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The season finale of Showtime's “Dexter,” was as promised -- a killer ending. Dexter finally manages to outwit and dispatch the Trinity killer. Rita Bennett (née Brandon; later Morgan) is a fictional character created by Jeff Lindsay for his book series about a vigilante serial killer named Dexter Morgan. She also appeared in the television series Dexter, based on Lindsay's books Rita is kept in the dark about the true nature of their relationship. She suspects that. If he goes to any great lengths to preserve that relationship, it's only because he I believe the reason why Dexter seems to "care" about Rita is.
By a humorous misunderstanding, the couple become engaged in Dearly Devoted Dexter and married at the end of Dexter in the Dark. The only quality that Dexter truly appreciates about her is that she is an excellent cook. She is a physical fitness buff; she and Dexter regularly go for 5-kilometre 3. She suspects that something is wrong with the children when she discovers them torturing a cat, but Dexter is able to reassure her that they didn't understand what they were doing.
The television series is based on Darkly Dreaming Dexter. At the end of the novel, however, both Rita and Jackie are murdered by Robert Chase, a pedophile intent on kidnapping Astor. Television[ edit ] Rita Bennett appears in the premiere episode of Dexter, entitled " Dexter "  and is introduced as Dexter Morgan's girlfriend.
Dexter's sister Debra Morgan answered a domestic violence call and saved her life. Rita, who is ignorant of Dexter's secret life as a serial killerappears regularly throughout the first season as his main source of support.
She plays a much larger role in the episode " Return to Sender ", in which Paul is released from prison and demands to be at Astor's birthday party. After Paul loses consciousness, Dexter drives him back to his hotel and plants drugs on him.
Dexter alerts the police and Paul is sent back to prison. It blows all of us away. That night she receives a call from the prison and learns that Paul was killed in an inmate altercation.
He starts attending Narcotics Anonymous meetings, where a mysterious woman named Lila Tournay Jaime Murray volunteers to be his sponsor. He apologizes, admitting that his affair with Lila was a mistake, but she is still hesitant to forgive him. Lila, feeling hurt, leaves with what she recognizes as Dexter's bag of murder equipment. She goes to Rita's house and drugs the babysitter in order to abduct the children. When Dexter realizes that Astor and Cody are missing, he goes to Lila's apartment.
She starts a fire and locks the three of them inside. Harry only tells Dexter that his parents were killed in a car accident, and Harry brought him home from the crime scene.
When Dexter is seven, Harry discovers that the boy has been killing neighborhood pets and realizes that Dexter is a sociopath with a deep need to kill. Consequently, Harry decides to channel the boy's homicidal urges in a "positive" direction by teaching him to be a careful, meticulous killer of people who "deserve it"—murderers who have escaped justice.
Doris died when Dexter was 16, and Harry died when Dexter was He also notes that Dexter studied advanced jujutsu in college. Dexter was born out of wedlock in to a young woman named Laura Laura Moser on the show.
In the novels, Laura was involved in the drug trade. Dexter's father named Joseph Driscoll on the show was in the US Army and served in the Vietnam Warbut later became a drug-addicted criminal. Dexter also had an older brother, named Brian.
For two days, the brothers were left in a crate, surrounded by dismembered body parts and sitting in a pool of blood. On the show, however, Dexter catches and reluctantly kills Brian, aware that Brian would never stop trying to kill Debra or other innocent people. When Dexter reaches puberty, he realizes that he is uninterested in sex and needs instruction by his father on how to behave with women. Around this time, Harry discovers that Dexter has been killing neighborhood pets and realizes that the boy has an innate need to kill.
Harry decides to channel Dexter's urges in a "positive" direction by teaching him to kill people who "deserve it", and to get rid of any evidence so he does not get caught. When Dexter is 18, Harry is diagnosed with cancer and hospitalized.
