the kill site proper. In such cases,
he anesthetizes them once he has informed them of his judgment. When
victims awaken, they are naked and secured to a table with plastic
wrap, and for stronger victims, duct tape. If he has not already done
so, he confronts them with narrative evidence of their crimes. In the
novels, the method usually involves an extended "exploration" with
various sharp knives; on the show, Dexter's favored method usually
involves an immediately fatal wound to the chest, neck, or gut with a
variety of weapons. He occasionally varies his methods to fit
particular victims; he kills his brother (and fellow serial killer)
Brian by cutting his throat with a dinner knife; he stabs gang lord
Little Chino in the chest with a machete. He kills Santos
Jimenez—the man who murdered his mother—in the same manner in
which his mother was killed, by dismembering him with a chainsaw. On
other occasions, he uses hammers, drills, and other power tools.
Just before the murder,
Dexter collects trophies from his victims so
he can relive the experience. Dexter's trophy signature is to slice
the victim's right cheek with a surgical scalpel to collect a small
blood sample, which he preserves on a microscope slide. In the TV
Dexter keeps blood slides from all his victims neatly organized
in a wooden filing box, which he hides inside his air conditioner. In
the novels, he keeps them in a rosewood box on his bookcase.
Ultimately, he dismembers the bodies into several pieces, stows them
and the plastic sheeting in black, heavy duty, biodegradable garbage
bags, then adds rocks from the dock where he keeps his boat as anchor
weight, and seals the bags with duct tape. He then takes the wrapped
bags out on his boat and disposes of them by dumping them overboard
into the ocean at a defined location; in the TV series, his dumping
ground is a small oceanic trench just offshore. In one episode, the
dump site and remains are inadvertently discovered by scuba divers, so
he changes tactics, cutting the bodies into smaller pieces and dumping
them further offshore, where they will be dispersed by the Gulf
Stream. The books give less detail about disposal, with
improvising depending on the victim. He has dumped some victims into
the ocean due to the victim's owning a boat and doing the same with
their own victims, but uses anchors to weight the bags. He disposes of
another body in a vat of hydrochloric acid.
Dexter was born on February 15, 1971. At the story's outset, Dexter
knows very little about his life prior to being adopted by Harry
Morgan (a Miami detective) and his wife Doris. Harry only tells Dexter
that his parents were killed in a car accident, and Harry brought him
home from the crime scene. When
Dexter is seven, Harry discovers that
the boy has been killing neighborhood pets and realizes that
a sociopath with a deep need to kill. Consequently, Harry decides to
channel the boy's homicidal urges in a "positive" direction by
teaching him to be a careful, meticulous killer of people who "deserve
it"—murderers who had escaped justice and deserved to die. Doris
Dexter was 16, and Harry died when
Dexter was 20. In the
second season, Dexter's nemesis, Sergeant James Doakes, discovers that
Dexter forsook a career in medicine to pursue blood spatter analysis,
despite being top of his class at medical school. He also notes that
Dexter studied advanced jujutsu in college.
Both the television show and the first novel gradually reveal Dexter's
complete back story.
Dexter was born out of wedlock in 1971 to a young
woman named Laura (Laura Moser on the show), although a later episode
says he graduated high school in 1991. In the novels, Laura was
involved in the drug trade. On the show, Laura was a police
informant for Harry Morgan and his secret mistress. Dexter's father
(named Joseph Driscoll on the show) was in the
US Army and served in
the Vietnam War, but later became a drug-addicted criminal. Dexter
also had an older brother, named Brian. On October 1, 1973,
Dexter and Brian witnessed their mother's brutal murder at the hands
of three drug dealers. For two days, the brothers were left in a
crate, surrounded by dismembered body parts and sitting in a pool of
blood.a[›] Harry adopted the three-year-old Dexter, while Brian was
left to the child welfare system.b[›]
Dexter only remembers his mother's murder later in life, when he is
called to an extremely bloody crime scene left by his brother—who
has also grown up to be a serial killer. In the novel, Brian escapes
Miami, but returns in
Dexter Is Delicious. On the show, however,
Dexter catches and (reluctantly) kills Brian, aware that Brian would
never stop trying to kill Debra or other innocent people.
Character development in the book series
Darkly Dreaming Dexter
Doris Morgan, Dexter's adoptive mother, dies of cancer when he is 16.
Dexter reaches puberty, he realizes that he is uninterested in
sex and needs instruction by his father on how to behave with women.
Around this time, Harry discovers that
Dexter has been killing
neighborhood pets and realizes that the boy has an innate need to
kill. Harry decides to channel Dexter's urges in a "positive"
direction by teaching him to kill people who "deserve it", and to get
rid of any evidence so he does not get caught.
Dexter is 18, Harry is diagnosed with cancer and hospitalized.
There, Harry gives
Dexter his "permission" to kill his first human
victim, a nurse who is murdering her patients with overdoses of
Throughout the novel,
Dexter is involved in the investigation of the
"Tamiami Butcher", a serial killer who dismembers his victims and puts
the body parts in refrigerated trucks. The killer begins leaving
taunting clues for
Dexter to draw him in personally. The killer
kidnaps Deborah and meets with
Dexter in a storage container, and
reveals their true connection: he is Brian, Dexter's biological
brother. Brian tells
Dexter that as children, they witnessed their
mother's brutal murder at the hands of drug dealers, and were locked
in a crate for two days, surrounded by dead bodies.
Brian to spare Deborah, and instead the two of them kill Lieutenant
Migdia LaGuerta; a spiteful, manipulative woman skilled only in
political gamesmanship and does not care about other people (this does
not occur in the TV series, in which LaGuerta — whose first name is
changed to "Maria" — is a recurring character until her death at the
end of the seventh season).
At the end of the novel, Deborah learns of Dexter's secret life after
he saves her from Brian. She appears to accept it, but in subsequent
books feels torn between her duties as a police officer and her
loyalty to Dexter, whom she loves as her brother.
Dearly Devoted Dexter
Dexter's nemesis, Sergeant Doakes, suspects
Dexter of being involved
in LaGuerta's murder, and starts following him around. Doakes and
Dexter are soon forced to work together to stop "Dr. Danco", a
psychopathic surgeon who removes his victims' limbs and sensory
organs, leaving them in a state of living death.
Doakes' pursuit forces
Dexter to spend more time with Rita and her
children. While attempting to bond with Astor and Cody, he realizes
that they both have "Dark Passengers" of their own, and he resolves to
provide them with the same "guidance" that Harry had given him. After
FBI agent Kyle Chutsky's ring in Dexter's pocket, Rita
Dexter is about to propose to her, and happily accepts before
Dexter can explain.
