Dexter: Season 8 (2013)

Season 8

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The darkly dreaming Dexter lays to rest once and for all in a bitterly disappointing final season that is so hesitant to punish its anti-hero for his misdeeds, it opts to punish its audience instead.



Critic Ratings: 45


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User Ratings: 1048

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Air date: Jun 30, 2013

It's been six months since LaGuerta's murder and Dexter is still managing life as a dad, brother and serial killer. Meanwhile, Miami Metro investigates the murder of a man who has had pieces of his brain removed.

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Air date: Jul 7, 2013

Miami Metro continues their hunt for the Brain Surgeon, while Dr Vogel asks Dexter for help.

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Air date: Jul 14, 2013

Dexter searches for the Brain Surgeon. Meanwhile, Dr. Vogel tries to prove to Dexter that he is perfect as a psychopath; and Debra makes a desperate plea when her post-traumatic stress disorder kicks in.

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Air date: Jul 21, 2013

Dexter hunts down another potential serial killer from Dr Vogel's list.

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Air date: Jul 28, 2013

Dexter and Debra try to rescue Dr Vogel from the Brain Surgeon.

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Air date: Aug 4, 2013

Dexter monitors a young psychopath to see if he is suited for his table.

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Air date: Aug 11, 2013

Dexter hunts down Hannah to figure out why she's back in Miami.

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Air date: Aug 18, 2013

Dexter tracks down his protégé in the belief that he murdered his neighbour.

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Air date: Aug 25, 2013

Dexter investigates a murder. Meanwhile, Dr. Vogel gets the surprise of her life when someone from her past returns.

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Air date: Sep 8, 2013

Dexter enlists Dr. Vogel's help to lure the Brain Surgeon to a location in order to get him on the table. Later, an important person in Dexter's life is murdered before his eyes.

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Dexter hunts for the Brain Surgeon in Series 8. Elsewhere, Deb takes a job as a private investigator, and Masuka learns that he has a daughter. Charlotte Rampling joins the cast as Dr. Evelyn Vogel, while familiar faces in the eighth series include Desmond Harrington, David Zayas and James Remar.

Cast & Crew

Michael C. Hall
Dexter Morgan
Jennifer Carpenter
Debra Morgan
C.S. Lee
Vince Masuka
David Zayas
Angel Batista
James Remar
Harry Morgan
Geoff Pierson
Captain Tom Matthews
Aimee Garcia
Jamie Batista
Dana L. Wilson
Det. Angie Miller
John D'Aquino
Ed Hamilton
Jadon Wells
Harrison Morgan
Bethany Joy Lenz
Cassie Jollenston
Sam Underwood
Zach Hamilton
Kenny Johnson
U.S. Marshal Cooper
Charlotte Rampling
Dr. Evelyn Vogel
John Goldwyn
Executive Producer
Sara Colleton
Executive Producer
Scott Buck
Executive Producer
Manny Coto
Executive Producer
Tim Schlattmann
Executive Producer
Wendy West
Executive Producer
Jace Richdale
Executive Producer
Michael C. Hall
Executive Producer
John Dahl
Alik Sakharov
Scott Reynolds
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Critic Reviews for Dexter Season 8

All Critics (45) | Top Critics (20)

The final season of Dexter has been problematic, to say the least... But nothing, and I mean nothing, could have prepared me for the absolute swing and miss that was the [finale].

Jan 9, 2019 | Full Review…

[A finale], which, in some ways, felt like a cop-out, closed the book on the groundbreaking series and on a final season that won't likely be remembered as one of its best.

Jan 9, 2019 | Full Review…

Not only did the writers seemingly lose track of who Dexter was, they also lost Debra and all the other ancillary characters. This is how the show went wrong. Oh, and the ending made no sense at all.

Jan 9, 2019 | Full Review…

This season will be full of dotted i's and crossed t's, capping several story arcs and tying up loose ends.

Jun 28, 2013 | Full Review…

Sit back, don't think, and expect some good performances -- especially by Jennifer Carpenter.

Jul 1, 2013 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Rampling makes Vogel troubling and vaguely creepy, which probably isn't what Dexter needs.

Jun 25, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

This season has been appalling by the show's once-lofty standards set several seasons ago. Given the writers had time to plan its end, it was a pity that the stakes weren't more significantly raised.

Apr 3, 2020 | Full Review…

No matter how much character progression and evolution the season introduced, it was as if the finale threw it all away for a twist ending that is not only wholly unoriginal, but was also awkward in execution.

Jan 9, 2019 | Full Review…

I'm a little underwhelmed, seriously. After [season 4], the show just declined.