There, Harry gives Dexter his "permission" to kill his first human victim, a nurse who is murdering her patients with overdoses of morphine. Throughout the novel, Dexter is involved in the investigation of the "Tamiami Butcher", a serial killer who dismembers his victims and puts the body parts in refrigerated trucks.
The killer begins leaving taunting clues for Dexter to draw him in personally. The killer kidnaps Deborah and meets with Dexter in a storage container, and reveals their true connection: Brian tells Dexter that as children, they witnessed their mother's brutal murder at the hands of drug dealers, and were locked in a crate for two days, surrounded by dead bodies. Dexter persuades Brian to spare Deborah, and instead the two of them kill Lieutenant Migdia LaGuerta this does not occur in the TV series, in which LaGuerta — whose first name is changed to "Maria" — is a recurring character until her death at the end of the seventh season.
At the end of the novel, Deborah learns of Dexter's secret life after he saves her from Brian. She appears to accept it, but in subsequent books feels torn between her duties as a police officer and her loyalty to Dexter, whom she loves as her real brother. Dearly Devoted Dexter[ edit ] Dexter's nemesis, Sergeant Doakessuspects Dexter of being involved in LaGuerta's murder, and starts following him around.
Doakes and Dexter are soon forced to work together to stop "Dr. Danco", a psychopathic surgeon who removes his victims' limbs and sensory organs, leaving them in a state of living death.
Doakes' pursuit forces Dexter to spend more time with Rita and her children. While attempting to bond with Astor and Cody, he realizes that they both have "Dark Passengers" of their own, and he resolves to provide them with the same "guidance" that Harry had given him. At the climax of the book, Danco kidnaps Dexter and Doakes, mutilating the latter by removing his hands, feet, and tongue.
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Just as Danco is about to turn his attentions to Dexter, however, Deborah bursts in and kills him, saving Dexter's life. Dexter in the Dark[ edit ] In Dexter in the Darkthe third novel of the series, third-person narrative reveals through an entity referred to as "IT" that the Dark Passenger is an independent agent inhabiting Dexter, rather than a deviant psychological construction.
The Dark Passenger is one of Moloch's many offspring; Moloch had many children formed through human sacrificeand learned to share its knowledge with them. Eventually, there were too many, and Moloch killed the majority; however, some of them escaped into the world. In the novel, Dexter learns of the Dark Passenger's true nature when it briefly "leaves" him, frightening him into researching possible reasons for its existence.
By now, Dexter has embraced his role as stepfather to both children, but is annoyed when thoughts of them — wondering if Cody had brushed his teeth before bed and if Astor had set out her Easter dress for picture day at her school — distract him from hunting an intended victim. By the end of the book, he has begun training Astor and Cody to be careful, efficient killers, with great success: The novel ends with the Dark Passenger returning to Dexter on his wedding day.
There, while visiting an art gallery, Dexter and Rita see an avant-garde performance piece called "Jennifer's Leg" in which the artist amputates her own limb. When they return to Miami, Dexter crosses paths with a suspicious homicide detective and a serial killer who preys on tourists. In the novel's closing paragraphs, Dexter learns that Rita is pregnant with his child. Dexter is Delicious[ edit ] In Dexter is DeliciousDexter grapples with raising his infant daughter, Lily-Anne, and wonders if she can help restore his humanity.
Brian reappears in Dexter's life, situating himself with Dexter's family. The main event for the Miami Police Department is related to the appearance of cooked, partially eaten bodies and the disappearance of a teenaged girl, Samantha. Dexter has sex with Samantha while under the influence of ecstasyand tries to prevent Rita from finding out while helping Deborah solve the murders.
The novel reintroduces Dexter's brother, Brian, who shows up unexpectedly at Dexter's doorstep and inserts himself into his brother's new family. Dexter is reluctant at first to let Brian back into his life, but changes his mind when he sees him bond with Astor and Cody over their shared bloodlust. Double Dexter[ edit ] In Double DexterDexter is seen by an anonymous Shadow while killing a victim in a secluded house.
