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It's a hollow knife - fake blood is pumped through and ejected when the fake blade touches the skin. Or the blood is routed along the (very blunt) blade on the side away from the camera. If you're a right-handed actor, you can use this knife to slit someone's throat without the pipework and bladder being visible to the camera. Source This is the most ...


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Yes, each season has a theme. From a post by EnormousHatred on reddit: Season 1: Individualism. In the beginning Dexter followed Harry's code to the letter and never really let his own feelings get in the way. He never really questioned a way of life that came from within. Brian represented the antithesis of Harry's code; he was a free spirit with no ...


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When the Cuban boy is found in the trunk, he's reciting the Lord’s Prayer in Spanish, heavily implying that he's from a religious family\background. From the script: OSCAR (the faintest whisper): Padre nuestro que estas en los cielos. Santificado sea tu nombre. Venga tu reino. Hagase tu voluntad. En la tierra como en el cielo... The logical conclusion, ...


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When you’ve got plans for the night, you better dress to kill. Literally. We’re not really sure why Dexter always wears the same long sleeve brown henley shirt. It could be because it helps him keep a low profile, it’s easier to keep track of which shirt might have traces of evidence on it or it could just be because he thinks it looks cool. Get the official ...


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The monitoring equipment in the hospital measures things like blood pressure, pulse, oxygenation and the like. What it doesn't monitor is blood clots. Blood clotting is a normal reaction to wounds and is part of the healing process. What happened to Debra is that one of the clots came free and began circulating around her bloodstream. At some point, it ...


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Desmond Harrington explains: Dexter co-star Desmond Harrington -finally- comes clean about his weigh loss: "I didn't have any plastic surgery, I'm not sick it's called running and eating better! You understand? I'm in my 30s now. All these ridiculous stuff that I read "He's sick, he's on drugs", get a life! I just changed how I ate and begin to ...


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Dexter feels a pathological need to kill and his code is what Harry gave him to make sense of this need. If he gave information up to the Police about his victims and put them in to the justice system, he would not only be robbing himself of the kill which he so craves and needs to feed his pathological hunger, he also would not be able accept that they had ...


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Dexter is a survivor. It's something he's always managed, despite his "dark passenger". The end of Dexter shows him doing just that, surviving. Getting on with things. He's lost Rita and Deb. He won't get Rita's kids; and doesn't really want them anyway. All he has left are Hanna and Harrison. Along the way, he's learned that people close to him hate ...


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If I remember correctly, Dexter tests the blood on Quinn but provides falsified results stating that the blood is not Liddy's. Quinn realises that Dexter is getting him off the hook and then more or less lets Dexter off. There is no hint that the suspicion has gone away, but that he accepts that Dexter is not all he seems, but trusts him.


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This happened at the end of Season 4 (The Getaway): Debra finds out the truth about Dexter's mother, and tells him that she knows that Dexter's brother was the Ice Truck Killer. Dexter pretended this news was new to him and acted surprised. He is now concerned that Debra is getting closer to finding the truth about him, which gives him more of a ...


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Dexter did not plan on killing LaGuerta at all, actually. It was Debra that ended up striking the final blow, so to speak. When Dexter is getting rid of Estrada, it turns out to be a set-up by LaGuerta to catch him in the act. Hence the confrontation between the two in the police office. While LaGuerta is technically an innocent, she is viable to the ...


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I think this is just a simple thing thrown in from the director/writer to try to draw a comparison of Dexter to Bateman. Both are killers but when thought about, Bateman is more vain and reckless than Dexter, the chainsaw scene is my reference here. Whereas Dexter is quiet, methodical, and adheres to a strict code whenever he can. In a relative sense, one ...


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One of the famous quotes of Season 6: "Most of the people here don't have two rolls of duct tape, 80 yards of plastic sheeting and a surgical saw in their trunk." - Dexter. Dexter's car trunk can accommodate the plastic foil and/or other items that are used in the murder scene. What we see is Dexter dropping two/three plastic bags into the sea but there ...


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He wants a girlfriend in order to maintain his "disguise" as a normal person. So that the people in his life aren't constantly trying to set him up on dates, or asking him why he doesn't want to find a girl. Rita is ideal because her "damaged goods" background means she doesn't ask too many questions, and she doesn't want to have sex (as mentioned.) If ...


