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Character's Last Words

Character's Last Words

Last Words are the final words spoken before a character's death. Some beg to live, while others recite memorable quotes. Suicide may lead to last words in the form of a note.

In the Showtime series DEXTER, many of Dexter Morgan's victims are given the opportunity to speak before he kills them. Below is a list of characters that have spoken before their death. A killer's parting words to the victim may also be listed.

For a full list of Dexter Morgan's victims, refer to Dexter's Kill List.

Pre-Season 1[]

Victims of Dexter[]

  • Nurse Mary - Dexter's first human victim, she killed patients in the hospital where she worked. She appears in a flashback sequence in "Popping Cherry." Dexter waits at Mary's home to capture her, it's a bit messy as a struggle ensues, but he is able to overpower her. After she is secured on a kill table, he removes the cotton ball from her mouth.

Mary: "I...helped them. All of them. I took their pain away..."
Dexter: "I understand...now it's time to take away your pain." (He places the cotton ball back in her mouth and stabs her multiple times.)

  • Alex Timmons - Referred to as a "Sniper," murdered several individuals after returning home from war. He appears in "Return to Sender" during a flashback after being captured by Dexter. As he lies upon the table, he speaks to Dexter.

Alex: "Yes...I did it. Is that what you want to hear?"

  • Gene Marshall - Referred to as an "Arsonist," burned alive several tenants in his apartment complex. He was caught by Dexter and shown in "Return to Sender" during a flashback. Gene lies upon the table, speaking to Dexter.

Gene: "Have you ever watched someone burn alive?"

  • Cindy Landon - Referred to as a "Black Widow," she was responsible for the deaths of her three husbands in search of their money. She was caught by Dexter and shown in "Return to Sender" during a flashback. Cindy lies upon the table, speaking to Dexter.

Cindy: "I'll fuck you if you let me go."

  • Walter Munro - A serial killer of prostitutes who Sgt. Doakes was unable to build a case against. He was caught by Dexter (off-screen) and referenced in "Suprise, Motherfucker!". Dexter accidently drops Munro's last words into conversation.

Walter: "Never jump the fence if you're not willing to face what's on the other side."

  • Marcetti - Targeted for an unknown crime and stalked by Dexter during his first date with Rita. He was caught by Dexter and shown in "My Bad" during a flashback. Marcetti stands in the car park prior to being abducted, speaking to Dexter.

Marcetti: "Is this [car] yours? What's the deal here?"

Victims of Other Killers[]

  • Laura Moser - The mother of both Dexter Morgan and Brian Moser, she was an informant for Harry Morgan in a drug cartel. She was murdered in "Seeing Red" by Santos Jimenez. Laura, Dexter, and Brian (unseen at the time) were trapped inside a shipping container with several dismembered corpses. As Laura is the last remaining victim, she looks to Dexter calm him down.

Laura: "Close your eyes Dexter. Don't look. Dexter...close your eyes. Dexter...Mommy loves you, Dexter."

Other Deaths[]

  • Harry Morgan - Before he committed suicide, he made a phone call the day before to Thomas Matthews, asking him to keep an eye on Dexter and Debra.

Season 1[]

Victims of Dexter[]

  • Mike Donovan - Targeted for raping and murdering at least three innocent boys, caught by Dexter in the pilot episode, "Dexter."

Mike Donovan: "I couldn't help myself, I couldn't ...please, you have to understand."
Dexter: "Oh trust me, I definitely understand. See, I can't help myself either. But children, I could never do that...not like you. Never. Ever. Kids."
Mike Donovan: "Why?"
Dexter: "I have standards." (Dexter injects Donovan with Etorphine and shoves cotton in his mouth, preventing him from speaking in his final moments, although he is heard whimpering.)

Jamie: "Fuck.." as Dexter rips the duct tape off his mouth.
Dexter: "Talk."
Jamie: Uh...what do you mean?"
Dexter: "I think you know what I mean."
Jamie: "No..." (Dexter cuts his cheek.)
Jamie: Oh, god..mmm..."
Dexter: "Talk to me about Jane Saunders"
Jamie: "Okay...I did her."
Dexter: "How?"
Jamie: "In a movie, snuff film. But I'm not sorry!"
Dexter: "Of course not. You know, I'm not sorry, either." (Dexter shoves the cotton ball back into Jamie's mouth and decapitates him in one strike with a meat cleaver.)

