Showtime Wouldn’t Let ‘Dexter’ Writers Kill Dexter

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Fanatical fans of a TV show often fight to keep their favorite characters alive, but one of the biggest complaints about the much-bashed “Dexter” finale is that the vigilante serial killer protagonist didn’t die. According to “Dexter” producer John Goldwyn, the writers didn’t have a choice in the matter.

“They won’t let us kill him,” he told Vulture at the New York Film Festival premiere of “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.” “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,” he continued. “People have a relationship with Dexter, even if it doesn’t have the size and the ferocity of the fanbase for ‘Breaking Bad.’ But it has a very core loyal following.”

“Breaking Bad” ended its run with a finale that was generally decreed satisfying, seeing its protagonist die. In stark contrast, fans were largely disappointed and even outraged by the “Dexter” finale, which saw the title character drive his boat straight into a hurricane, only to later apparently become a lumberjack.

Many fans saw the ending as a cop-out and wanted to see Dexter pay for his deeds. Critics also pointed out the flaws of the finale, with Variety‘s Brian Lowry calling the sendoff sloppy.

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  1. M0311 says:

    I got into the Dexter show about 3 yrs ago. It was the first show that I’d really enjoy since The Wire and The Sopranos. I honestly believe I could have written a better ending for Dexter and the Wire. Both were bitter disappointments.

  2. STUPID says:

    This article should could with a big WARNING SPOILERS FOR BREAKING BAD!!! People expect to read about Dexter, not have the plot of another series ruined for them.

  3. MJ says:

    Dexter “Jumped the Shark” three seasons ago. It’s obvious the good writers moved on. This season was terrible. The finale was terrible.

  4. bigspence says:

    This is one of my favorite shows ever. the last two possibly last three seasons were pretty bad i have watched since season one premiered. This is my version quickly using the crap up till the season finale deb in hospital dex trying to catch oliver aka lil vogel. Dex kills lil vogel in jail that was cool. Batista or Quinn catching on to who dex really is by whatever hunch, police intuition whatever but Deb comes out of the hospital as Dex is wanted and running and kills him to protect harrison from the trial and publicity final shot is deb pulling harrison out of a pool of dexters blood just like happened to dexter just like harrison and rita but bring that back full circle seems appropriate and fitting although harsh. Then everybody curls up on their couches at home cries cusses whatever but its a better ending then the one i got . Love this show love you guys too. Peace.

  5. megan says:

    Fans watched Dexter on the brink of unravel for 8 years. We invested in Miiami Metro and to not give those characters the reveal was the show’sbiggest failure. Dexter could have gotten ‘caught’ and still gotten away. So much better of an ending to raise the stakes by having Dexter on the run with Batista, Matsuka and Quinn gunning for him and potentially holding him responsible for Deb’s end. It robbed the fans and the actors their moment.

  6. John says:

    The whole ending was stupid. Deb dying like that was stupid……..

    Dexter should have been found out by the entire police force and either broke out of jail or drove his boat into the hurricane to fake his own death before running off to Argentina after Hannah. If they really had to kill off Deb, after dexter becomes found out by Miami Metro. They find out Deb was aware of dexter and an accomplice of murder. They fire her from Miami Metro and Deb just barely having recovered from killing La Guerta kills herself by overdose.

    This would have been much better………..regardless of if deb needs to die or not…. Dexter should have been found out and then they could have still used the boat into hurricane scene as a fake suicide so he can go be with hannah

  7. Banana_man says:

    “I really love how they ended Dexter.” Said no one ever!!!

    After 8 seasons, almost 10 years on TV, and they end it like that?! An insult to fans around the world!

    The whole of the last season wasn’t actually that great.

  8. G-Man says:

    I don’t think most fans thought Dexter deserved to die or wanted him to die, they just didn’t want him to survive in such a ridiculous way. The entire last episode was awful and ultimately spoilt the show, Dexter deserved better.

  9. Dudemanguy9000 says:

    I haven’t watched all of breaking bad thanks for that incredibly huge spoiler so nonchalantly placed in your article

  10. Alex says:

    Dexter should have died. Debra should have lived.
    Hannah is a terrible character that ruined the series.

    This show became absolute Soap Opera garbage in the final season and is now the laughingstock of cable, premium or otherwise. The concerns of Showtime execs who sought to pander to people who viewed Dexter as some kind of comic-book Superhero destroyed the legacy of “Dexter” from back when it was good.

  11. spudwas5 says:

    Dexter in a colder environment…still makes for an interesting continuation… least for me. I could just imagine Dexter not being able to control himself watching some kind of injustice happening.

  12. Burial Rites says:

    Dexter’s the one who killed Walter White!… But Ryan Cranstone didn’t make the funeral!

  13. E Cheung says:

    I found the ending to be a total bummer and very different in tone from the rest of the series–murder and mayhem aside, no episode had ever left such a bad taste in my mouth.
    Writing a satisfying conclusion to a series may be a challenge. But as Breaking Bad demonstrated, all it takes is having the right showrunner, and the right room.

  14. Alfredo says:

    it is still the writers fault. They could have figured out a better way to end it and still keep him alive. The lumberjack ending was horrible.

  15. colleen hope says:

    I am glad Dexter didn’t die. He grew through the whole show. He made a decision not to kill anymore. I wanted to see him start a new life with Hanna. In a new place they could have been happy and productive citizens .

  16. Maybe they realized they might have to re-visit Dexter in the future

  17. molly says:

    Thank you. Exactly what I was going to write. I’ve very carefully avoiding finding out the ending, hearing just that it was well liked. That was majorly lame. Oh and you down there, Tyler, shut up dude.

  18. Tyler says:

    The children in Africa cry with you Jonathan

    • Sharon says:

      I found the last season refreshing. A lot of new openings and endings.
      I am glad Dex survived and perhaps future surprises?
      I’ve experienced the old and a brand new Dexter.
      Perhaps it’s interesting for the writers to look into a final cinemamovie.
      Just to give it all a proper ending.
      They could ask me for the script. ( ‘

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