‘Dexter,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ and the worst TV show endings

All’s nicely that finish’s nicely — or not. 

It’s arduous to stay the touchdown, and tougher for some reveals than others. The aughts serial-killer hit “Dexter” is again with a revival premiering Sunday, Nov. 7, on Showtime. It tries to make audiences neglect that the unique present ended with a weird lumberjack flip (extra on that shortly). 

Though TV is usually in regards to the journey, the vacation spot shouldn’t be to a sinking ship. The previous 20 years have produced some critically game-changing collection— and a few horribly clunky endings, unhealthy sufficient to rival the infamous “St. Elsewhere” finale, which wrapped up the Emmy-winning ’80s medical drama with a rendition of “it was all a dream.”

Now that “Dexter” is attempting to mud itself off, The Submit takes a take a look at the worst offenders for unhealthy TV endings in recent times.

Michael C. Hall stands in a parking lot with blue lighting and a serious expression.
Michael C. Corridor as Dexter in “Dexter,” earlier than the notorious lumberjack finale.


“Dexter” adopted a serial killer who focused different killers, all whereas working for the Miami police. There have been quite a few methods the Showtime hit may have ended that might have made sense. As an alternative, “Dexter” selected to present the character a bewildering conclusion by which he turned a lumberjack. It was an out-of-the-blue conclusion with nothing from the earlier seasons even remotely main as much as it. 

Are they attempting to make us neglect about it? 

Sure. The revival, “Dexter: New Blood,” picks up ten years later, guaranteeing that the botched ending will not be, in truth, the present’s final phrase. 

Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and Daenerys Targaryen (Emila Clarke) smile at each other against a snowy backdrop in "Game of Thrones."
Jon Snow (Package Harington) and Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) in easier occasions earlier than Season 8 ended with him killing her.

Recreation of Thrones’

The watercooler fantasy hit modified the sport for TV. However though it turned beloved for its advanced characters that anchored the large motion set items, ultimately, it threw these characters beneath the bus in favor of empty spectacle. From the laughable reveal that essentially the most boring character, Bran, can be the King (Sansa was proper there!) to Jamie forgetting 4 seasons of growth and regressing on the spot — to not point out the Daenerys mess — “Recreation of Thrones” took eight years of character arcs and tossed them out the window. The issue wasn’t a lot what occurred (okay, a few of it was, as a result of, once more: King Bran?!), however the rushed and nonsensical approach that it was executed.

Are they attempting to make us neglect about it? 

Form of. There’s extra “Recreation of Thrones” coming within the type of the spin-off prequel present “Home of the Dragon,” in order that notorious ending gained’t be the final style we get of Westeros. 

Jack Shephard (Matthew Fox) clutches his side and stands on a beach in  "Lost."
Jack Shephard (Matthew Fox) on “Misplaced.”


The present is aptly named: The characters have been misplaced on the notorious Island — and the present itself misplaced its personal plot. The ABC hit redefined the “puzzle field” style and ushered within the now-ubiquitous presence of crowdsourced web fan theories. However ultimately, it collapsed beneath the burden of its personal unmet expectations. Key enigmas remained frustratingly imprecise (the cork and the center, anybody?). And the ending — which reunited each character, whether or not dwelling or useless, in a church — led viewers to imagine that “Misplaced” wrapped up with an “everybody was useless the entire time” conclusion. The creators have since clarified that’s not the case, however the reply (which has to do with parallel realities) continues to be deeply convoluted. If the finale must be defined and nonetheless confuses individuals, nicely, then … the present didn’t do job. 

Are they attempting to make us neglect about it? 

Nope, there’s no extra “Misplaced” coming. Actually, over time the ending has change into barely much less hated as extra individuals have realized that it wasn’t a “They have been useless the entire time” wrap-up, however it nonetheless goes down in infamy.

Robin (Cobie Smulders) and Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor) sit next to each other in a booth in a crowded bar.
Robin (Cobie Smulders) and Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor) being mates on “How I Met Your Mom.”
Richard Cartwright

How I Met Your Mother’

It was legen … watch for it … dary. Solely, not in a great way. For a present with a built-in idea and conclusion in its title, “How I Met Your Mom” positive dropped the ball. For eight seasons, Ted Mosby advised his children the story of how he met their mom, specializing in entertaining segues about his buddy group, which included Robin, Barney, Lily and Marshall. The mom barely figured into the present, till the tip … when the creators determined it will be a good suggestion wrap up a sitcom with a “surprising twist” and kill off the mom, leaving Ted to finish up with Robin — a romantic relationship that the story had lengthy moved on from. This present isn’t known as, “How I Met Robin.” It had one job, and it whiffed it. 

Are they attempting to make us neglect about it? 

Form of. There’s a derivative within the works known as “How I Met Your Father,” starring Hilary Duff, however it is going to have totally different characters. 

Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) in a diner with  AJ (Robert Iler) and Carmela (Edie Falco) sitting in a booth.
Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) in a diner with AJ (Robert Iler) and Carmela (Edie Falco) and who is aware of what occurred subsequent.

The Sopranos’

Don’t cease believin’. Tony Soprano went out to eat at Holsten’s along with his household, and relying on who you ask, he was both murdered there, or life went on, with the viewers unceremoniously kicked out. The display abruptly minimize to black, leaving many viewers on the time questioning if there was one thing fallacious with their televisions. If a big portion of the viewers thinks that they could possibly be having a tech problem, the present isn’t doing it proper! The seminal mob drama took the concept of “ambiguous” ending to the subsequent stage, making it so sudden that viewers have been left reeling. 

Are they attempting to make us neglect about it? 

Form of. The current prequel film “The Many Saints of Newark” gave viewers one other glimpse into the Sopranos’ world.

Beckett (Stana Katic) and Castle (Nathan Fillion), right, stand side by side in front of a large window on "Castle."
Beckett (Stana Katic) and Fort (Nathan Fillion), proper, on “Fort.”


Crime author Beckett and no-nonsense investigator Fort have been a will-they-or-won’t-they for the ages … no less than up till that muddled end. Relying on who you ask, they both died and probably ended up in heaven, wound up married with three children, or it was all a dream. Or one thing. The ending sequence, by which they each get shot earlier than leaping to the pair seemingly dwelling a “fortunately ever after” that is likely to be actual or is likely to be the afterlife, doesn’t make any sense. And there’s no clarification for what these scenes are doing again to again. 

Are they attempting to make us neglect about it?

No, there’s no extra “Fort” deliberate. 

Brothers Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) Winchester stand in front of their their Impala with serious expressions on "Supernatural."
Brothers Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) Winchester and their trusty Impala on “Supernatural.”
The CW


After a whopping fifteen seasons following brothers Sam and Dean Winchester looking monsters collectively, the collection ended with Dean dying in an anticlimactic approach on a routine expedition, a tacky afterlife sequence and a very heinous old-man wig and make-up for Sam because the episode flashed ahead to point out him dying of outdated age. Fifteen years of TV wrapped up with a sappy and ridiculous flip worthy of a cleaning soap opera.

Are they attempting to make us neglect about it?

Type of. There’s a prequel in regards to the brothers’ mother and father within the works, so Sam’s horrible wig and Dean’s embarrassing afterlife adventures gained’t be the final we hear of the Winchester household. 

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