Dexter: Season 8 (2013)


Season 8

Critics 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.



Critic Ratings: 43


Audience Score

User Ratings: 971
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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.


Michael C. Hall
as Dexter Morgan
Jennifer Carpenter
as Debra Morgan
C.S. Lee
as Vince Masuka
Luna 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

  • Jul 09, 2019
    while good this extraordinary show suffers from a terrible ending and character choices which felt forced and unneeded
  • Jul 07, 2019
    Wish the show never ended
  • Jun 17, 2019
    I don't see why people are so harsh on their reviews. It was a good ending; it was in the middle of him being found out and him riding off into the sunset. It introduced a new character (vogal) which explains some of his past. I liked the finals series. Sad it had to end.
  • May 29, 2019
    I don't know what people are complaining about. I liked this season as much as the rest (including 6). We get an interesting twist on Dexter's past w Vogel; he has a good internal conflict between protecting either Hannah and Vogel; Deb has a realistic and (purposefully) sad meltdown after murdering LaGuerta; etc. Though I will admit that I am very frustrated and disappointed w the last couple of scenes, I really liked the other 99% of the season.
  • Mar 06, 2019
    awesome and really intense. great final season (2 viewings) SPOILERS the only thing i felt like i missed out on was the possibility that he gets found out and has to go on the run. like what if while killer is in custody, he starts reciting things from his mom's recordings about dexter. and the last few episodes are him on the run. they didn't go that route and i respect that. but would have been exciting
  • Oct 29, 2018
    This was the best series I have ever watched though it was long and the ending was sad but also made me angry bc I need to see more
  • Apr 26, 2018
    Superb series. 9/10 (overall) Dexter Morgan is a blood-spatter analyst for the Miami Police Department. He is good at his job and gets along well with his colleagues. Little do they know, however, that he is also fighting crime in his spare time – killing murderers who escape justice. Superb series. Solid plot, with every season bringing a fresh nemesis for Dexter and new reasons to look over his shoulder. It is a very intriguing and tension-filled drama. The fact that even his sister, who is a detective in the police department, doesn’t know about his double-life makes for very entertaining television, as she could be his Achilles heel. Not perfect though. The writing did become weaker towards the end, with the final season being quite a disappointment. The final episode has to be one of the worst, especially considering the quality that came before it, in TV history. The conclusion is ridiculous.
  • Jan 28, 2018
    A less than mediocre ending to what was an outstanding series. I was sad to see the show go out on such a poor note.
  • Jan 28, 2018
    Dexter season 8 is not what i wanted with a BAD ending and a slow and awful episodes this season i want to forget 1/10
  • Aug 23, 2017
    This is the worse season of the series and should have either been cut short or extended an extra season because this season jumps over a lot of information to rush the rest of the information throughout the remainder of the show. The ending is made disappointing because of the rush. It isn't bad and makes sense, but happens too fast.

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