‘Dexter’ Season 4 Ends With A SHOCKING Final Twist


Last night Showtime aired the season 4 finale of my #1 fave show Dexter and ended the season in such a shocking way that I was left literally speechless for a good 10 mins. after the ep had ended … and have been haunted by the final scene ever since. As a longtime fan of the show, I felt I was pretty prepared for any plot development the show had to offer … I was sorely wrong:

In order to NOT spoil the final twist in last night’s finale ep for those of you who have yet to see it, I’ll keep the reveal behind the cut. I will say, tho, that the writers and producers of Dexter truly outdid themselves and gave fans an ending that they won’t soon forget … I’m still thinking about it now. After the jump, find out what happened on the season 4 finale of Dexter

Okay … so … if you’re reading this then you either already watched the ep and are, most likely, still reeling from the ending or do not watch the show and are curious. All season long, Dexter Morgan — the serial killer with a heart of gold, married to the beautiful Rita (played by Julie Benz) with 3 children (including a 1ish year old baby) — has been dealing with the so-called Trinity Killer who has been described as the “most successful serial killer of all time”. In last night’s ep, Deb Morgan (Dexter’s sister) discovered who Dexter’s real mother is … Dexter finally caught and killed the Trinity Killer … but Trinity got the last, shocking laugh. In the final scene of the ep, it was discovered that Rita Morgan was murdered by Trinity before Dexter got the chance to kill him:

Rita’s death hit me like a punch in the gut … it was something I was not anticipating and was not prepared for. I’ve always loved the Rita character … her death essentially kills the heart and soul of the show … and will, very likely, have an effect on Dexter’s character that will change the course of the series. The revelation of Rita’s death was on par with the surprising revelation that Dexter’s brother was the Ice Truck Killer in season 1 … and was just as shocking as the discovery of “the head in the box” twist in the movie Se7en. People, I’m still reeling.

TV Guide spoke with Julie Benz (Rita) about her exit from the show, here is her interview:

Freshly diced Dexter beauty Julie Benz has two apologies for TV Guide Magazine. The first is for being a few minutes late to her official exit interview—something she understandably would rather have skipped. The second is for telling a little lie at our recent Hot List party: “You’re wrong!” she’d declared, when asked if her character, Rita Morgan, the eternally sunny wife of Showtime’s celebrated serial killer, was going to fall victim to John Lithgow’s Trinity Killer in the season finale. “I felt bad,” she confesses. “I even told you we shot multiple endings, which we did not.” No worries, Julie. We get it. As TV secrets go, this was a doozy, even though we had our suspicions way back at Comic-Con last July when Lithgow spilled to his new costars that he knew something so shocking about Season 4 even they would be floored. Did he actually know Benz’s fate way back then? “I’ve been told two different things,” says Benz, 37. “The producers and executives told me they didn’t know at the start of the season. But I’ve also been told that Lithgow did know.” As they were drawing near the finale, Benz’s costar David Zayas (Det. Angel Batista) clued her in that Rita may not be long for Dexter’s world. “There were rumblings that something major was going to happen,” says Benz. “I even asked the producers and they said, ‘We would never kill Rita.’” Then in late September, the day before the season finale script was to be distributed to the cast, the bomb dropped. “It was my day off, and I was called in for a meeting with the producers,” Benz recalls. “At that point, you pretty much know. It was a tough meeting. In a bizarre way, it felt like a scene from ‘Defending Your Life.’” Producers explained they wanted to shake up the structure of the show. It was becoming more difficult to sell Dexter as a tortured soul since his life was growing increasingly idyllic in the Miami suburbs with the perfect wife and children. In fact, just before murdering Trinity and discovering Rita’s corpse, Dexter vowed to end his killing spree—which also would have ended the show. But there’s nothing like discovering your wife’s body slumped in the bathtub with your baby boy crying in a pool of mommy’s blood to reboot your warped psyche. “It’s a very poetic mirror to how Dexter was found when he was 3,” says Benz, who, before her four-year run on Dexter, was a “WB girl” with parts on Roswell, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel.

