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Dexter Morgan (nÃ© Moser) is a fictional character in a series of novels by Jeff Lindsay, including Darkly Dreaming Dexter (2004), Dearly Devoted Dexter (2005), Dexter in the Dark (2007) Dexter by Design (2009) and Dexter is Delicious (2010). In 2006, the first novel was adapted into the Showtime television program Dexter and its companion web series Dexter: Early Cuts.
Dexter is the protagonist of both the book and the show, but being a serial killer makes him a literary anti-hero. In both works, he follows an elaborate code of ethics and procedures taught to him in childhood by his father (which he refers to as "The Code") that hinges on two major points: Dexter can only kill other murderers and he should execute his crimes so as to never get caught. The program's first season was largely based on the first novel, Darkly Dreaming Dexter, but the following seasons veered away from the book.
In the television program, Dexter is played by Michael C. Hall. He has received rave reviews for his portrayal, both critically and popularly, and he won a Golden Globe award in 2009 for Best Actor in a Television Series or Drama for his portrayal of Dexter Morgan in the fourth season.
Dexter Morgan in the Pilot episode of season 1.By the start of Season 1, Dexter has settled into a stable life of blood spatter analysis for the Miami Metro Police Department by day, and ritualistic killing by night. He is seen by his acquaintances as a jovial, though quirky, lab geek and only one man, Sergeant Detective James Doakes, suspects that he's more sinister. In his private life, Dexter maintains superficial relationships with his sister, Deb, his girlfriend of six months, Rita, and her children, Astor and Cody, in order to fit in with society, but he is constantly hunting for serial killers to satisfy his need to kill.
Rita's previous, abusive marriage leaves her afraid to have sex, making her an ideal girlfriend for the asexual Dexter. As she overcomes her demons and becomes more amorous, Dexter considers ending the relationship since he says every time a woman has sex with him, she finds out that he's empty inside. However, during a therapy session with future victim and psychologist Emmett Meridian, Dexter is put into a state of deep relaxation, wherein he sees a frightening image of a small boy in blood. In a heightened emotional state, he runs to Rita's house for comfort and initiates sex.
A serial killer of prostitutes appears in Miami, and Dexter notices that he is leaving hidden clues at the scene that have personal significance to Dexter, like a soccer ball where Dexter played soccer as a child. One day, Dexter receives official notification that a man named Joseph Driscoll is his biological father, and that, since Dexter is the only next of kin, he must come settle the estate and claim the body. Deb's boyfriend, Rudy, insists that they accompany Dexter and Rita to clean out the house. Dexter doubts that Driscoll is his father, but, while cleaning, discovers a thank-you card that he sent his blood donor as a child, as Dexter has a rare blood type (AB-). As Harry had convinced Driscoll to donate the blood anonymously, Dexter had no idea where it had come from. Dexter suspects his father's death was foul play, but the body is cremated before Dexter can obtain proof. The show reveals to the viewer that Rudy (dressed as a cable repairman) murdered Driscoll with an injection of insulin designed to mimic a heart attack.
Dexter is called to analyze a hotel room flooded with the blood of multiple persons. The sight triggers a panic attack and calls up several memories of himself as a child sitting in blood. His research leads him to discover he witnessed his mother's murder as a child, and that he had a brother named Brian. Eventually, Deb is abducted by the Ice Truck Killer (who turns out to be none other than her fiancÃ©, Rudy), then drugged and taken to a house. It ends up being Dexter's childhood home; he finally recognizes Rudy as "Biney" (what he called Brian as a child), his long-lost brother. Brian proposes that they begin to murder together and, leading Dexter to a bound and drugged Deb, suggests that Deb be their first kill. After wrestling with internal conflicts from his attachment to his biological brother and need to protect his adoptive sister, he decides to save Deb and regretfully kills Brian by quickly slitting his throat, staging it as suicide. Deb, unaware of what happened, hails Dexter her hero.
