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Series three wasn't as strong, IMHO - very little happened, and they main villain didn't come across as particularly threatening.

Though not particularly threatening, Miguel Prado is an amazing charater, so well portrayed. And it proved again Harry's right, Dexter is a loner and should stay a loner. Speaking of which I came across a video clip YouTube - Comic-Con: Dexter Q&A with Fans with a not entirely unpleasant spoiler about the actress who played Rita having to leave the show for some other 'major projects' - well, good for her! :p

I love all the first 3 seasons, all excellently written and acted. No one can play Dexter better than Michael C Hall, not even Johnny Depp because he doesn't have that voice to start with.

Just got my hands on season 4, so hopefully - tonight is the night. ;)
 

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Season 4 is the strongest in the series accoring to many and i belong to that group. Season 3 was the only weak season. S5 was quality after the great Season 4 it wasnt as sick,dangerous.
 

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I cracked under the pressure and got round to series five - I couldn't just leave it, particularly after the ending to series four.

It didn't start brilliantly, but it got progressively better. I don't think I've felt this on edge during a series of Dexter before, and there were times, most noticeably in the last third of the series, where there was so much tension that I could barely breathe!

The ending was very bittersweet and, I think, brought us neatly back to Dexter as he described himself in the first series - alone, pretending to have social interactions.

So, not the best start, but series five has my favourite second half, by far.

Can't wait for September!
 

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Yeah season 5 grew and the season would have been a very good Season 4. But the ending,the villain couldnt compare with the great ending of season 4 and the amazing Trinity villain. John Lithgow is by the far the best actor in the series along with MC Hall.
 

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I've seen S1E01 some time ago. Can't really remember.
As it happens some friends are planning to watch the series, starting at the beginning. (I think about 2 episodes a week or so)
Am curious as how it will be.
 

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With exception to the (excellent) first season, I'm finding myself preferring the even numbered seasons to the odd numbered seasons. 2 & 4 had some of the best tv I've ever seen, while 3 was definitely weak by their standards (still strong by most other shows' standards) and 5 grew on me as it progressed to become a very good, but not great, season.

Couldn't agree more with Connavar on John Lithgow. His scenes with his family were jaw-dropping at times.
 

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Yes John Lithgow is brilliant! I saw him in many films, none as impressive as the trinity killer. He found his perfect role - too bad he is not going to appear again here. And I must take back what I said about Rita, poor Rita, the ending of season 4 is heart-wrenching.
 

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Yes John Lithgow is brilliant! I saw him in many films, none as impressive as the trinity killer. He found his perfect role - too bad he is not going to appear again here. And I must take back what I said about Rita, poor Rita, the ending of season 4 is heart-wrenching.

Yeah season 4 ending by far the most shocking,heart-wrenching. Rita had become a fav of mine since she changed Dexter so much. She was sweet too.
 

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After watching season 5 - another great one, it comes to the long wait. To fill the void I picked up the books. Finished the first one Darkly Dreaming Dexter which is the base of the 1st season. It's very entertaining in a book's way. The ending was a surprise, very different from the show. Now I am in the middle of the 2nd book Dearly Devoted Dexter and enjoying it very much.

In Dexter's case, the good thing to read the books after watching the TV show is that you can visualise the characters with a perfect cast. Also as far as the books go, there are a lot more in-depth descriptions of Dexter's inner world, the Dark Passenger, the sociopathic traits, etc. The writing is very funny, vivid, snappy and sharp. It feels like Jeff Lindsay was really having a great time writing every page. And, since after 1st season the TV series veered away from the rest of the books, it makes reading more satisfactory.
 

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I recently hired Season 3 & 4 , because it hadnt come onto a freeview channel. Very frustrating when that happens and you've got into a series.
i really enjoy Dexter, the dark sense of humour is right up my street - LOL
And such a shock ending for Season 4!
 

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Dexter is one of those series I like, but can't watch on a regular basis. About half way through a series things seem to get boring and I have to stop watching for a couple of months. When I watch the rest, its all good, but I just can't watch it with out a mid-season break.
 

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Is anyone following the new season? The last season was quite good especially the religion themes and the major twist.
 

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So Dexter has finally finished. Although the sixth series didn't really grab me, I watched the seventh to see what would happen to the Deb/Dex relationship. And although the seventh series picked up when Yvonne Strahovski turned up, it was a real drag to get through, but I decided to stick it out and watch the eighth series because it was the final series.

