The prequel to Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” “Bates Motel” finally comes to an end with its 5th season. Fans are up to witness through their TV screens how a seemingly normal teenager in the name of Norman Bates will lose his mind and turn into one of the most horrifying serial killers in the history of movies. Executive Producers of the show promises a beautiful and emotional ending.
When the showrunners to the critically acclaimed Motel Bates announced in Comic Con San Diego that they are officially ending the series in Season 5, fans were surprised and that is an understatement.
But the producers insisted that when Season 1 took off, they immediately thought that they’d only stick until Season 5 as they already thought about the perfect ending.
Although a specific date for its release hasn’t been confirmed yet, Motel Bates Season 5 is expected to air sometime in March 2017, Variety reported. The 5th season is also expected to introduce another character in the show’s homage to the “Psycho” franchise.
While “Bates Motel” has succeeded both in honoring the greatest horror movie and being a successful creepy TV series, it will come to an end as it introduces Marion Crane, who will be played by superstar singer Rihanna, Cinema Blend reported.
Rihanna will appear in multiple episodes and the show will perhaps re-enact the famous shower scene that has become one of film’s most iconic moments. “Psycho” is famous for its plot twists and turns but it has climbed into stellar success when Marion Crane stepped into her doomed shower scene.
Vera Farmiga is also expected to reprise her dead character Norma Bates. This season will be the unravelling of Norman and he will be having visions of his dead mother doing simple chores around the motel. In Norman’s mind, his mother is still very much alive and the producers promised this will have bone-chilling moments played out in the entire 10-episode Season 5.
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A&E is checking out of Bates Motel. The network announced during the show’s panel today at San Diego Comic-Con that the fifth season of the Psycho prequel will be its last.
— Bates Motel on A&E (@InsideBates) July 22, 2016
Bates Motel centers on Norma Bates (Vera Farmiga) and her son, Norman (Freddie Highmore). Both actors have drawn praise for their performances, receiving Emmy and Critics Choice TV Awards nominations. Max Thieriot, Olivia Cooke and Nestor Carbonell co-star.
Bates Motel, from Universal Television, is executive produced by Kerry Ehrin and Carlton Cuse.
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Vera Farmiga attends SAG-AFTRA Foundation Conversations for ‘Bates Motel’ at SAG-AFTRA Foundation on June 9, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.
‘Bates Motel’ Season 4 Spoilers: Is Vera Farmiga’s Norma Getting A New Love Interest?
Sorry, Normero shippers, but it seems that Norma (Vera Farmiga) is getting a new love interest in season 4 of “Bates Motel.”
TVLine was first to report the speculation along with the news that the A&E drama-thriller is casting the recurring role of Gregg Edwards, a “compassionate, grounded and empathetic” doctor at Pineview Mental Institution in his 40s who “walks a fine line between professional curiosity and personal investment in his patients’ lives.”
Whether or not Gregg ends up as a new love interest for Norman’s (Freddie Highmore) mom, fans who ship Norma and Sheriff Romero (Nestor Carbonell) together won’t be disappointed, as series executive producer Carlton Cuse previously suggested that the pair will eventually become a couple.
“Our intention is to make people want them to get together,” Cuse said of Norma and Romero in an interview with Yahoo TV in April. “When that might happen, [fellow executive producer] Kerry [Ehrin] and I wouldn’t want to say right now, but that’s exactly what you should be feeling. You should be wanting them to get together.”
“We feel like we have an epic couple with Norma and Romero. We plan to deliver on the promise of that at some point, in some form,” he added.
And that seems to be the case, as viewers saw Romero killed Bob Paris (Kevin Rahm) in the season 3 finale not because he will personally benefit from his death, but because he’s protecting Norma, whom he has already fallen for.
“It is the first time he’s committed a crime where his motivation was murky,” Ehrin told TV Guide of the sheriff in May.”He always, in the past, knew exactly why he was doing something and he was doing it to control a bad situation from getting out of hand. This is the first time he has done something purely personal, and he did it because he’s in love with her.”