Entertainment Weekly spoke to Dexter executive producer Clyde Phillips about Rita’s death, here is that interview:

When was the decision made to kill off Rita?
CLYDE PHILLIPS: I would say we made the decision pretty late in the season. We didn’t quite know what we were going to do [in the finale].

Why Rita?
PHILLIPS: The story evolved and it kind of became inevitable. We knew that we had to do more than kill Trinity. It’s a little bit of a corner that we paint ourselves into. Last year we tried to avoid that and actually I think we didn’t do as well as we could have. We killed off Jimmy Smits’ character [in the 11th episode] of 12 episodes and then we had to figure out what we were going to do in the 12th episode. This season, we knew that we were going to take Trinity out in the 12th episode and we think that the audience knew that, too. We had to raise the bar to as high as possible and then figure out what to do next year.

How did Julie Benz take the news that she was leaving the show?
PHILLIPS: She wasn’t happy. She loved being with us. We loved having her with us. She took it… professionally. She was greatly disappointed. She’s a professional. She works in television. She knew that this was a possibility.

Did Trinity tell Rita about Dexter before he killed her?
PHILLIPS: I don’t know the answer to that question. We haven’t talked about next season. But [my gut says] I would think that he did not tell her.

Might she return as a ghost like Dex’s dad?
PHILLIPS: The answer, at he moment, is no. However, had you asked me two years ago if Lundy was coming back I would’ve said no. We didn’t know he was coming back until this year. It just seemed expedient to the story — to Dexter’s story and to Deb’s story.

Some people thought the game-changing twist was going to involve Deb figuring out that Dexter is a serial killer. How much longer can you stretch out that story before you pay it off?
PHILLIPS: We’ve bounced that around the [writers] room. But once we do that… want to talk about game-changers? Once we do that, the game is changed in a way that we just don’t know how to anticipate just yet.

Will next season be about Dexter juggling serial killing and single fatherhood?
PHILLIPS: He is a single father. But, beyond that, we don’t know. We don’t know if there’s going to be what we call “a Big Bad,” like Jimmy Smiths and John Lithgow, or if it’s going to be more individual, stand-alone stories.

I understand you wrote two endings to throw people off. What was the other ending?
PHILLIPS: While Dexter was packing to leave, he saw on the television that a child murderer had just escaped from prison. Either escaped or fallen thru the cracks. So he’s thinking, “Do I join Rita on vacation or do I…” and then he looks towards the camera and he has this big decision.

That would’ve been disappointing.
PHILLIPS: [Laughs] Yeah. Compared to this? Are you kidding?

To be sure, I have not been affected by a TV show like this in quite some time. I don’t normally invest myself so fully in a show like this (I’ve had quite a Dexter year, I even dressed up as Dexter for Hallowe’en) so it may seem silly to have feelings for the death of a character but … Julie Benz and I go way back. I loved her as Darla on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel and, as I said, I always loved the Rita character on Dexter. She was always such a tragic figure … her entire “life” was full of suffering from the men in her life (her ex-husband Paul abused her on the show) … her marriage to Dexter eventually caused her her life. And so … I would like to formally extend a Peace the Spork Out to Rita Morgan:

May she rest in peace … but only until next season where hopefully she’ll come back on the show as a ghost the same way Dexter’s father does!!! Any Dexter fans out there … what do y’all think about last night’s ep?

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  • Sooz

    I am still thinking about this 12 hours later! I was so shocked! It will certainly shake up the show for next season, and I wonder how D’s children and step children will fit in….

    • @Sooz — I KNOW!! Dexter is now a single father of 3 … and a serial killer! Rita’s death will gut him, we saw how much he really, truly loves her … I am so still in shock, no question.

  • Kendra

    I’m with you, Sooz! I’m still in total shock! And total denial! I kept thinking it was all a dream! How could they do this to Rita and Dexter and the kids??? Aaahhhh! One of THE BEST season finales of any show I’ve ever seen..Seriously..Amazing!

  • She ra

    I had to watch the finale twice. I couldn’t believe it – and then I couldn’t sleep! I was always somewhat annoyed by Rita’s incessantly sunny disposition, and then she dies and I’m just horrified!

