Rita Bennett (née Brandon; later Morgan) is a fictional character created by Jeff Lindsay for his book series about a vigilante serial killer named Dexter Morgan. She also appeared in the television series Dexter, based on Lindsay’s books. She was the girlfriend and later wife of Dexter in both media. Portrayed by Julie Benz, Rita was a series regular in the first four seasons until she was killed in the season four finale, “The Getaway”. The character made her last television appearance in 2010; she was a special guest star in Dexter ’s season five opener entitled “My Bad”. The character remains alive in the Dexter novels and has appeared in every book in the series.