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Vera Farmiga has a complex relationship with her on-screen son Norman in Bates Motel
In Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 masterpiece Psycho we met the infamous Norman Bates, oppressed son, psychopath and serial killer. In 2013, the television prequel, Bates Motel, constructed around Bates’ early life, and in particular his mother, Norma (Vera Farmiga), a woman hitherto met as a skeleton in the attic, but now in the full bloom of her life.
That relationship – a mother’s obsessive love for her son, and a son’s love/hate relationship with his mother – forms the psychological spine of Bates Motel.
Farmiga describes it as a swinging pendulum, stretching from an almost uncomfortable affection, to a powerful sense of betrayal.
“Norman is at that very precarious stage of adolescence where he’s figuring out what it is to become a man,” Farmiga says. “And he’s being raised by a single mother. There’s a draw to his mother, but a simultaneous [push away]. And I think what you’re going to be seeing is quite a bit of that.
“You’re going to see the most extreme closeness and tenderness, to the point of such uncomfortable closeness between them, and then, sort of, the opposite pendulum swing of complete almost alienation and betrayal.
“But I think [also] they’re just trying to find their footing.”
Our conversation touches on a range of emotions, and Farmiga uses words like “inevitable” and “demise”. To some extent, history is written for both Norma and Norman; the events of Hitchcock’s original film serve as a sort of epilogue to Bates Motel. Though Farmiga does not feel hemmed in by the fate demanded by the larger historical work.
“I don’t get trapped in that … my only mission is to have you guys, the audience, whoever is receiving our story, to really root for them both,” Farmiga says. “The task at hand for me really is to present to you a mother in all her righteousness and her manipulation.”
And to that end, Farmiga believes Norma is a committed mother, even if the fine print of the story suggests otherwise. “Everything that she thinks she is doing, is saying, [is] I’m doing the best that I can to make my son better, to fix him. And, you know, she comes from the heart in what she thinks is the right thing to do.
“She’s this, you know, mother lion.”
Bates Motel also makes rather ambitious observations about the modern world; Farmiga sees it as a work which explores the struggle of parents with their children, where responsibility sits, and how children are fashioned into adults.
“What is so vital about our story I think, especially now in the age of Dylan Klebold [who, with Eric Harris, killed 13 people and injured 24 others, in the Columbine High School massacre], is that we, as parents, are really struggling with our children,” Farmiga says.
“They’re growing up in such a violent world, and such a dark place. And I think this is a show that really considers your responsibility as a parent and, in that examination of parent/children relationships, how we, in fact, are responsible, somewhat.
“There’s biochemistry, there’s a neat personality, but then there’s, you know, how do we sculpt them, how do we mould them, do we hurt them, do we help them, how do we make our kids better, how do we prepare them, how do we hone them, how do we love them into the best possible version of themselves.”
The show’s second season also saw the arrival of Caleb Calhoun, played by Kenny Johnson. Calhoun, who is Norma’s estranged older brother, was part of her violent upbringing, a context which exposed a different aspect of Norma’s personality.
Johnson, Farmiga says, is a “one in a million”. “I think it’s very tricky to do what is demanded of him in this role. He can make you feel such great empathy for the character. I think this is what’s so masterful about [Bates Motel] is that we tread these really murky lines where you teeter over a little bit in this area, and it’s just profane.
“The balancing act is quite tricky, tonally, to achieve, because you want to hate Caleb, you want to judge him, and yet he’s quite loveable in this. It’s really odd, but fascinating to watch.”
Young Norman Bates strides ever so closer to embracing the “psycho” he’s destined to become in Season 3 of A&E’s Bates Motel. Fear not if you missed the latest season on TV as Universal Studios Home Entertainment has set an October 13 release date for the Bates Motel Season 3 Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD release.
Bates Motel Season 3 stars Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Theriot, Olivia Cooke and Nestor Campbell, with Nicola Peltz returning as Bradley Martin for a Season 3 arc. A&E has already renewed Bates Motel for Seasons 4 and 5 so there’s a lot more of Norman Bates and his possessive mother to come.
The Blu-ray and DVD editions of Bates Motel Season 3 will each be combo packs with Digital HD. On Blu-ray you can expect a two-disc set with each episode presented in 1080p and 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio. A lone confirmed bonus feature is ‘A Broken Psyche: Creating Norma-n.’