Warning: This article contains spoilers for Bates Motel.
It seems Bates Motel is going to get even more intense as Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) descends further into the darkness, something only hinted at in the season finale. When Bates Motel returns, fans will see Norman go full psychopath, a condition first revealed when, upon escaping from Norma (Vera Farmiga), he slipped into his mother’s persona and brutalized Bradley.
The Bates Motel executive producer Kerry Ehrin hinted that Norma’s ways of protecting her son may have contributed to Norman’s madness, since her actions would have had a different effect on one with dissociative disorder than they might have had on a more rational mind.
“So in many ways, ‘Mother’ is that for Norman. It’s somebody that he can call on when he feels out of control. The other side of that is, he has this whole warped, psychosexual, frustrated, messed-up psychology with his mother which also feeds into it. So it’s just created this being that lives in him.”
Even with the way Bates Motel left off, it seems there’s much more to play out between Norma and Norman, when the new season of Bates Motel premieres. Ehrin warns fans not to make any assumptions, especially where Vera Farmiga’s Bates Motel character is concerned.
“I feel like that could happen, honestly, at any point. It could happen in any episode from now until the end of the series,” Kerry warned, when faced with the idea that Norma Bates’ death would foretell the end of the series.
Kerry also revealed that even the way in which the new season of Bates Motel picks up will be different, since, unlike previous seasons, there will be no time jump.
“Bradley (Nicola Peltz) had just been killed, Norman thinks his mother did it, the actual Norma has no idea where her son is, Emma’s (Olivia Cooke) going in for a lung transplant. So there are a lot of threads we [wanted] to pick up immediately.”
How this plays out for Norma Bates remains to be seen. While Norman may pose an immediate danger to her, Norma still loves her son and wants what’s best for him. Currently, that may translate into sending him back to Pineview sanitarium, but, as Ms. Ehrin explains, real world problems may make that difficult.
“Those places are insanely expensive, and if you don’t have health insurance — and even if you do –they’re crazy expensive. So where that money is going to come from, what Norma Bates will have to do…what pretzel she will tie herself into, I don’t know yet,” Ehrin said. “But she wants, more than anything in the world, to fix things for her son and to be there for him.”
Bates Motel will debut in March 2016 on A&E.
Vera Farmiga’s Norma Bates is already running out of time as Norman will be a full-blown psychopath when “Bates Motel” returns for season 4. Norma could even be her son’s next victim as showrunner hints that her death will help develop the story.
We previously reported the things that the fans can expect in “Bates Motel” season 4, which teases the blooming relationship of Dylan, played by Max Thieriot and Emma, played by Olivia Cooke. Nestor Carbonell’s Sheriff Romero and Norma will also have a chance to take their relationship to the next level in the upcoming season.
In his interview with Entertainment Weekly, Kerry Ehrin, executive producer of the show, hints one of the anticipated episodes in the series that will see the death of Norma Bates. Now that the show only has 20 episodes left, Ehrin admits that it will be happening somewhere in the middle of the remaining 20 episodes since Norma’s death will help develop the Norman arc.
“I feel like that could happen, honestly, at any point. It could happen in any episode from now until the end of the series!” Ehrin added.
Surely before that happens, we will still see more of the unstable Norma, who often losses it when it comes to protecting her demented son. Even Vera Farmiga revealed that she enjoys seeing her character go nuts from time to time during her interview with TheWrap.
“The biggest hoot is and always will be presenting Norma’s freak-outs. At least once a season, excrement hits the oscillating air device for Norma and she goes postal,” the actress said.
She also explained the biggest difference of their show from other thriller TV shows that also has a cult following like theirs.
“What sets our thriller apart from others on TV right now is that we are firmly rooted in reality,” Farmiga said. She then added, “There is nothing mystical, fantastical, supernatural, spectral or otherworldly in our show. We explore the darkness of the human condition.”
“Bates Motel” season 4 might finally see the death of Norma despite her unconditional love for her son and her efforts to make him well. Her death will ultimately help the story to progress now that there are only 2 seasons left for the A&E hit series.
Vera Farmiga, the co-protagonist at an American drama thriller “Bates Motel,” said nothing compares to their TV series.
Farmiga, who plays as Norma Bates in the TV series, praised their show for its uniqueness and said that there is nothing else like “Bates Motel” on television. Farmiga said that their TV series presents the neurosis, psychopathy, and dysfunction of their characters which will make viewers feel better about themselves, The Wrap reported.
Farmiga was even asked about what sets apart their show from other horror TV series. The actress said that “Bates Motel” is firmly based in reality. Farmiga added that they only explore the darkness of human condition and there are no mystical, fantastical, supernatural, spectral or otherworldly aspects in their TV series.
The actress also said that their beautiful story is about a single mom’s unconditional love of her dysfunctional child. According to her, the profoundly moving rapids of heartache, yearning and effort that it takes for a parent to heal their child should swept away viewers of the show.
