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‘Dexter’ finale leaves fans in shock

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dexterLast night’s Season 4 “Dexter” finale apparently has blown the minds of many. The Showtime series remains a trending topic on Twitter and TV blogs are all abuzz.

The showdown between Dexter Morgan (played by Michael C. Hall) and Arthur Michell aka the Trinity Killer (John Lithgow) reached a climax (for those who have not yet seen it, we won’t spill the details − just check Twitter or Google). Most of the reaction leans toward “shocking”, “intense” and well, words we can’t print on this particular blog.

Lithgow is scheduled to do a live video chat today at 3 p.m. on ustream.com . Maybe he’ll get into the gory cliffhanging details – or maybe not.

Either way, did you see the finale? What did you think?

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FalconFan5114

December 14th, 2009
12:40 pm

Blown away! Dexter is going to be on like Donkey Kong!

RattlerMan

December 14th, 2009
12:43 pm

Talk about never seeing it coming!! I think that this twist will allow the writers to expand Dexter’s character voluminously. I also think it will allow the writers to begin introducing the darker sides of Cody and Astor (as they are in the novels).

I was on the fence for most of the season, but last night’s finale made the season a success and shows why cable is kicking network TV in the keister!!

tracher

December 14th, 2009
12:49 pm

This show is amazing. The writers and Michael C. Hall deserve awards aplenty for this entertaining season. I can’t wait until September!

Lance

December 14th, 2009
12:58 pm

Awesome and needless to say, I never saw that coming…. I was a little upset at the way it ended at first but then again, it was so intense and well thought out. I’m not a big TV watcher but this show is so awesome.

Dan McLagan

December 14th, 2009
1:08 pm

My jaw hit the floor and my wife and I could only stare at each other — speechless. More than just the event itself, the whole episode continued to lead the series toward a real evolution within Dexter. He had always accepted his “dark passenger” as an immutable fact but now he may begin a struggle to rid himself of it. This show never gets stale because they change the whole dynamic every season. Simply awesome!

susan williams

December 14th, 2009
1:08 pm

By far, the best show on the air. John Lithgow was SUPERB, and I ADORE Michael C. Hall. Keep ‘em coming!!!

ptkdude

December 14th, 2009
1:09 pm

I was absolutely shocked, but ultimately happy with the ending. I was never a fan of that aspect of the show, and think this will set up the next season to be even more thrilling.

Dexter Fan

December 14th, 2009
1:14 pm

I am still in shock at the ending! It was so disturbing, I could barely sleep last night. What a great show!!! Cannot wait for Season 5!

R-Dog

December 14th, 2009
1:21 pm

I am just glad that there will be a 5th season.

Tony

December 14th, 2009
1:23 pm

just wow…. I guess I got to keep showtime

ormewood

December 14th, 2009
1:31 pm

I was already to go to bed happy with another killer off the streets then the baby cried…didn’t go to bed for another two hours.

teh07h3r0n3

December 14th, 2009
1:40 pm

i just gasped and stared at the tv, overcome with emotion — eventually having to slap myself, chanting, “it’s a tv show. get a grip, man. this is not real.”

a total head f***, to be sure. wow . . .

mike

December 14th, 2009
1:42 pm

crazy ending!.. cant wait till next season anyone know when it starts??

Maven

December 14th, 2009
1:56 pm

When Trinity told Dexter at the station, “You’re trying to extort money from the Trinity Killer.” Does that mean that Trinity knew that Dexter knew he’s the Trinity Killer?

gkash

December 14th, 2009
2:01 pm

Never saw this ending coming. The combination of acting and writing makes Dexter a terrific show.

Vera Mariner

December 14th, 2009
2:01 pm

I stopped breathing. I kept uttering “Oh My God!”, over and over again. This finale hit me in the head quite the way Dexter would if he didn’t like me. Stunning, brilliant. Michael, you deserve an Emmy and John, you too!!!

kevin

December 14th, 2009
2:05 pm

Maven-
Trinity gathered all the information he needed from that briefing room full of poster boards. The fact they called him trinity and he saw all (or most of) his kills. Since Dexter worked in the unit (homicide) he knew that Dexter was playing him the whole time…

Marilyn

December 14th, 2009
2:05 pm

OMG!! I can beleive it..thats all I said all night!! I was really sad to see that happen….Love Dexter!!!….

joe

December 14th, 2009
2:07 pm

stunned. shocked and blown away.

I too couldn’t sleep for another couple of hours.

ANW

December 14th, 2009
2:09 pm

I have never written into a forum like this, but Dexter’s finale warrants a comment….

