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'Dexter': About that series finale ...

If you have loved ones who are "Dexter" fans, you might want to give them some breathing room for the next 12 to 48 hours while they recover from a horrible series finale.

While there isn't really a "right" way to end a show - you can't please everyone, after all - "Dexter" fans would argue that there is now an explicitly wrong way to end a series. (If you haven't watched the final episode and care about spoilers, stop reading now.)

The angst is centered around two very out-of-nowhere conclusions: Dexter's sister, Deb, gets killed off, and then Dexter becomes a lumberjack.

But, argues Entertainment Weekly, at least no one saw that coming. "This was the most important element and I think the outcome is solid," James Hibberd writes. "You want to avoid Dexter being killed by somebody or ending up in jail - those are the all-too-obvious choices. Here Dex has chosen exile. He's a shell of his former self, avoiding all human contact."

The Twitter haters haven't been as open-minded:

Yet in the eyes of producers Scott Buck and Sara Colleton, this was really the only place left for "Dexter" to go.

"It seemed like the ending that was most justified," Buck told EW. "In season 1, you saw this guy who was so compartmentalized. The last couple seasons have been about breaking down those walls by having his son and his relationship with Hannah and having Deb discover who he is. Still he was able to justify what he did. We felt it took the death of the one person he cared most about to really look at himself."

And moving him far away from Miami in a self-imposed exile seemed to be the best punishment for a ruthless character, Colleton added to TVLine.

"Going into exile away from everything that he knows and has become attached (to) in his whole infrastructure is a more fitting punishment for what his journey toward being a human being has cost everyone around him," she said. "If the central idea from the pilot on was: Here’s a guy who thinks of himself as a monster and yet yearns to be human ... We’ve seen him on this journey ... and we’ve seen year-to-year what this journey has cost him. So, in the finale, the final price comes through."

Although Jennifer Carpenter's character is now in the middle of an ocean, the actress wouldn't be surprised if "Dexter" did live on somehow. (After all, the guy is still, you know, alive. Unlike Deb. Just had to point that out once more.)

"I guess we can't really say yet because I played my character from A to Z, but I don't necessarily think that Dexter is done," Carpenter told The Hollywood Reporter. "It's still deliciously hanging untied; there's too much intrigue and too much of the appetite for it to completely be unresolved by this finale. Maybe somewhere down the line I wouldn't be surprised if something happens. I would be interested to see Michael (C. Hall) come back with the energy that he'd have from taking a real break and seeing what he can do with that character. I'm not trying to hint that I know something is coming, but I'm saying it's possible."