He continues on with his life until he starts receiving threatening emails from the person who claims to have seen him over a pile of dead body parts. Instead of turning him in, the Shadow, as he is referred to, takes it upon himself to take Dexter down.
While Dexter tries to find and dispose of this Shadow, he quickly finds out that this person is much more capable than he initially suspected. Dexter is eventually framed for a murder, at least circumstantially, by his still anonymous Shadow.
While on suspension from the police force for being a 'person of interest' in a murder investigation, Dexter finally finds out who his Shadow is: When he goes to dispatch Crowley, he finds he is once again being tailed by Doakes. Realizing that no way exists to take down Crowley with Doakes on his tail, he enlists the help of his brother, Brian, and finally thinks that his problems have been taken care of.
Despite learning from his brother that a Doug Crowley had been taken care of, he finds the body of Detective Hood, the lead detective investigating him for murder, in his hotel suite, with the only explanation being that Brian killed the wrong Doug Crowley. Dexter hunts down Crowley to a small island off the coast of Key West. He finally gets the drop on him, and Crowley escapes with Astor on a speedboat.
Dexter manages to sneak aboard and overpower Crowley, with some assistance from Astor. They shove Crowley overboard, where he is eaten by a hammerhead shark. With Crowley dispatched, Dexter can finally focus on clearing his name in the murder investigation. He plants evidence in Hood's apartment, thoroughly discrediting him, while Doakes is now under review for excessive force and intimidating a witness. These developments leave Dexter in the clear. When the Big Ticket Network comes to Miami, Deborah and Dexter are assigned as "technical advisors" to the stars of the show.
Deborah is shadowed by female lead Jackie Forrest and Dexter is left with over-the-hill star Robert Chase. Sensing a strangeness in him, Dexter keeps Robert at arm's length. Deborah and Dexter quickly realize that the string of bodies all bear a striking resemblance to Jackie. Dexter is assigned to protect her in her hotel room. At first, things seem perfectly routine; Dexter accompanies Jackie to the station each morning and returns with her to the hotel at night, but when the killer's identity is revealed to him, Dexter's "Dark Passenger" leads him out into the streets in pursuit.
While working a crime scene where police have found another body matching the pattern of Jackie's obsessed fan, Dexter notices a man fitting the description in a kayak out in the bay watching the scene.
Stealing away to his boat, Dexter slips alongside the man and kills him. After a hard day's work, they return to the hotel only to be disturbed in the night by sirens; Jackie's assistant Kathy has been murdered in the room below.
The murder seems to fit the pattern, but Dexter notices several errors. That night, Dexter and Jackie fall into bed together and start a brief but intense affair. Dexter thinks he has fallen in love with Jackie, and considers leaving Rita. Dexter is called onto the set to appear as a minor character in the series following a conversation with Jackie and Robert.
Suddenly, Dexter gets a panicked phone call from Rita: Fearing the worst, Dexter goes in search of Robert, who had shown a suspicious interest in Astor.
He questions the show's director, who confirms that Robert is a pedophile. Moments later, he finds Jackie's dead body in her trailer. Dexter then pieces it together: Robert killed Kathy after she caught him in a compromising position with Astor, and then killed Jackie when she found out what he had done.
Dexter follows a hunch and heads to Rita and his new house. Robert catches him sneaking in and knocks him unconscious. Waking some time later, Dexter finds Astor and Robert together in the house.
Robert has lured Astor with promises of stardom, and she appears ready to help him to kill Dexter. Thinking quickly, Dexter tells Astor that Robert will be arrested and sent to prison, and is thus useless to her. When Robert tries to take Astor as a hostage, she stabs him to death. Dexter realizes that circumstantial evidence implicates him as the murderer of Robert and Jackie, and that the only person who can exonerate him is Rita.