We were absolutely blown away by the ending. I don’t think I have ever had such a reaction to a tv show – and I have watched quite a bit of tv. But, it was such a shock. We just sat on the couch in disbelief and stared at the tv. I couldn’t sleep for hours after watching, and I am going to watch again tonight to view from a different perspective. It will be interesting to pick up on Trinity’s cues, knowing now what the ending entails. Although so sad, what brilliant writing. I am still in disbelief.

Quinn

December 14th, 2009
2:10 pm

@Maven – That Trinity knew that Dexter knew that Trinity knew that Dexter knew he was Trinity (sorry, couldn’t resist) was established last week. But that Trinity thought he was a simple blackmailer doesn’t jive with his calm demeanor on the cutting table, did Trinity now who Dexter was? “…so this is who you are then”

GREAT finale!

red hill

December 14th, 2009
2:11 pm

That was not the ending I expected. Awesome writing and acting.

Shan

December 14th, 2009
2:16 pm

All I can say is “WOW”!!! Best season of Dexter yet – and the end shocked me!!!! Cannot wait for season 5!!!!

John

December 14th, 2009
2:16 pm

Did Trinity know who (what) Dexter REALLY was before he woke up on the table? I don’t think he did.

Partyboy69

December 14th, 2009
2:18 pm

OMG! OMG! I thought Rita was going to ask Dexter to start an Ice cream store!

CeciK

December 14th, 2009
2:24 pm

Utter disbelief !!! Can this be a dream . . . You cant kill Rita no no no, a Single Dad Serial Killer? How ? Why NOOOOOO, Okay need more coffee could sleep either.

dawgrific

December 14th, 2009
2:24 pm

I echo the sentiments of shock, and disturbed. That ending has bothered me, almost as if it were real life, a great deal. I will say, that I thought things were going too smoothly just before the twist, and that my wife saw that coming WAY before I did. I was SO impressed, as I have been since the show started, even though it left me somewhat depressed. The upside for the show is that Dexter’s true calling will remain in tact, and be spiced up with a whole new dose of anger and emptiness. I have to mention, that the end of Californication really bothered me too, especially as a Father, knowing how all of that would impact my kids, and especially my 8 year old girl.

Donna P.

December 14th, 2009
2:25 pm

Definitely a shocker! Will Dexter blame himself next season because he pursued Trinity as Kyle Butler and then as himself instead of just killing him as usual?

Jessica

December 14th, 2009
2:27 pm

Insane ending. Nobody could have seen it coming to that. I respect the writers for not playing it safe and giving us a mind blowing finale. I am still mourning the last scene though. Excited to see how Dexter is going to find closure and how he’s going to be changed by this horrible loss.

m4llyd3c4y

December 14th, 2009
2:32 pm

IM SO HEART BROKEN that was too much for me, i feel bad for dexter; poor harrison!

dawgrific

December 14th, 2009
2:33 pm

Blown away, and slightly depresed (almost feel like it was real life), but also VERY IMPRESSED! That is why this show is so awesome, and why, like someone else said earlier, while I am not much of a TV show person, Dexter keeps me coming back for more. Did anyone see the Californication season ender, as it was pretty depressing too, especially from a Father’s perspective. I know that Hank is a wreck, but for that to happen to him in front of his daughter just killed me, knowing what that would do to my own 8 year old girl.

Maven

December 14th, 2009
2:39 pm

@kevin But Trinity showed relief when he learned that Miami Metro was after Stan Baudry as the #1 suspect. For all he knew, Dexter could have also thought that the Trinity killer was Stan Baudry. So when he said to Dexter, “You’re trying to extort money from the Trinity killer,” was Trinity assuming that Dexter was the only one in Miami Metro at that time who knew the truth?

Tim Tebow's Tears

December 14th, 2009
2:40 pm

Really Party Boy?? Ice Cream Shop? What are you smoking? I think it’s terrible that young harrison will grow up without a loving mother….wait….wait…..oh no here comes the tears again….wahhhhhhhhhhhh

Barbara

December 14th, 2009
2:40 pm

I’m just crushed never saw it coming!!!!!

Blue Berry

December 14th, 2009
2:51 pm

My God !! This is the best show EVER !!! EVER !! I’m still in shock ! and I can’t really find words to describe how intense the finale was! I just didn’t see that coming! AT ALL !

