7 Dexter Characters Who Should Be Killed Off

There were two great things about last season of Dexter: John Lithgow's incredible Trinity Killer, and the shocking death of Dexter's wife Rita. The former provided Dexter with his finest adversary yet; the latter provided audiences what they'd been praying for since Season 2: the brutal murder of one television's most annoying characters.

I realize that sounds harsh, but let's face it: Julie Benz's character, originally a damaged, mousy single mother who provided Dexter with the perfect cover, essentially completed her character arc several seasons ago (right around the time she transmogrified into a Barbie doll). Then she proceeded to exist simply to nag, whine, and create problems for Dexter. So now Dexter's loss is No Ordinary Family's gain.

While Rita's death was definitely a good idea on the part of the producers, I'm afraid to say that it's only a small step in the right direction. Because no matter how awesome Michael C. Hall's main character might be, one frustrating truth remains: Dexter is a terrific character lost among terrible ones. With that in mind, let's decide who else should be killed off, shall we?

Lt. Maria LaGuerta

Relationship to Dexter: Boss
Reasons to Kill Her Off: Far and away the worst character on Dexter is this lady. Not only is she terrible at her job—constantly interfering with her own detectives when she's not busy marrying them—she also has the worst instincts. There has been an active serial killer on her payroll for YEARS now. Every time I look at her, at first I'm like, 'Wow, she is a strong woman in a position of power," but then she ruins the image through scheming, crying, or just plain opening her mouth and sounding like a dunce. And also she does that thing where she over-pronounces anything that sounds even vaguely Spanish. I'm not saying people shouldn't do that; I'm saying that when she does it, it's impossible to take her seriously.
Reasons to Not Kill Her Off: Lauren Velez is a great actress. She's soulful and subtle and I bet she could really turn in some good work if only the writers would allow her to. All her scenes lately have been like something out of a telenovela, only with worse lighting.


Vincent Masuka

Relationship to Dexter: Co-Worker
Reasons to Kill Him Off: This guy is Dexter's wise-cracking co-worker in the forensics lab, and I guess he's supposed to be the comic relief, except for one problem: I prefer comic relief that's funny. He mostly just makes off-color or rude sexual remarks that aren't that shocking, or maybe they're shocking because he's a bespectacled Asian nerd? I don't get it. It would be one thing if he were genuinely clever, insightful, interesting, or you know, competent at his job (again re: serial killer co-worker). But he's none of those things. He's just a one-liner delivery service for a writing staff that overestimates their joke-writing abilities.
Reasons to Not Kill Him: Out of all of Dexter's co-workers, he's the least insufferable.


Det. Joey Quinn

Relationship to Dexter: Co-Worker
Reasons to Kill Him Off: Quinn's a tough-guy detective who joined the show in Season 3, which I may or may not have slept through. I mean, I feel like I watched that season, but I can't recall much about it. Anyway, he filled the void left by the at-first annoying Det. Doakes. If you recall, Doakes was a once-awful character who then became suddenly interesting and then got blown up. That's what I'm suggesting happens here too, especially since Quinn's plotline sort of looks like it's heading into Doakes territory (i.e. slowly uncovering Dexter's crimes). Additionally, Quinn can barely enunciate his dialogue, he dresses badly, and —how do I put this delicately—his face looks "interesting" this season. Is Desmond Harrington okay? I'm starting to worry about him.
Reasons to Not Kill Him: The Miami Homicide Division is really understaffed. Every time there's a meeting about a new killer, there are only like five people who ever show up. Also, ever since Quinn and Deb hooked up, it's inevitable that he'll be murdered. So maybe the show should surprise us by not killing him off.


