Bates Motel: A Recap Of Season 4. And Looking Ahead!

There were some slight criticisms that Bates Motel had stagnated in it’s second and third seasons of the telling of Norman Bates’ early years, but with season 4 concluding on Monday night with possibly the most disturbing cessation yet, things are about to be ramped up in it’s reportedly final turn next year!

2016’s string began with Norman Bates being bought to a mental hospital after being found wandering around and appearing to be talking to himself by a bystander. Norma and Dylan were searching for cinema’s most famous “mother’s boy” but the overbearing and domineering parent eventually got wind of where he was taken. After being threatened by authorities that her son could be taken away from her should she fail to get him the treatment he needs, the two were eventually reunited.

Meanwhile, Emma underwent her surgery for a lung transplant. These were tense times for her father and boyfriend Dylan but all ended well after she pulled through, but not before Emma’s mother Audrey was told to leave the hospital after putting in an appearance. She was only to live a little while longer before Norman, taking on his mother’s persona, strangled her after accusing her of being a poor mother!

Norman began to lose his sanity, inch by inch, by the second and was forced by Sheriff Romero into Pineview Institute after turning against his mother, thinking that she was plotting against him. Initially reluctant to make friends at the facility, a fellow patient by the name of Julian made friends with him. The two inmates found a way to escape, ending up at a strip club. Unfortunately for Norman’s new pal, he was beaten senseless by the club’s bouncers and Norman’s alter ego almost caused chaos herself when she came close to attacking one of the strippers.

The two were bought back to Pineview Institute where Norman continued his consultations with Dr. Edwards, who bared witness to “Mother.” Eventually, Norman managed to persuade Dr. Edwards that he would make a faster recovery being in the comfort of his own home. But Norman was about to make a shocking discovery when he found out that Norma and Romero were married! Norma explained that she only married him for the insurance to get him into Pineview. Armed with this new information, he told Romero to get a divorce from Norma because he was going to get his own insurance. Of course, he didn’t know the full story. Norma and Romero fell very much in love!

While Emma and Dylan were making plans to leave for Seattle, a tense showdown occurred between Romero and Norman which resulted in Norman threatening him with an axe. Thankfully for Romero, Norman took his anger out on the shed door next to him. Romero, himself, had his share of secrets after hiding the money in Norma’s basement that he got from Bob Paris who he offed in the finale of season 3. Romero’s ex girlfriend Rebecca, wearing a police wire, unsuccessfully attempted to get Romero to admit that he killed Paris but authorities were still hot on his tail.

Sensing danger that could threaten the world in which Norma and Norman privately created for them, Norman went downstairs in the middle of the night and turned on the furnace, closing every vent in the house. Not wanting to live anymore, he ached to be with his mum for all eternity, lying beside her awaiting what would surely be certain death for both of them! Romero pulled up late and knocked on the door, calling out for Norma with no response. Finding both Norman and Norma lying beside one another in her bed, Romero frantically tried to resuscitate Norma. Norman came to, finding the now dead body of Norma Bates lying beside him while a weeping Alex struggled to take in his current reality.

Still in denial, Norman was convinced that “mother” was playing with him in order to punish him for all his recent bad behaviour. Even seeing her lifeless body at the funeral parlour failed to make him come around! It was then that he noticed that she was wearing the wedding ring that Alex planted back on her finger that she removed shortly before her death after choosing her son over being with him. Norman lifted it back off and presented it to Romero at the funeral. His response? A swift punch to his jaw. Falling back on the church benches, Romero continued to pound him and had to be yanked away by the funeral directors.

Now at the end of his tether, Romero obtained a gun intending to kill Norman but was met by law enforcement agents who arrested him for perjury. Norman began to tire of waiting for Norma to return. He drove to the cemetery where her now buried corpse remained. After digging her body out, he bought her back to the Bates Motel’s house where he thinks he can now be united with her forever. Norman received a phone call on his cell phone from Dylan! His brother expressed to him that he still wanted to keep in contact. Norman shunned his request, telling him that he will miss him but that they should not talk anymore, and with that he hung up.

Chick Hogan unexpectedly knocked on the door. He gave Norman a casserole dish that he had made for him after hearing of the tragic news. He told Norman he would be back to check on him in a few days time. Hurrying back to Norma, Norman begged her to wake up. Now reaching despair, he ran upstairs and got the gun that Norma got for herself 3 seasons earlier.

Pointing the device at himself, he was about to press the trigger when he heard the sound of a piano playing! A vision of Juno, the dog he lost, greeted him at the bottom of the stairs. Taking a few more steps into the living room relief came over him after seeing Norma, her hair and clothes in immaculate condition, playing “I’ll Be Home For Christmas.”