Gasping

December 14th, 2009
2:53 pm

I watched the 11pm episode as i was house sitting. i was just blown away and up screaming NOOOO and covering my mouth in disbelief. I have NEVER been this shocked over any tv show in my life. True piece of work. Cant wait till next season!

anthony

December 14th, 2009
3:11 pm

His wife apparently was killed while in the bath tub. meanwhile his baby was sitting on the floor in a pool of blood crying. Spoilers.

DexFan

December 14th, 2009
3:34 pm

Have you ever ridden a roller coaster whare there are a lot of twists and turns and you maybe even get turned upside down a couple of times? The roller coaster approaches the gate and you think the ride is over so you release your grip. Then, it suddenly takes one last unexpected turn that takes your breath and turns your stomach inside out. The writers did this to me in the finale. Excellent writing and acting as usual. Julie Bentz did a great job playing her role and will be missed.

tiffany

December 14th, 2009
3:41 pm

heartbroken. i cried and cried! I never expected that. I even cried today. I think Harrison prolly won’t remember beacaus ehe is so young. way younger than Dexter was. I think Deb is gonna effing flip out! I wonder if Dexter will keep Astor and Cody??

Mike

December 14th, 2009
3:42 pm

This has to be a dream sequence. I can’t believe Rita is dead.

What an unbelievable ending to the season! This is what separates Dexter from ALL other shows. There is nothing on TV like it, nor has there ever been. John Lithgow was superb. He talked about how people remember him from Third Rock, but what I have always associated him with is Ricochet and Raising Cain. He is such an outstanding and under appreciated actor. They couldn’t have picked a better Trinity.

Amazingly stunning.

Nesha

December 14th, 2009
3:43 pm

I was in total shock at the ending I mean they killed Rita but the part that had me gripping my seat was how Dexter was hiding in the cofin I just knew he was going to get caught and how his sister was looking at him…Great Show!!!!!

David

December 14th, 2009
3:59 pm

All I can say is “this season was excellent”, what great writing. Dexter and Arthur meet face to face in Dexter’s office the episode before and the final ending, god, my jaw is still on the floor.
Best series ever, and I mean ever.
Pay those writers anything they want if they keep writing like that.

Kelly

December 14th, 2009
4:03 pm

Even though I HATED the ending, it was a great ending to a great season!
It makes sense and it was very BOLD of the writers! They deserve a pay rise! They will never be able to reveal Dexter as a serial killer – the fans would be too upset!

Cassandra

December 14th, 2009
4:12 pm

Another rushed finale episode, like every past Dexter season. The writers don’t seem to have a sense of sustaining tension. There were so many slips that Dexter made, and the lapse in Trinity’s cycle (young mother murdered in bathtub, not in jump) may draw allegations that a copycat killer is on the loose. I fear Dexter’s identity will be scrutinized publicly, and by Deb. Is the show gearing down to end?

Mr. Man

December 14th, 2009
4:15 pm

I LOVED!! the finale. Rita was becoming a huge distraction for Dexter, I was hoping she would run off with the neighbor, but killing her off was genius. I can’t wait for season 5

DexFan

December 14th, 2009
4:17 pm

Cassandra, do you have a bathtub?

LEN

December 14th, 2009
4:30 pm

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LEN

December 14th, 2009
4:31 pm

GREAT ENDING, GREAT SHOW. CAN’T WAIT FOR MORE.

Steve

December 14th, 2009
4:36 pm

I.n the books Deb knows Dexter is a killer, I wonder if the series is gonna do the same thing?

Kenny

December 14th, 2009
4:45 pm

If they were going for a Shakespearean final moment, they got it but that’s where the series should have ended. They can’t go darker than that. In terms of plot, they’ll never wriggle out of this ending. And, for all the surprise, they telegraphed it all the way. We knew when the episode started that Rita was going to die. Too many give aways. I thought it was a mess and a big disappointment. Dexter is all “id” now. No conscience. Just another Jigsaw. It took away all my interest in the series. Dexter has two innocent deaths on his hands now. So much for the code. RIta’s death is all his fault. I think they blew it big time. They gave in to sensationalism and lost the whole nature of the show and the concept of dealing with the nature of evil. Now it’s just another slasher movie. As for surprises, I’m shocked that so many wanted Rita dead. I guess they want an uninhibited monster for a hero. However they choose to explain the ridiculous plot holes and absurd coincidences from the last episode, they won’t succeed. It will be laughable. Everyone around him should know by now unless they are the stupidest people in the world. How can anyone care about Dexter now that he caused her death? I’m done with Dexter. What a disappointment. Maybe that’s what they wanted. For us to see that he is just a monster with a cute shy persona.