Det. Debra Morgan

Relationship to Dexter: Sister/Co-Worker
Reasons to Kill Her Off: Haha, I bet you thought I'd put her at the top of the list! Everyone hates Deb. FACT. But I actually sort of like her, too. Here's the thing, unlike the other characters on Dexter, I don't think Deb was ever intended to be likeable. Instead, she's an elaborate psychological experiment commissioned by Showtime to test the viewer's tolerance for gratingly unsympathetic lady jerks. I mean, I get it, she's a hard-bitten detective with a sardonic outlook on life and an abrasive attitude that masks her paralyzing insecurities. But what an asshole! Sometimes when she's on camera, I can actually see the stinkwaves emanating from my television. Can you imagine hanging around this person in real life? She'd be like, "What's with the clothespin on your nose?" And you'd be like, "It's because your personality smells like hot garbage."
Reasons to Not Kill Her: Deb's an important character—arguably Dexter's last tie to his family. And occasionally she can be funny. And there's something strangely appealing about a cute lady with the mouth of Kenny Powers.


Det. Angel Batista

Relationship to Dexter: Co-Worker
Reasons to Kill Him Off: This guy is just useless. He's big but not intimidating. He's serious about his job but terrible at it. He went through a brief womanizing phase but now he's married to the show's worst character. And that hat! Ugh, I wish his hat and goatee would just jump off a cliff holding hands.
Reasons to Not Kill Him: He seems like an okay guy. He's not amazing, but he's not too offensive either. He's exactly medium-blah.


Astor Morgan

Relationship to Dexter: Step-daughter
Reasons to Kill Her Off: Okay, now, I am NOT suggesting that it's cool to kill kids. You know, kids are young, they're just starting out, they've got their whole lives ahead of them. Simply because they are incredibly annoying for four goddamn seasons doesn't justify their being murdered. And now that evidently Astor and her brother Cody went off to live in Orlando with Rita's parents, maybe this entire point is moot anyway. But still. She has been the worst child ever, and even though I don't necessarily want a child to be murdered, I would definitely be okay with her being eaten by an alligator or something.
Reasons to Not Kill Her: If Astor's off the show now, that's good enough for me. Let's not jinx it and have her come back as some kind of awful imaginary ghost...


Harry Morgan

Relationship to Dexter: Deceased Father
Reasons to Kill Him Off: I know what you're thinking: Harry's already dead! You can't kill a dead guy! But I think you're underestimating the recent advances in ghost murder. For years the nation's top scientists have been working on new methods of murdering ghosts, and there's no better test subject than this guy. At first Harry was a great device… during the first few seasons he'd show up to provide Dexter some insight and also help us understand Dexter's tortured upbringing (particularly in flashbacks showing Dexter as a child). But at some point Harry became just another annoying harpy in Dexter's life, giving contradictory, useless speeches and generally driving me nuts. He seems especially shoe-horned in this season, as Dexter has gotten more and more mentally healthy. At least he's not as bad as Dexter's voiceovers, which are now basically just repeating things that we observed with our eyes and brains ten seconds prior.
Reasons to Not Kill Him: Murdering a ghost might be the proverbial powder keg that leads to the inevitable Ghost World War. That would NOT be good.

QUESTIONS:

... Which Dexter character do you most want to see murdered? And how?

... How awesome a character is Dexter that the show can withstand all these other terrible ones?

... Do you think Dexter should leave Miami and find a job at some other incompetent homicide division?

... What is the most interesting non-Dexter subplot that you've seen?**

... Remember when Deb was sleeping with that old guy? What was THAT about?

**Trick Question! There has never been an interesting non-Dexter subplot.

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I would like to see Rita and Deb off the show...Rita is a complete nerd and Deb is totally goofy. I am not sure about Maria as i don't care for her either but there has to be a bad person here and there. I see Dexter is a "good" guy as he rids the world of undesirables and I do like his character.

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The kids went to live with their fathers parents not ritas
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Why!?!? The first couple sentences were a straight away spoiler! I was so pissed wen I read the words "Rita unexpectedly dies" I'm only begining season 3! I guess I should just watch every episode before searching anything at all about the show.
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I was hoping for the kids to be serial killers like in the book. One of the reason Dex married Rita is because Cody is already turning into a killer. You can't kill future killers off!
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You hit the nail with your comments about Julie Benz's character.

I really started to hate her on Dexter and was actually relieved to see her killed (but shocked at the same time)

But the I saw her in No ordinary family and I just love her character there.

