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

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All’s good that end’s good — oregon not. 

It’s hard to instrumentality the landing, and harder for immoderate shows than others. The aughts serial-killer deed “Dexter” is backmost with a revival premiering Sunday, Nov. 7, connected Showtime. It tries to marque audiences hide that the archetypal amusement ended with a bizarre lumberjack crook (more connected that shortly). 

Although TV is mostly astir the journey, the destination shouldn’t beryllium to a sinking ship. The past 2 decades person produced immoderate earnestly game-changing series— and immoderate horribly clunky endings, atrocious capable to rival the notorious “St. Elsewhere” finale, which wrapped up the Emmy-winning ’80s aesculapian play with a rendition of “it was each a dream.”

Now that “Dexter” is trying to particulate itself off, The Post takes a look astatine the worst offenders for atrocious TV endings successful caller years.

Michael C. Hall stands successful  a parking batch  with bluish  lighting and a superior   expression. Michael C. Hall arsenic Dexter successful “Dexter,” earlier the infamous lumberjack finale.


“Dexter” followed a serial slayer who targeted different killers, each portion moving for the Miami police. There were galore ways the Showtime deed could person ended that would person made sense. Instead, “Dexter” chose to springiness the quality a bewildering decision successful which helium became a lumberjack. It was an out-of-the-blue decision with thing from the erstwhile seasons adjacent remotely starring up to it. 

Are they trying to marque america hide astir it? 

Yes. The revival, “Dexter: New Blood,” picks up 10 years later, ensuring that the botched ending is not, successful fact, the show’s past word. 

Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and Daenerys Targaryen (Emila Clarke) grin  astatine  each   different   against a snowy backdrop successful  "Game of Thrones." Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) successful simpler times earlier Season 8 ended with him sidesplitting her.

Game of Thrones’

The watercooler phantasy deed changed the crippled for TV. But though it became beloved for its analyzable characters that anchored the large enactment acceptable pieces, successful the end, it threw those characters nether the autobus successful favour of bare spectacle. From the laughable uncover that the astir boring character, Bran, would beryllium the King (Sansa was close there!) to Jamie forgetting 4 seasons of improvement and regressing connected the spot — not to notation the Daenerys messiness — “Game of Thrones” took 8 years of quality arcs and tossed them retired the window. The occupation wasn’t truthful overmuch what happened (okay, immoderate of it was, because, again: King Bran?!), but the rushed and nonsensical way that it was executed.

Are they trying to marque america hide astir it? 

Sort of. There’s much “Game of Thrones” coming successful the signifier of the spin-off prequel amusement “House of the Dragon,” truthful that infamous ending won’t beryllium the past sensation we get of Westeros. 

Jack Shephard (Matthew Fox) clutches his broadside  and stands connected  a formation  successful   "Lost." Jack Shephard (Matthew Fox) connected “Lost.” ABC


The amusement is aptly named: The characters were mislaid connected the infamous Island — and the amusement itself mislaid its ain plot. The ABC deed redefined the “puzzle box” genre and ushered successful the now-ubiquitous beingness of crowdsourced net instrumentality theories. But successful the end, it collapsed nether the value of its ain unmet expectations. Key enigmas remained frustratingly vague (the cork and the heart, anyone?). And the ending — which reunited each character, whether surviving oregon dead, successful a church — led viewers to judge that “Lost” wrapped up with an “everyone was dormant the full time” conclusion. The creators person since clarified that’s not the case, but the reply (which has to bash with parallel realities) is inactive profoundly convoluted. If the finale needs to beryllium explained and still confuses people, well, past … the amusement didn’t bash a bully job. 

Are they trying to marque america hide astir it? 

Nope, there’s nary much “Lost” coming. In fact, implicit clip the ending has go somewhat little hated arsenic much radical person realized that it wasn’t a “They were dormant the full time” wrap-up, but it inactive goes down successful infamy.

Robin (Cobie Smulders) and Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor) beryllium   adjacent  to each   different   successful  a booth successful  a crowded bar. Robin (Cobie Smulders) and Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor) being friends connected “How I Met Your Mother.” Richard Cartwright

How I Met Your Mother’

It was legen … hold for it … dary. Only, not successful a bully way. For a amusement with a built-in conception and decision successful its title, “How I Met Your Mother” definite dropped the ball. For 8 seasons, Ted Mosby told his kids the communicative of however helium met their mother, focusing connected entertaining segues astir his person group, which included Robin, Barney, Lily and Marshall. The parent hardly figured into the show, until the extremity … erstwhile the creators decided it would beryllium a bully thought wrapper up a sitcom with a “shocking twist” and termination disconnected the mother, leaving Ted to extremity up with Robin — a romanticist narration that the communicative had agelong moved connected from. This amusement isn’t called, “How I Met Robin.” It had 1 job, and it whiffed it. 

Are they trying to marque america hide astir it? 

Sort of. There’s a spinoff successful the works called “How I Met Your Father,” starring Hilary Duff, but it volition person antithetic characters. 

Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) successful  a diner with  AJ (Robert Iler) and Carmela (Edie Falco) sitting successful  a booth. Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) successful a diner with AJ (Robert Iler) and Carmela (Edie Falco) and who knows what happened next. HBO

The Sopranos’

Don’t halt believin’. Tony Soprano went retired to devour astatine Holsten’s with his family, and depending connected who you ask, helium was either murdered there, oregon beingness went on, with the assemblage unceremoniously kicked out. The surface abruptly chopped to black, leaving galore viewers astatine the clip wondering if determination was thing incorrect with their televisions. If a ample information of the assemblage thinks that they could beryllium having a tech issue, the amusement isn’t doing it right! The seminal mob play took the thought of “ambiguous” ending to the adjacent level, making it truthful abrupt that viewers were near reeling. 

Are they trying to marque america hide astir it? 

Sort of. The caller prequel movie “The Many Saints of Newark” gave viewers different glimpse into the Sopranos’ world.

Beckett (Stana Katic) and Castle (Nathan Fillion), right, basal   broadside  by broadside  successful  beforehand   of a ample  model   connected  "Castle." Beckett (Stana Katic) and Castle (Nathan Fillion), right, connected “Castle.” ABC


Crime writer Beckett and no-nonsense researcher Castle were a will-they-or-won’t-they for the ages … astatine slightest up until that muddled finish. Depending connected who you ask, they either died and perchance ended up successful heaven, coiled up joined with 3 kids, oregon it was each a dream. Or something. The ending sequence, successful which they some get changeable earlier jumping to the brace seemingly surviving a “happily ever after” that mightiness beryllium existent oregon mightiness beryllium the afterlife, doesn’t marque immoderate sense. And there’s nary mentation for what those scenes are doing backmost to back. 

Are they trying to marque america hide astir it?

No, there’s nary much “Castle” planned. 

Brothers Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) Winchester basal   successful  beforehand   of their their Impala with superior   expressions connected  "Supernatural." Brothers Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) Winchester and their trusty Impala connected “Supernatural.” The CW


After a whopping 15 seasons pursuing brothers Sam and Dean Winchester hunting monsters together, the bid ended with Dean dying successful an anticlimactic mode connected a regular expedition, a cheesy afterlife series and a genuinely heinous old-man wig and constitution for Sam arsenic the occurrence flashed guardant to amusement him dying of aged age. Fifteen years of TV wrapped up with a sappy and ridiculous crook worthy of a soap opera.

Are they trying to marque america hide astir it?

Kind of. There’s a prequel astir the brothers’ parents successful the works, truthful Sam’s unspeakable wig and Dean’s embarrassing afterlife adventures won’t beryllium the past we perceive of the Winchester family.