  • Kendra

    @Trent – “Rita’s death hit me like a punch in the gut.” Dude..Seriously..My jaw literally dropped and was hanging open for like 5 minutes..None of my friends were up so I couldn’t talk to anyone about it! I was DYING!! It truly was a haunting scene in that bathroom..I don’t know how long it’s going to take for it to get out of my head!

  • Kendra

    Ack! One more thing and then I swear I’ll stop commenting on this! Even when I heard the baby crying in the other room, I didn’t think she was dead..I thought Trinity had kidnapped her and Dexter wouldn’t know where she was and would freak since obviously Trinity was dead..EVEN when I saw the blood, I didn’t think she was dead! I’m such a dumbass!! :) Ok..I’m done..I’m going to watch it again now!!

    • @Kendra — Yes, I forgot to mention that … even as Dexter found Rita’s phone, then was running toward Harrison crying in the other room I DID NOT AT ALL ANTICIPATE that she would be dead. It was a development that I never EVER considered as a possibility :(

  • Bebe

    Oh my gosh! I was floored! I literally jumped up out of bed when he walked into the bathroom. Poor Dexter, he’s going to be tortured knowing he was the cause of Rita’s death. I hope she is a ghost next season too. I can’t stop thinking about it!! ahhhh

  • Rachel

    I feel the same. I watched it with my jaw wide open, hoping it was a dream sequence. I do have to give my hats off to the writers and producers of the show. Dexter has a certain brilliance to it.

  • laura

    Wow I guess I am the odd one out here. The entire finale I was saying out loud – GOD, CAN THEY PLEASE KILL RITA ALREADY? I am also a huge Julie Benz fan from Buffy and Angel, but on Dexter, I was not feeling her. The first season she was great, but when they started making her like Betty Crocker with the dresses and trying to have the perfect suburban life, I couldn’t take her. The constant nagging him about stuff, calling him with stupid requests when he is “at work” – I had enough. For some reason, all the women on that show just annoy me (Rita, Deb, Christine). When Christine died I said 1 down, 2 to go. Now I guess its 2 down 1 to go. Although they will never kill Deb since her real life hubby wouldn’t allow that one I’m sure…
    But sorry I definitely have to disagree wtih Rita. Although I was saying they can’t kill her because then Dexter has to take care of these kids and kill people? I think that might frustrate me even more!

    • @laura — I think Rita worked on the show because she represented everything Dexter was not. She provided for him the things he doesn’t possess himself and by loving her, he was starting to gain those things for himself. I’m sure her death and his guilt will undo all of that progress … who knows what exactly will become of Dex.

  • Erica

    Personally, I could not stand the Rita character. I thought she was whiny. I don’t know why people think she was sunny. I thought she was naggy. Anyhow, I did not see this coming. I thought Trinity would go after Dexter’s family, but when he showed up at the apartment and then Dexter got him; I thought it was done.

  • ausettofegypt

    @ trent… as soon as i heard ritas phone ring, all i could get out was “NOOOOOOOOO” This entire season of Dexter has had me guessing wrong. Hats off to the writers! a true masterpiece. I guess now i can get ready for Jo Beth to come back!

  • Cheryl

    I am still in complete shock over this. I can’t stop thinking about it. I LOVED Rita and Dexter together. She kept him as sane as possible for him. I always got mad on all the message boards with people saying they hoped Rita would be killed. She was one of my favorite characters on the show. She loved Dexter so much. Ugh, I am heartbroken:(

  • em

    I am still thinking about it! Couldn’t sleep!!! I like that Dexter had that “light”….That interal goodness, that he was capable of love…To see Harrison like that was heartbreaking!!!! ugh still haunted by that last scene.

  • jamii

    I am still in shock and sad and i really dont think it was the best choice for the shows overall tone and picture killing her off it was shocking and made me lose sleep last nt! in the end her character deserved so much more though in my eyes. she fought so hard to make a better life for her and her children only to die by a man in a bathtub! shocking yes, good ending for a great character? NO! Maybe 24 will hire her now lol!