Probably means that she is a good actress.
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You just named the 8 reasons for why I dont watch this show. Those 7 characters and Dexter's voice overs. He doesn't have a good voice for that. The few times I caught an episode on TV I wanted to stab myself in the eye with a fork every 2 minutes. The idea of the show is great and Michael Hall plays the character perfectly, if only he wouldn't open his mouth so much and stop doing those voice-overs. Plus, I think Miami is a bad location for the show.
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So.... you wanna kill of the ENTIRE cast? Seriously, you've suggested killing off everyone but the male kid and Dexter himself. This is a really bad article, mate.
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you sound like you dont like this show price? and it seems you need to slag the characters off to make yourself feel better? i`m a dexter fan and i think they`re doing an amazing job in all respects especially when other shows are going under never to return,

its people like you that will ruin this show given the chance...



and tv.com why give this post to a guy who badmouths one of the best dramas on television? its a toxic p.o.v. designed to encourage others to chip in with what they dont like about the show, whats wrong with letting people enjoy these shows? you should be ashamed
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oh and your trick question... the sub-plot of the trinity killers past was pretty damn interesting
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dude you`re talking about killing off EVERY character except dex? are you nuts? whats wrong with you? some of us like masuka and batista and maria and deb and feel they`re part of the show since they`ve been here FIVE SEASONS, i agree rita had to go for dex`s character to have the freedom he needs from season 1 but to kill off deb? it just wouldnt be the same show anymore?? deb is amazing at what she does and its only a matter of time til she finds out about dexters dark side and we`ve already seen from the last seasons finale how far she`ll go, you people hating annoy me more than any character on dexter by far
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in the books deb's character is even MORE annoying! i'm greatful they didn't make her THAT annoying in the show. but yeah, i'd probably kill all those characters too, they're all so dumb! maybe not masuka, i think he can be funny sometimes... and batista and dexter's father... they're okay, i'm not completely annoyed by them.
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Masuka is the only one of those I wouldn't kill off.
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The only one I agree with you on is Rita. I have hated her character from the beginning.
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On the last episode, Masuka's hilarious crime scene's explanation deserves to have him taken off the hit list...

That was too funny.
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I think that Quinn has to go next. It has never turned out well for people that question Dexter.....While Rita was really, really, really getting on my nerves I did not see her death coming. I really do not like how that story line played out. A serial killer raising a kid solo is not what I had in my minds eye for this show. Now every time Dexter is out killing someone instead of being happy about it I am mad that he is not spending time with the kid. I am still waiting for the writers to prove to me that killing Rita off was truly the best way to go.
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get rid of the father just annoying leave the sister alone
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only agreed on...nobody....thats why the show is sooo good, because it shows you how lousy can his life be and tryign to lead it around people sometimes you might not even like, its like the spice and salt on your food...but...i mean, im sure many guys like you would prefer to see assassin with superman powers who can also be invisible all in the good purpose for you to do yourself a wank while you watch....men, really, if you hate it so much? why don;t you go see modern Family or Teletubbies;? maybe thats more into you :D
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Someone who couldnt care less for your fecal opinion
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LOL funny!
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What's so deep and complex about these characters? Although I disagree that any of these characters should be killed off, they need more relation to Dexter's story-line.
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You're a stupid ****ing idiot. If you don't like the show or any of its amazingly deep and complex characters, STOP WATCHING! Go rant about a show you like, and get a life, you loser.
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Quinn would probably be more interested in blackmailing Dexter than turning him in, and once Deb finds out that Quinn suspects Dexter as being Kyle Butler, she'll go nuclear and castrate Quinn. Maybe that will knock him off Dexter's trail--if he wants to keep Deb, he'll certainly focus on other things. I really do think that Quinn would go to Dexter if he ever found out that Dexter was Kyle Butler, or if Quinn found out Dex was a serial killer. Quinn would go to Dexter first instead of turning him to confront him; hell Quinn might even ADMIRE Dexter because of his vigilantism in only killing those that deserve it.

