After 8 seasons, Dexter has finally come to a close. The series has definitely had its ups and downs, and Sunday’s series finale was polarizing at best (did he head up north to start a hipster grunge band or what?)
The series has had a long run, and regardless of what people may think of the series going out the way it did, Dexter still stands as a great show which gave us many moments that made us clutch our pearls. Here are 10 of the most shocking moments from the series (spoilers ahead!).
The Ice Truck Killer is… who?! Dexter’s first season is totally one of the series’ best, perhaps because it stayed the most true to the novel the show is based on, Jeff Lindsay’s Darkly Dreaming Dexter. We were hooked from the first episode, after watching the meticulousness of Dexter’s first kill, but the rest of the season had one of the craziest serial killers of the series – the Ice Truck Killer – who mysteriously knew everything about Dexter. As the season drew to a close, we found out that the Ice Truck Killer was no other than Dexter’s biological brother(!) and their showdown that clarified Dexter’s traumatic past was both heartbreaking and terrifying.
Lila Tourney is a legit psycho We all knew that Lila was shady as hell from the first time we saw her, but the full extent of Lila’s craziness didn’t come into play until the season went on. Basically, Lila + fire = OMGWTF. It was one thing to burn down her own artwork just because she was attention-deprived, but burning her place down with Dexter and Rita’s kids inside? Killing Sergeant Doakes by burning down the cabin? Lila was so unique in her craziness that Dexter made a special trip to Paris just to finish her off.
Sergeant Doakes has the worst luck in the world Speaking of the ever-lovable Doakes, it was bad enough that he was the only one who knew there was something off about Dexter (even Dexter found it surprising that no one else got bad vibes from him). Nobody believed him, and things just got worse after Dexter framed him for being the Bay Harbor Butcher. Doakes finally caught up to him, but the always-prepared Dexter locked him up in a cage (literally). The most heart-breaking part about Doakes’ death was that he had managed to get out of his cage – twice. The first time, he was captured and taken back by drug dealers, and the second time he was too late, escaping just in time for the cabin to blow up. It really seemed like Doakes had a chance, but this arc was the first to show that good people don’t get good endings in Dexter.
Dexter, family man The moment that Dexter found out that Rita was pregnant, he was probably just as surprised as the rest of the world. It was a shocking revelation, and one that left audiences wondering about what this would mean. How could Dexter be a father? Will his son be a sociopath as well? What was even more shocking was that though little Harrison was never around at the most convenient times (thanks Jamie, you’re the best babysitter in the world), when he was, Dexter surprisingly proved himself to be a very loving father.
Dex, Lumen, plastic sheets, and Deb In one of the tensest scenes of the series, Dexter and Lumen finally kill Jordan Chase, one of the men who had tortured Lumen and numerous other women. At the worst moment ever, Debra walked in and we finally thought that this was the moment that she would find out about Dexter. Luckily for Dex and Lumen, though, they were hidden behind plastic sheets (how poetic) and Deb couldn’t see their faces. Deb knew that they were the killers and instead of arresting them, gave them a warning that the police were coming and left...and then we all finally breathed.
Deb’s down and Lundy’s dead Mr. Trinity Killer sure didn’t do a good job raising his kids. Christine Hill, a journalist from the Miami Tribune, gets involved with Joey Quinn for the sole reason to squeeze classified case information out of him. It was shocking enough to see Deb and Frank Lundy get shot out of nowhere, but finding out that it was Christine who killed them because she was the Trinity Killer’s first daughter was jaw-droppingly surprising.
Rita’s death Hands-down the most shocking moment in the series was Dexter coming home to find Rita, longtime partner and mother of his child, dead in a bathtub filled with her blood. Rita was completely innocent and was murdered by the Trinity Killer in his one last attempt to get back at Dexter. Dexter’s shock is palpable and the entire scene of him finding Rita is one of the most heartbreaking moments in the whole series.