  • Matt Chambers - Targeted for being a repeat offender of hit-and-runs across several locations while constantly escaping conviction, caught by Dexter in "Crocodile."

Matt: "It's you..."
Dexter: "And you." (Dexter plays a tape showing one of Matt's victims last words.)
Dexter: "All right, enough corniness." (Dexter shuts off the laptop.)
Dexter: "We meet again." (He cuts Matt's cheek.)
Matt: "Ahhh.." (in pain)
Dexter: "For the last time."
Matt: "I didn't do anyth-anything."
Dexter: "Yeah. Some people believe that. Problem is, I don't."
Matt: "B-but it's true. I was - I was set up." (emotional and soft-spoken)
Dexter: "By whom?"
Matt: "Th...that family. They needed someone to blame. It's a natural thing to do when you're grieving."
Dexter: "So none of this is your fault?"
Matt: "I swear." (Dexter powers up the power saw to get a straight answer out of Matt.)
Matt: "Okay, okay okay! No...please stop. Alright. Okay, look. It was me...only it wasn't me. It-it was the booze. It takes me over."
Dexter: "That's the point of you which I'm not entirely unsympathetic. Neither you nor I is in complete control...of our destinies. Although at the moment, it would seem I have the upper hand!" (Dexter starts the power saw and Matt begins begging for his life.)
Matt: "No! Sorry! Really, I'm so sorry..."
Dexter: "You've done this too many times to be sorry." (Dexter shoves a knife into Matt's chest.)

Dexter: "So, which one of you set this up?"
Valerie: "They get freedom. We freed them. They thank us for God's sake."
Dexter: "For drowning them and dumping their bodies in the ocean place?"
Valerie: "We can pay you. We have money."
Dexter: "That's what it's all about, right?" (The Castillos profess their love for one another.)
Dexter: "How long have you been married?"
Jorge: "What?"
Valerie:"12 years!"
Dexter: "How do you love each other?....you're like me, you make it work. How?"
Jorge: "We want the same - the same life."
Valerie: "We want the same thing."
Jorge: "The same life.."
Dexter: "You share the same dream?"
Jorge: "Yes, exactly yes."
Valerie: "Yes, that's it!"
Jorge: "That's it!"
Dexter: "That's uh.....helpful. Thank you." (Dexter gags them once more with cotton and kills them both.)

  • Emmett Meridian - He was a doctor who convinced his patients that committing suicide was the right thing to do after he refused to prescribe more drugs for them. Dexter captured Meridian in "Shrink Wrap" after he confessed that he's a serial killer.

Emmett: "This session's over!" (From behind, Dexter puts him in a sleeper hold.)
Dexter: "Not so fast, doc." (Dexter tapes his mouth and kills him with a power saw.)

  • Brian Moser - Biological brother of Dexter Morgan and the infamous Ice Truck Killer. Dexter, seeing no other way to keep Debra safe, caught Brian and strapped him to his own kill table back at his apartment where they spoke with one another a final time.

Dexter: "You're the only one I ever wanted to set free..."
Brian: "You're the one who needs setting free, little brother. You're like a butterfly. You can be what you..." (Dexter slits his throat.)
Dexter: "Sorry...I can't hear anymore...but you're right.."

Victims of Other Killers[]

Alex: "Oh, thanks guys. It's like 80 degrees out." (after receiving a sweater)
Alex's father: "But next year at this time, we're probably going to see you at Harvard! It's everything I ever wanted for you, Alexander."
Alex: "Thanks, dad."

Kara: "Rick, I've tried to call you! I'm going to try the back door...oh, oh fuck! He saw me! Please don't hurt me!"

Noberto: "Where we going?"
Assassin: "Call came down. They want you moved to a more secure block."
Norberto: "You think the call to take care of me came down from the warden? Who the fuck do you think the warden listens to? Get used to it." (He was then stabbed multiple times by the assassin.)
Assassin: "That's for Mr. Guerrero" (stabs Noberto a few more times before walking off)

Vanessa: "I need another prescription."
Emmett: "I'm sorry, Vanessa. I can't do that."
Vanessa: "Just one more, please."
Emmett: "We talked about this. The antidepressants were a temporary crutch so that you could start taking steps on your own." (Vanessa later committed suicide in a bathtub by shooting herself.