When Dexter searches the house, however, he finds that Rita is dead, murdered by Robert. Dexter sees that his luck has finally run out, and waits for the police to arrive. Dexter is Dead[ edit ] In the final book of the series' Dexter is Dead ; Dexter is in jail after being charged with Robert's crimes - thanks to the corrupt Detective Anderson, who has falsified evidence and reports to make it seem that Dexter is guilty.
Only Masuoka tries to clear Dexter's good name, but he gets swatted down by everyone from the beat cops to the state attorney. Deborah, meanwhile, disowns Dexter for cheating on Rita and putting Astor in danger, and decides to take custody of his children. Dexter's brother Brian bails him out of prison and gets him the best lawyer in town, but the lawyer happens to be in the pocket of a very powerful Mexican drug cartel led by a man named Raul, who is after Brian.
The cartel tries to kill Dexter several times to get to Brian. Eventually, Dexter and Brian find out their lawyer sold them out to the cartel, so they kill him and all the cartel's members, save for one, whom they torture to find out where Raul is holding Cody and Astor.
Brian, Deborah, and Dexter team up, storm Raul's yacht, and take the kids back. Deborah and the kids get away, but Brian is killed by a bomb and Raul shoots Dexter in the shoulder.
Dexter kills Raul and sets a bomb so no evidence is left, then jumps off the boat into the water and sinks into the ocean. The book leaves it open to interpretation whether he survives.
Dexter in the television show[ edit ] Season one[ edit ] By the start of season one, Dexter is a blood spatter analyst for the Miami Metro Police Department; in his "secret life", he is a serial killer who preys on people who are themselves murderers. Dexter has internal conversations with his late foster father, Harry Morgan James Remarwho gives him advice about killing and navigating his personal life.
Rita's previous, abusive marriage leaves her afraid to have sex, which suits the asexual Dexter perfectly. When she overcomes her demons and becomes more amorous, however, Dexter considers ending the relationship, fearing that she will see him as he really is if they become a real couple.
In a heightened emotional state, he runs to Rita's house for comfort, and they have sex. 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. Debra's new boyfriend, Rudy Cooper Christian Camargoinsists 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.
To cover his tracks, Dexter injects Paul with heroin and leaves him to be found. Paul fails a drug test thus breaking his probation and returns to jail. 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. Eventually, the Ice Truck Killer who turns out to be none other than Rudy kidnaps Debra after proposing to her, then drugs her and takes her to Dexter's childhood home.
The expression on his face tells us that he didn't expect ot react that way, and in his narration he states: Huh, I thought Harry's first rule was don't get caught The second time is when one of Dexter's victims - Roger Hicks - insults Rita as he's strapped to the death table. Dexter becomes so enraged that he kills him on the spot yelling: There are many examples of Dexter's protectiveness for Rita.
In season 2 he says: Or you will meet the monster. When it comes to her loved ones, she can be quite the mama bear. With Dexter, she seems more protective of his reputation, insisting that he is not like Paul. She also tries to protect him by keeping him away from her serious problems, as we see when Paul's drug dealer comes by to collect his bill, she tells Dexter to not get involved.
And she defends Dexter when her mother expresses her dislike for him. In episode 2x07, we see Lila lighting her apartment on fire, dystroying everything.
In episode 1x03, we see Rita watering plants, giving them life. Also, the one time Rita is seen lighting something on fire is when she is lighting the candels on Astor's birthday cake, a sign to celebrate life. Lila often wears dark, bold colors, while Rita wears bright, pastel colors. The only time Dexter ever admits to having regrets is when he loses Rita.
Not that I don't mess up, I do, just never stupendiously. I had you, and them the kids and I had us.
He says, "I had you" and not "I had us. He values the "relationships he fosters" as objects he needs. Yet in perfect fashion, the resulting outward behavior is close enough to maintain the illusion of a caring partner in part due to traits specific to Rita herself as she is the first woman not to leave him when the small talk is over.
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