Deb finds out about Dexter It took 6 seasons, but Deb finally found out what her brother really was. After going to the church which Travis Marshall used as his crazy-religious-stuff headquarters, Deb saw Dexter kill Travis, Bay Harbor Butcher style, right in front of her eyes. The 7th season showed Deb grappling with the fact that her brother was a serial killer, and Dexter’s admissions were both refreshing and terrifying to hear. Looking back now, Deb finding out about Dexter was really the beginning of the end for her, making the moment she found out all the more poignant.
Deb kills LaGuerta Maria LaGuerta was no saint, but whatever she was, she wasn’t a cold-blooded murderer. Once again showing up at the most inopportune times for Dexter, Deb walked into Dex’s infamous shipping container to find him with a dead Estrada and a kidnapped LaGuerta. Deb pulled out her gun and frantically waved it between LaGuerta and Dexter, clearly not knowing what to do. LaGuerta eventually awoke from her Dex-induced drug haze and told Deb to shoot her brother, who told her “It’s ok. Do what you gotta do.” Deb finally turns to Dexter and we think that she’ll shoot him, but she chooses to take down LaGuerta instead.
Goodbye, Debra Sunday’s series finale left a lot of questions unanswered and many heads scratching, but you have to admit – out of all the speculations about the finale, no one guessed that Dex would end up becoming a lumberjack. Still, though, it was surprising and heartwrenching to see what happened with Deb. After being shot by Saxon, Deb was taken to the hospital where her recovery seemed to be going well at first. All of a sudden, though, she got complications from surgery and suffered a stroke, which left her on life support and essentially a vegetable. Not wanting her to live her life that way, Dexter shut off Deb's life support and took her out on his boat, dropping her off in the middle of the ocean – his last victim. Deb was the heart and soul of the series, so watching her go was tough to see.
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Instrumental rockers Godspeed You! Black Emperor have hit out at the organisers of Canada's coveted Polaris Prize ceremony, a day after winning the award. The Canadian group was honoured for its album Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! during the awards gala in Toronto on Monday (23Sep13), receiving a cheque for $30,000 (£20,000). But the outspoken stars did not attend the prizegiving and have now criticised event bosses for throwing such a costly corporate-sponsored show "during a time of austerity".
In a statement posted on their website, the members of Godspeed You! Black Emperor claim they are flattered to receive the Polaris Prize, but insist, "organizing a gala just so musicians can compete against each other for a novelty-sized cheque doesn't serve the cause of righteous music at all".
The statement continues, "These are hard times for everybody... BUT if the point of this prize and party is acknowledging music-labor performed in the name of something other than quick money, well then maybe the next celebration should happen in a cruddier hall, without the corporate banners and culture overlords."
The rockers have pledged to donate their prize money to help fund music education programmes for prisoners in Quebec.
The Polaris Prize, the equivalent of Britain's Mercury Music Prize, is handed out annually to the most influential Canadian album of the previous 12 months. Past winners include Arcade Fire and Feist.
Samuel L. Jackson got into the spirit of Germany's world famous Oktoberfest on Sunday (22Sep13) by donning traditional lederhosen breeches to attend the annual beer celebration. The Pulp Fiction star wore leather lederhosen and white knee socks - as well as his trademark cap - to visit a beer hall at the annual 16-day festival in Munich.
Jackson was photographed clutching a glass beer stein and chatting to fellow revellers dressed in similar outfits at the fair.
Oktoberfest is held every year from late September to the first weekend in October.
Veteran hitmaker Giorgio Moroder has unearthed a treasure trove of lost Donna Summer recordings. The producer and the late disco queen collaborated on a number of hits and he's fronting a new tribute album inspired by the singer's music - and he reveals there could be new material from his old friend.
He tells Rolling Stone, "I did some recordings, not even demos, like two years ago, and she still had a voice like she didn't change one thing. So Donna would be perfect now.
"In fact, I found two or three 24-tracks, and there may be some Donna songs, which we never released. So I have to transfer it from 24 track to digital to hear it."
Summer, who was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year (13), died in May, 2012.
British rocker Liam Gallagher is to pay tribute to The Charlatans star Jon Brookes by performing at a charity show in his honour next month (Oct13). The drummer died in August (13) after a battle with brain cancer, and his bandmates have organised a concert at London's Royal Albert Hall to honour his memory and raise money for charity.
