Bates Motel opens for the season, exactly one week from today. Pack your bags! If you hurry, there’s still time to make reservations for Season 4. If you’ve been not-so-patiently-waiting for Norman to go “all out psycho,” you won’t want to miss a single episode.
In a recent Entertainment Weekly interview, Vera Farmiga gave readers chilling insight on a bit of what’s to come. She clued everyone in on a few of Norma’s most troubling thoughts in regard to her beloved Norman. To say he’s spiraling into madness would be putting it lightly.
“For Norma, this year is really about loving herself enough to do everything it takes for her to achieve integrity. There’s going to be a lot of emotion, a lot of libido, a lot of strife. She’s whipping herself into a new gear this year and it’s going to be very exciting to watch. I’m so delighted to present the season to the fans. I think it’s going to be a big one.”
“You have painted me into a corner I cannot get out of. You’re dead to me!”
The 10-episode season is expected to keep viewers on the edge of their seats and possibly make them afraid to shower alone (cue Psycho music). In Season 3, everyone caught a glimpse or two of Norman in “Mother’s” robe. Apparently, at Bates Motel, there really is nothing like being as comfortable as you can while whipping up something in the kitchen. Right, Norman?
Beginning March 7, Norman’s going to frequent his mother’s closet a whole lot more. After all, there’s nothing more precious and downright creepy than matching mother-son outfits.
When Norma finally does meet her demise, die-hard Farmiga fans will undoubtedly feel a sense of loss. But, thanks to Norman’s mental state, she’ll be a part of the show for as long as it lasts. It makes you wonder who won’t be so lucky. Only time and Norman’s crazed actions will tell.
— Bates Motel on A&E (@InsideBates) February 23, 2016
According to a separate Entertainment Weekly interview, executive producer Kerry Ehrin had this to say, when asked about planting numerous Psycho references into last year’s season.
“I think it’s the year that we earned the right to use more of that. If we had come out of the gate doing that, it could have been cheesy. I think it could have turned people off. Also, it felt like the first part of the storytelling was getting people to see that this is a different world than that movie.”
If the thought of waiting until next week to check into the Bates Motel is driving you crazy, there is a solution. A&E invites viewers to visit the site and “have a quickie.” It’s perhaps the best place to quickly catch up on Seasons 1 through 3. Watch them straight through or flip-flop between them. It’s totally up to you. You can also download cool digital paraphernalia such as Bates Motel posters, Facebook covers and desktop wallpapers.
If you’ve never watched the show, or prefer to watch full-length episodes, you’re in luck. All three seasons are currently available to stream on Netflix.
Once you start watching Norma and her dysfunctional family, chances are you’ll be hooked just like millions of other fans. It’s hard to decide who to sympathize with the most. Is it Norma who tries her best to save her son’s sanity? Or, is it Norman, who loves “Mother” so much he longs to be her? Bates Motel Season 4 airs next Monday at 9 p.m. on A&E.