Dexter is well-liked by fans and critics alike. It is based on the life of Dexter Morgan, who is a forensic and blood splatter specialist for Miami Metro PD during the day, and a righteous vigilante-type serial killer by the night. He enjoys the dark and is guided by his “dark passenger” when he finds his victims. Dexter struggles internally and externally when he hunts for killers and victims. The series is exciting and gripping but has its faults. In conclusion, the series has been criticized and praised for the positive and negative aspects of the show.
1. Doakes Was Killed Off Way Too Early
James Doakes was a fan favorite and was the reason behind the exciting and engaging Season 2. He was Dexter’s primary opponent and antagonist- a formidable one. The subplot of Doakes’ hunt for the Bay Harbor Butcher, AKA Dexter Morgan, was one of the most exciting twists in the storyline. The audience would have liked to see Doakes pursuit of Dexter for some more time.
2. Dexter Grows a Lot Only in First Four Seasons
The Dexter fans love the show’s first four seasons. This is because Dexter’s character grows and matures with every passing season. Season 1 is about Dexter’s origins and the reasons for his fascination with blood. Subsequently, in Season 2, we see Dexter trying to evade the FBI and Doakes. Season 3 is about Dexter initiating another person, Miguel, into his world. And then the Trinity Killer brings his whole world to rubble after killing his wife, Rita. Unfortunately, after her death, Dexter kind of slips away.
3. Harrison Morgan’s Hanging Fate
Season 4 was about Dexter settling down in the suburbs with his wife Rita and living an ordinary, non-serial-killery life. He wanted to be the best father, the best husband, and the best serial killer! However, Harrison (their son) became Dexter’s responsibility once Rita was killed. He could no longer take off at will to be, well, Dexter! Season 5 onwards, things became increasingly unbelievable as far as Dexter’s care of Harrison is concerned.
4. Deb’s Cruel Death
The first season of Dexter followed the novel Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay. But the one major event missing was Deb’s discovery of Dexter’s reality. As a result, the show veered from the story in the first season itself. But Deb and Dexter had a fascinating dynamic. Dexter fans often ponder how and what would have changed if Deb had found out about Dexter’s truth earlier.
5. The Series was a Few Seasons Too Long
The longer a series is, the more the chances of a bad season are. Dexter’s fans realized the dip in the storyline when the series had reached its last season. Many episodes in Seasons 5 and 6 are like fillers. The storyline is blank and barren compared to the intriguing and gripping ones in the initial seasons, leaving fans yearning for more.
This was a universal letdown for all Dexter fans. There was a lot of speculation about how the series would end. Would Dexter be caught and executed? Would he be killed by Deb or another serial killer? But to the contrary, the end was a very anticlimactic one. Dexter faked his death, took on a new identity, and moved to a new place working as a woodworker. He was supposed to die with Debra in the Atlantic Ocean but he backed out at the last minute.