  • laura

    Yes, Trent – I agree – she definitely helped him with his emotional side and bringing out his ability to love, but the way they always had her calling him at inopportune moments to ask for something so trivial…kind of annoyed me. I cannot WAIT to see how this unfolds next season. He will be after vengeance, but he already killed him, so now what? It is going to be great! ( I hope)

    Here is a great “interview” with Michael Hall and John Lithgow – they showed a snipit after the show, but this is the full one…pretty entertaining…


    • @laura — But, in my mind, Rita’s annoying behavior had to be a foil to Dexter’s life as a serial killer … how boring would it have been if she hadn’t “nagged” at the wrong times? Ugh … I’m still gutted from that final scene, I feel so crazy for feeling so … upset :(

  • R

    I’m with you Trent, I haven’t been this affected/disturbed by an episode of television in a LONG time!!!! I had nightmares last night and I keep feeling all depressed as if someone I know has been murdered!!

  • Tony

    WOW, Just Wow, This seasons has had some definite moments, but the final scene. I thought i had things figured out that maybe Rita didnt make it to key west yet and would be sitting in the bedroom or something like freaking out because she saw Dexter do something to Trinity. Like she would know the secrets and we’d have to deal with them figuring things out. But honesty my heart sank so much seeing Harrison sitting in the pool of Blood just like dexter all those years before. Seeing Rita in the bath tub full of blood was just so powerful, she looked so perfect and innocent I really wanted to him to have gotten there just in time or something but of course that definitely wasnt the case. This honestly makes for some amazing TV, Being so invested in this show and the characters its like saying goodbye to a family member and you just dont want to let go. Id love to see her come back as a ghost like Trent said, might be kind of cool to see her and harry sharing some scenes talking to eachother, Dexters devil and angel on his shoulder telling him what to do.

  • cindie

    my initial thought, when dex got rita’s message that she forgot her wallet (or something) and would have to take a puddle jumper to the keys, was that the plane would crash and rita and harrison would be dead. BUT, then rita’s phone started ringing and my mouth flew open and stayed that way until well… pretty much now. like trent, i can’t remember the last time i was this floored by a season finale. poor baby harrison. hopefully, he’s too young to remember this. i have all kinds of what if’s in my head…like what if aster and cody weren’t on vacay with their grandparents, would cody have been the little boy that trinity kills before the bath tub? what if dex hadn’t called rita and left for the keys, only to realize that rita and harrison weren’t there? who knows how long harrison would’ve been sitting in blood then. unfortunately, most of my friends or co-workers don’t watch this show and i’ve been DYING to talk to someone about it.

    man, it was SO freakin’ good. i can’t wait to see what next season brings!

  • mazzy

    Nightmares haunted all night. I hated rita but I never expected or wanted her to die! Especially by creepy old lithgo. I am convinced Dex will be a major suspect and dumb old Quinn will cause a fuss about this and complicate things. UGGGG why do we have to wait?!

  • Roxie

    This was THE best finale I’ve ever seen.
    I hope it was just a dream, that rita isnt really dead.

  • Alyssa

    Trent! You put into words everything I’m still feeling about the show! I’m still shocked! I honestly couldn’t sleep last night because all I could think about was that damned bathtub. I know so many people were annoyed by Rita but I really like how she brought life into Dexter. My boyfriend speculated that they were going to kill her off but I didn’t think they’d actually leave Dex as a single dad. I knew though, as soon as he listened to that voicemail. Jeez, I never thought a TV show would get this far under my skin! I definitely thought about Se7en, too. In retrospect, you think about all the points in the tv show where she’s already dead and Dex doesn’t know, and it’s just so sad. Poor Rita :(

  • Mara

    i don’t have showtime so after class today jetted home to watch last night’s episode online… i went from clapping and squealing with joy at the sight of trinity on dexter’s table to literally crying and yelling “NOOOOO!” at my computer screen… i am sincerely devastated… this was one of the best seasons and i cannot WAIT for the next one!

  • Lisa.

    I hated Rita, not because she was a bad person, but she was always getting into Dexter’s business… but that is understandable for a wife. I totally did not expect her to be dead, WOW!!! But I don’t think it is a dream, that would be too cheesy and not very “Dexter”.
    I can’t wait for next season! This is by-far my favorite show on TV right now.