However I believe he wants to find out who Dexter really is and use it against him as leverage for something else. However it's hard to guess what Quinn would want from Dexter...maybe Deb? Oh and Julia Stiles will totally fill in for Rita and provide as Dexter's "perfectly damaged in her own way" girlfriend that will not only ground him as a man, but provide a channel for his emotions. Best part about this is that there are NO KIDS, and Dexter can actually use Lumen's tortured past as a form of redemption--he can take revenge on those that have hurt Lumen and not only cleanse himself, but cleanse her and free her of her bonds.

Dexter sees Lumen sort of like he views a child--as innocent. That is why he didn't kill her, and that is why he helped her and formed a trusting bond with her. Lumen is also a woman, and she will serve a dual purpose in Dexter's life.

Now Dexter can go back to his normal life without having to be a single dad first and a serial killer second; now he will have help and be aided in the struggle to regain the wheel from the Dark Passenger's shadowy grip.
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This is the stupidest whatever-you-call-this-sh*t I have ever read. I agree with everything Elric33239 said.
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Rita was sooo important. She kept Dexter grounded. It was her time though and it worked as a great leap into new territory for the show. Also, Deb is the best. She is a really great character. I never find her arcs annoying. I actually find them to be the most poignant.
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i still like all the characters exept for rita im glad she's gone
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LaGuerta hands down!!! Jeff Lindsay kills her off in book one for good reason. Plus, you need to keep rotating the cast like in real life, and for Dexter to have to charm or manipulate the new character into not realizing he's a serial killer or it's no fun. Having said that, you need to keep Deb and Angel (and Vince) to keep Dexter's cover and get him out of trouble at the station. ie. like when Deb found him in the Trinity Killer's garage or Angel helped him get Lila the nutbar. Still the best show out there, keep it going!!!
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Haha, you guys!
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While I agree with the majority of the responses to your "review" including the possibility that you intentionally raised some hackles by slamming the "regulars," I'll address the questions that you've posted directly:



Which Dexter character do you most want to see murdered? The only bad choice that Dexter made regarding his murder victims was Oscar Prado, Asst. DA Miguel Prado's youngest brother. By having Dexter kill someone by accident, it brought home the consequences of his actions when innocent people are affected by them.

How awesome a character is Dexter that the show can withstand all these other terrible ones? If by terrible you mean potentially threatening to your possible blood feast thrill, I would say that Dexter is well complemented by having a supporting cast that doesn't treat him like a suspected killer because he touched the lives of each of them as a good friend (Remember when Jeffrey Dahmer was well-liked by people who knew him until he was "found out?" Yeah, he was a real person, but do you see my point?) except for Quinn which obviously fuels his suspicions as well as indicate the possibility that we have more to learn about Quinn like we did about Doakes' black ops past.

Do you think Dexter should leave Miami and find a job at some other incompetent homicide division? I would suggest to anyone who believes that this would be the best solution to Dexter's problems to buy the Season 1 DVD and watch it over and over until they get bored!

What is the most interesting non-Dexter subplot that you've seen?** If there were "interesting non-Dexter subplots" the show wouldn't be called "Dexter!" It would be called "Miami PD Homicide!" I would tell the person who asked that question to either watch "CSI" "Law & Order" or "Detroit 1-8-7!"

Remember when Deb was sleeping with that old guy? What was THAT about?

If you actually watched Season 2 before you watched Season 4, you would have known all about FBI Special Agent Frank Lundy and that he and Deb had a history together that could have ended up as an interstate romance if it weren't for Deb's determination to get her detective's shield! While the job vs. romance dilemna has been around in fiction since "women got the vote," I thought it was well-handled in this show regarding Deb and La Guerta: Deb made the right choice while La Guerta made several wrong ones which makes them both interesting characters IMHO!