At the climax of the book, Danco kidnaps
Dexter and Doakes, mutilating
the latter by removing his hands, feet, and tongue. Just as Danco is
about to turn his attentions to Dexter, however, Deborah bursts in and
kills him, saving Dexter's life.
Dexter in the Dark
Dexter in the Dark, the third novel of the series, third-person
narrative reveals through an entity referred to as "IT" that the Dark
Passenger is an independent agent inhabiting Dexter, rather than a
deviant psychological construction. Later,
Dexter realizes the Dark
Passenger is related to Moloch, a Middle Eastern deity worshiped in
Biblical times. The Dark Passenger is one of Moloch's many offspring;
Moloch had many children (formed through human sacrifice), and learned
to share its knowledge with them. Eventually, there were too many, and
Moloch killed the majority; however, some of them escaped into the
world. In the novel,
Dexter learns of the Dark Passenger's true nature
when it briefly "leaves" him, frightening him into researching
possible reasons for its existence.
Dexter has embraced his role as stepfather to both children,
but is annoyed when thoughts of them – wondering if Cody had brushed
his teeth before bed and if Astor had set out her Easter dress for
picture day at her school – distract him from hunting an intended
victim. By the end of the book, he has begun training Astor and Cody
to be careful, efficient killers, with great success: when the novel's
antagonist, a Moloch-worshipping cult leader, kidnaps the three of
them, Cody saves Dexter's life by killing one of his henchmen.
The novel ends with the Dark Passenger returning to
Dexter on his
Dexter by Design
Dexter by Design
Dexter by Design opens in Paris, with
Dexter and Rita on their
honeymoon. There, while visiting an art gallery,
Dexter and Rita see
an avant-garde performance piece called "Jennifer's Leg" in which the
artist amputates her own limb. When they return to Miami, Dexter
crosses paths with a suspicious homicide detective and a serial killer
who preys on tourists. In the novel's closing paragraphs, Dexter
learns that Rita is pregnant with his child.
Dexter is Delicious
Dexter is Delicious,
Dexter grapples with raising his infant
daughter, Lily-Anne, and wonders if she can help restore his humanity.
Brian reappears in Dexter's life, situating himself with Dexter's
family. The main event for the Miami Police Department is related to
the appearance of cooked, partially eaten bodies and the disappearance
of a teenaged girl, Samantha.
Dexter has sex with Samantha while under
the influence of ecstasy, and tries to prevent Rita from finding out
while helping Deborah solve the murders.
The novel reintroduces Dexter's brother, Brian, who shows up
unexpectedly at Dexter's doorstep and inserts himself into his
brother's new family.
Dexter is reluctant at first to let Brian back
into his life, but changes his mind when he sees him bond with Astor
and Cody over their shared bloodlust.
In Double Dexter,
Dexter is seen by an anonymous Shadow while killing
a victim in a secluded house. He continues on with his life until he
starts receiving threatening emails from the person who claims to have
seen him over a pile of dead body parts. Instead of turning him in,
the Shadow, as he is referred to, takes it upon himself to take Dexter
Dexter tries to find and dispose of this Shadow, he
quickly finds out that this person is much more capable than he
Dexter is eventually framed for a murder, at
least circumstantially, by his still anonymous Shadow.
While on suspension from the police force for being a 'person of
interest' in a murder investigation,
Dexter finally finds out who his
Shadow is: Doug Crowley. When he goes to dispatch Crowley, he finds he
is once again being tailed by Doakes. Realizing that no way exists to
take down Crowley with Doakes on his tail, he enlists the help of his
brother, Brian, and finally thinks that his problems have been taken
While Brian is dispatching Doug Crowley,
Dexter goes down to Key West
with his family. Despite learning from his brother that a Doug Crowley
had been taken care of, he finds the body of Detective Hood, the lead
detective investigating him for murder, in his hotel suite, with the
only explanation being that Brian killed the wrong Doug Crowley.
Dexter is preoccupied with the Key West police, Crowley finally
Dexter by abducting his step children, Cody and Astor. Dexter
hunts down Crowley to a small island off the coast of Key West. He
finally gets the drop on him, and Crowley escapes with Astor on a
Dexter manages to sneak aboard and overpower Crowley, with
some assistance from Astor. They shove Crowley overboard, where he is
eaten by a hammerhead shark.
With Crowley dispatched,
Dexter can finally focus on clearing his name
in the murder investigation. He plants evidence in Hood's apartment,
thoroughly discrediting him, while Doakes is now under review for
excessive force and intimidating a witness. These developments leave
Dexter in the clear.
Dexter's Final Cut
In Dexter's Final Cut, a famous celebrity becomes obsessed with Dexter
Morgan after researching him for his new role. When the Big Ticket
Network comes to Miami, Deborah and
Dexter are assigned as "technical
advisors" to the stars of the show. Deborah is shadowed by female lead
Jackie Forrest and
Dexter is left with over-the-hill star Robert
Chase. Sensing a strangeness in him,
Dexter keeps Robert at arm's
length. When a series of murders leads Miami Metro's Detective
Anderson through a loop,
Dexter is assigned to guard Jackie.
Dexter quickly realize that the string of bodies all bear
a striking resemblance to Jackie.
Dexter is assigned to protect her in
her hotel room. At first, things seem perfectly routine; Dexter
accompanies Jackie to the station each morning and returns with her to
the hotel at night, but when the killer's identity is revealed to him,
Dexter's "Dark Passenger" leads him out into the streets in pursuit.
While working a crime scene where police have found another body
matching the pattern of Jackie's obsessed fan,
Dexter notices a man
fitting the description in a kayak out in the bay watching the scene.
Stealing away to his boat,
Dexter slips alongside the man and kills
him. After a hard day's work, they return to the hotel only to be
disturbed in the night by sirens; Jackie's assistant Kathy has been
murdered in the room below. The murder seems to fit the pattern, but
Dexter notices several errors. That night,
Dexter and Jackie fall into
bed together and start a brief but intense affair.
Dexter thinks he
has fallen in love with Jackie, and considers leaving Rita.
Dexter is called onto the set to appear as a minor character in the
series following a conversation with Jackie and Robert. Suddenly,
Dexter gets a panicked phone call from Rita: Astor has disappeared.