The Charlatans will play a set, and Gallagher has now confirmed he will also be involved in the gig on 18 October (13).
In a post on his Twitter.com page, Gallagher writes, "Looking 4wd (forward) 2 (to) singing 4 (for) the 1 n (and) only Jon Brookes 18th October RAH. Live Forever LGx."
The former Oasis star is expected to perform without his Beady Eye bandmates, as guitarist Gem Archer is still recovering from a head injury which prompted the cancellation of the group's summer (13) shows. Archer is also said to have broken his leg.
Rap mogul Russell Simmons has fired back at "do nothing negroes" who are refusing to let him move on from the mistake of sharing a parody sex tape video about African-American abolitionist Harriet Tubman on his YouTube.com page. The Def Jam Recordings co-founder removed the clip, which featured an actress as Tubman having sex with her white 'master', hours after it debuted last month (Aug13), and apologised for putting it up on All Def Digital in the first place after realising it had offended many people who saw it, including members of Tubman's family.
Taking to his GlobalGrind.com blog, he wrote, "I'm a very liberal person with thick skin. My first impression of the Harriet Tubman piece was that it was about what one of actors said in the video, that 162 years later, there's still tremendous injustice. And with Harriet Tubman outwitting the slave master? I thought it was politically correct. Silly me.
"I can now understand why so many people are upset. I have taken down the video. Lastly, I would never condone violence against women in any form, and for all of those I offended, I am sincerely sorry."
But over a month later, he's still receiving hate mail about his error of judgment.
Appearing on America's The Arsenio Hall Show on Thursday (19Sep13), Simmons said, "I pulled it down and I didn't get any calls from any civil rights leaders or any people. They just said, 'We accept your apology,' because before they even knew about this, I had apologised.
"But a lot of these do-nothing negroes, they were very angry and kept talking, so it's been very tough for me... I wanna move past that."
Simmons reveals he's now hoping to make a movie about Harriett Tubman's life, adding, "(Actress) Viola Davis gave me this wonderful script."
British band Mcfly thrilled fans at their gig in London on Thursday (19Sep13) by bringing out their former pop rivals Busted as surprise guests. McFly are taking over the Royal Albert Hall for four nights to mark their 10-year anniversary, and their mini-residency kicked off with the shock collaboration.
After Busted stars Matt Willis and James Bourne stepped onstage, the groups joked that they had renamed themselves McBusted and their new name lit up in lights at the back of the stage.
The two bands performed the Busted hits Year 3000 and Air Hostess, although former member Charlie Simpson did not show up for the special concert.
Beloved singing cowboy Roy Rogers is set for a return to the spotlight from beyond the grave in a new Broadway musical based on his life. Oscar-winning Annie Hall screenwriter Marshall Brickman, who earned a Tony Award nomination for his work on Jersey Boys, will develop the stage show in time for a 2015 launch.
A statement released by Brickman reads: "I'm excited to be able to introduce Rogers to a new generation - and to re-introduce him to his older fans. At the height of his popularity, Roy had millions of fans worldwide and reigned for decades as the embodiment of simple, honest American values. It will be interesting to contrast that ideal with the current environment of ambivalence and moral uncertainty."
Previews are expected to begin in late 2014.
Rogers, nicknamed the King of the Cowboys, was the star of countless Hollywood Westerns in the 1940s and '50s and often appeared alongside his wife Dale Evans, his horse Trigger and dog Bullet.
He died in 1998.
Singer/songwriter Carole King has been named the 2014 MusiCares Person of the Year. The You've Got a Friend hitmaker will be the guest of honour at the MusiCares Foundation and The Recording Academy's 24th annual benefit gala, which will take place in Los Angeles on 24 January (14), two nights before the Grammy Awards.
The event will feature tribute performances from Bette Midler, Lady Gaga, Steven Tyler, James Taylor, Jason Mraz and the Dixie Chicks.
Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the MusiCares Foundation and The Recording Academy, says, "Her (King) contributions as a songwriter and performer have truly changed the landscape of pop music, and her philanthropy speaks volumes about her generosity and personal passions.