Meghan: "But you don't understand! I can't do this on my own, I can't even get out of fucking bed!....I just...I want to die."
Emmett: "Look at me. I understand your feel of death, okay? No more pain. All the career pressure, the hopelessness. Gone." (Meghan later committed suicide in a bathtub by shooting herself.)

Emmett: "In many cultures, there's no stigma attached to taking one's life. Suicide's respected, even revered as a matter of personal conscience."
Carolyn: "How do most people do it?"
Emmett: "Well, painkillers are the most common. But they're entirely unreliable. The truly courageous of heart use guns." (Carolyn later committed suicide in a bathtub by shooting herself.)

  • Irma Holt - Irma is an elderly woman that lived across the street from Joe Driscoll, father of Dexter Morgan. Prior to Dexter's arrival, she met with a "cable repairman" who was actually Rudy Cooper. She is murdered at the end of "Father Knows Best" when she recognizes Rudy hanging around Dexter. As Dexter and the others prepare to leave Joe's house, Irma spots Rudy getting into his car with Debra Morgan and tries to get his attention.

Irma (yelling): "Cable repairman! Wait! Wait, no-no don't go! Wait, please I want to ask you something! Wait!" (As Rudy drives off, she tries to get the attention of Dexter.)
Irma (yelling): "Yoo hoo! The cable repairman! Did he say anything about my TV antenna? Hello?!" (Dexter practically ignores her as he drives away.) (Later, Rudy visits her wearing a cable repairman outfit. She answers the door with a smile, unknowingly letting The Ice Truck Killer into her home where he silences her for good. It's unknown how she's killed.)

  • Monique - Monique was a former-prostitute amputee who wore a Prosthetic Hand with each of the fingernails painted in different colors. She met with Brian Moser prior to the events of Season One and gave Angel Batista clues about The Ice Truck Killer. Brian set up another encounter with Monique and killed her. He then left her her body parts as "Christmas Presents" at Santa's Cottage, along with a video tape of her hanging upside down, reading prepared words.

Monique: "You arrested the wrong man. Made the world think I'm a rank amateur. And I'm very, very angry. To answer for your mistakes..." (Monique begins to cry uncontrollably.)
Monique: "P-Please...no! Please noo --" (Monique's neck is then slit.)

Other Deaths[]

  • Jeremy Downs - A young man responsible for the deaths of other youths with his unique knife strokes. Dexter originally spared him, but when he killed again and was caught by the police, Dexter questioned him. Jeremy stated that he did it to feel something because without killing, he felt absolutely nothing. Dexter gave advice to Jeremy that led to him committing suicide in "Circle of Friends".

Dexter: "I'm a lot like you, you know?"
Jeremy: "Yeah right. You're a killer?" (Dexter stares at him for a moment before speaking again.)
Dexter: "I'm empty. But I found a way to make it feel less...bottomless."
Jeremy: "How?"
Dexter: "Pretend. You pretend the feelings are there, for the world. For the people around you. Who knows, maybe one day they will be." (Later, Jeremy took his own life, not able to pretend, and heeding Dexter's warning to kill only those who deserve to die...in this sense, himself.)

Season 2[]

Victims of Dexter[]

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Victims of Other Killers[]

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Other Deaths[]

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Season 3[]

Victims of Dexter[]

Oscar: "Who are you?"

Freebo: "What the hell is this?"
Dexter: "Show and tell." (looks towards the pictures of Freebo's victims.)
Dexter: "It's been so long since you killed them, I was afraid you'd...forgotten." (Grabs Freebo's face to make him look at the pictures.)
Dexter: "Though I'm sure Teegan is fresh in your mind."
Freebo: "Teegan? No, I didn't-" (Dexter cuts his face.)
Freebo: "Ahh! Fuck!" (in pain)
Dexter: "You killed those girls and you were able to get away with it on a bad warrant. I love those. And then Teegan came along..." (Scene briefly cuts away to show Miguel walking through the house.)
Dexter: "First, you drained her of her self-respect, hope. Then last Sunday you choked the life out of her."
Freebo: "No, no. Sunday...I was getting high with Sherri or..Carrie. She's a...she's a...she's a hell of a thing-" (Dexter shoves cotton wool in his mouth, preventing him from speaking in his final moments, although he is heard whimpering.)

