Dexter's Disastrous Ending, Explained

Over the course of eight seasons, the Showtime series Dexter always seemed to be building to a grand finale. Instead, James Manos Jr.’s show about a serial killer (Michael C. Hall) went out quietly and ambiguously. It’s never easy to end a long-running series in a way that satisfies everyone, but Dexter’s ending was uniquely reviled in comparison to the controversial finales of shows like Lost, The Sopranos, and Game of Thrones. So where did Dexter go so wrong? Here’s The Take on that controversial ending, and how shows like Dexter set expectations that, ultimately, decide whether they will leave us feeling satisfied.


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