Your anticipation for the final season of ''Dexter,'' opinions about ''Game of Thrones'' baddies, and more

Prince of Darkness
I can’t thank you enough for an early peek into the final season of my favorite show, Dexter. I have been a huge fan from the beginning, and while I’m so sad to see it end, I can’t wait to see how Dexter goes out. My connection to the show became stronger when I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma two years after Michael C. Hall was. I started chemotherapy just after season 6 premiered, and it was a huge comfort to watch him every week and be able to visualize being healthy again. Today I am in remission just as he is. Thanks for a great article.
Kendra Marcotte
Wichita, Kan.

All this moaning and wailing about the end of Dexter. All I can say to Dexter devotees is ”Read the books.” Jeff Lindsay’s novels are usually richer, funnier, and much less fragmented and sputtering than the worst seasons of the Showtime series. Plus, since they’re told in first person by Dexter himself, you get an even better understanding of his own inability to understand what passes for normal behavior. With a new Lindsay novel, Dexter’s Final Cut, on the way, you can still enjoy the character after the show ends.
Richard E. Rae

I can’t begin to describe my excitement when I knew it was time for the summer TV preview. I was all geeked up and ready for a Breaking Bad tribute. Much to my dismay, it received second billing to Dexter. No disrespect to Dexter, but the end is near for one of the most wonderfully written and acted television shows ever. EW, I fully expect an all-things-Breaking Bad edition sometime before Aug. 11.
Shannon Kosko
Hudson, Ohio

The editors respond… Just wait and see. You really think we’d dare ignore Walter White in his final hours?

Covert Operation
I was delighted to see the summer TV preview in my mailbox. But c’mon, guys, how do you have a summer TV preview without a mention of Covert Affairs? Everybody in the office watches. Go ahead…admit it… EW likes Annie and Auggie as much as the average Joe.
Brian Hathaway
Lost Creek, W.Va.

Elf Reflection
The photo of new character Tauriel in Peter Jackson’s upcoming Hobbit installment (First Look) led me to reflect that filmmakers would never dream of taking such liberties with Shakespeare. Sure, they’ll place Romeo and Juliet in modern L.A. or Hamlet in Manhattan, and they’ll trim scenes because of length — but creating a new character or dialogue? Why is it okay to show such disrespect to other authors?
Karen Amrhein

The Freshman Class, a new reality show based at the Louisiana Culinary Institute, airs on the Cooking Channel (What to Watch).

Who’s the Baddest of Them All?
Evil comes in all sizes on Game of Thrones, from pipsqueak Joffrey to towering Mountain. Post-finale, readers broke down the best of the worst.

JOFFREY BARATHEON So far, Joffrey has been the worst on the show. I think that Ros’ death scene cemented that, on top of an earlier scene that showed him forcing Ros to degrade and beat another prostitute. —Hooch

RAMSAY SNOW The last few seasons people have been saying how awful Joffrey is. All the while I kept thinking, ”Just wait until you guys meet Ramsay Snow.” He is the story’s single most depraved character, and that is really saying something. —Bob

TYWIN LANNISTER He’s the one who sets the Mountain loose to terrorize the countryside and gets Walder Frey to pull off the Red Wedding. Sure, he’s not a psychopath like Ramsay, but he has no remorse for anything he does, and isn’t being a sociopath worse? —ME

THE MOUNTAIN Joffrey is just a spoiled brat who never had a chance to be a decent guy because of neglect. Tywin at least believes himself to be honorable in his quest to maintain his family above all else. But the Mountain is evil. He has no reason to be, he just is. —Rob

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Michael C. Hall plays a serial killer who only murders evildoers in this gruesome drama

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