Ethan: "Wha-" (Dexter injects him with Etorphine and tapes his mouth shut.)

  • Clemson Galt - Targeted for beating his pregnant girlfriend to death and then ordering the deaths of witnesses from his prison cell, caught by Dexter in "Sí Se Puede".

Dexter: "Even in prison, I'm sure you heard about the big slump in the real estate market."
Clemson: "What the fuck..." (Dexter cuts his cheek.)
Clemson: Ah, shit..." (in pain)
Dexter: "There was an upside to the downturn, though. Plenty of empty houses. Do you recognise this one? It's where you killed Jenna Kendrick."
Clemson: "I got no idea what the fuck you're talking about."
Dexter: "I'm talking about "hammer time", Clemson."
Clemson: "No. You got me mixed up with somebody else." (Dexter shoves cotton wool in his mouth and monologues briefly before stabbing Clemson to death.)

  • Camilla Figg - An old friend of Dexter's foster father who became terminally ill with lung cancer, mercy killed by Dexter in "Easy as Pie".

Dexter: "I want you to know you were right about my brother. There's something else. I killed him."
Camilla: "It's good...you did." (dies from effects of poison.)

Miguel: "You little freak! You think I'm done with you? You think this ends here? It doesn't!"
Dexter: "It does for you." (throttles Miguel with a wire.)

Dexter: "I killed Freebo. Sorry about that. Tied him up, not unlike this. Stabbed him in the left carotid artery. Used a sixteen-inch carbon steel bone saw to separate his limbs."
George: "I don't believe you."
Dexter: "Divided him up equally amongst six biodegradable trash bags. Which are long gone now, carried north on the Gulf Stream."
George: "You're lying."
Dexter: "Usually. Not now. No point."
George: "Why would you have done such a thing?"
Dexter: "I have my excuses, justifications, but really I just...need to. Like you. You have your flimsy excuses, finding Freebo, getting your money, but you know he's dead. You know there's no money. So really you're just...a killer. A monster. The stuff of nightmares."
George: "I could kill you now!"
Dexter: "If you can convince yourself I'm lying, that you need to skin me to get information out of me."
George: "You are lying. You do know where he is."
Dexter: "Miguel Prado tell you that? He wanted me dead, so he used you. Played on your obsession. Probably wasn't too hard, you're a little single-minded."
George: "Let's hope you're this talkative once I get my tools." (Dexter later breaks free and kills George after a heated struggle.)

Victims of Other Killers[]

Wendell: "I kept my nose out of Freebo's business. It was safer that way. I know he was into someone for some major cash. He was pretty scared."
Debra: "Well, that explains why someone's trying so hard to find him. So, we done?"
Wendell: "Yeah, one other thing? If you find that jerkoff, tell him he still owes me."
Debra: "Watch yourself out here, okay?"
Wendell: "Okay." (Wendell was later killed when the Skinner tortured him to death trying to get information about Freebo.)

Billy: "What the fuck?"
Miguel: "We're here because of them. (He points to the pictures of Billy's three victims.)
Miguel: "Those lives that you've destroyed."
Billy: "Who are you?"
Miguel: "We are justice."
Billy: "Hey man. I'm just doing what I had to do!"
Miguel: "As are we." (Dexter hands Miguel a knife, which he uses to stab Billy in the chest.)