  • R

    The other thing is that I keep thinking about how awful I feel for the kids, and then I have to keep reminding myself that they are not real, they’re just t.v. characters!! But at the same time, the actors themselves have had their lives majorly affected by this as well. Julie Benz is now out of a job, and the actors who play Cody and Astor may not be appearing nearly as much on the show anymore either after this. So then I still feel bad all over again!!

  • Kendra

    I just watched the episode again..The first time around, I was just in total shock and did nothing but gape at the screen and shake my head in disbelief..This time I was bawling when he was on the boat talking about Rita looking at the moon and the light and the flashforward to Harrison’s first bday..Ugh! Now that I know what happened, it was so much more emotional the second time around..What a freaking fantastic show..If they don’t win any Emmy’s this next year I’m gonna take a big poop on the people in charge of the awards!!

  • aimie

    my husband and i were staring at the screen in horror when they showed that baby in the blood. it was more shocking seeing that then when i saw that is what happened to dexter in season one. maybe cuz i have a “one-ish” year old right now. but dex knowing what happened to him as a result and seeing that happen to his son is gonna set a man OFF!!!! he will just lose it this season i fear. now he’ll have to deal with 3 kids and a job and a “dark passenger”. yikes… i am still not completely convinced that this will be the ending lol. maybe my denial. it just doesn’t flow with trinity’s meticulous killing style. idk, i am less than convinced this is real and not a “dream” or a vison like seeing his family come out of trinity’s house. maybe it is just wishfull thinking. i was not a huge fan of ritas at the begining of the season, i found her naggy and bitchy and all around annoying. but the last few epis i started to see everything from her perspective and gained some respect when she came clean about the neighbor and was falling into the “i guess ritas’ good for him” category. wow. too shocking for words. i find myself wishing it was september already! lol.

  • laura

    Haha yes Trent – I definitely hear you…as annoying as I thought she was, her death will definitely shake Dexter up and change him into possibly something even worse than he was before…and the sight of poor Harrison on the floor next to her was terrible! I really wish I did like Rita – cause I love Julie Benz! The first season she was great – and it added a lot of comedy to have him in that two-way emotionless relationship. Maybe I am a robot and just couldn’t take all the emotion that came in the following seasons! Haha

  • Ashley N.

    It was completely shocked! Poor Dexter! Poor kids! They have already been through so much! You have to let us know when Season 5 starts as soon as you find out Trent!

  • Cindy

    Lost in this massive finale twist is a goodbye to the perfectly creepy Lithgow.
    “Dexter” loses two fine actors in season 4.

    Great writing this season. I was constantly on the edge of my seat.

  • Ashley

    My mom called and woke me up this morning just to ask if I had watched it. When I told her no, she ordered me to hurry up because it would “blow my mind.” I totally did not expect that! Rita annoyed me, but you could tell she would have moved heaven and earth for her family and I respected that.
    I wonder if next season will be the last because there’s really nothing else that can shock us short of someone finding out his secret.

  • EJS

    Maybe next season Deb will find out somehow about Dexter’s serial killing ways, and babysit the kids whenever Dex finds another bad guy to hack up?! How else is he going to find the time to kill all these people when he’s struggling being a newly single father? He could barely keep up with Rita by his side! RIP Rita!

  • Court

    i’m super curious as to how dexter will bring this to the police, because it seems if he calls in her murder, they might piece together that he had something to do with trinity, especially since they saw him in the garage, before anyone got there. not to mention trinity’s family, will at some point come into play knowing him as kyle. can NOT wait til next season. best show on tv by far.

  • Angie

    OMG!! This was one of the best most suspensful ending i’ve seen in a show in a very long time!! Amazing writing! I already can’t wait to see next season.. Although I too really liked the ‘Rita’ charachter, I think this will open up a whole new side of Dexter… It could go either way!!

  • Amy

    I should not have read this spoiler :(


  • Emma

    I COULD NOT BELIEVE IT. I am still so sad, I can’t think about anything else – and I’m supposed to be studying for exams lol. I am just… speechless. I think this has probably been the best season since the first.

