Dexter: Season 8 (2013)

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Critic Consensus: 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.

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Episodes

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Air date: Jun 30, 2013
2
Air date: Jul 7, 2013
3
Air date: Jul 14, 2013
4
Air date: Jul 21, 2013
5
Air date: Jul 28, 2013
6
Air date: Aug 4, 2013
7
Air date: Aug 11, 2013
8
Air date: Aug 18, 2013
9
Air date: Aug 25, 2013
10
Air date: Sep 8, 2013
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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

Michael C. Hall
as Dexter Morgan
Jennifer Carpenter
as Debra Morgan
C.S. Lee
as Vince Masuka
Lauren Vélez
as Maria LaGuerta
David Zayas
as Angel Batista
James Remar
as Harry Morgan
Charlotte Rampling
as Dr. Evelyn Vogel
Dana L. Wilson
as Angie Miller
Yvonne Strahovski
as Hannah McKay
Geoffrey Pierson
as Tom Matthews
Sam Underwood
as Zach Hamilto
Jadon Wells
as Harrison
Dana Wilson
as Angie Miller
Kenny Johnson
as U.S. Marshall Cooper
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Critic Reviews for Dexter Season 8

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (15)

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…
Top Critic

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

Jun 25, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | 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…

Audience Reviews for Dexter: Season 8

Marc-AndréB

Super Reviewer

Dexter wraps up in its eighth and final season, but it goes out with more of a whimper than a bang. As is typical in final seasons, things come full circle. During his pursuit of a serial killer called the Brian Surgeon, Dexter learns that the consultant on the case, Dr. Vogel, knew his father and helped him to create the code by which Dexter kills; meanwhile Deb spirals down a path of self-destruction trying to come to terms with what she's had to do to protect Dexter's secret. Unfortunately, the writing is pretty spotty and doesn't really have the focus that's come to be expected from the series. And, the highly controversial and emotional finale episode is extraordinarily unsatisfying to long term fans that have become invested in the show and its characters. While there are some interesting story arcs throughout the season, overall Season 8 of Dexter is a disappointing and frustrating end to a groundbreaking television series.

DannM

Super Reviewer

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