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Season 2 finds Dexter's urges impeded by various factors. Brian's death has left Dexter unmotivated to kill since the previous season. Debra, traumatized by her ordeal with the Ice Truck Killer, moves in with Dexter, which hinders his killing even further. Doakes' lingering suspicions about Dexter's possible connection with the Ice Truck Killer turns into a full-on obsession, and Doakes begins to tail Dexter everywhere, even confronting him on several occasions. Just as Dexter's urges began to return, over 30 bodies are found in a Miami harbor, provoking a massive search for the so-called "Bay Harbor Butcher."
Meanwhile, Dexter's continued rivalry with Rita's recently-released ex-husband, Paul, turns violent, and, to cover his tracks for knocking Paul out, he injects Paul with heroin and leaves him to be found. Paul fails a drug test (thus breaking his probation) and returns to jail. Rita, however, soon figures out Dexter's deceit and (coupled with his other inexplicable behavior) concludes that Dexter himself is a heroin addict, which Dexter conveniently goes along with to hide his even more nefarious activities. Rita forces him to attend Narcotics Anonymous meetings, where he meets Lila Tournay; she soon becomes his sponsor. She convinces him to explore his past, and, while under extreme duress after confronting his mother's murderer and having continued conflict with Rita, his relationship with Lila becomes sexual. Rita dumps him, and he and Lila briefly date, before his desire to be with Astor and Cody compels him to ask for Rita's forgiveness, which she grants.
Doakes suspicions subside some when he realizes that Dexter is attending Narcotics Anonymous, but Doakes begins to suspect that this is also a cover for an even worse secret. As Doakes gets closer to discovering the truth, Dexter provokes Doakes into physically assaulting him at work, resulting in Doakes' suspension. Doakes follows his obsession full-time and finally catches Dexter in the act of disposing of a dismembered body in the harbor. Dexter is forced to take Doakes captive, and begins to frame the now-missing Doakes for his crimes. Lila, now obsessed with Dexter, discovers his cabin in the woods, and blows up the cabin (and Doakes) to protect Dexter. The police eventually find Doakes' charred body surrounded by Dexter's murderous paraphernalia, so conclude that he was the Bay Harbor Butcher, to Dexter's relief.
In Season 3, Dexter finds his life manageable until he discovers that Rita is pregnant. He and Rita tacitly consider terminating the pregnancy, until Rita announces she will not regardless of whether Dexter wants to be a father to the child or not. Dexter, afraid of what kind of father he would be, considers leaving Rita to parent alone until Debra convinces him that he would be a great father. After a few failed marriage proposals, Dexter proposes again by mimicking a declaration of love from a criminal. Rita finally accepts, with the permission of the children.
Dexter meets Miguel Prado.Meanwhile, after killing an unknown man in self-defense while attempting to kill a murderous drug dealer named Freebo, Dexter forms an unlikely friendship with the man's brother, Miguel Prado, a popular assistant district attorney. While hunting down Freebo at night, Prado stumbles upon Dexter, bloody from murdering Freebo; Dexter claims he killed Freebo in self-defense. Both men become bloody, and Prado offers Dexter his bloody shirt as proof that he won't reveal Dexter's secret. The two men grow closer, and Dexter even makes Prado his best man. Prado gradually discerns that Dexter is a serial killer and they begin to murder together according to The Code. When Prado deviates from The Code to murder a rival defense attorney, it sets off a game of competing leverage and blackmail between the men. When Dexter discovers the blood on the shirt is actually bovine, he decides to kill Prado.
After being tipped-off by Prado, a serial killer ("The Skinner") who is searching for Freebo finally kidnaps Dexter the day before his wedding. When Dexter's death seems certain, his motivation to keep fighting is his desire to see his son, as he tips over the table, and kills The Skinner by snapping his neck and throwing his body into an arriving police car. With Prado dead, Deb becomes his best man and he and Rita marry in the season finale.
During the course of the season, Dexter justifies killing three people who do not fit the Code: Oscar Prado, in self defense, Nathan Marten, a pedophile who was stalking Astor, and his old friend Camilla Figg (who asks him to kill her to relieve her from the pains of suffering terminal cancer).