Other Deaths[]

None

Season 4[]

Victims of Dexter[]

Benny: "I know you..." (Dexter shoves cotton wool in his mouth, preventing him from speaking in his last moments)

Zoey: "You gonna rape and kill me?"
Dexter: "What is it with you and rape? No-one's raping anyone! Killing, on the other hand..."
Zoey: "Why are you doing this to me?"
Dexter: "Why did you do this to them?"
Zoey: "It was Darius Rae."
Dexter: "No, you wanted out. You wanted your freedom. The constant demands. You took it all. But they wanted more."
Zoey: "I couldn't breathe."
Dexter: "You did it to survive."
Zoey: "You understand?"
Dexter: "Oh, I understand all right." (He picks up a knife).
Zoey: "Look at you. What kind of father does this? What kind of husband?" (Dexter takes a blood slide)
Zoey: "Ahhh!" (in pain)
Dexter: "Not the kind who kills his family."
Zoey: "You're going to have to choose."
Dexter: "Not what you chose."
Zoey: "You can't hide what you are."
Dexter: "Oh, I can. Better at it that you."
Zoey: "You will choose your life over theirs."
Dexter: "I won't. I'd rather risk them knowing the truth than lose them. I don't wanna lose them. That's the difference between us." (He slams a knife into her chest)

  • Jonathan Farrow - A photographer who Dexter mistakenly believed to be responsible for the deaths of three women, when in reality his assistant had killed them. Caught by Dexter in "Slack Tide".

Jonathan: "Who are you?"
Dexter: "I'm the person who's going to keep you from killing any more women."
Jonathan: "What? I've never killed anyone!"
Dexter: "You killed Estrella Carazo. Who knows how many others?"
Jonathan: "I didn't fucking kill them! I photographed them! It's too fucking bad they're dead, but I-"
Dexter: "Too fucking bad they're dead."
Jonathan: "Life is...it's hard, and it's brutal and ugly and way too fucking short! That's why I shoot what I do! Beautiful women!"
Dexter: "Who are bruised, and cut, and bleeding."
Jonathan: "Fuck. It's for the contrast! If you add a little bit of the real world, it makes them all the more beautiful!"
Dexter: "Until you kill them." (He produces a cleaver, which he brandishes menacingly)
Jonathan: "If they could thank me, they fucking would. Because of my pictures, tho-those women will live on forever!"
Dexter: "Nothing lasts forever." (He decapitates Farrow with one stroke from the cleaver)

  • Stan Beaudry - Targeted for bludgeoning a woman to death with a crowbar and so Dexter could implicate him as the Trinity Killer, caught by Dexter in "Hello, Dexter Morgan". Stan lies upon the table, speaking to Dexter.

Stan: "Oh, I am gonna fuck you up! I'm gonna rip your heart out!"
Dexter: "So I heard"
Stan: "I'm gonna gut you like a fucking pig! You're gonna be sorry that you ever crossed me!" (Dexter slashes his throat)

  • Arthur Mitchell - The Trinity Killer who murdered people in cycles of four (a ten-year-old boy buried alive in concrete; a young, single woman killed in a bathtub; a middle aged mother-of-two forced to jump off a building and a father bludgeoned to death). Having initially kept Arthur alive in order to learn from him, Dexter caught and killed him at the end of the season.

Dexter: "Guess you were picturing a different scenario."
Arthur: "I was following my path."
Dexter: "So was I."
Arthur: "God led you to me."
Dexter: "Hardly." (He cuts Arthur's cheek, taking a blood slide)
Arthur: "Is this who you are?"
Dexter: "Ta-da!"
Arthur: "Look at you. I never took pride in what I did."
Dexter: "No, you were a very special kind of monster. You destroyed your own family."
Arthur: "I gave them everything!"
Dexter: "And then you took everything. Their future, their dignity, their hope, Christine. She even killed herself. Because of you."
Arthur: "Sh-she was weak."
Dexter: "I can't believe there was a time I actually thought I could learn something from you."
Arthur: "You think you're better than I am?"
Dexter: "No. But I want to be."
Arthur: "You can't control the demon inside of you any more than I could control mine."
Dexter: "Did you ever actually try?"
Arthur: "Oh god, yes. I prayed to be changed. To be made different."
Dexter: "That's not trying, that's waiting to be stopped."
Arthur: "It worked, didn't it? Case in point."
Dexter: So what's the alternative now, Arthur? Leave? Disappear? Fake my own death and start over again?"
Arthur: "No. You'll still be you."
Dexter: "I have a family too, Arthur."
Arthur: "You're like a child."
Dexter: "A child with a big knife."
Arthur: "You dream of a heaven you'll never see."
Dexter: "I don't believe in heaven."
Arthur: "Oh, but you do. This isn't your doing. This is God's plan. I accept that now. You have to do the same."
Dexter: "I accept nothing. Nothing is inevitable."
Arthur: "It's already over. It's already over." (Arthur looks towards stereo)
Arthur: "Could you?" (Dexter switches the stereo on, playing Venus by Frankie Avalon, and picks up a hammer)
Arthur: "Thank you."
Dexter: "Now it's over." (He hits Arthur with the hammer just off-screen)

