Julie Benz Bids Farewell to Rita, Dexter Viewers

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In the days following the Dexter season four finale, we've heard from show producers and show stars such as John Lithgow and Michael C. Hall.

Everyone had a lot to say about Rita's shocking death, but fans have been waiting all week to hear from Julie Benz herself. How did she react when told of her character's demise? Will Rita turn into a ghost?

E! News asked these questions, and many more, of the actress. Her candid replies are below...

On any kind of return: "There has been no talk of me coming back to the series in any way. A lot of people have been begging me to tell them that I'm going to come back, and I'm like, 'Rita's dead!' Rita is dead and Trinity killed her... I don't think it could get any more obvious that Trinity killed Rita. Rita is dead."

On reaction to her death scene: "The death was such a graphic image... When they first told me I was dying, they didn't tell me how I was dying... I did feel anger about them taking this innocent, sweet woman in such a violent and terrifying way - which we know from the woman in the bathtub in the first episode.

"We know we're making a TV show, but you see a little baby and fake blood, and it was still a very disturbing image. But it's a poetic way to go because it's a direct reflection of Dexter as a child and there's poetry in that if you can get past that, which I think is what they were going for."

Rita and Harrison

On joining another show: "I love FlashForward, Grey's Anatomy, Mad Man, 30 Rock. I'd love to be a part of a show where they don't think it's cool to kill me!"

On what's ahead on Dexter: "I assume Astor and Cody will go with their grandparents, but what about Harrison? I know that one option is to have them jump ahead in time. They have the option of taking the story creatively wherever they want.

"But of course I worry about Harrison. The first thing I said when they told me about Rita's death was, 'What about the children?!' I felt like a real mother, and I will be tuning in to make sure that Harrison is taken care of."

So will we. We also wish Benz the best of luck in her next career step. She should have no trouble finding work, that's for sure.

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This is to the comment made by "Sickening"
I just have a couple questions. Did you like the other seasons of Dexter? I'm assuming you did considering you watched the show up until its most recent season. So in this case, what is the problem with the child sitting in fake blood for Rita's death, as opposed to Dexter's mom's death, where him and his brother were found in an inch or so thick of blood? Does it make a difference that Dexter's baby is younger? or do you just not recall that you have seen children in blood MANY MANY MANY times during this show? I think for you to make such a critical remark on a very poetic, ironic, yet emotional scene is poorly deserved, especially when the SAME THING has been shown, REPEATEDLY, to you throughout every season.
No offense, but you obviously did not think it through.


I just discovered Dexter and have watched two seasons in as many weeks. I was horrified when I heard that Rita was killed off the show as I enjoyed Dexter becoming a bit more human and not so alienated. Remember I just started Season 3. To kill off this character, who never got a break in life, is hugely disappointing to me. That and I love Julie Benz. I will finish Season 3 and stop watching.


I thought this scene was shocking and in terribly bad taste. It left me hoping that they did not REALLY sit that poor screaming actor child in fake blood in such an awful scene. I think that is ethically wrong and I hope they used some serious special effects to get this right, because sitting a tiny child in such a disgusting scene is just shocking. People can disconnect from a show because they know it is not real, but in this case (as with the scenes of Dexter and his brother previously), I really hope these scenes are special effects. Who knows what psychological impact this could have on a child? That aside, the show is now dead to me too. They killed Dexter's humanity who was represented in Rita. Now, to me, he is just another serial killer. If it was real life, I'd want to see him on death row now - because I don't believe he has a stable figure in his life to help him control his dark side. She also drew a different audience and appeal that otherwise will be disinterested. I think the writers have made a big mistake. Good luck, I expect season 5 will be the last unless they work some kind of writers miracle.


Look I was sad too. But when it comes down to it, that was brilliant. The poetic justice was awesome. I have been a fan since season one and didn't know what would happen for season five until! whamo she is gone. She is so sweet and innocent that it makes sense. Tear jerking and shock and awe effect was awesome. Can't wait till season five. And season four finale was way better than season three.




what a f***** up ending! season four was the worst, dexter lost his swagger it took too many shows to kill trinity and i hope they have some good ideas for season five or just arrest him and end it


Julie Benz is a great actress - loved her since Roswell, Buffy, and Angel. But I hated Rita and am quite glad the character's dead. Looking forward to Julie's next gig (not FlashForward Julie!! It won't last!)


I cried real hard when I saw the part where Rita, (Julie Benz) dead in the bathtub and her little baby crying on the side. Rita was sooo sweet and such a great Mother. I really love you Julie and have a great success in other shows. (I know you will) So glad that you are really alive.

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Deb: (excitedly) A baby? a motherfucking rolly-poly, chubby cheeked shit machine? Are you kidding me?
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