  • Emily

    My fav show too. I am still shocked and sad! I feel like I lost someone I know! :(

  • I feel like such a tool. I actually DREAMED about this last night. Then I dreamed I was Dexter running from the police all night. I woke up exhausted! This is crazy. A show hasn’t gotten to me like this in a long time.

  • Rach

    i never post, although i loooove this site. but i had to post now, just saw the ep and we were stunned…. poor julie benz, she’s a great actress. so shocking! no idea what’s in store for dexter next year, but i can’t wait to see it! when i heard her phone ring, i was so worried harrison was hurt… i never thought about rita!

  • Heather B

    I made the mistake of thinking I could not read the post, but look at pics from the ep without completely ruining it. Sorta spoil myself since I am dying to go home and watch tonight. Major oops there. Poor Rita. :op

  • Gena the Therapist

    Wow, after the finale I just sat on my couch and stared into space. I would have never imagined the show would affect me so much. I’ve never been too much of a Rita fan, but her death troubled me. She looked so angelic, so perfect, so innocent, so mistreated. Rita and the kids served as Dexter’s shield, and Rita suffered the consequences for her relationship and love for Dexter.

    Does anyone know if Dexter has been renewed for another season? I do not see how they can continue the plot much longer seeing as how Season 4 ended. It will be way too complicated for Dexter to be a single dad. Also, I am not entirely convinced Dexter will be allowed to keep Astor and Cody. He never adopted them, and perhaps the paternal grandparents taking them to Disney is a bit of foreshadowing. They are bound by blood to the grandparents, not Dexter.

    I had a feeling Rita would die this season. I wonder if it was a bit of a political move on part of the producers, since Hall is involved in the process and now married to another star of the show. I am sure the kissing and love scenes make for a strange dynamic between Hall, Benz, and Carpenter.

    @Trent- Please post info if the series is renewed for more seasons.

  • ☆☆☆ jaganar ☆☆☆

    EFFING great ….. what a POS twist >__>
    i totally agree , Rita was his heart and soul …. now wtf are they going to do , this whole series was based on dexters delicate balance of Homicide and Justice . they did to Dexter what they did to the DARKNESS from top cow comics , took his edge away . now he is going to be a friggin softie >_>
    UGH ….

  • Em

    Ok, it rocked! I was so shocked! I loved Rita in the first season but she was really getting annoying. I didn’t expect them to kill her off though. Totally great twist.

  • kristy

    ok i just finished watching it and my heart is racing like it never has from a tv show before!! i caaaant believe that rita got killed! im sooo upset! :(

  • Joon

    I don’t remember feeling this moved by a TV show since “Friends” went off the air and I cried. I didn’t cry this time, but I sat there speechless. The scene was so eerie, it was hard to take – all the shots of Dex or someone else killing people doesn’t bother me but the shots from Season 1 of Dex as a boy being found in the storage container still haunt me. As a mom, that scene from last night will haunt me for a while. My first reaction was that I didn’t like it, not one bit, and I was sad. I know, it’s only a TV show, but this is one incredibly written show that I make sure to be home to see every Sunday night. It may not be pretty and may not make sense, but neither does life.

  • AM

    I am still thinking about it !! I loved this season , I wish they could air season 5 in spring , truly the writers of Dexter outdid himself , I cannot wait to see what’s next …..

    Trent – I got into watching Dexter because of how much you rave about the show , We watch a new show every christmas , and two christmases ago was Dexter …. I loved the show from get go !!!

  • Jamie

    It was so shocking I needed to get some air. I thought I was going to throw up and even though it was because I ate a lot while watching this show, Rita’s death didn’t help.

    She was naggy at times but after all she was a mother hen who was just caring for her family. She needed to make sure everyone ESPECIALLY the father in the picture were in on this and serious about this because it was important for the 3 kids. I always found her actions were pretty justified.

    And she was what made him so human. She brought him towards the light. She made him realize that he could love, and now she’s gone.

    I’m so SO sad. I can relate to all the comments above. I feel I lost someone I knew =(

  • Jamie

    Julie Benz we will miss you!!!!