Victims of Other Killers[]

  • Tarla Grant - A middle aged mother-of-two who was targeted by Arthur Mitchell as part of his kill cycle. Arthur forced her to jump to her death by threatening her children's lives. Shown to the viewer in "Blinded by the Light".

Arthur: "It's pretty, isn't it? Ok now. It's time for you to jump."
Tarla: "What? No!"
Arthur: "Yes. It always ends like this."
Tarla: "No, but-"
Arthur: "Shhh. It's already over."
Tarla: "Why are you doing this to me?"
Arthur: "You know I'm not to blame here. Come on now." (Tarla starts crying)
Tarla: "Please, no..."
Arthur: "You just need to let go...and fall."
Tarla: "Please, I'll do anything..."
Arthur: "Good. Jump!"
Tarla: "No, I can't."
Arthur: "You can."
Tarla: "I have children."
Arthur: "I know. Jason and Suzie. If you like, I could swing by your house, put an ice pick in your husband's head, and bring your kids back and throw them off, one at a time, until you finally decide to jump. Is that what you want?"
Tarla: "Please..."
Arthur: "What?"
Tarla: Just push me."
Arthur: "It doesn't work that way." (Tarla visibly prepares to fall)
Arthur: Jump." (Tarla jumps to her death)

  • Frank Lundy - A former FBI agent who was investigating the Trinity Killer, having linked the various homicides committed by Trinity across the years together. Before he could discover Trinity's identity, he was shot dead by the killer's illegitimate daughter Christine Hill while on a date with Debra Morgan.

Debra: "Don't go disappearing on me again."
Frank: "Not a-" (He sees somebody standing behind Debra. Multiple shots are fired, wounding Debra as Frank is apparently killed)

  • Earl Doorman - A middle-aged father who was targeted by Arthur Mitchell as part of his kill cycle. He was bludgeoned to death with a hammer at 100 Oceangate, his place of work, in "Dirty Harry".

Earl: "Please! I'm a father!"
Arthur: "You were no father." (He hits Earl with the hammer)
Arthur: "You made me! You made me do this!" (He continues to bludgeon Earl until he finally dies)

  • Kyle Butler - A random man who had the bad luck to catch Arthur Mitchell breaking into his house while searching for the man blackmailing him. Arthur tried to talk his way out of it, but eventually killed him when he threatened to call the police.

Kyle: "What the fuck?!"
Arthur: Oh! is this your house?
Kyle: "Fuck yeah, this is my house!"
Arthur: "I made a mistake. I thought this was my friend's place."
Kyle: "You were gonna steal my shit!"
Arthur: "I assure you, I was not." (He tries to get in his car, only for Kyle to grab him)
Kyle: "You ain't going anywhere, old man. I got your license plate number!" (Arthur leans closer to him. He is later found dead, having been killed off-screen)

Other Deaths[]

  • Christine Hill - The illegitimate daughter of Arthur Mitchell who was responsible for the murder of Frank Lundy. On being confronted by Detective Debra Morgan, Christine confessed her crimes before committing suicide.

Christine: "You know what I did? I shot you. I killed Lundy."
Debra: "OK."
Christine: "I'm so sorry."
Debra: "Let's just get you to the station."
Christine: "Can you forgive me?"
Debra: "Are you kidding me? I came here to do a job. I came here to take you in and to get justice for Lundy, but forgive you? Fuck you." (Christine reaches for a gun hidden under a cushion)
Debra: Let's just get to the station- wait, no! Don't!" (Christine shoots herself)

Season 5[]

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Season 6[]

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Season 7[]

Victims of Dexter[]

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Season 8[]

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