Coming hot off of its best season to date, the first trailer for the final season of Bates Motel just hit online. A&E’s Psycho prequel spent four seasons showcasing Norman’s slow descent into madness. In Season 5, all that waiting is set to pay-off.
The fifth and final season picks up almost two years **SPOILER** after Norma’s (Vera Farmiga) death and finds Norman (Freddie Highmore) living a double life. Publicly a happy and well-adjusted member of the White Pine Bay community, Norman struggles at home, where his violent blackouts are increasing as “Mother” threatens to take him over completely. Meanwhile, Dylan (Max Thieriot) and Emma (Olivia Cooke), now with lives of their own, soon find themselves drawn back into Norman’s insanity, while a vengeful Romero (Nestor Carbonell) hungers for a chance to destroy his stepson.
Check out the trailer for Bates Motel Season 5 below:
The trailer gives us a glimpse at what Norman’s home looks like without Norma, and we get to find out exactly what Norman has done with his mother’s body. Season 5 appears as if it will be a reimagining of how things played out in Robert Bloch’s novel and Alfred Hitchcock’s movie, and the show will soon introduce its take on the film’s “hero” (if you could call him that) Sam Loomis, with recent Walking Dead star Austin Nichols cast in the role. In addition, Rihanna was cast in the famous role of Marion Crane, played iconically by Janet Leigh in the 1960 Hitchcock masterpiece.
Producer and co-creator Carlton Cuse (Lost) and co-creator Kerry Ehrin (Friday Night Lights) saw the show coming to an end after season five, and that’s exactly what A&E are doing. While promoting season four last year, Cuse commented on Bates Motel’‘s ending, and how it wasn’t the showmakers’ “desire or obligation to exactly align our storytelling with what goes on in the movie.” Guess we’ll have to wait to see if the showrunners feel it necessary to recreate the famous shower scene or not.
The fifth and final season of Bates Motel will begin on A&E on Monday, February 20, at 10:00 p.m. ET.