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'Homeland' and more shows that killed off major characters: We weigh the aftermath

Killing off a major character is one of the biggest risks a show can take. Some of these deaths end up paying off nicely; others go down in history as the death that killed a series. And then you have the deaths that, ultimately, don’t make much of a difference either way.

In honor of Homeland‘s return—which comes back to Showtime after killing off Brody in season 3—we went back to see how a handful of other beloved series fared after offing major characters:


See six exclusive photos of the Broadway cast of 'The Realistic Joneses'

Marking Will Eno’s first play to hit Broadway (his acclaimed mini-opus The Open House plays Off Broadway through this Sunday), The Realistic Joneses proves to be one of the unbeatable ensembles of the theater season, with its talented brood all making much-awaited returns: Dexter‘s Michael C. Hall back on the boards for the first time in 12 years (since a short stint as Billy Flynn in Chicago), co-star Toni Collette (The United States of Tara) in her first NYC stage role since wowing us with her singing chops in The Wild Party in 2000, Oscar winner Marisa Tomei strutting her stuff since a great turn as explorer Isabella Bird in the 2008 revival of Top Girls, and though it’s only been one year for Tracy Letts since his last performance — a shattering George in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? that won him a richly-deserved Tony — was such a doozy we couldn’t wait to see him again (even though a great villainous role on Homeland this past fall certainly helped us wait).

Directed by Sam Gold, The Realistic Joneses is quirky writer Eno’s contemplative stab at suburbia, with two couples, Bob and Jennifer Jones (Letts and Collette) and John and Pony Jones (Hall and Tomei), facing various crossroads and deadpan realizations via Eno’s signature non-sequitur style of character writing. The play opens on Broadway on April 6, but get your sneak peek at six exclusive pics of the cast right here. I mean, really — you couldn’t ask for cooler neighbors (or, if the play is as deceptive as Eno’s others, could you?). READ FULL STORY

'Game of Thrones' retains crown as Most Pirated TV Show


It seems like everyone, with or without HBO, knew about the Game of Thrones Red Wedding episode — which could explain why the show once again tops TorrentFreak’s annual list of the most pirated TV shows. Per the site, GoT‘s season 3 finale bloodbath was downloaded an estimated 5.9 million times via BitTorrent. After the show topped the charts in illegal downloads in 2012, HBO programming president Michael Lombardo told EW he considered it, “a compliment of sorts”: “The demand is there. And it certainly didn’t negatively impact the DVD sales. [Piracy is] something that comes along with having a wildly successful show on a subscription network.” READ FULL STORY

'Dexter': Ranking 8 killer seasons


Now that Dexter has concluded it’s time for a definitive ranking of the seasons. I’m braced for your blowback because season 4 is NOT #1 on my list (scandal!). Be sure to check out our series finale recap and Q&A with the Dexter producers about that ending and the final season. See what you think:

Season 2: The Bay Harbor Butcher
Riveting, format-breaking season: The Big Bad wasn’t some temporary guest star but Dexter himself as hostile colleague Sgt. Doakes (Erik King) and FBI blood-hound Agent Lundy (Keith Carradine) closed in with every hour, and Dex contended with an unstable girlfriend Lila (Jaime Murray). Dexter is at its best when Dex is scrambling to survive and season 2 felt like a potential final season storyline very early in the show’s run. In fact, season 2 is one of the reasons the show’s writers surprised fans by not pursuing a similar storyline for the final season.

Season 4: Trinity
The clear fan favorite: John Lithgow chewed scenery as the sadistic Trinity Killer and worthy Dexter adversary who bled out his victims while cradling them nude in a bathtub [shudder]. The finale revealing Trinity murdered Dexter’s wife Rita (Julie Benz) is the show’s biggest shocker.   READ FULL STORY

Emmys, 'Breaking Bad,' 'Dexter' finale -- which will you watch live Sunday?

Judgment Day is almost upon us.