Jan 9, 2019 | Full Review…

I can see how difficult it would be to end the show in a way that was satisfying or even logical... You could only stretch this conceit so far until it finally snapped.

Jan 9, 2019 | Full Review…

[A finale] that proved to be about on par with this season, which is to say, unfortunately, somewhat disappointing, especially when we consider some of the high points of the series.

Jan 9, 2019 | Full Review…

While it didn't, let's say, add up to nothing like Season 6 did, it gave fans a ton of stuff that no one wanted, including plot points and revelations that weren't just unsatisfying, but intolerable.

Aug 8, 2013 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dexter: Season 8

  • Jun 02, 2021
    Google "Dexter inspired real life murders" and then tell me why this show is being revamped. Murder porn like "Law and Order" has at least inspired victims to know how to deal with their attackers, whereas Dexter has only inspired psychopaths to act on what Dexter has shown them. If you put out this show you will have a lot of explaining to do to future generations. Why is bloodlust so important to Showtime they ignored all the warnings from across the globe (there were murders in other countries) in what this show is capable of inspiring? I can't answer for them, maybe someone else can?
  • May 01, 2021
    This is really more a summation of the first 8 seasons. Dexter is compelling, no doubt about it. I really liked some of the characterizations (if choppy at first). Dexter is an interesting character, but, while making a sympathetic serial killer is an impressive feat, the show always kind of wobbled between dark and light, and I wasn't always rooting for him. The show kind of slipped in to a rhythm of finding a really messed up person who could bond with Dexter on a dark level, and then it all goes wrong, and Dexter has to kill the person. Actually, at least in the last couple of seasons, I was way more impressed by the Debra character, who suffers an almost Shakespearian tragic arc, which is almost inevitable given the show's premise. Debra was masterfully done, and I could almost palpably feel her pain. I would go so far as to say the final season was one of the BETTER seasons.
  • Feb 01, 2021
    A muddled, often shockingly incompetent, mess.
  • Jan 25, 2021
    Dexter Morgan: One of the best anti-heroes ever. A legendary show that ultimately fails to stick its landing. S1-2 were some of my favorite seasons of television.
  • Nov 30, 2020
    The most disappointing ending i have ever seen, only rivalled by True Blood and Lost. The series started out so brilliant, so it fell far to reach rock bottom. SPOILER ALERT!!! It felt like since season 4 the show was just avoiding the inevitable by allowing our protagonist to evade capture, arrest and execution, which is what would usually happen in real life. Not that i feel all villains need to be punished but its as if the show shied away from the ambiguity and but they reached too far trying to make a serial killer a hero and it feels like they did it so they could justify him as our protagonist and that was just weak and 2-dimensional and fake, helping audiences justify there love for a murder when in reality, no justification should have been given and they should have forced the audience to face the ambiguity of there feelings for the protagonist. I also think they missed a trick because watching Dexter go through investigation, interviews and court could have been really interesting and it could have added some depth to force the audience to face the ambiguity of the fact that our hero is in fact also a villian. It would have been both more realistic and more interesting than the ridiculous ending they gave us.
  • Nov 09, 2020
    Just a really poor ending, with the new season set to come out that will possibly have an impact on how this season will be remembered
  • Oct 19, 2020
    I don't think this season was as bad as a lot of people make it out to be. Excluding the finale, all the episodes were great, and I like the introduction of Evelyn. The finale, however, was extremely underwhelming. It didn't give off that sense of finality, especially with the final minute. Now, to qualify, at the time this review is being written, it has been announced that there will be a 10-episode limited series. So, maybe I'll get more closure then. But, overall, it was a good season that ended badly
  • Jun 29, 2020
    I hate Hannah McKay and Dexter together. Ew. DISGUSTING. I will say this show almost made me sexist. And I'm a woman. I didn't want to see Dexter in any relationship. If I'm honest, I kind of wish his son died too. I didn't sign up for this season. It looked like a completely different show in the end. Debra was cool but Dexter was willing to leave her even when he killed his brother, the only person he could be himself around, for her.
  • Jun 05, 2020
    Overall, a great TV show. Some parts did seem to drag on and he got pretty sloppy toward the end. Wasn't a fan of the ending though.
  • Jun 02, 2020
    It's really not as bad as everyone says it is Dexter seems to have more emotions and we see him gaining a few allies. Sadly they dont experiment with it enough and they kill them all pretty quickly. The last death of the series was depressing as f@ck I will agree with everyone that the finale is shit but it makes a good season final just not a good series final it has it's problems but so does every other season of this show

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