  • Jamie


    I think it’s a GREAT idea that they bring back Rita as a ghost as they did with Harry. I think if done right it could bring AMAZING dynamic to his internal dialogue. Harry will be the Code but she will be the human element.

    I’m gonna suggest it on Showtime

  • la princesa

    Trent, I know now how to answer the “what do you want for Xmas” question. I want Dexter on DVD! You have me interested!!!

  • Gena the Therapist

    @Trent- Do you think the plot can be additionally developed past a 5th season? The show just lost its materal figure. Who could possible fill that important part that Dexter needs? I just don’t see Deb trading f-bombs for cartoons. Ideas anyone?

  • Lola001

    OH MY GOD! I just finished watching the season finale and I’m in shock! I thought the same thing as some others when RIta’s phone was ringing – that Trinity had kidnapped her and now Dexter would have to try to find her a Harrison. Even when the baby started crying I thought it just just because he was left alone… then I saw the blood. I’m really going to miss Julie Benz on the show, she was great. And can I just say it again? OH MY GOD!

  • Kristi

    I think that just ruined my whole night. What an awesome season with a horrific ending! I’m in shock and hate that we have to wait until NEXT Sept!!! There’s just not enough Dexter :o(
    I’ve been a Rita fan all along – and lo-v-v-v-ed when Dexter finally killed Lila. I loathed her.
    All that said, I can completely appreciate why the writers offed Rita in order to change the direction of the show, but I will sure miss her.

  • Brenna

    I loved the Lila season. lol.

    This season was really fantastic. Season 2 has long been my fave;I thought Season 3 was really weak. However, Season 4 has been fantastic.

    Several friends have commented that Season 4 has seemed “less” to them. I think it was due to this season being all about Dexter’s internal conflict and angst about his life. I can’t wait to see what Season 5 will bring.

    I have to give props to the actress who plays Debra. I have hated that character since Season One- found her really annoying. This season she was really great. I hope she gets some noms for this performance when award show time rolls around. She was excellent.

    • @Brenna — Jennifer Carpenter (who plays Deb Morgan and is married to Michael C. Hall in real life) is a FANTASTIC actress. She gave a great performance this year, hands down. Everytime she started to cry, I started to cry. I really hope the Emmy Awards reward this show … so many great performances and such great writing … Emmys at last, please!!

  • Elena

    The season finale was a whole mind screw. The writers did an excellent job. This season has been the best by far. I just wish we could get to season 5 in May than in September.

  • Lisa

    Am I alone in not being shocked by the ending? I LOVED it but I saw i coming a mile away! They were dropping hints throughout the entire episode, Harry telling Dexter that Rita and the kids are getting in the way, Deb finding out about what happened to Dexter….Triniity finding out who Kyle really is…..the whole time i was watching it it was so obvious they were setting up Rita’s murder…I would have been shocked if Rita was not Trinity’s last victim!
    Great season ending, can’t wait for Season 5! I think I will miss John Lithgow more than Julie Benz!

  • Haley

    I didn’t see it coming until he was listening to her msg. As soon as she said ‘I forgot ..’ I knew it! Anyways..It must have been killing (no pun intended) Trinity to be laying there on Dexters table and not get in one more jab before dying. I dont think I would have been able to keep it in. I also think I’ll miss John Lithgow a lot too. Who wont I miss? Christine..she was so annoying!! I hated her character from day one.

  • Leroy

    One massive question about season 5 is how is miami vice going to piece together dexters relationship with the trinity killer after being left in such a cliffhanger. It can’t be ignored that rita is killed by the trinity killer, and obviously her death lies way way way out of the ritualised psyche of trinity… so (for miami metro) why dexter? Quinn’s already zoned in on Dex just as much as Sargent Dokes was in the earlier seasons… The main thing i’m concerned about for the writers is have they gone too far with bringing the shattered corners of dexters lives together in a way that makes the viewer unable to believe, related or agree with how easily dexter can get away with this anymore.