Fearing the worst,
Dexter goes in search of Robert, who had shown a
suspicious interest in Astor. He questions the show's director, who
confirms that Robert is a pedophile. Moments later, he finds Jackie's
dead body in her trailer.
Dexter then pieces it together: Robert
killed Kathy after she caught him in a compromising position with
Astor, and then killed Jackie when she found out what he had done.
Dexter follows a hunch and heads to Rita and his new house. Robert
catches him sneaking in and knocks him unconscious.
Waking some time later,
Dexter finds Astor and Robert together in the
house. Robert has lured Astor with promises of stardom, and she
appears ready to help him to kill Dexter. Thinking quickly, Dexter
tells Astor that Robert will be arrested and sent to prison, and is
thus useless to her. When Robert tries to take Astor as a hostage, she
stabs him to death.
Dexter realizes that circumstantial evidence
implicates him as the murderer of Robert and Jackie, and that the only
person who can exonerate him is Rita. When
Dexter searches the house,
however, he finds that Rita is dead, murdered by Robert.
that his luck has finally run out, and waits for the police to arrive.
Dexter is Dead
In the final book of the series'
Dexter is Dead;
Dexter is in jail
after being charged with Robert's crimes - thanks to the corrupt
Detective Anderson, who has falsified evidence and reports to make it
Dexter is guilty. Only Masuoka tries to clear Dexter's good
name, but he gets swatted down by everyone from the beat cops to the
state attorney. Deborah, meanwhile, disowns
Dexter for cheating on
Rita and putting Astor in danger, and decides to take custody of his
Dexter's brother Brian bails him out of prison and gets him the best
lawyer in town, but the lawyer happens to be in the pocket of a very
powerful Mexican drug cartel led by a man named Raul, who is after
Brian. The cartel tries to kill
Dexter multiple times to get to Brian.
Eventually, they find out the their lawyer was supplying Raul with
Dexter's intelligence, which makes them ambush him, and kill him and
all the cartel's members, save for one, who is taken by the brothers
to a secluded warehouse, where he is severely interrogated and
mutilated to get the kids' location and to satisfy their urges.
Brian, Deborah, and
Dexter team up, storm Raul's yacht, and take the
kids back. Deborah and the kids get away, but Brian is killed by a
bomb and Raul shoots
Dexter in the shoulder.
Dexter kills Raul and
sets a bomb so no evidence is left, then jumps off the boat into the
water and sinks into the ocean. The book leaves it open to
interpretation whether he survives.
Dexter in the television show
By the start of season one,
Dexter has settled into a stable life as a
blood spatter analyst for the Miami Metro Police Department by day,
and a serial killer by night. In his private life,
superficial relationships – with his sister Debra (Jennifer
Carpenter), his girlfriend Rita (Julie Benz), and Rita's children,
Astor (Christina Robinson) and Cody (Daniel Goldman in season one,
Preston Bailey in subsequent seasons) to fit in with society, but he
is constantly hunting for serial killers to satisfy his homicidal
Dexter has internal conversations with his late foster father,
Harry Morgan (James Remar), who gives him advice about killing and
navigating his personal life.
Rita's previous, abusive marriage leaves her afraid to have sex. When
she overcomes her demons and becomes more amorous, however, Dexter
considers ending the relationship, fearing that she will see him as he
really is if they become a real couple. However, during a therapy
session with one of his intended victims, psychologist Emmett Meridian
Dexter is put into a state of deep relaxation, wherein
he sees a frightening image of a small boy sitting in a pool of blood.
In a heightened emotional state, he runs to Rita's house for comfort,
and they have sex.
Meanwhile, a serial killer of prostitutes appears in Miami, and Dexter
notices that the killer is leaving hidden clues at the scene that have
personal significance to Dexter. One day,
Dexter receives official
notification that a man named Joseph Driscoll is his biological
father, and that, since
Dexter is the only next of kin, he must come
settle the estate and claim the body. Debra's new boyfriend, Rudy
Cooper (Christian Camargo), insists that they accompany
Rita to clean out the house.
Dexter doubts that Driscoll is his
father, but while cleaning, discovers a thank-you card that he sent
his blood donor as a child, as
Dexter has a rare blood type (AB-).
As Harry had convinced Driscoll to donate the blood anonymously,
Dexter had no idea from where it had come.
Dexter suspects his
father's death was foul play, but the body is cremated before Dexter
can obtain proof. The show reveals to the viewer that Rudy
murdered Driscoll with an injection of insulin designed to mimic a
Dexter's rivalry with Rita's recently paroled ex-husband Paul (Mark
Pellegrino) turns violent; Paul tries to fight Dexter, who knocks him
unconscious. To cover his tracks,
Dexter injects Paul with heroin and
leaves him to be found. Paul fails a drug test (thus breaking his
probation) and returns to jail.
Dexter is called to analyze a hotel room flooded with the blood of
multiple persons. The sight triggers a panic attack and calls up
several memories of himself as a child sitting in blood. His
research leads him to discover he witnessed his mother's murder as a
child, and he had a brother named Brian. Eventually, the Ice Truck
Killer (who turns out to be none other than Rudy) kidnaps Debra after
proposing to her, then drugs her and takes her to Dexter's childhood
Dexter goes to rescue Debra, he finally recognizes Rudy as
his long-lost brother, Brian Moser.
Brian proposes that
Dexter and he begin to murder together, and
Dexter to a bound and drugged Debra, suggests that she be
their first kill. After wrestling with internal conflicts from his
attachment to his biological brother and need to protect his adoptive
Dexter ultimately decides that his loyalty lies with Debra.
Later on, Brian begins to hunt down Debra himself, but Dexter
apprehends Brian and then ties him down to an operating table in
Dexter tearfully slits Brian's throat, staging the
crime scene to make it look like Brian committed suicide. Eventually,
the police find the body and close the case. The season ends with
Dexter wondering what it would be like if everyone knew his secrets
and imagining being celebrated outside the police station by an
In season two,
Dexter is so haunted by killing his own brother that he
cannot resume killing. To make matters worse, Debra, traumatized by
her ordeal with the Ice Truck Killer, moves in with Dexter, which
hinders his secret life. Dexter's nemesis, Sergeant
James Doakes (Erik
King), harbors lingering suspicions about Dexter's possible connection
with the Ice Truck Killer, and he begins to tail
Dexter everywhere. To
throw him off,
Dexter reluctantly refrains from killing for a month.
