Bates Motel Season 4 is history. Last night’s finale episode revealed Norma’s fate. It also let fans in on a bit of what to expect when Season 5 returns. Unfortunately, it’s going to be a long (Bate-less) summer. What do you plan to do, to fill the void?
[Warning: Spoilers beyond this point.]
The way Variety tells it, Norma Bates is dead! Even though her demise was inevitable, it’s still hard to believe. What makes it even worse is the fact she just found love. Real love, this time, with Sheriff Romero. Who would’ve thought their relationship would come so far, with all they’ve both been through? In this case, love really did conquer all… almost.
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Speaking of Romero, he was the typical grieving widower with one noticeable exception. He was out for revenge, in no time flat. Refusing to believe Norma was successful at committing suicide, Alex promised his new stepson he would prove the botched murder-suicide attempt was all Norman’s idea.
Dylan called to check on Norman. As you might guess, Norman acted as though everything was fine and neglected to tell his brother about their mother’s death. No mention was made about Emma’s mother’s disappearance. So, there was no new news on that front.
As recently reported by the Inquisitr, Bates Motel producers promised an explanation in regard to unanswered questions that popped up prior to Episode 10. Although Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin made good on some of that promise, many questions remain. The season ended in traditional cliffhanger tradition, which is certainly no surprise to the majority of fans.
Ehrin even made reference to some “fun romance” on the Season 4 finale episode of Bates Motel. Romance entwined with the aftermath of Norma’s death and Norman’s deeper descent into madness. Was the love she referred to that of mother and son, which occurred at the end of the episode? It’s up to you to decide.
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Norman worked very hard to bring his beloved mother back home. First, he flushed all of his medication down the toilet. Then he went to the cemetery, in the middle of the night, and proceeded to dig Norma up.
Things didn’t go well at first. In fact, Norman was just about to do himself in when he heard his mother playing Christmas music on the piano. He ran down the steps and they were magically reunited. Juno is back in the picture as well.
According to a TVLine interview, Season 5 of Bates Motel is going to be just as intriguing as past seasons. Even better, Vera Farmiga’s role as Norma is not going to be reduced. It’s simply going to be modified. While she’ll be a corpse to the rest of the world, she’s going to live on in Norman’s mind forever.
When asked about the decision to kill Norma off at the end of Season 4 of Bates Motel, Carlton Cuse had this to say.
“We wanted the final season to allow us to do our version of the Psycho lore. We will be colliding with certain events in the narrative of the film, but it would be boring to just recreate Psycho.”
Kerry Ehrin added to his statement.
“The obsessive love of Norma is what the show is going to be based on. It’s the heart of what drives it. That is going to be hugely important in Season 5.”
What are your thoughts about the Season 4 finale of Bates Motel? Did you think Norma would make it out alive or end up coming back home as a corpse? Feel free leave a comment below.
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