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At outset of Season 4, Harrison's birth and Dexter's family responsibilities leave him constantly tired, and he has not had a kill since the last season. Dexter finds it more trying to conceal his psychopathic nature, which leads to conflict with Rita and also Astor, who is swiftly approaching adolescence. At Rita's urging, they go into couple's therapy.
Dexter, ready to kill Arthur Mitchell.After his first kill of the new season, he falls asleep while driving and crashes, and the resultant short-term memory loss causes him to forget where the body is; although he eventually retraces his steps and disposes of the body. After retired Special Agent Lundy is murdered, Dexter begins his pursuit of the so-called "Trinity Killer", the most "successful" serial killer to ever escape prosecution. Dexter becomes determined to find and execute the killer before law enforcement can. He is shocked to discover that "Trinity" is actually Arthur Mitchell, a local family man who is widely respected in the community, much like Dexter himself. Dexter takes on the alias Kyle Butler and begins to insinuate himself into Arthur's personal life, in an effort to learn how Arthur maintains his duplicitous lifestyle. To that end, Dexter repeatedly puts-off murdering Arthur and even thwarts police efforts to apprehend him. Dexter, however, eventually discovers that Arthur severely mistreats his family (both physically and psychologically), making him a poor mentor. Chastened by this realization, Dexter thinks he may be able to silence the Dark Passenger permanently, and so makes arrangements for Rita and him to take a belated honeymoon. Staying behind, he sends Rita ahead and, as the cops are near to catching Arthur (who is poised to start a new cycle of murders) Dexter finally kills Arthur as he tries to skip town. Upon returning home, Dexter is devastated to find his wife bled out in the bathtub with Harrison on the floor, crying, in his mother's blood; she was Trinity's final kill. Dexter ultimately blames himself for her death, pondering about Harrison having the same fate as him at a very young age.
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As the police arrive at Dexter's house, he is obviously in shock and, either because he feels guilty that his relationship with the Trinity Killer caused Rita's death or because he is answering a question ("Sir, did you say that you called this in?") asked by one of the police officers, admits "it was me". Quinn is already suspicious about the circumstances surrounding Rita's death, considering it was not Trinity's modus operandi. He is also suspicious of Dexter's unemotional manner after the incident. Astor takes Rita's death particularly hard, and blames Dexter for it. Unable to reconcile, Astor decides that she wants to live with her grandparents in Orlando, and she and Cody leave Miami.
Miami Metro begin investigating a severed head in a Venezuelan neighborhood, and also find several related cases. The suspect is quickly nicknamed the Santa Muerte Killer. The FBI, unable to find Arthur Mitchell (the 'trinity killer'), follows its only other lead, Kyle Butler (Dexter's alias when interacting with Mitchell). Quinn recognizes the similarities between sketches of Kyle Butler and Dexter. Dexter finds a Department of Sanitation worker, Boyd Fowler, who is responsible for the deaths of many women. Dexter hires a nanny named Sonya to care for Harrison. Dexter eventually kills Fowler, but the crime is witnessed by Fowler's next victim Lumen Pierce (played by Julia Stiles), whom he has in captivity.
Dexter tries to care for Lumen, but she is understandably suspicious of his motives, asking Dexter if he is going to "sell her". Quinn approaches Jonah Mitchell, who is now in witness protection. He tracks down Mitchell and shows him a picture of Dexter and asks if it is Kyle Butler, but is interrupted by an undercover FBI agent before Mitchell can identify the picture. Quinn is suspended without pay by LaGuerta for disobeying her orders, and she continues to defend Dexter. Quinn seeks the help of a disgraced fellow officer to investigate Dexter. With Dexter's help, Deb closes in on the Santa Muerte killer, but he escapes during a hostage stand-off. Lumen tells Dexter that she was attacked by a group of men, not merely Fowler on his own.