Dexter finds a chance to kill again, over 30 bodies are found
in a Miami harbor, provoking a massive search for the so-called "Bay
Rita soon figures out that
Dexter has been lying to her and concludes
Dexter is a heroin addict, with which he goes along to hide his
real secret. Rita forces him to attend
Narcotics Anonymous meetings,
where he meets Lila Tournay (Jaime Murray), who becomes his sponsor.
Lila convinces him to explore his past, and while under extreme duress
after confronting his mother's murderer, his relationship with Lila
Dexter confesses to Rita, who dumps him. Lila becomes
obsessed with Dexter, believing he is her soulmate. Eventually,
however, Dexter's desire to be with Astor and Cody compels him to ask
for Rita's forgiveness; she grants it, and they get back together.
Dexter then tells Lila to leave him alone.
Doakes' suspicions subside some when he realizes that
attending Narcotics Anonymous, but he begins to suspect this is a
cover for an even worse secret. As Doakes gets closer to discovering
Dexter provokes him into a physical altercation at work,
resulting in Doakes' suspension. In "The British Invasion", Doakes
Dexter in the act of disposing of a dismembered body
in the Florida Everglades.
Dexter is forced to take Doakes captive and
sets about framing him. Lila discovers the cabin in the Everglades
Dexter is holding Doakes and blows it up (with Doakes inside),
to protect Dexter. The police eventually find Doakes' charred body,
surrounded by Dexter's murderous paraphernalia, and conclude that
Doakes was the Bay Harbor Butcher, much to Dexter's relief.
Dexter pretends to want to run away with Lila, but she soon discovers
that he intends to kill her. Lila kidnaps Astor and Cody, and when
Dexter finds them at her house, she sets it on fire and leaves the
three of them locked inside.
Dexter manages to save the children and
escape unhurt. Weeks later, he follows Lila to Paris, where he thanks
her for showing him his "true self" before killing her.
In season three,
Dexter finds his life manageable until he discovers
that Rita is pregnant. Rita and he tacitly consider terminating the
pregnancy, until Rita announces she will keep the baby regardless of
whether or not
Dexter wants to be a father to the child. Dexter,
afraid of what kind of father he would be, considers leaving Rita to
parent alone, until Debra convinces him that he would be a great
father. After a few failed marriage proposals,
Dexter proposes again
by mimicking a declaration of love from a criminal. Rita finally
accepts, with her children's blessing.
Meanwhile, after killing an unknown man in self-defense while
attempting to murder a homicidal drug dealer named Freebo, Dexter
forms an unlikely friendship with the man's brother, Miguel Prado
(Jimmy Smits), a popular assistant district attorney. While hunting
down Freebo at night, Prado stumbles upon Dexter, bloody from
Dexter claims he killed Freebo in self-defense.
Dexter Freebo's bloody shirt as proof that he will not
reveal Dexter's secret. The two men grow closer, and
makes Prado his best man. Prado gradually discerns that
Dexter is a
serial killer, and they begin to murder together according to Dexter's
"code". When Prado deviates from the code to murder a rival defense
attorney, it sets off a game of competing leverage and blackmail
between the two men.
Dexter discovers the blood on the shirt is
actually bovine, meaning that Prado was just using him as an excuse to
kill. Angry and hurt,
Dexter decides to kill Prado.
After being tipped off by Prado, a serial killer called "the Skinner"
(Jesse Borrego), who is searching for Freebo, kidnaps
Dexter's wedding day. Facing certain death,
Dexter resolves to keep
fighting so he can live to see his son; he frees himself and kills the
Skinner by snapping his neck and throwing his body into an arriving
Dexter then kills Prado and marries Rita, with Debra
as his "best man".
During the course of the season,
Dexter justifies killing two people
who do not fit his code: Nathan Marten, a pedophile who is stalking
Astor; and his old friend Camilla Figg, who is dying of cancer and
asks him to end her suffering.
At outset of season four, Rita has given birth to a baby boy,
Dexter is happy to have a child of his own, but his
responsibilities as a new father leave him too exhausted to kill.
Dexter finds it increasingly difficult to keep concealing his secret
life, which leads to conflict with Rita and Astor, who has entered
adolescence. At Rita's urging,
Dexter and she enter couple's therapy.
After his first kill of the new season,
Dexter falls asleep while
driving and has an accident, and the resultant short-term memory loss
causes him to forget where his victim's body is. He eventually
retraces his steps and disposes of the body. After retired Special
Frank Lundy (Keith Carradine) is murdered,
Dexter begins his
pursuit of the so-called "Trinity Killer", who has been committing
ritualistic murders across the country for 30 years. Once Dexter
finds the killer, however, he is shocked to discover that "Trinity" is
actually Arthur Mitchell (John Lithgow), a family man and pillar of
Dexter assumes the alias Kyle Butler and begins to insinuate himself
into Mitchell's personal life in an effort to learn how Mitchell
balances his family responsibilities with his secret life as a serial
killer. To that end,
Dexter repeatedly puts off murdering Mitchell,
thwarts police efforts to apprehend him, and even saves Mitchell's
life when he attempts suicide. Upon getting to know Mitchell, however,
Dexter realizes that he misjudged him; after spending Thanksgiving
with the Mitchell family,
Dexter learns that his would-be mentor is an
abusive tyrant whose family is terrified of him. After getting into a
violent altercation with Mitchell,
Dexter insists that they are
nothing alike and thinks he may be able to silence his Dark Passenger
When he returns home,
Dexter makes arrangements for Rita and him to
take a belated honeymoon. He sends Rita ahead and entraps Mitchell as
Mitchell tries to skip town. Before
Dexter kills him with a hammer,
Mitchell tells him that
Dexter will not be able to control his violent
urges for long, and "it's already over" — the same thing Mitchell
tells his victims just before killing them.
Harry was right. I thought I could change what I am, keep my family
safe. But it doesn't matter what I do, what I choose... I'm what's
wrong. This is... fate
Dexter Morgan, "The Getaway", Episode 4.12
After returning home,
Dexter calls Rita's phone to find out if her and
Harrison made it alright. He immediately hears Rita's phone start to
ring, indicating that she is in the house. Harrison then starts crying
Dexter is devastated to find Rita lying dead in the bathtub, with
Harrison on the floor in a pool of his mother's blood; she was
Trinity's final victim.
