|Premiere:||28 September 2008|
|Finale:||14 December 2008|
|Jimmy Smits as Miguel Prado|
David Ramsey as Anton Briggs
Jesse Borrego as George King
"Our Father" the season premiere, attracted 1.22 million viewers in the United States, making it Showtime's highest-rated drama season premiere since Nielsen Media Research began compiling ratings in 2004
The season's finale, "Do You Take Dexter Morgan?" attracted 1.5 million viewers. Season Three was watched by an average of 1.1 million viewers a week.
Season Three received largely positive reviews from critics, which ranged from being praised as "truly and incredibly exciting television" in the San Francisco Chronicle, to "lack[ing] the crackling tension the drama had supplied in previous years" by the Chicago Tribune; the aggregate site Metacritic scored the season at 78 out of 100 based on 13 reviews.
Smits and Hall received Emmy nominations for their roles as Miguel Prado and Dexter Morgan respectively, while the show as a whole also received a Best Drama Emmy nomination.
Season Three Synopsis
Rita discovers she is pregnant, informing Dexter that she will keep the baby and raise him with or without his help. He ends up proposing marriage to Rita, which she eventually accepts.
While stalking a murderous drug dealer, "Freebo", Dexter stumbles upon a fight between Freebo and another man, whom he is forced to kill in self-defense. This victim turns out to be Oscar Prado, brother of Miguel Prado, a prominent assistant district attorney and old flame of Lt. Maria LaGuerta. Miguel comes to confide in and trust Dexter after he helps assist with the case. Dexter tracks down Freebo and kills him, but as he leaves he encounters Miguel, who has followed a lead to Freebo's location. Dexter tells Miguel he had discovered Freebo and killed him in self-defense, but instead of reprimanding him, Miguel thanks him and offers to help him cover up the crime. As Dexter and Miguel cooperate to conceal Freebo's true demise from everyone else, the duo end up becoming close friends, as do Rita and Miguel's wife, Sylvia.
Later, Miguel discovers that Dexter killed a murderer Miguel had complained to him about before. He praises Dexter for killing another criminal and offers his aid in the future. Trying to discourage Miguel, Dexter proposes a risky operation to free an infamous Aryan Brotherhood leader from prison in order to kill him. Miguel agrees with the idea and the plan succeeds. Dexter starts to recognize Miguel as his first and only true friend, to the point of inviting him to be his best man at his wedding.
Debra starts working more seriously to earn her detective shield, and also starts working with a new partner, Joey Quinn. They investigate a serial killer, "The Skinner," who skins his victims alive. She also starts a relationship with Anton Briggs, one of Quinn's confidential informants.
Miguel and Dexter's partnership takes a new step when Miguel offers to be the one to kill their next target. With some reluctance, Dexter agrees, only watching as Miguel kills without hesitation. The next day, Ellen Wolf, a ruthless defense attorney and old courtroom adversary of Miguel's, goes missing, and Dexter discovers that Miguel has killed her alone. Dexter also learns that Miguel has been manipulating him since the beginning.
The police investigate the death of Wolf and capture The Skinner. Dexter eventually realizes that Miguel cannot be allowed to run loose any longer, at which point Dexter decides to kill him and make it look like The Skinner did it. Meanwhile, Miguel uses his position to help The Skinner escape police custody in return for his agreeing to kill Dexter. Striving to discover the truth about Wolf's death, LaGuerta ends up obtaining evidence which links Miguel to the crime. Miguel discovers that LaGuerta was investigating him and decides to kill her, but Dexter discovers Miguel's plot and captures him. Before killing Miguel, Dexter confesses to him that he was the one who killed his brother, Oscar.
After Miguel's body is discovered, he is immediately identified as a victim of The Skinner, just as Dexter planned. Miguel's other brother, Ramon Prado, however, becomes suspicious of Dexter. After pointing a gun at Dexter during a dinner with Rita, he is taken into custody. During a visit to him in jail, Dexter helps Ramon put his demons to rest.
On the night before his wedding, Dexter is captured by The Skinner, but breaks free by taking advantage of a moment when the Skinner is distracted, shattering his hand in the process. After a short but vicious fight, Dexter snaps The Skinner's neck and makes it look like suicide by throwing his body before a moving police car. Dexter gets his broken hand put in a cast and attends his wedding.
- Michael C. Hall as Dexter Morgan
- David Zayas as Angel Batista
- Julie Benz as Rita Bennett
- Lauren Velez as Maria LaGuerta
- C.S. Lee as Vince Masuka
- Jennifer Carpenter as Debra Morgan
- James Remar as Harry Morgan
- Desmond Harrington as Joey Quinn
- David Ramsey as Anton Briggs
- Valerie Cruz as Sylvia Prado
- Kristin Dattilo as Barbara Gianna
- Christina Robinson as Astor Bennett
- Preston Bailey as Cody Bennett
- Margo Martindale as Camilla Figg
- Jesse Borrego as George King
- Anne Ramsay as Ellen Wolf
- Tasia Sherel as Francis
- Rudy Quintanilla as Francisco (Sadie's Donuts)
- Katherine Kirkpatrick as Laura Moser
- Liza Lapira as Yuki Amado
- Jason Manuel Olazabal as Ramon Prado
- Jesse Borrego as George King (Jorge Orozco)
Special Guest Star
- Marc John Jefferies as Wendell Owens
- Jane McLean as Tammy Okama
- Vincent Pagano as Toby Edwards
- Jerry Zatarain Jr. as Mario Astorga
- Mike Erwin as Fred "Freebo" Bowman
- Nick Hermz as Oscar Prado
- Ray Santiago as Javier Garza
- Jelly Howie as Teegan Campbell
- Larry Sullivan as Ethan Turner
- Blake Gibbons as Clemson Galt
- Jeff Chase as Billy Fleeter
- Todd Giebenhain as Zack Adelman
- Cal Rooney
- Oscar Prado
- Fred Bowman
- Nathan Marten
- Ethan Turner
- Clemson Galt
- Camilla Figg
- Miguel Prado
- George King
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