Lumen asks Dexter to help her seek revenge on these men, but he initially refuses. After Lumen continues on her own and mistakenly targets the wrong suspect, Dexter teaches her the importance of knowing a person is guilty. Dexter accompanies Lumen to the airport and believes she has left Miami. Dexter soon learns that Lumen has remained behind, when she shoots one of her attackers, and out of desperation asks Dexter to help her clean up the crime scene. Dexter reluctantly agrees, and they finish moments before homicide police locate the crime scene. Lumen later reveals to Dexter that killing one of her attackers brought her a sense of peace, and she tearfully recognizes that it will not last, and she will have to find (and kill) the others to experience that peace again. Dexter recognizes this as being her own "Dark Passenger", and decides to help her, partly to atone for his earlier inability to save Rita.
Meanwhile, the subplots throughout the season focus on the relationships of LaGuerta and Angel, who have made their marriage public but are having marital issues, and of Quinn and Debra who become romantically involved. When Angel gets involved in a bar fight which gets him in trouble with the Internal Affairs Dept (IAD), LaGuerta saves by helping IAD set up a sting on another cop who is under suspicion, Stan Liddy (Peter Weller). Liddy develops a friendship with Quinn, their common bond being they were both "betrayed" by LaGuerta, and Quinn pays Liddy to investigate Dexter. Debra remains unaware that Quinn suspects her brother is Kyle Butler.
Meanwhile, Dexter and Lumen hunt the other people responsible for torturing her, including Jordan Chase (Jonny Lee Miller) and people associated with him. As Quinn's relationship with Deb deepens, he tries to stop Liddy's investigation, but by this point Liddy has taken pictures of Dexter and Lumen on Dexter's boat disposing of large plastic bags and video of them practicing for a kill, and is determined to continue. Having lost his job and convinced Dexter is a criminal, Liddy captures Dexter and calls Quinn to tell him he needs his help to arrest Dexter. A struggle ensues and Dexter kills Liddy and destroys Liddy's surveillance footage. Dexter learns Lumen has been kidnapped by Jordan Chase and is forced to leave the crime scene to try and find her. Quinn, having responded to a call from Liddy, finds Liddy's van locked and apparently empty, and unbeknownst to Quinn, a drop of Liddy's blood falls on his shoe. Dexter returns home to collect his tools to attack Jordan, only to be surprised by Astor and Cody - they want to have Harrison's first birthday party in Miami and stay with him the coming summer.
Before Dexter can confront Jordan, he is called away to Liddy's crime scene, where the police suspect Quinn's involvement in Liddy's death. Quinn initially complies but later refuses to answer questions. Later, Dexter locates Jordan (and Lumen)'s whereabouts. The two briefly struggle - Dexter overpowers Jordan, and then allows Lumen to kill Jordan. After the kill, Deb discovers the two of them, though they are behind translucent plastic and she is not able to see their identities. Understanding that one of the two figures must be an escaped victim, Deb sympathizes, and retreats so they can escape. After Jordan's death, Lumen no longer feels the need to kill and tearfully admits she needs to move on, leaving Dexter distraught.
Quinn talks with Dexter at Harrison's birthday party, where Quinn thanks Dexter for exonerating him, as Dexter seems to have faked a blood test to clear Quinn. Quinn and Deb appear to reconcile, as do Maria and Angel. Blowing out Harrison's birthday candle, Dexter wonders if there is hope for him - to have a genuine relationship, to be human - but he doubts it.
Dexter Season 6
Maria LaGuerta (Lauren VÃ©lez) is promoted to Captain after blackmailing Deputy Chief Matthews (Geoff Pierson), whose name was on a prostitute's ledger. Vince Masuka (C.S. Lee) is teaching a group of forensic science students, and after his first choice faints at a crime scene, he asks an attractive female student, Ryan Chambers (Brea Grant), to become his intern, only to have to fire her when she steals old evidence from the department: a painted prosthetic hand from the Ice Truck Killer crime scenes, which shows up on an internet auction site. Masuka quickly hires another intern, video game designer and computer programmer Louis Greene, and begs him to fix the problem. Greene claims he made the page the auction was on vanish but was unable to get the hand back.
