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‘Dexter’ Producer Blames Showtime For Series Finale

Frustrated with that Dexter finale? Disappointed the title character made it out alive? If it’s any consolation, just know this: The serial killer’s death was never on the table, due to a mandate from Showtime.

“They won’t let us kill him,” Dexter producer John Goldwyn told Vulture. “Showtime was very clear about that. When we told them the arc for the last season, they just said, ‘Just to be clear, he’s going to live.’ There were a lot of endings discussed because it was a very interesting problem to solve, to bring it to a close. People have a relationship with Dexter, even if it doesn’t have the size and ferocity of the fan base for Breaking Bad. But it has a very core loyal following.”

Showtime demanding Dexter’s continued survival raises the question: Was it even possible for the show to have a satisfying ending? And what does the network have planned for the franchise’s future, considering the mandate to keep Dexter alive?


  • JohnSmith1993

    What a wishy-washy ending. He should have died to atone for all his crimes, but since they couldn’t kill him off, maybe sending him off to Argentine with Hannah with his murderous urges gone would’ve been a good ending as well.

  • Zach

    I’ll admit that I never watched Dexter, but it really shouldn’t be that hard to come up with a satisfying ending that doesn’t kill off your main character. Other shows do it all the time.

  • Kevin Vincent

    That’s odd. I don’t recall “Showtime” as the credited writer of that
    horrendous finale. Scott Buck, Manny Coto and Jennifer Yale were the
    geniuses behind that gem.

  • Billy’s Kingdom

    he should’ve at least been caught and spent the rest of his life in a psych ward

  • od

    If he were to die (or “allowed to”), it should have been in epic fashion like protecting a loved one or something. Since he lived, they should have just let him go off to Argentina and start a new life (like they had been setting it up since season 7!!). Alive or dead, no one else needed to find out about his dark passenger. Better to have left the viewer satisfied than pissed off.

  • Tralfaz

    When corporate interferes it’s never good

  • alistaircrane

    I wanted him to be executed after being caught and arrested for being a serial killer.

  • Eldo

    Six more seasons and a movie!

  • Eldo

    It’s funny because you are being sarcastic!

  • Eldo

    Hum… In what order?

  • Eldo

    And a thematic park! And a soda!

  • I guess you are

    So, maybe I just read a little more into this than everyone else. I was ok with the ending.

  • Atheist Loki

    If he couldn’t be killed, then, they should have sent him to be with Hanna and Harrison.

  • Lincoln Paradox

    Maybe hell is a logging camp in British Columbia?

  • Hank Against The Machine

    I’m not sure why Breaking Bad was even brought up

  • xxx

    To show how to do it right ;)
    But even if they couldn’t change the finale, the whole season was just a big disappointment and that was the Writers :(

  • Ian-John Coughlan

    The producers need to accept responsibility for a terrible finale of what was once one of the best shows on television. The death of the main character was not the missing ingredient, more the lack of continuity and any logic. Dexter’s character does a complete about-face in the penultimate episode before using logic of omission to conclude his son is better off without him. Had they made an effort to crowd-please, it might be forgivable, but the resolution was rife with poor taste and irrelevancies.
    Seriously. Masuka’s daughter?

  • Salvador Garnica

    tell that to George Martin so he can laugh his ass off…

  • sup

    Anything that didn’t involve miami metro finding out about him was boring. They could’ve let him escape with Hannah alive and that would’ve been fine with me as long as they were on the run because Dexter kills people… not because Hannah was there…

  • 7992

    the single biggest problem we face in this century is human greed and on a very very small scale this is an example

  • Mary

    And a musical!

  • Charles Davis

    Or a comedy linked to Reno 911!

  • Vans

    Why would ya want Dexter to die ? There will be more :)