The season opens with a shocked, guilt-ridden
Harrison as the police respond to his call, in which
Dexter stated his
complicity in Rita's murder. While he means that he killed her by
letting Trinity know his identity, the police interpret this as an
admission of direct guilt. The FBI, however, soon clear Dexter, as he
was with the police at Arthur Mitchell's house at the time Rita was
Dexter spends the next day completely numb, unable to even fake any
sort of emotion or grief. As
Dexter plans to disconnect and restart,
he finds himself confronted by Rankin, a brash, foul-mouthed
hillbilly. When Rankin insults Rita,
Dexter kills him in a fit of
rage. Harry tells
Dexter that this act is the first human thing he has
Dexter do since Rita's death.
Distraught over Rita's death, Astor and Cody leave to go live with
their grandparents. A struggling
Dexter attempts to move on by hiring
an Irish nanny to look after Harrison while he goes out to find his
next kill. He settles on Boyd Fowler (Shawn Hatosy), a convicted
rapist whose connection to a string of missing women makes him the
Dexter kills Fowler, only to find Fowler's latest
victim, a young woman named
Lumen Pierce (Julia Stiles), who is still
alive. After debating whether or not to kill her (and thus eliminate a
Dexter gives in to his better nature and decides
to protect her. Lumen is slow to trust Dexter, but comes to realize he
means her no harm. She reveals that Fowler was not the only man who
raped her. As Lumen gradually becomes integrated into Dexter's life,
she begs him to help her to go after her attackers;
agrees. They stalk a children's dentist and the head of security for a
high-profile motivational speaker named
Jordan Chase (Jonny Lee
Miller). As the plot thickens, it becomes clear that Chase was also
one of Lumen's attackers. Complicating the situation further is
Joey Quinn (Desmond Harrington), who believes that Dexter
killed Rita and is getting too close to finding out Dexter's secrets.
To keep the police occupied,
Dexter puts them on Fowler's trail.
Dexter becomes personally acquainted with Chase and stumbles onto a
photo that proves that all of Lumen's attackers (who are also guilty
of torturing, raping, and murdering 12 other women) have known each
other since childhood.
Dexter eventually finds a vial of blood that Chase wears around his
neck. After extracting a sample, he discovers that the blood belongs
to Emily Birch (Angela Bettis), the rape club's first victim. She
provides Lumen and
Dexter with the identity of the mysterious fourth
attacker in the photo, Alex.
Dexter allows Lumen to kill Alex by
stabbing him in the heart.
Dexter and Lumen then become lovers, before
continuing their hunt for Chase. As Lumen and
Dexter plan to capture
Dexter realizes cameras are in his apartment. Dexter, assuming
he is being watched by Quinn, waits for him to return to the
surveillance van. As
Dexter opens the door to capture Quinn, Stan
Liddy (Peter Weller), a private investigator Quinn had hired to tail
Dexter with a taser. After Liddy calls Quinn to bust
Dexter attacks Liddy and kills him in self-defense, after
Liddy tries to stab him.
Dexter deals with Liddy, Lumen gets a call from Emily. Emily
appears frightened of Chase and threatens to call the police, but she
is revealed to be setting a trap to allow Chase to capture them.
Dexter returns to the apartment to find Lumen gone. He tracks Chase to
the camp where the rape club had started. In a fit of emotion, he
accidentally wrecks the stolen car he is driving, allowing Chase to
take him prisoner. Chase brings
Dexter to the building in which he is
holding Lumen. As Chase is about to kill them,
Dexter frees himself
with a knife he had stashed and immobilizes Chase by stabbing him
through his foot and into the floor.
Dexter cuts Lumen free and knocks
Chase out. When Chase wakes up,
Dexter allows Lumen to kill him. While
they are still in the kill room, preparing to move the body, Debra
arrives on the scene, though her view of
Dexter and Lumen is
obstructed by a sheet of plastic.
Dexter and Lumen, trapped, remain
silent. Without requesting their identity, Debra warns them that she
is about to call in backup and allows them to flee before the police
The next day, when
Dexter returns from work, Lumen tells him that she
no longer feels the need to kill, and they cannot be together because
Dexter's homicidal urges will never leave him. She then leaves to
return to the life she had before her kidnapping. The season ends with
Dexter surrounded by friends and family at Harrison's first birthday
About a year later, Harrison is old enough to walk, and
begun searching for a preschool, though his atheism conflicts with the
largely religious preschools to which he applies. He finds a greater
understanding through Brother Sam (Mos Def, credited as Mos and later
as yasiin bey), an ex-con and murderer whom
Dexter once considered
killing, who has since become a born-again Christian who counsels
Dexter initially sees Brother Sam's religious
conversion as a scam, but Brother Sam proves himself a truly changed
man, and even helps
Dexter through a crisis when Harrison undergoes an
However, things go awry when Brother Sam is fatally shot in his
Dexter realizes that a friend of Sam's, Nick, is responsible,
and swears revenge. On his deathbed, Sam forgives Nick and implores
Dexter to also forgive him; in the name of his friend, Dexter
considers this path of forgiveness over retribution. Nick initially
appears remorseful over the shooting, but that proves to be an act;
after Sam refuses to press charges on his deathbed, Nick brags about
what he did. An enraged
Dexter drowns Nick in the surf, reawakening in
him the presence of his dead brother, Brian, who begins to guide him
in much the same way that Harry's presence once had.
Dexter to go after Arthur Mitchell's son Jonah (Brando
Eaton), who appears to have also become a killer.
Dexter adheres to
his father's code, however, causing a schism between his
Dexter finally catches Jonah with the intent of killing
him, but relents when he sees that Jonah feels guilty about failing to
protect his sister, who committed suicide by slitting an artery in a
bathtub, similar to how her father killed his victims. When Jonah and
his mother discovered Jonah's sister, their mother blamed the children
for their father's shortcomings. This enrages Jonah, who then kills
his mother. Learning this new information,
Dexter rejects Brian and
reaffirms the "Code of Harry", leaving Jonah alive to forgive himself.
In the meantime,
Dexter begins investigating "the Doomsday Killer", a
serial killer who models his crimes after the
Book of Revelation.
Dexter soon finds that the murders are being committed by two people:
a fanatically religious college professor named James Gellar (Edward
James Olmos) and his protégé,
Travis Marshall (Colin Hanks). Dexter
tracks Marshall down, but balks at killing him, believing that
Marshall has a conscience and is simply being led down the wrong path.
Dexter then resolves to save Marshall from himself.
After the death of Marshall's sister,
Dexter follows him to the old
church and discovers Gellar's body in a freezer, concluding that
Marshall had been acting alone the whole time, with Gellar as a
dissociative identity. After being forced to accept Gellar's death,
Marshall begins to target Dexter, managing to capture him and enact
the lake of fire.