"We are also grateful to the extraordinary artists who have announced their desire to be a part of what will undoubtedly be a magical and inspiring evening."
It's been a stellar year for King - the veteran star was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April (13), while she made history in May (13) when she became the first woman ever to receive the prestigious Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. She also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame last December (12).
The 2013 MusiCares honour, which recognises artists for their creative accomplishments as well as their charitable work, was bestowed upon Bruce Springsteen, while previous recipients include Sir Paul McCartney, Barbra Streisand, Neil Young and Neil Diamond.
MusiCares provides financial aid and medical care to musicians who have fallen on hard times.
Fiona Apple is beautiful, scarily talented, and a wonderful performer, but whatever you do, do not be predictable around her. At the end of August, after the crowd at her performance for the Louis Vuitton Timeless Muses party in Tokyo wouldn’t simmer down, Apple climbed atop her piano and told the audience to “shut the f**k” up. Shockingly, the crowd failed to stop talking after Apple's polite request, so she yelled, “Predictable! Predictable fashion, what the f**k?,” and stormed off the stage.
In honor of her dramatic walkout, here’s a look at 5 other stars that are in the running for Drama Queen of the Music World.
Axl Rose What would a walkout list be without Axl Rose? Rose has always had a tense relationship with his fans and has been the muse of many bottle-throwings, riots, and boos. A paradigm of the temperamental rock star, he’s walked off of stages and caused riots since 1992. His latest stage fit was in 2010 at a concert in Dublin. After the crowd refused to stop throwing bottles onto the stage, Rose walked off the stage. Before you go full-on Team Axl, though, let it be noted that Rose had taken the stage ninety minutes late.
Billie Joe Armstrong In 2012, Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong famously entertained the crowd at the iHeartRadio festival with a glorious tirade protesting the fact that their set was cut by twenty minutes, courtesy of Usher’s long performance. After being told that they only had one minute left for their performance, Armstrong began ranting about how he’s been around since “198-f**king-8” so people should respect him, since he’s not “f**king Justin Bieber” (I would hope not, the mere legality of that is questionable). Armstrong smashed his guitar on stage a few times before walking off the stage and into a PR-mandated rehab.
Morrissey Morrissey is no stranger to cooking up a storm of controversy, and his 2009 Coachella performance was no different. Offended by the smell of barbecued meat wafting through the air, the rocker stopped his set and said, “I can smell burning flesh and I hope to God it’s human.” Morrissey walked off the stage, only to return a few minutes later and restart his performance, explaining, “The smell of burning animals is making me sick. I just couldn’t bear it.” Frustrating as it may have been, at least Morrissey came back and only wanted humans to be burning alive instead of animals.
Caleb Followill Kings of Leon have may as well have the word “Drama” in front of their band name. The band famously walked off a St. Louis stage in 2010 after getting attacked by a vicious gang of pigeons who flew around pooping on the band (not the fans), and reportedly even pooped in bassist Jared Followill’s mouth. Clearly the pigeons weren’t fans of the band, and KOL walked off after only 3 songs. In 2011, though, lead singer Caleb Followill walked out of a Dallas show, even though not one pooping pigeon was seen. Claiming he was just dehydrated because of the heat and needed a beer, Followill angered many fans by not returning to the stage, even though he said he would. Brother Jared Followill told the booing crowd to “F**king hate Caleb, not us.” There’s that brotherly support.
Jack White Jack White played a show in 2012 at NYC’s Radio City Music Hall, only to walk off the stage after fifty-five minutes. Many rumors/explanations were going around as to why White left the show early, none of which made sense. Some said that White was upset because the audience didn’t seem as they were into the show, since at one point White asked the crowd, “Jesus Christ, is this an NPR convention?” (maybe someone should’ve told White that even if they wanted to, audiences can’t get up out of their seats or dance around in aisles at the Radio City Music Hall?). Others stated that White is a perfectionist and was frustrated with the sound quality because that’s “rock and roll.” Did someone change the definition of rock and roll and forget to tell the rest of us?
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