LaGuerta and Angel Batista (David Zayas) have divorced, but try to remain friends; this is further complicated by Matthews's decision to promote Debra Morgan (Jennifer Carpenter) to LaGuerta's vacant lieutenant position instead of Batista, who thinks this is a result of the feud between Matthews and LaGuerta. In retaliation, LaGuerta continuously thwarts Debra's attempts to make a good first impression as the new lieutenant by giving her the wrong advice; however, Debra makes an independent decision to hire Mike Anderson (Billy Brown) as her replacement, against LaGuerta's recommendation.
Batista's sister Jamie (Aimee Garcia) has become Harrison's babysitter, and Dexter and Debra visit a Catholic pre-school in hopes of signing Harrison up. Quinn (Desmond Harrington) proposes to Debra, but she refuses and they break up. Shortly after, Quinn learns of Deb's promotion and surmises that was her reason for ending their relationship. Quinn begins a long pattern of barhopping, drunkenness, and one-night stands; his unprofessional behavior angers and ultimately endangers Batista, his new partner.
This season features two main antagonists who become known as the Doomsday Killers (or DDK), Professor James Gellar (Edward James Olmos) and his student Travis Marshall (Colin Hanks), who seek to bring about the end of the world through killings based on the Book of Revelation. They leave signs of the Apocalypse including the Alpha and Omega or the Four Horsemen as a cryptographic tableau at crime scenes. The season also introduces Brother Sam (Mos Def), a former drug addict and murderer who repented and became a minister. He operates a body shop where he employs other ex-convicts, whom he also "shepherds" to lead crime-free lives.
Initially believing Sam to be behind the first Doomsday Killer murder, Dexter decides to kill Sam but is quickly proven wrong and finds himself befriending him. Dexter finds new light and guidance from Brother Sam in being a better father to Harrison and in keeping his Dark Passenger at bay. However, Brother Sam is murdered by one of his trusted ex-convicts; Dexter learns who did this and, going against Brother Sam's wish to forgive his killer, kills the murderer himself.
Dexter learns that the Trinity Killer's wife and daughter have been found dead in Nebraska, which Jonah Mitchell reports was the work of his father, Arthur Mitchell. Dexter, the only person who knows the Trinity Killer is dead, suspects that Jonah is following in his father's footsteps and goes to Nebraska to kill Jonah, encouraged by a subconscious vision of his brother, Brian Moser, the Ice Truck Killer. However, after confronting Jonah, Dexter learns that his sister committed suicide and Jonah killed his mother in a fit of rage, and now wants to die. Dexter decides to forgive Jonah and leaves him alive to deal with his demons.
Dexter's investigation of the Doomsday Killers leads him to Travis Marshall. Travis says that all he has done was at the request of Professor Gellar, so Dexter asks Travis to help him kill the professor, thinking he can save Travis as Brother Sam tried to save him. However, Dexter eventually discovers that Professor Gellar has been dead for three years and now exists only in Travis' mind. Travis marks Dexter as "the Beast" and tries to kill him in one of his tableaux, the Lake of Fire, but Dexter escapes and is saved by a passing migrant boat. Finally, Travis kidnaps Dexter's son to use as a sacrifice in his final tableau, thinking that "the Beast" is dead. Dexter rescues Harrison and knocks Travis unconscious. He takes Travis back to the church where Travis carried out his earlier murders, which Dexter has set up as a kill room. As Dexter prepares to kill his victim, Debra enters the church and sees Dexter plunge a knife into Travis's chest.
The season's subplots include Angel's sister dating Louis Greene, who wants to impress the police force, especially Dexter, and is revealed to have acquired the prosthetic hand from the Ice Truck Killer case, which he mails to Dexter after marking it up with a certain pattern. Debra refuses to yield to pressure to close the case of the overdose death of a prostitute, eventually discovering that Deputy Chief Matthews was present when the woman died. Matthews is forced to retire after LaGuerta leaks the information. Finally, Debra attends department-ordered therapy sessions after being involved in a shoot-out, and during her sessions, begins to realize that she may have romantic feelings for Dexter.