Dexter escapes, however, and is rescued by a fishing
boat carrying illegal immigrants bound for Florida. Marshall kidnaps
Harrison to sacrifice him as the "lamb of God" during a solar eclipse,
Dexter rescues Harrison and takes Marshall to the old church.
Debra walks into the church—seeking to find
Dexter after a recent
meeting with a therapist helped her realize that she was in love with
her adoptive brother—only to see
Dexter kill Marshall.
In the season-seven opener,
Dexter tells a bewildered Debra that he
killed Marshall on impulse after Marshall ambushed him. Debra believes
him at first, and helps him destroy the old church, with Marshall's
body inside. A few days later, however, Debra finds Dexter's knives
and collection of blood slides, and asks him point blank if he is a
serial killer. Not knowing what else to say,
Dexter replies that he
is. Debra is horrified, but resolves to help
Dexter stop killing by
moving in with him and keeping a constant eye on him.
After weeks under Debra's surveillance, a stressed out
Louis Greene, a former coworker with a grudge against him, with the
intent of killing him.
Dexter relents at the last minute, however, and
calls Debra so she can talk him out of it, reassuring her that some
good is in him after all.
Dexter escapes Debra's watch long enough to disposes of Ray Speltzer,
a brutal serial killer who had evaded prison on a technicality, and
Debra comes to understand why
Dexter kills. She makes a deal with him:
she will not stop
Dexter as long he does not tell her about it or
interfere with Miami-Metro investigations.
Dexter sets his sights on killing
Hannah McKay (Yvonne Strahovski), a
serial poisoner, who as a teenager, had gone on a cross-country
killing spree with her boyfriend.
Dexter subdues her and prepares to
kill her, but stops when Hannah does not appear to fear him. They are
both suddenly overcome with attraction and have sex.
in love with Hannah, who helps him realize that his "Dark Passenger"
does not control his life.
Dexter's romance with Hannah complicates his relationship with Debra,
however. Debra is intent on arresting Hannah for the murder of Sal
Price, a crime writer for whom Debra had feelings, and
trouble reconciling his feelings for his girlfriend with his
responsibility to his adoptive sister. To make matters worse,
Maria LaGuerta (Lauren Velez) reopens the Bay
Harbor Butcher case, convinced that Doakes was innocent and that
Dexter is hiding something. When
Dexter tries to kill Hector Estrada
(Nestor Serrano), the man who ordered Dexter's mother's murder,
LaGuerta arrives at the scene, forcing him to let Estrada go so he can
Dexter deduces that LaGuerta had orchestrated Estrada's
release from prison to set
At the beginning of the season, mobster Isaak Sirko (Ray Stevenson)
vows to kill
Dexter to avenge his lover, Viktor, a cop killer and one
of Dexter's victims. Fearing for his family's safety,
Isaak's arrest, but Isaak is soon released on bail and resumes his
vendetta. Isaak asks for Dexter's protection against his former
associates, who fear that he will testify against them; in return, he
Dexter that he will let him live.
Dexter refuses, but ends up
inadvertently coming to Isaak's aid when one of Isaak's former
henchmen attacks them both.
Dexter kills the mobster, but is too late
to save Isaak, who is mortally wounded during the struggle. As he
dies, Isaak tells
Dexter that it is not too late for
Dexter to find
Debra gets into a near-fatal car accident following a confrontation
with Hannah, and insists to
Dexter that Hannah poisoned her. Dexter
refuses to believe it at first, but he is suspicious enough to order a
tox screen on Debra's water bottle found on the driver's floorboard of
her car after the accident. To Dexter's horror, the results prove that
Hannah had spiked Debra's water with an overdose of Xanax. Left with
no other choice,
Dexter gives Debra proof that Hannah murdered Price
and looks on, heartbroken, as Debra arrests her.
Dexter arrested for the Bay Harbor Butcher murders, but
Dexter is released thanks to evidence with which he had tampered to
throw LaGuerta off.
Dexter is certain that LaGuerta will not give up,
however, and resolves to kill her, though doing so would be a
violation of his "code". He kidnaps and kills Estrada to lure LaGuerta
in, and then knocks her unconscious, planning to shoot her to make it
look like Estrada killed her. At that moment, Debra bursts in, holding
Dexter at gunpoint and begging him not to go through with it. LaGuerta
regains consciousness and urges Debra to kill Dexter. Seeing no way
Dexter resigns himself to his fate and tells Debra to "do what
you have to do". Much to Dexter's surprise, however, Debra turns the
gun on LaGuerta, and shoots her dead. As the countdown to the new year
Dexter wonders if this is the "beginning of the end".
The eighth season opens six months later, with
increasingly worried about Debra, who has quit the police force and
spiraled into depression and self-destructive behavior.
Dexter goes to
her new job as a private investigator and learns that Debra is
pursuing, and sleeping with, drug dealer Andrew Briggs (Rhys Coiro).
Dexter confronts her, Debra tells him that she wishes she had
killed him instead of LaGuerta. A few days later,
Dexter learns that
an assassin, El Sapo (Nick Gomez), is going to kill Briggs and Debra,
Dexter goes to Debra's hotel to save her. A scuffle ensues, in
Dexter kills Briggs. He begs Debra to come with him, but she
refuses. Soon afterward, El Sapo is found dead, and
called in to investigate. He discovers that some of the blood at the
scene belongs to Debra. She admits to killing El Sapo, and Dexter
reluctantly covers up the crime.
Dexter meets Dr. Evelyn Vogel (Charlotte Rampling), a
neuropsychiatrist consulting with Miami Metro about a serial killer
dubbed "the Brain Surgeon" who removes parts of his victims' brains.
Dexter that she knew Harry, with whom she came up with
Dexter's "code". Vogel believes the killer is one of her former
patients and asks
Dexter to kill him before the killer goes after
Dexter to tell him that Debra has shown up at Miami Metro,
blind drunk, and confessed to killing LaGuerta. Panicked, Dexter
rushes over with Vogel in tow, and knocks Debra unconscious with a low
dose of the tranquilizer he uses on his victims. He realizes he cannot
help Debra and asks Vogel to treat her.
Dexter starts looking into another of Vogel's former patients, serial
killer A.J. Yates (Aaron McCusker). He saves one of Yates' victims and
confronts the killer, who escapes. The following day, Debra asks
Dexter to take a drive with her so they can talk. During the drive,
she intentionally crashes the car into the bay, intent on killing them
both. Debra survives, however, and saves Dexter's life. When Yates
kidnaps Vogel, the two of them put aside their differences to track
Dexter kills Yates to keep him from harming Debra, and Debra
and he reconcile.