    The mask is slipping…

  • Katrin Sedai

    @Leroy, My thoughts exactly. I mean, add to that the fact that Deb now knows that the Ice Truck Killer was Dex’s brother? And now, another killer chooses him as his target? Come on. Miami Metro aren’t dumbasses, they’ll connect the dots eventually. And I just don’t know how will Dexter be able to kill people AND be a single father of *3*, unless he really busts out his budget on nannies. And Rita’s kids… My, Dexter has taken everything from them! First their dad, then their mom. Ouch.

    • @everybody — Michael C. Hall says there will be a Season 5 of Dexter but he alluded that it may be the last … mebbe Dex’s world will come crashing down on him in this supposed final season?

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  • Tara

    Hey Trent, FYI – Spoiler tags don’t work in google reader!!!! I almost cried when I saw this post, cos I’m in Australia and have to wait each week to download the eps :-( I tried to skim past it as fast as possible, but I still saw that Rita died, but still, was not expecting her to die the way she did, especially after Dexter had already killed Trinity!!

  • Stacii

    I just watched the episode and everyone is either still sleeping or hasn’t watched it yet! I want to effin scream! Why would they do this to me?! I need to see season 5 like RIGHT NOW! I personally never cared for Rita but I understood her role. I can see Dexter going absolutely nuts next season lol but who is he going to take his anger out on? I don’t see him taking care of all 3 kids. That’s a force. Aster and Cody will probably live with their grandparents and Harrison with Deb while they investigate Dex. I’m so upset. How many lies are the police going to believe…This show is effin awesome. My mind is everywhere. Lol Just ruined my day in the best way possible. *smile*

  • Jon

    I know I’m a few months behind, but i just finished the season a few nights ago, and i still feel so sad, expectantly knowing how she died. it must have been horrible, I’m so crushed and looking for other people take. Dexter and the kids are going to be lost without her. personally i thought she was naggy, but also needy, like she needed dexter, and dexter let her down.
    At first, I thought she stayed house for the honeymoon; after I saw her dead, I thought she killed herself because she said she was afraid of losing Dexter, and after I rewatched it, knowing she was Trinity last victim… I’ve been grieving for days, even though I know it’s just a TV show. too involved, too closet to home!
    OMG, I just remembered, I too was born in blood, when my mother died. wow, i just made that connection… maybe that’s why i stopped watching it in the first season; i need a drink

  • Reese

    Okay so I know i am many many months behind but i just realized my roommate had this season and i essentially watched it all in two and a half days and im severely very mad at what those jerk offs at showtime did. I personally liked Rita’s character she worked so well for Dexter’s character even before they were married just slowly making him a better person and overcoming the Dark Presence inside him. She made him more of a human being than either Harry or anyone could have I think. While the writing and production team think this will add a good twist to the show next season with him slipping deeper into darkness i personally think their rash and sick ideas will ruin the show eventually. I am personally leaning towards boycotting season 5 and whatever remaining seasons their may be. One major reason is because this reminds me a lot of another show that decided to just keep adding twist after twist after twist. That little show was one I liked to call “LOST”. I adored that show i would look forward all week to watching that show but then the third season or so I just got tired of not getting any answers. If this happens to “Dexter” then i will feel awful for whatever might happen. This was my favorite show until the season finale. And i thought John Lithgow did a tremendous job creeping the hell out of me but since i feel so connected to this show I hate Lithgow now for killing Rita not the character but the actor cuz he was not around long enough to make me hate the character. And just the way they shot the scene itself was bad in my opinion yes they show that Dexter was truly in love with Rita by going to her and checking on her but i felt robbed when the biggest emotion that we got out of him was the tiniest lip quiver and a sad face. If they were really trying to get out the idea that Rita was changing him into a better person they should have shown him explode in rage (yes this would not have worked well with Harrison sitting their on the bloody floor) but I would have really liked him to close her eyes go pick up Harrison then possibly even get into the tub with her and Harrison and just burst into tears. This kind of emotional response from him would have worked fine because during the Thanksgiving episode he punches his dashboard a lot after he was unable to kill Arthur. I personally i would feel better about that ending if he did like i said crawled behind Rita with Harrison in his arms and just cried but have the same voice over they had for the dumb version.

    Well at this point my fingers are tired and no one will probably read this because of my lateness but i feel slightly better so if you don’t like it I don’t care.