Film & TV

Dexter's Villains: Ranking the Series' "Big Bads"

Ever wonder what it's like inside the mind of a serial killer? Well, without Dexter's brilliant voice-over narration, we really wouldn't know. But take away his story telling, and how can you get to know Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall)? One way of finding out is by looking at his fellow serial killers -- or "big bads" -- and finding a connection.

Part of the formula for Dexter is that each season, the blood spatter analyst/vigilante is paired alongside another serial killer, who is meant to make Dexter look good. You see a gang who rapes and kills young women, or a lunatic who wants to bring about the end of the world, and you think to yourself "Dexter isn't that bad!" in order to justify your admiration for an antihero. It's okay, that's the whole point -- until season eight, when the formula gets chopped up into asymmetrical pieces, placed into black Hefty bags, and thrown overboard into the water.

Things are going to change for Dexter Morgan this upcoming season, but until then, let's reminisce on the big bads who have made it onto Dexter's table.

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- Ten Dexter Film Locations Shot in Miami

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