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TL;DR; All sedatives take at least 1 to 2 minutes before taking effect; hence, the immediate passing out seen often in Dexter is unrealistic. The biggest hindrance to opioids is BBB. Dexter uses a tranquilizer so potent that it will just kill the victim. Aww, there goes the speech. I can't recall any episodes with a different 'attacking spot' than the neck ...


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Hannah made mention that deep down she's still the young girl that ran off with Wayne and based on revealed history, obviously likes the whole 'bad boy' type. And of course, she's still a killer, herself. I think she finds a lot of similarities between Dexter and Wayne, so she's trying to return to what she sees as her glory days.


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Because Showtime wouldn't let him die: "How about that finale?" said Dexter producer John Goldwyn at the NYFF premiere of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty this weekend, when we asked how the writers decided on that ending. "They won't let us kill him," he told us. "Showtime was very clear about that. When we told them the arc for the last season, ...


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This is not revealed on the show. The only two people who knew if Arthur had revealed Dexter's true identity to Rita are Arthur and Rita. Arthur was killed by Dexter shortly after he'd killed Rita, and he tells Dexter nothing that indicates he'd told her about him (nor does he leave any messages behind indicating it). Rita's last words are in her phone ...


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According to the Dexter Wikia, Sonya left the show without any explanation. There was also no explanation as to why Angel Batista's younger sister Jamie took over from Sonya. The Wikia page for Sonya also adds Sonya unfortunately fell into the category of characters that disappear between seasons. This is likely due to their contract only requiring their ...


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I've found information (Source) on the net containing salary ranges for "Blood Analsyts". A rookie can start off from a $40,000 mark A Senior (like Dexter) can earn anywhere from $80,000 to $160,000 In addition to this, Dexter sold his biological fathers' house in season 1, from which I would guess he would get at least $100,000 cash in hand. I also noted ...


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He was very thorough at cleaning. This is from the very first crime scene, during the kill: And this is during the investigation: Dexter comments on this: "It's a very well organized crime scene. The assailant took his time. Cleaned up after himself." with a funny remark "Obviously doesn't have kids". Now, how exactly did he manage to clean the whole ...


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Because Dexter now realizes that he is the one who is responsible for Harry's suicide, Deb's condition of being on life support, Rita's death, and Vogel's death. He can't bare it anymore. He now thinks that everyone he is comes into contact with will be destroyed the same way — that's why after killing The Brain Surgeon he stopped Deb's life support ...


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Dexter is a psychopath and a sociopath, utterly lacking in empathy or care for other humans, except maybe his family. He really, really doesn't care about whether the innocent live or die, for the most part. The reason why his "code" targets criminals, serial killers and sick twists, for the most part, was by the design of his father. His father knew that ...


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In an interview with Executive Producer Scott Buck he explains that it is mentioned in a different episode that Dexter had an emergency life raft on the Slice of Life, implying that the raft is how Dexter got back to land. The full interview can be viewed on the Hollywood Reporter website.


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I thought he said something about they only care where you are going not where you came from. So they will check you over numerous times to get in but to leave they don't really give much attention.


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In this reference on the Dexter Wiki the rules are essentially all that you state above (in the simplest form). These are: Never get caught Never kill an innocent There are various hints in dialogue that there may be more rules but seeing as the code was never written down we may never know unless stated in the show. Looking further into it, it seems ...


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Also to add, his kills are very ritualistic. He repeats every thing in a fixed pattern. Setting up the kill room, the kill table, the weapons, drawing blood from the victim for the slides, etc. The uniform is part of his ritual too.


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The TV show Dexter itself is based on the novel Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay. There is a theory that the case of Manuel Pardo inspired the character, however, that is unconfirmed. He was an ex-cop and claimed he was "ridding the streets from the wicked" as a motive for his murders. There are not a lot of similarities between the character of ...


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Because she wouldn't recover anyway: After coming this close to catching the Brain Surgeon, Deb ultimately would never fully recover from the gunshot wound the tough-talking (and acting) detective suffered in the penultimate episode. While she comes through surgery, a blood clot would later prove to be the one obstacle Deb could not recover from ...


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