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Of all the ancillary characters on Dexter, the one we never thought would survive so long is Quinn, the foolhardy and troublemaking Miami Metro detective.

But at a Dexter panel at PaleyFest in L.A. on Sept. 12, actor Desmond Harrington gave Wetpaint Entertainment his theory on his character's endurance — as well as his thoughts on Deb and Jamie as love interests.

Wetpaint Entertainment: Are you surprised that Quinn has survived so long?
Desmond Harrington: No! I think it would have been too easy to kill me. He's the kind of character that can be unlikable, so you can kill and it’s like, "Oh yeah."

Do you believe Deb and Quinn truly belong together?
Yes.

Why?
Because they love each other.

Do you think Jamie and Quinn ever had a chance or were they doomed from the beginning?
Yes, but I think she pushed him away. She was constantly at him. She needed to lay back a little bit [and] trust. You get what you wish for in life, you know?

You don’t think Quinn was maybe a little difficult to trust?
I wasn’t, though! At the beginning, I was alright, and then she just kinda kept on with the whole, like, Deb thing. And I was like, "Alright, there are some feelings there but…"

What will you miss most about playing Quinn?
The comedy — just the parts where he got to be stupid. Like getting stoned, f—king a witness… just stupid stuff. That’s what I’m going to miss. I liked when he got woken up in a car by the sprinkler on him. That stuff.

Dexter airs its second-to-last episode this Sunday, Sept. 15, at 9 p.m. ET on Showtime.

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