Wait a minute — did that really just happen? The May 9 penultimate episode of ‘Bates Motel’ pulled out a major death; but are they actually dead? Here’s what the producers have to say.
Norman (Freddie Highmore) just hit an all new low. He went absolutely psychotic (per usual) on Bates Motel, but his latest victim totally shocked us, with the episode ending with a serious cliffhanger. So, did he really kill (spoiler)? Well, we’ll find out next week.
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It looks like the Psycho movies are closer than you think — Norman Bates killed his mother Norma (Vera Farmiga) last night — or did he? At the end of the episode, Norma was left unconscious and Romero’s (Nestor Carbonell) efforts to give her CPR looked like they were failing. Norman returned to consciousness and said one word upon seeing her: “Mother.”
“Right from the beginning Kerry [Ehrin] and I knew, when we first sat down and we were talking about the show, we did conceive it as a five-year journey,” co-EP, Carlton Cuse told our sister site, Variety. “And these events of 409 and 410 were very much planned from the get-go. The specifics of them were altered over time as always happens once you learn more about the characters and you’re following the thread of the specific narrative, but the larger events were long planned and really set up the final season where we bring Norman to a place much closer to Psycho. We’ll cross through those events but we’re not remaking Psycho in any shape or form.”
We will definitely see more of Norma and Norman going forward though, of course, the EPs reveal. “The obsession with Norma and the relationship with Norma is always going to be the driving force of this show,” co-EP, Kerry added.
As for what will be coming in next week’s finale, expect a lot of answers. “If you’re coming out of [episode] nine wondering, ‘Oh my God, did I just see that? Is that for real? Did that just happen,’ episode ten answers those questions,” Carlton said, while Kerry added that the end will be “emotional, cathartic, and there’s some fun in it.”
And those Vera Farmiga fans, don’t worry — we’ll still be seeing a lot of her. “Vera is still going to be No. 1 on the call sheet,” Carlton confirmed. Phew! Bates Motel airs Monday at 9 PM ET on A&E.