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Julie Benz Returns To Haunt Dexter

Some how, some way, Rita Morgan is resurfacing for the upcoming fifth season of Dexter, the critically acclaimed Showtime series starring Michael C. Hall. But exactly how can Julie Benz’s character return after being brutally murdered at the hands of the Trinity Killer (John Lithgow) in last season’s final episode?

According to Entertainment Weekly, Benz is returning for the season five premiere, and that’s it. New showrunner/executive producer Chip Johannessen explains that the show won’t “do some ghostly thing with her,” with fellow executive producer Sara Colleton adding: “We reserve those for Harry. If you have too many things like that it becomes gimmicky.” The producers also confirmed that Rita won’t return from beyond the grave.

So if she’s not a ghost and if she’s not miraculously revived, what’s the deal? One particularly astute EW commenter guesses that she’ll show up in an old wedding video. Sounds pretty on the money to me.

In addition to Dexter, Benz has a regular role opposite Michael Chiklis on ABC’s forthcoming No Ordinary Family about a family of super-powered individuals.


  • s1rude

    Spoiler alert gawddammit. Some of us watch these things on DVD

  • tom Fitzpatrick

    Look at it this way, we don't know HOW or WHY she gets killed.

    So, that way, we can still watch these things on DVD. ;-)

  • Flip Maker

    Wait, because you're years behind on your TV watching every web site now has to offer up spoiler alerts for people who can't be bothered to keep up?

    That's one of the draw backs of waiting for the trade or watching TV shows on DVD. You accept that when you make that choice, don't expect others to accept that for you.

    My feeling on spoiler alerts — 48 hours. After that, it's fair game.

  • S7@4

    She will be in his flashbacks like when he talks to his father. he will feel guilty for not saving her and killing trinity in time. My two cents.

  • s1rude

    Wait, so because I don't subscribe to Showtime, it's reasonable that I should have major plot points spoiled when I visit a comic book website? I'm not surfing TwoP's Dexter message board and acting entitled here, I was scrolling down CBR's main page to navigate to the CSBG headlines (now not the default display, but under Spinoff Online).

    That said, it's also not really that big a deal. Will emoticon my sarcasm from here on out.