By that, of course, I’m referring to Sunday, Sept. 22 — when millions of TV viewers will be forced to choose between Dexter Morgan’s last stand, Walter White’s second-to-last stand, and TV’s biggest night.

Dexter‘s series finale begins at 9 p.m. ET that evening. So does “Granite State,” the 75-minute-long penultimate episode of Breaking Bad. By that point, the 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards — which begin at 8 p.m. and go until at least 11 p.m. — will be in full swing as well. Just to complicate matters further, HBO is also premiering a new episode of Boardwalk Empire at 9. (There’s also a Sister Wives reunion special on TLC, but somehow I doubt that’s your first priority at a time like this.)

Let’s be real: As much as you may love Nucky, Boardwalk just isn’t as zeitgeisty as its three major timeslot competitors. (To say nothing of Sister Wives.) But even discounting HBO’s drama, TV lovers will have a tough decision to make. Even if you’re planning to stay up until 1 a.m. in order to watch all three, you can’t take in Dexter, Breaking, and the Emmys at the same time. Before making a final decision, let’s weigh the pros and cons of viewing each one live:


'Dexter' kills off a big final season character

SPOILER ALERT: With only two episodes left in the series, Showtime’s Dexter has killed off a major character appearing this season.

Sunday’s 10th episode said farewell to… READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Planner: 'Teen Wolf' ends, 'You're Next' begins, and 'Dexter' goes hunting

Summer might be coming to an end, but like high school coaches always say, “It’s important to finish strong!” At least, that’s what we imagine them saying based on the television shows we’ve watched involving high school coaches. Regardless, grab your remotes, your movie tickets, and your reading glasses, because pop culture has a lot in store for you this week: READ FULL STORY

This Week's Cover: 'Dexter,' the killer final season


The final season of one of the most successful and acclaimed cable dramas in TV history is coming this summer and EW has the behind-the-scenes scoop. The eighth and last outing of Showtime’s Dexter will take the Morgan siblings to darker places than ever before, as congenial serial killer Dexter (Michael C. Hall) and his now-estranged sister Debra (Jennifer Carpenter) strive to recover from last season’s shocking cliff-hanger where Deb killed their Miami Metro captain to keep her brother’s secret safe.

Unlike on some shows where writers decide an ending when working on the final season, Dexter’s fate arc has been planned for years, and producers are unusually confident their show will have an ending will satisfy fans. “It feels like the exact ending we should be doing,” says showrunner Scott Buck. “Ideally it will make our audience sit back and see Dexter a little more clearly than before. It should absolutely make sense to everybody watching it.”

Pass the doughnuts: Which TV show has the worst cops?

Small towns are so much more interesting on television. Their quirks are quirkier, their drama is more dramatic and their faults somehow make them more endearing. But there’s another feature we’ve spotted in the hit small town dramas we’re currently obsessed with: The cops in these series aren’t all that skilled at, well, being cops.

Case in point: Bates Motel. Sure, the cops of White Pine Bay, Ore. are corrupt, but they also don’t even seem to know how to work a crime scene. The first thing that the Sheriff did upon arriving at a murder scene in this Monday’s episode was touch the murder weapon and then the dead body … with his bare hands. Surely even small town peacekeepers know about latex gloves, right? Assuming they have cable, I’m betting they’ve at least seen Law & Order: SVU and could have learned a thing or two about contaminating a crime scene.

Why I'm back on board with 'Dexter'...for now

Dexter’s Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter
Credit: Randy Tepper

Being a Dexter fan hasn’t been easy lately. The last two seasons of the Showtime serial killer series have been lackluster at best, weighed down by uninspired villains, silly soap opera subplots, and the kind of slooooow pacing that could put Nyquil out of business. Actually, ever since Season 4’s Holy S—! Trinity Killer cliffhanger finale, where Julie Benz’s Rita was — do I even need to say “spoiler alert”? — discovered dead in a bloody bathtub with her infant son, Harrison, nearby, Dexter has been coasting on the awesomeness of that one scene.

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