8. Dexter: Dex Is Executed For His Crimes
Dexter was running on fumes during the final few seasons, yet fans lived in hope that Showtime's serial killer drama would go out on a high.
Everyone wondered whether the series would force Dex to answer for his crimes or somehow absolve him of them, but in the end it did neither. The showrunners sat on the fence, killed off poor innocent Deb and sent her to a watery grave, and condemned the protagonist to an eternity of lumberjacking.
Not only was this dumb, it didn't feel like an ending at all. All Dex achieved with his self-imposed isolation is putting his inner demon on hold.
The show made it clear he cannot help himself when it comes to taking lives, and without the resources of Miami PD's forensics lab on his side, he would no longer be able to vet potential victims and go about his dark defending with safeguards in place.
No doubt he would continue to kill, but it's unlikely to go as smoothly as before, and how this plays out is something the fans needed to see. His ultimate endgate is what the audience wanted, but instead they got lumberjacking and a dodgy beard.
It went down as one of the most hated endings in recent memory, but Dexter's exec producer Clyde Phillips had a different, more satisfactory conclusion in mind.
“In the very last scene of the series, Dexter wakes up and everybody is going to think, ‘Oh, it was a dream’, and then the camera pulls back and back and back and then we realise, ‘No, it’s not a dream’. Dexter’s opening his eyes and he’s on the execution table at the Florida Penitentiary."
That sounds a lot more like it, but that isn't even the best part. While the Dexecution is being carried out, he spots every one of his victims in the gallery.
Rita, his brother Rudy, Doakes, LaGuerta, the Trinity Killer, and Lyla are all watching on from the stalls. What a great call-back to the history of the show this would have been, and a wonderful opportunity for multiple cameos.