Summer TV Bad Boys: 8 Dark Characters To Watch Out For

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Jim Rennie
Big Jim Rennie - Under the Dome
Assuming his Under the Dome character Big Jim Rennie is anything like the character featured in Stephen King's novel, we should expect to see a darker side of Dean Norris come June 24 when the CBS series makes its debut. Big Jim's not just a big fish in the small pond that is Chester's Mill, he's the big fish, and when that pond becomes a fishbowl, Jim's thirst for power expands. The novel's version of the character is successful in business and politics, manipulative and cunning, and worst of all, he's convinced that his way is the right way. He presents himself as an upstanding, law-abiding citizen, while in truth, he's anything but.

Those of us who know Dean Norris from his role as DEA Agent Hank Schrader in Breaking Bad know that the actor can play up the good-guy law enforcer type beautifully, and that may serve him well in his portrayal of Big Jim when the character is showing his good-guy face. But there's a dark side to this character and one Norris may be just as perfectly suited to reveal. Big Jim's not the kind of guy you want to get on the wrong side of, and when the dome drops down, make no mistake, he wants to be calling the shots. And he's not the only bad boy under the dome. We'll also want to keep an eye out for Big Jim's son Junior (Alexander Koch), who has his own dark side to hide.

Dexter
Dexter Morgan - Dexter
Dexter Morgan’s life was once a serial killer’s compartmentalized dream. With the occasional exception, he murdered those who wouldn’t be missed or those who good-hearted people knew they shouldn’t look for. That code has slowly gone out the window over the years, but at no point has there ever been more loose ends than at this very moment. One of those famous Miami hurricanes is about to descend on the entire homicide department, and it’s hard to imagine how Dexter is going to be able to kill his way out of it.

Maybe he’ll head for Argentina. Maybe he’ll walk into a police station to save those he loves. Maybe he’ll go on a murderous tear unlike anything we’ve ever seen. There is an incredible number of possible ways the writers could choose to end Dexter’s thrilling eight season run, and in Michael C. Hall’s capable hands, there’s no reason to think we won’t all be glued to the television for every last gory, pulsating and macabre detail. As bad boys go, this blood spatter analyst is truly the most sociopathic. Dexter's final season premieres Sunday, July 30 at 9:00 p.m. ET on Showtime.
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