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Showtime’s long-running hit Dexter is based on Jeff Lindsay’s Dexter series, specifically the first book Darkly Dreaming Dexter. How much do the book and the first season match up, though? Which characters were changed or added for the show, and which character died at the end of the book but lived on in the show for 6 more seasons? Read on to find out.
1. In Darkly Dreaming Dexter, the book’s main serial killer is known as the Tamiami Butcher while in the show, he is referred to as the Ice Truck Killer. The Tamiami Butcher from the book also drives a refrigerated produce truck instead of an ice truck.
2. The show changed Dexter and Deborah’s boss’s name from Migdia LaGuerta to Maria LaGuerta. LaGuerta is also much less obvious in her feelings for Dexter in the show than she is in the book, and she is killed by Brian, the Tamiami Butcher, at the end of the book.
3. Brian, the Ice Truck Killer, is killed by Dexter at the end of the first season. In the book, he does not die and comes back later on in the series.
4. Rita’s abusive ex-husband is briefly referenced in the book but isn’t really a character. In the show, his name is Paul Bennett, and he is released from prison in season one. He comes back to threaten Rita, and Dexter sets him up to go back to prison.
5. Angel Batista has a bigger role in the show and a backstory involving him being secretly separated from his wife and trying to win back her back. In the book, he works in the forensics department, but his character doesn’t get much development beyond his name.
6. In the book, Doakes suspects that something is up with Dexter, but he doesn’t significantly act on his suspicions. In season one of Dexter, Doakes trails Dexter and tries to catch him.
7. LaGuerta spreads cruel rumors about Deborah in the book, nicknaming her Einstein because, as she puts it, “If her tits were her brains, she’d be Einstein.” On the show, LaGuerta is mean towards Deb, but her antagonizing Deb never reaches the levels of sexual harassment.
8. In the book, Dexter wonders for a while if he might be the Tamiami Butcher and subconsciously killing the victims. In the show, there is never a question that the murders are being committed by someone else.
9. In the show, Dexter’s sister Deb starts dating Rudy, who is secretly Brian, the Ice Truck Killer. In the book, Brian is Dexter’s twin brother, and Dexter does not meet him until the end of the book when Brian kidnaps Deb.