Deb Morgan - The Ways They Made Her Life Miserable

The final episode of Dexter aired on Sunday in the US and SPOILER......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................Deb Morgan is killed off.  The final indignity to a character that has been the punching bag for a series.  Let me count the ways.  

1. Her father ignored her as a child in favour of her adopted brother.  She never felt she had his approval, so over compensated and became a cop like her father to try and make him proud 

2. Ice Truck Killer -  she falls in love with a guy who ends up being the Ice Truck Killer and Dexter's brother.  She is kidnapped by her fiance so he can reveal himself to Dexter.  So her first big love, who asked her to marry him, targeted her because of her adopted brother Dex.  So no love there.

3. Lundy - recovering from betrayal of her ex-fiance and feeling that she is not a good cop because she did not spot that her ex-fiance was the Ice Truck Killer, Deb does not start the season in a good mind space.  She works with an FBI agent who comes to Miami to help out on a case.  This agent starts out as a father-figure for Deb, but  then it develops into a romantic relationship.  He leaves her at the end of the season because he needs to hunt serial killers.  On a good note, she gets her confidence back as a cop. He returns in season 4 and they rekindle their relationship only for him to get killed. The second guy she falls in love is a good guy, but ultimately dies.  No happiness for you Deb.

4. Joey - She is lumbered with Joey Quinn as a new partner who is being investigated by Internal Affairs for being dodgy.  Don't get me started on this relationship.  By season 5 Deb and Joey have started an intimate relationship and half way through the season she finds our he is investigating her brother, Dexter, behind her back. They break up but reconcile before the end of the season. Quinn is still quite a dodgy cop or at least a cop not making good decisions, but he attempts to clean up his act. He is also not the best at his job. At the beginning of season 6 Quinn proposed to Deb, she turns him down, like she should, she is far too good for this guy.  She is promoted to his boss.  Awkward. Stuff happens in her personal life in season 6 and 7 that is a whole other subject.  In the meantime, Joey dates a Russian hooker, gets involved in some gangster stuff that causes him to break the law, a lot,  He drinks a lot and takes drugs and finally starts to come clean when challenged by Batista.  He starts to date Batista's sister, but still carries a torch for Deb. By season 8 Debra is a mess emotionally and is putting herself back together and it ends with her getting back together with Joey and telling him she loves him.  Really.  Joey. They could not have found anyone else? Anyone?

5. Being a cop - Debra earns her Detective badge by the end of season 3.  By the end of the season she is jeopardising this by starting a relationship with her confidential informant (CI).  The relationship breaks up when Lundy comes back to Miami and ultimately dies (see earlier). Debra constantly figures out 90% of what is going on, except for the essential bit about how Dexter is involved and is killing all these people. This conceit ultimately undermines Debra as a character and is one of the hardest things for the show to come back from.  Just see the end of season 5 for this.  It was one time too many for me.

6. Dexter - Ok, so the show is not called Debra, but come on she is the second lead basically and the only other major constant in the program. But having her go to therapy and realise she is 'in love' with Dexter in Season 6 was the most polarising thing to do to this character.  I can see why the writers thought this was a logical end to the way that Debs felt about Dex and why she always put him first, but it basically cut the character off at the knees. But wait, there is more.  Not only is Debra 'in love' with Dexter but she finds our Dexter is a serial killer at the end of season 6, spends season 7 coming to terms with this and then tells Dexter that she is in love with him. Still more to come. He does not reciprocate in that way.  And just to push you over the edge on the amount of damage you can do to one character, season 7 ends with Debra shooting and killing her boss to save Dexter.  Ok.  So you think this will be all they do to her.  But season 8 ends with her coming back from all of this then DYING by Dexter's hands. So he was putting her out of her misery because she was brain dead after being wounded by a gunshot from the serial killer who was after Dexter, but he still kills her and takes her body to sea and drops her overboard where he puts all his victims. The indignity of it all. She is killed off because she pretty much just got in the way of the serial killer's revenge on Dexter and she becomes Dexter's latest casualty.      

PS -  I want to highlight how brilliant the actress Jennifer Carpenter does with this character. I think does a fantastic job and managed to make the most insane plot twists work.