So basically I would like to thank you for generating a possible desired response from me and I would advise you to clarify whether you're writing a review or an editorial to avoid "angry letters that question your abilities as a writer!" Two words: David Suskind!
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But I love Debra ! She's the only character that seams genuinely real.
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They should kill people who whine about terrific shows.
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I think you really like all the characters and wrote the article to jerk people around and get them to comment. Usually a troll isn't someone who wrote the article, but one of those who responded to it. This time, it's the other way around.
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How do you watch a show where you essentially hate every character bar one?
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So in other words, you want to only Dexter, little Harrison and Cody to live. To what end? Having a serial killer family and no one else in the story??
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I think Deb\'s awesome... Realistic, outspoken, no BS
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ok...Just to be able to respond on this very article, I signed up to the site...
So whoever wrote this nonesense wants to have a one man Dexter show...?! He criticizes and blames the screen\script writers for some of the bad roles for the characters, but then he writes this horrible waste of cyberspace...
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And why don't they cancel the entire show while they're at it. Better yet, why is the author of this drivel watching a show whose entire cast they do not like? And finally, why are they so scared of women in power that they want them both dead?
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What a stupid article. I agree with two facts; Laguerta, Quinn (in season 5) and Angel sucks. Angel is likeable person but boring.
I do not agree; Debra is THE BEST CHARACTER in this show. Who the f*** can hates Debra? I love her! She amazing. She act is so emotionialy than blowing whole screen up.
Astor is f**ing annoying. Like her r.i.p. mother Rita!
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Price should be fired
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This is stupid. I could come up with a better idea for an article if I was in a coma.
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This has to be the dumbest article i've read so far in this site. Ok, wow, you know what, now why don't we get a list too about the writes in this site of whom we really would like to kill off. Price, you'd definitely be a winner
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Why the heck did TV.com put up this utterly stupid article?
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I feel dumber having read this. How can you possibly enjoy this show? You complained about nearly everything on this show. Not only did you whine about the supporting characters but you said that you love Dexters character yet you complain about his voiceover as well as his Father who is pretty much a stand in for Dexters soul. You complain about Massukas lack of a quality effect, how about the next article you write, you quit trying to shock people with "shock-worthy" statements and you quit trying to be funny**.

**Serious Statement!
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So pretty much the whole cast then...
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this is by far the most stupid article I have read ...
why don't you just stop watching Dexter if you literally want to kill off all the character's that have built the show...
you seriously are a lunatic...and YES OFFENCE INTENDED!
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Wow, ok, so you want Dexter and Dexter only? Kill all the characters off? I for one like all the characters that live in Dexter's world. Especially Deb...yeah I said it. They all have their part to play.
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I wouldnt mind killing off any of them except for Deb and Batista. I like both of their characters. I fine them interesting and Dex needs Deb I think. I agree that Deb helps keep Dex grounded and connected to a normal kind of life and he needs that. Masuka is kind of likeable in a weird kind of way. The show does need a little comic relief somehow even if he isnt very funny he thinks he is. I also like the character of Batista he kinda feels like the dad of the bunch. I do think they need to let LaGuerta be killed off that would make things interesting. No to Deb getting killed off, no exceptions on that part!!!!!!!!!
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Thats all the characters!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
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Anyone could make an article like this about pretty much any dramatic show and put the leading roles on the list. The fact that some characters are annoying isn't a reason to kill them. Even annoying (or evil) characters serve a purpose. They represent the reality of life; we are surrounded by annoying people. To kill someone is useless if it doesn't make a difference in Dexter's life. Killing Masuka, for example, how would that take the story forward? The point of Masuka is exactly to be a guy who thinks he is funny but isn't. That's the sad, and the funny thing about him. Let me repeat: his jokes aren't supposed to be funny, that's the joke. Peterson must have missed the point. Out of this list the only kill which would have an effect on Dexter is in fact the death of Debra. But it wouldn't serve a purpose for the plot. She is the only adult who keeps Dexter grounded and connected to the non-psychopath side of him. She is the yin to his yang.
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Good one. Although fans of this show may feel resentful. I stopped watching Dexter because most of characters were annoying. It would be good to see Dexter with different people. Maybe he could move to Alaska?:)
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This article is garbage and the fact that tv.com put this on the home page is a slap in the face to the show and its fans.
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your garbage I want to kill you off
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Worst article I've read on TV.com so far.
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