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Harry Morgan (Passenger)
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Character Profile
Portrayed By
James Remar
First Appearance
Finding Freebo
Last Appearance
Monkey In a Box
Character
Full Name
Harrison Morgan



Characteristics
Gender
Male
Eyes
Brown
Hair
Black/Grey
Personal Status
Immediate Relatives
Doris Morgan (wife; deceased)
Debra Morgan (daughter; deceased)
Dexter Morgan (adopted son)
Rita Morgan (daughter-in-law; deceased)
Harrison Morgan (grandson)

Harrison "Harry" Morgan (Passenger) is an imaginary character in DEXTER. This character wasn't a ghost, but rather a construct in Dexter's mind. The actual Harry Morgan died over ten years prior to 2006 from suicide, covered up as failure of his hardening arteries.

Even after death, Harry remained a monumental figure in Dexter's life, as a reminder of Harry's Code. Dexter occasionally imagined interactions with Harry, especially when resolving difficult decisions.

Creation

Prior to the events of Season Three, Dexter faced all of his problems alone while remembering lessons from his past taught by his father Harry Morgan. These flashback sequences were meant to reflect on the current event's drama, allowing Dexter to relate the two and find a solution in his own way. However, when Dexter found out that Harry committed suicide following an encounter where he discovered his son in the act of dismembering Juan Rinez, Dexter began to reject thoughts of his father the one who raised him to be this way. It is likely at this point he felt drawing events from the past would no longer help him in his future, especially in his consideration for turning himself in (as Harry once told him that this could lead to the electric chair and even took him inside of a prison and showed him an inmate about to be executed, which was one of his last memories of Harry in the past next to the event with Juan Rinez.

In the third season, Dexter starts having "daydream" sequences where Harry exists to talk to him. These sequences are usually covered in a veil of blur and bright colors, completely set within Dexter's mind including numerous characters such as Laura Moser and even his future wife Rita Bennett along with her children. This tradition continued into Season Four, possibly reflecting on the theme of the season being the "American Dream" of a house, a family, a wife...and once he lost it all at the end of that season, the dream began to end and it somehow forced Harry into "reality".

Season Five and onward sees Harry as if he was actually there, alive. Only Dexter can see him and when they talk, it still seems that no one else can hear him suggesting that Dexter is still daydreaming in some sense. Another character, Brian Moser, also acts in this light...becoming much more physical with the surroundings than Harry has ever been. Harry unlike Brian rarely interacts with anything when Dexter sees him, he usually stands just behind Dexter or to the side offering insight...sometimes in the backseat of a vehicle. Brian is seen eating food (such as pizza and hamburgers), wearing different clothing (in Nebraska, he wears a shirt that says "Nebraska is for Lovers") and even "kills" a man with a pitchfork (though Dexter is actually revealed to be the one using it).

History

Season Three

Harry appears to frequently tell Dexter that his new friendship with Miguel Prado is a bad idea especially when Dexter starts teaching Miguel The Code of Harry. Eventually Harry is proven right when Miguel starts killing innocent people. Harry also appears at times when Dexter is internally conflicted, with 'Harry' often acting as a counterbalance to Dexter's own impulsive nature. Dexter also imagines him appearing at better times, such as his wedding, where he pictures him standing next to Laura.

Season Four

'Harry' begins to show up a lot more as Dexter becomes more confused with his new role as husband and father. Harry always seems to try and steer Dexter toward the path that would offer him the most personal security, although Dexter begins to ignore him. Harry said from the beginning that Trinity was a dangerous man that needed to be taken out, yet Dexter wanted to learn from him. Much to his dismay, Harry was once again right.

Season Five

After failing to heed his father's warning about Arthur in the previous season, Dexter is faced with the reality that Rita Morgan has now been murdered by Trinity. Dexter sees Harry one last time in his cop attire and loses him for a while after this point, struggling with how to react emotionally through all the events that have occurred. Later on at the end of this episode, Dexter acts out violently by killing a man named Rankin after he first insulted Dexter and then insulted Rita's memory. Harry stands on in the mirror watching Dexter and tells him that was the most human thing he has done since Rita's death...that he never left, then as Dexter falls to his feet it's as if they're actually physically interacting with one another at this level...Dexter goes on to release his anger and Harry coaxes him to return to his life, that running away will not solve anything.

As Dexter restarts his life as a serial killer and attempts to locate a new target, Harry begins showing up again in the typical fashion with advice to help him think and solve his problems. However, whenever Lumen Pierce arrives Harry becomes very distrusting of her just as he did Miguel Prado and Arthur Mitchell before her. Harry generally helps stop Dexter from killing an innocent person. However, Harry did suggest killing Lumen Pierce which was a referral to the first rule in The Code of Harry: Don't Get Caught.

Dexter, unclear of what to do, thinks about what to do with her and eventually starts to accept her as a colleague. Harry has not been seen since Dexter's almost near-attempt of a murder on someone who was not guilty, thus suggesting that Dexter's involvement with Lumen is shutting Harry out.

After his long disappearance, Astor arrived in Dexter's life again with her friend Olivia and in trying to understand this whole situation, Harry appeared once more to offer Dexter a solution to his problem. Dexter didn't want advice from a man attempting to give insight on teenage girls, but Harry instead instructed Dexter that the safety of both girls best lay in getting them as far away as physically possible from Miami, especially with The Group being his target. Dexter takes note of this advice and Harry disappears when Lumen arrives, reappearing only once more after Dexter deals with Barry Kurt (Olivia's mother's boyfriend that abused her), extending his understanding of Dexter. When Dexter notices Harry, he automatically assumes that he's going to get the typical "You're endangering yourself Dexter, you're taking too much of a risk Dexter..." attitude...but instead, Harry tells him he's proud that he could actually put himself out there for another person despite all the risks aligned with it. Dexter listens on as his father praises him for acting far beyond his expectations of how he'd grow up...and this may suggest that Harry is more than just his sub-conscience, even going as far as to suggest Harry's spirit resides within Dexter...coming out only when he needs him most (much like the saying that when someone close to you passes away, they're always in your heart).

Season Six

As of the events in Nebraska, Harry might be considered the "Light" side of Dexter's personality or his conscience. When Brian Moser appeared to Dexter in Harry's place, he urged Dexter to kill just for the sake of killing.

Season Eight

In the penultimate episode, Dexter realizes that he doesn't need Harry anymore to guide his decisions. Dexter looks to the sky and exhales following Harry's goodbye.

Notes

  • The show generally portrays Harry's appearances to Dexter as being a representation of Dexter's memories and subconsciousness, rather than a supernatural occurrence.
  • The show has repeatedly and unsubtly implied that Harry is a figment of Dexter's subconsciousness.
  • The show has never ventured into the supernatural in any other way. Dexter's setting is realistic, with no supernatural elements lacking a mundane explanation. (Sometimes, events seem miraculous, and this ties in with characters' faith.) Seeing Harry as a ghost would be extremely out of place.
  • As a representative of Dexter's subconsciousness, Harry sometimes notices details that conscious Dexter hasn't yet. Similarly, he can represent Dexter's better judgement.

Appearances

Season Three

Season Four

Season Five

Season Six

Season Seven

Season Eight

Dexter: The Game

Main article: Dexter: The Game
Harry Morgan game

Harry, as he appears on Dexter: The Game.

  • Harry appears throughout the game with no line of speech on the left part of the screen whenever a new level or location is loading, with an advice from Harry's code in text on his right side.