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Dexter writers weren't allowed to kill off their leading man

Dexter, the final episode

Story by Jack Foley

THE writers of Dexter were not allowed to kill off the central character during the season finale, according to the show’s producer John Goldwyn.

Defending the controversial ending while attending the New York Film Festival premiere of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Goldwyn told Vulture that Showtime insisted upon keeping Dexter alive.

The final episode has been criticised as a cop out by a lot of fans, who were disappointed to see their beloved character apparently die in a hurricane, only to re-appear moments later in self-imposed exile.

Many wanted to see Dexter pay for his deeds throughout the eight seasons.

But laying the blame at the door of Showtime, Murphy said: “They won’t let us kill him. Showtime was very clear about that. When we told them the arc for the last season, they just said, ‘Just to be clear, he’s going to live’.

“There were a lot of endings discussed because it was a very interesting problem to solve, to bring it to a close. People have a relationship with Dexter, even if it doesn’t have the size and the ferocity of the fan base for Breaking Bad. But it has a very core loyal following.”

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