Farmiga loves their TV series and she also loves to go on freak-out modes, which is a vital part of their show. According to the actress, doing freak-outs for her role as Norma is her favorite part.
The TV series is renewed for fourth and fifth seasons with 10 episodes each. The renewed seasons will be aired on 2016 and 2017 respectively, Crave Online reported. Executive vice president and general manager of A&E and Lifetime Rob Sharenow said that they were thrilled to bring fans two more seasons to witness the next stages of Norman’s transformation into the most notorious psychopath in cinematic history.
The American thriller series will star Farmiga as Norma Bates, Freddie Highmore as Norman Bates, Max Thierot as Dylan, Olivia Cooke as Emma and Nestor Carbonell as Sheriff Alex Romero.
“The vision of our incredible creative team has exposed the steady breakdown of the relationship between Norman and Norma Bates,” said Sharenow. “We are thrilled to bring fans two more seasons to witness the next stages of Norman’s transformation into the most notorious psychopath in cinematic history.”
New episodes of “Bates Motel” will begin production later this year and will air over two seasons, starting in 2016.
“Bates Motel” has garnered a loyal fan base over the past three seasons. Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air, The Conjuring) in her Emmy-nominated role as Norma Bates, and Freddie Highmore (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) as Norman star alongside Max Thieriot (Disconnect, “Texas Rising”), Olivia Cooke (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) and Nestor Carbonell (“Lost,” The Dark Knight Rises).
The 2015 Critics’ Choice Television Awards just recently nominated Farmiga and Highmore for Best Actress and Actor in a Drama Series.
“Bates Motel” serves as a contemporary prequel to the genre-defining film Psycho and provides viewers with an intimate portrayal of how Norman Bates unravels through his teenage years. The series is produced by Universal Television for A&E Network. Kerry Ehrin and Carlton Cuse serve as executive producers for Carlton Cuse Productions and Kerry Ehrin Productions.
“The Conjuring” was without doubt one of the more successful film releases of 2013, as the production managed to earn back its budget several times over, and exceeded all expectations regarding its critical reception. It’s no surprise that the studio is already working on a sequel, and it’s currently scheduled for release in 2016 – and according to reports, the new film is going to shake things up a bit in the setting and plot development.
“The Conjuring 2” is reportedly going to move the location of the plot to England during the late 70s. The main plot will revolve around two sisters who have become possessed, with Warren reporting that she has personally seen one levitating, and the other apparently being capable of teleportation. She further went on to say that this has been the most frightening experience in her entire career – it seems that things are going to shake up a bit for the character.
The full name of the new film will be “The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist”. It’s worth noting that the story is based on real-life reports by Margaret Hodgson, a single mother living with her four children who have been haunted by poltergeists over the years.
LOS ANGELES – Vera Farmiga and Dax Shepard are definitely part of the Robert Downey Jr. fan club, especially after working with the “Iron Man” on “The Judge.”
But don’t discount: Billy Bob Thornton is apparently a pretty good hang.
The co-stars told HitFix reporter Louis Virtel what made their own roles in the flick so cool (or “cute-cucumber,” whatever your preference) too.
“I like taking on feminine characterizations I admire, and want to be more like,” Farmiga said of her role Samantha. “There’s a lot in between the lines.”
For Shepard, he said this is the first time ever he’s “played someone who’s a straight[-up] good person,” he said. “I’m not witty, I’m not making fun of anyone. I do my best… really acknowledging how I feel about Downey in real life. Which is ‘this guy is the greatest.'”
Which roles would the actors love to take from their movies, and turn into a TV show?
Frito from “Idiocracy” is certainly a fan favorite, as far as Shepard’s resumee is concerned. He likes to make his wife Kristen Bell laugh by busting out that dumbbell accent around the house.
And Farmiga would love to be that good ol’ “wacky prostitute” Oana from 2006’s “Breaking and Entering.”
Watch the rest of the interview above, on other fun moments from “The Judge,” why Shepard’s caught on the term “buffoon” and how fans see Farmiga after getting a load of Norma Bates from “Bates Motel.”
Robert Downey Jr. counts actress Vera Farmiga, one of his co-stars in The Judge, among “my favourite human beings in the world.” Back at you, Downey. Farmiga thinks so highly of you and of fellow co-star Robert Duvall that she calls working with the duo on The Judge “a great privilege.”
This kind of buttering-up can be utter nonsense, trite asides during a movie promotion. But, in this case, the mutual admiration sounds genuine and therefore believable. It started with the respect she had going in on the project, Farmiga says in a one-on-one interview prior to the release of The Judge, which is now playing in theatres.
“Duvall and Downey are arguably the best actors in the world. So there is a respect already that we all came with.” Naming other members of the ensemble, including Vincent D’Onofrio, Jeremy Strong, Billy Bob Thornton and Dax Shepard, Farmiga says “the calibre already is five-star across the board.”
Layer that support cast under the Duvall-Downey duo and the set was electric, Farmiga says. “So you come in with such respect and anticipation and joy — and that is what you yearn for as an actor, to have this kind of opportunity!”