I kind of feel like I've wasted my time.

*SPOILERS FOR THE SEASON FINALE OF DEXTER*










After watching Dexter kill Deb, dump her at sea, and seeing the wreckage of the boat he drove into the storm, when we saw Hannah walking away from camera, hand-in-hand with Harrison, and the camera cut to black I thought it was the perfect ending. As much as we had hopes for Dexter, we knew he was never going to be able to have a perfect, happy life, because that's not who he is. Time after time, we've witnessed him murdering people, and enjoying it, and there has been a strong theme running through the shoe that everyone he gets close to tends to suffer for it, particularly his family... so his sacrifice at the end was powerful, and I'll admit that it brought a tear to my eye.

Cut to black. Fade back in... he's a freakin' Logger now. That sacrifice? Yeah, we changed our minds.

I get that another theme running through the show is that Dexter is a loner, and that his attempts to lead a normal life aren't exactly wild successes, but from the moment Rita was introduced in the very first episode, Dexter as a character has been growing, and has even made real friendships and built strong relationships with the people around him. With Lumen in series five, he started to understand the happiness that a partner who knows him for what he is can bring, and with Hannah, he actually managed to find a true happiness.

But what are we left with? Eight years of character development destroyed. I feel totally cheated. I'm not going to accept the argument that Dexter has returned to his true self, because the whole show has been Dexter slowly accepting, and joining, the real world. He even threw off his Dark Passenger, and the thrill of the kill left him.

If the camera had panned around to show Harry sat opposite Dexter at the table, then maybe it would have been a slightly better ending, but as it is Dexter still lives, except now he is living with the guilt of abandoning his child and the woman he loved, and he takes no joy from killing, so what is he going to do?

Very disappointed.

EDIT: I even kind of enjoyed the ending to Lost for crying out loud...

EDIT2: Man, if only... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hl407-PZa3k (Fan re-write of Series 8)
 
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Great ending to Dexter. I think the criticisms from some of the fan base are from people wanting the predictable ending. Dexter locked up/executed. Maybe some wanted him to go off happy as he so nearly did. But that is the thing with Dexter. There are often unexpected, sometimes sad twists and these are part of what made the show great. The later seasons weren't quite as good as some of the earlier ones but they were still way above most series. I am sad that it is over.
I was shocked that Debra was killed as it seemed after the penultimate episode she would probably safely recover in hospital. But it definitely then made sense with Dexter snapping and thinking that life just couldn't turn out perfect for a monster like him. I am a little unsure about him being left alive at the end as they could have let him die in the storm but the point is that he now has to suffer a form of punishment for the rest of his life, so soon after things seemed to be great. It couldn't be a much more different place to end up compared to Miami within US. Is he now just killing random people or just brooding? Well that is something to think about. At least his son shouldn't have any reason to be a killer.

Interestingly if he hadn't abandoned the code to leave Saxon to the police then Debra would still be alive.

Lenny, I am more shocked that you preferred the Lost ending!

There are a number of negative reviews but here is a more positive one.
http://tvrecaps.ew.com/recap/dexter-series-finale-recap/
 

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I suppose there is the issue that potentially police would pursue Hannah in Argentina as Elway knew Hannah was taking him to South America. Dexter should then have sent her somewhere different to where they were originally going to fly to. Minor point though.
 

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We got the finale that S8 deserved (which was mostly dire rubbish)

The only way it could have been worse if Dexter launched into a rousing chorus of "i'm a lumberjack and i'm OK", or would that have made it better?
 

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I've only just begun watching this and I'm now into Season 7. I don't really have an excuse for that. Excellent series, no doubt about that. I guess the question everyone has is at what point does it Jump The Shark? I obviously haven't seen the ending yet, which most people hate, but from this thread some people do like.

I've been waiting for the moment when the quality of the writing dropped, and have to say that I haven't reached it yet. I'd say the series was better when Dexter was with Rita because he did more "juggling" to keep people from knowing. Her death was a big moment of change, however, I did like the 5th and 6th Seasons too. I do think something changed during the middle to the end of the 6th Season. Now that Debs knows, things are going to have to change, but people have known about him before, and that didn't spoil it.
 
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