First published on 8 Jul 2013. Updated on 3 Mar 2014.
Dexter Morgan's been burdened with his "dark passenger" (that little guy in the back of your head that says "wrap that guy in plastic and finish him – now!") for some eight seasons now. But relief is on its way: Dexter, the long-running story of a Miami PD blood spatter expert doing a lot of his own blood spattering, will meet its own permanent end when the current season finishes. Will Dexter finally get caught? Will he himself be murdered? Will John Lithgow's Trinity Killer rise from the dead to return the show to its true glory days?
To celebrate the end of one of TV's most comical and quirky takes on serial murder (to be fair, the competition was thin), we're saying thanks for the memories and counting down Dexter's top three kills. Starting with…
3. Brian Moser: Season one
The victim: Moser (Christian Camargo) is many things: Dexter's brother (whom he blocked out of his memory after the pair witnessed their birth mother's murder); Dexter's potential brother in law (he's engaged to Dex's half sister); and Dexter's season-one nemesis (the decapitation-happy Ice Truck Killer terrorising Miami).
The method: Throat-slash (after much talk of "you're just like me" and "stop trying to suppress your inner kicker").
Karma-metre: Moser was a bad dude – but he had a helluva bad childhood story to potentially unspool on the witness stand. And there's something about killing your brother in those tablety commandment things, right? No? Well, still: bit of a family no-no.
2. Camilla Figg: Season three
The victim: We're big fans of Margo Mortinson, the underrated I've-seen-her-in-something-before actor who we first really noticed as the vile Disneyland-loving mum in Million Dollar Baby. Here she plays records-keeper Camilla Figg (first seen in season one), who's known Dexter and his family since the killer was a kid, and who's been happy to keep their secrets for just as long.
The method: Poisoned key lime pie.
Karma-metre: This was Dexter's mercy killing: Figg was dying of lung cancer and asked Dex to feed her the poisoned pie. Ain't no bad juju coming his way for this one.
1. Arthur Mitchell: Season four
The victim: Arthur Mitchell, aka the Trinity Killer, aka John Lithgow in one of the great TV performances of our time. Mitchell is the happy Christian who proves that behind every (OK, behind at least one fictional...) Habitat for Humanity-style charity worker, family man and preacher lies a multi-method serial killer working his way through childhood issues one murder cycle at a time.
The method: Sharp end of a hammer.
Karma-metre: Few killers were more deserving of Dexter's wrath than Mitchell, and it was a great payoff for one of the most thrilling seasons of TV in yonks. But Dexter did um and ah about killing Trinity too long – long enough to give Trinity the chance to kill Dex's wife. The Karma-meter would be more forgiving if he got the job done sooner.