Dexter sets his sights on a new victim: Zach Hamilton (Sam Underwood),
a teenager from a wealthy family who murdered his father's mistress
and is now preparing to kill his father.
Dexter kidnaps Zach, who
admits that he enjoys killing and will do it again. Seeing in Zach a
Dexter promises to teach him how to kill. When
Dexter's neighbor Cassie Jollenston (Bethany Joy Lenz) is murdered, he
at first believes Zach is responsible and decides to kill him. Dexter
confronts Zach, who swears that he did not target Cassie, but another
Dexter hope that Zach can be trained after all. That
hope is dashed, however, when
Dexter finds Zach's dead body in his
apartment — with a piece of his brain missing.
Hannah reappears in Dexter's life when she nonlethally poisons Debra
and him, to get his attention.
Dexter investigates and finds that
she has changed her name and married Miles Castner (Julian Sands), a
Dexter goes to see Hannah, who says she had
wanted him to kill Castner, but changed her mind after realizing she
is still in love with Dexter.
Dexter goes to Castner's boat to protect
Castner, but finds that Hannah has already killed him. The two of them
dispose of the body, and
Dexter arranges for her to leave the
country. The night before Hannah leaves, however,
Dexter and she
have sex, and he realizes that he is still in love with her. They
renew their relationship and plan to run away together to
Dexter discovers that Zach's killer is related to
Vogel. Vogel tells
Dexter that she had a son, Daniel, who as a
teenager murdered his younger brother Richard before apparently dying
in a fire.
Dexter discovers that Daniel set the fire himself to fake
his own death, and that he is now living under the identity of
Cassie's boyfriend Oliver Saxon (Darri Ingolfsson).
that Saxon is the "Brain Surgeon" and warns Vogel, who tells him to
stay out of it;
Dexter is unaware that she is sheltering her son.
Dexter makes preparations to move while hunting Saxon, the last "loose
end". He goes to Vogel's house to make sure she is safe — only to
see Saxon slit her throat.
Days later, Saxon shows up at Dexter's apartment and offers a truce:
he will spare Dexter's family if
Dexter will leave him alone. Dexter
pretends to accept, but is now more than ever determined to kill
Saxon. He finds proof of Saxon's murders, which he turns over to the
police so that Saxon will be forced to come after him before he leaves
Dexter then enlists Debra's help in subduing Saxon and prepares
to kill him. At the last moment, however,
Dexter realizes that his
love for Hannah is stronger than his need to kill, and he spares
Saxon's life. He calls Debra so she can arrest Saxon, and says his
goodbyes to Harry and her. Saxon escapes his bindings, however, and
shoots Debra in the gut when she tries to arrest him.
In the series finale, "Remember the Monsters?", Dexter's flight to
Argentina is delayed by a hurricane, and he tells Hannah and Harrison
to go on without him, intending to take care of Saxon. When he learns
what has happened to Debra,
Dexter rushes to her side at the hospital,
but she tells him to go on and live a good life. Moments later, she
suffers a major stroke that leaves her in a persistent vegetative
Dexter blames himself and realizes that he will always destroy
those he loves; he sees at last that he can never have a happy life.
After Saxon is arrested,
Dexter kills him in his cell, and convinces
Quinn and Batista that he acted in self-defense.
Dexter goes to see
Debra one last time, turns off her life support, and buries her at
sea. He then fakes his own death by wrecking his boat. The series'
final scene reveals that he has assumed a new identity as a lumberjack
and begun a new life, alone.
In conjunction with the TV show, Showtime produced an animated web
series, called Dexter: Early Cuts. This series was a prequel and
portrayed Dexter's early years as a serial killer.
Jeff Lindsay has written two comic miniseries for Marvel featuring
Dexter and Dexter: Down Under.
Michael C. Hall
Michael C. Hall at Comic-Con.
The character of
Dexter Morgan has been given mostly positive reviews,
Michael C. Hall
Michael C. Hall has won many awards and received critical acclaim
for his performance. The New York Daily News reported that it was "a
central character and performance that takes your breath away". The
Hollywood Reporter noted that "Hall... is brilliant at conveying the
subtle complexity of Dexter".
The Detroit Free Press
The Detroit Free Press gave season two
of the series a 70/100 and said: "Hall invests strange, demented
Dexter with real heart and humanity". Variety said that "Michael C.
Hall's portrayal of the title character remains a towering
achievement, one that eclipses the show's other shortcomings and rough
San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle said of the actor that "the
allure of the series always has been and always will be Hall, who
manages to make a killer (who kills only people who deserve it,
mostly) likable, believable, engaging and funny". Joshua Alston with
Newsweek mentioned the character, along with
Tony Soprano and Jack
Bauer, as an example of the growing popularity of antiheroes.
Commenting that Hall was "adept at portraying repressives", Ginia
The New York Times
The New York Times said this vigilante operates on the
"stylized libertarianism that sees institutional failure wherever it
Dexter "the thinking woman's killer", Wendy Dennis
Maclean's remarked that the show enjoys a high female audience
because they are attracted to damaged men who are still sweet,
handsome, and dependable. He appeared in Comcast's list of TV's
Most Intriguing Characters. Paste ranked
Dexter Morgan number 6 on
their list of the 20 Best Characters of 2011.
Michael C. Hall
Michael C. Hall has received many accolades for his portrayal of
Dexter Morgan. In 2007, Hall was honored with a Television Critics
Association Award for Individual Achievement in Drama. In addition, he
was nominated five times for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding
Lead Actor in a Drama Series (in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012). He
was nominated four times for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in
a Television Series – Drama (in 2007, 2007, 2009, and 2011) and won
in 2010. He was nominated five times for the Screen Actors Guild Award
for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series (in
2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, and 2012), and won in 2010. He has been
nominated thrice for the Satellite Award for Best Actor – Television
Series: Drama (in 2006, 2008, and 2010) and won in 2007. He has been
nominated seven times for the Saturn Award for Best Actor on
Television (in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013) and won
Connections to actual crimes
Connections were established between
Dexter Morgan and Mark Twitchell,
of Edmonton, Alberta, during his first-degree murder trial. After
weeks of testimony and evidence presented in court, Twitchell was
found guilty of the planned and deliberate murder of 38-year-old
Johnny Altinger on April 12, 2011. Twitchell, an aspiring
filmmaker, had adopted the persona "
Dexter Morgan" on
made a movie that was similar to how
Dexter operates in the TV
show. Prosecutors alleged that Twitchell had begun a double life
inspired by Dexter. Twitchell wanted to re-enact the life of
Dexter Morgan, and after writing a script for a
Dexter movie, began
posing as a woman online interested in having an affair with married
men. Detective Mark Anstey of the
Edmonton Police Service was
quoted as saying, "We have a lot of information to suggest he
definitely idolizes Dexter", and Twitchell had posted a Facebook
status stating that he believed he had "way too much in common with
Dexter Morgan". A nonfiction book on the case, The Devil's
Cinema, detailed how Twitchell had written chilling
updates under his
Dexter Morgan account, including, "
patiently waiting for his next victi... uh, play date buddy", but his
followers did not know how true these posts really were.
Andrew Conley said the show inspired him to strangle his 10-year-old
brother. In an affidavit filed in Ohio County court, police said
Andrew stated that he "watches a show called
Dexter on Showtime, about
a serial killer, and he stated, 'I feel just like him.'". Even
further, after killing his brother, he put a plastic bag over his
brother's head, mimicking a practice that
commits to dispose of his victims.
List of people whose parent committed suicide
^ a: While Harry finds the boys in the shipping container on
the television show, the investigating officer who finds
never specified in the novels.
^ b: Brian was ultimately sent to a mental institution for
disturbed children. The first novel implies that Harry chose not to
adopt Brian because he was older and more likely to be traumatized; in
the TV program, both Brian and Tom Matthews, Harry's best friend and
former superior, state this to be true.
^ a b c "The British Invasion". Dexter. Season 2. Episode 9. October
14, 2007. Showtime.
^ a b "My Bad". Dexter. Season 5. Episode 1. September 26, 2010.
^ a b "Return to Sender". Dexter. Season 1. Episode 06. May 11, 2006.
^ "Popping Cherry". Dexter. Season 1. Episode 03. October 15, 2006.
^ a b c d e "Born Free". Dexter. Season 1. Episode 12. December 17,
^ "Waiting to Exhale". Dexter. Season 2. Episode 02. October 7, 2007.
James Manos, Jr. (December 18, 2011). "This Is the Way the World
Ends". Dexter. Season 6. Showtime.
^ a b c d "Our Father". Dexter. Season 3. Episode 1. September 28,
^ "Resistance is Futile". Dexter. Season 2. Episode 9. November 25,
^ "Truth Be Told". Dexter. Season 1. Episode 11. October 12, 2006.
^ a b "Shrink Wrap". Dexter. Season 1. Episode 8. November 19, 2006.
^ a b c d "Father Knows Best". Dexter. Season 1. Episode 9. November
26, 2006. Showtime.
^ "Seeing Red". Dexter. Season 1. Episode 10. June 12, 2006.
^ "Finding Freebo". Dexter. Season 3. Episode 2. October 5, 2008.
^ "The Damage a Man Can Do". Dexter. Season 3. Episode 8. November 16,
^ "About Last Night". Dexter. Season 3. Episode 9. November 23, 2008.
^ "I Had a Dream". Dexter. Season 3. Episode 11. December 7, 2008.
^ "Do You Take
Dexter Morgan?". Dexter. Season 3. Episode 12. December
14, 2008. Showtime.
^ "The Lion Sleeps Tonight". Dexter. Season 3. Episode 3. October 12,
^ "Easy as Pie". Dexter. Season 3. Episode 7. November 9, 2008.
^ a b c "Living the Dream". Dexter. Season 4. Episode 1. September 19,
^ "Hungry Man". Dexter. Season 4. Episode 9. November 22, 2009.
^ "The Getaway". Dexter. Season 4. Episode 12. December 13, 2009.
^ "This is the Way the World Ends". Dexter. Season 6. Episode 12.
^ "Are You...?". Dexter. Season 7. Episode 1. September 30, 2012.
^ "Buck the System". Dexter. Season 7. Episode 3. October 14, 2012.
^ "Run". Dexter. Season 7. Episode 4. October 21, 2012.
^ "Do the Wrong Thing". Dexter. Season 7. Episode 6. November 4, 2012.
^ "The Dark... Whatever". Dexter. Season 7. Episode 10. December 2,
^ a b "Do You See What I See?". Dexter. Season 7. Episode 11. December
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^ "Helter Skelter". Dexter. Season 7. Episode 9. October 25, 2012.
^ "Surprise, Motherfucker!". Dexter. Season 7. Episode 12. December
16, 2012. Showtime.
^ a b "A Beautiful Day". Dexter. Season 8. Episode 1. June 30, 2013.
^ "Every Silver Lining...". Dexter. Season 8. Episode 2. July 7, 2013.
^ "What's Eating
Dexter Morgan?". Dexter. Season 8. Episode 3. July
13, 2013. Showtime.
^ "Scar Tissue". Dexter. Season 8. Episode 4. July 14, 2013.
^ "This Little Piggy". Dexter. Season 8. Episode 5. July 21, 2013.
^ a b "A Little Reflection". Dexter. Season 8. Episode 6. August 4,
^ "Are We There Yet?". Dexter. Season 8. Episode 8. August 18, 2013.
^ "Dress Code". Dexter. Season 8. Episode 7. August 11, 2012.
^ a b "Make Your Own Kind of Music". Dexter. Season 8. Episode 9.
August 25, 2012. Showtime.
^ "Goodbye Miami". Dexter. Season 8. Episode 10. September 8, 2013.
^ "Monkey in a Box". Dexter. Season 8. Episode 11. September 15, 2013.
^ "Remember the Monsters?". Dexter. Season 8. Episode 12. September
22, 2013. Showtime.
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Awards and nominations
Darkly Dreaming Dexter
Dearly Devoted Dexter
Dexter in the Dark
Dexter by Design
Dexter Is Delicious
Dexter's Final Cut
Dexter Is Dead
"Let's Give the Boy a Hand"
"Love American Style"
"Return to Sender"
"Circle of Friends"
"Father Knows Best"
"Truth Be Told"
"Waiting to Exhale"
"An Inconvenient Lie"
"The Dark Defender"
"Dex, Lies, and Videotape"
"That Night, A Forest Grew"
"Resistance Is Futile"
"There's Something About Harry"
"Left Turn Ahead"
"The British Invasion"
"The Damage a Man Can Do"
"The Big One"
"Those Kinds of Things"
"This Is the Way the World Ends"
"Remember the Monsters?"