The camera panned from outside the house, drifting further and further away, the motel and house now clothed with Christmas lights.

Season 4 left no room for doubt that it was nearly as entertaining as the show’s original series. While, in fact, a lot happened in season 2 and 3 it didn’t really feel like it was progressing the narrative forward until season 3’s finale. But the opening of this year’s succession of episodes made it clear right away that it wasn’t going to beat around the bush, and that it didn’t!

With only one more lot to go, and with claims that it would now tell it’s own version of Psycho, a risky move or not, this year begged you not to miss out on how it all ends on A&E.

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A Glimpse At Bates Motel Season 4


(A&E) A&E Network presents the season four return of the critically acclaimed drama, “Bates Motel,” starring Vera Farmiga in her Emmy nominated role as “Norma Bates” alongside the brilliant Freddie Highmore as “Norman.” From writers and executive producers Kerry Ehrin (“Friday Night Lights,” “Parenthood”) and Carlton Cuse (“Lost, “The Strain”), this season will showcase Norman’s deranged descent into madness. Monday, March 7th at 9PM

“Bates Motel,” a contemporary prequel to the genre-defining film Psycho, will return with ten new episodes that further reveal Norman’s continued downward spiral and the effect it has on the family. This season Norma becomes increasingly fearful and desperate, going to great lengths to find Norman the professional help he needs. This further complicates their once unbreakable trust while Norman struggles to maintain his grip on reality. Sheriff Romero (Nestor Carbonell) once again finds himself drawn back into Norma and Norman’s lives. Will things finally heat up between Norma and the other man in her life, Sheriff Romero, and just how much further will he go to protect her?

Full List of Cancelled/Renewed TV Shows By Network


(PCM) It is time for the news about the upcoming summer and fall series to be revealed by all of the major television networks. They have also let us know which TV shows have been renewed for additional season and which have received a cancellation. Announcements have been made by all the major networks including ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, The CW and more. Look at the list below to find out if your favorites have still survived!

See the 2014-2015 list here!

Agent Carter, Agents of SHIELD, American Crime, Galavant, How To Get Away With Murder, Once Upon A Time, Scandal, Secrets And Lies, 20/20, America’s Funniest Home Videos, The Bachelor, Beyond The Tank, Black-ish, Castle, Dancing With The Stars, Fresh Off The Boat, The Goldbergs, Grey’s Anatomy, Last Man Standing, The Middle, Mistresses, Modern Family, Motive, Nashville, Shark Tank

Cancelled: Forever, Members Only, Resurrection, Revenge, Cristela, Forever, Manhattan Love Story, Selfie

Upcoming New Shows: Rookie Blue, The Astronaut Wives Club, The Whispers, 500 Questions, Bachelor In Paradise, Battlebots, Celebrity Family Feud

Renewed: 2 Broke Girls, 48 Hours, 60 Minutes, The Big Bang Theory, Big Brother, Blue Bloods, Criminal Minds, CSI:Cyber, Elementary, Jeopardy, Judge Judy, Scorpion, The Good Wife, Hawaii Five-0, Madam Secretary, Mike & Molly, The Odd Couple, Mom, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS: New Orleans, Person Of Interest, Survivor, Undercover Boss, Wheel Of Fortune

Cancelled: Battlecreek, CSI, Stalker, The Mentalist, The McCarthy’s, The Millers, Reckless, Unforgettable (picked up by A&E)

Upcoming New Shows: Extant, The Briefcase, The Dovekeepers, Zoo

The CW
The 100, America’s Next Top Model, Arrow, Beauty and The Beast, The Flash, Husbands, iZombie, Jane the Virgin, Penn & Tellar, Supernatural, The Originals, Reign, The Vampire Diaries, Whose Line Is It Anyway?

Cancelled: Cedric’s Barber Battle, Hart Of Dixie,The Messengers,

Upcoming New Shows: A Wicked Offer, Dates, Dogtown U.S.A., Masters Of Illusion, Significant Mother

Bob’s Burgers, Bones, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Empire, Family Guy, Hell’s Kitchen, Gotham, Last Man On Earth, Masterchef Jr, New Girl, The Simpsons, Sleepy Hollow, World’s Funniest Fails, The X-files

Cancelled: American Idol, Backstrom, The Following, Heiroglyph, Glee, Gracepoint, The Mindy Project (picked up by Hulu), Mulaney, Red Band Society, Utopia, Weird Loners

Upcoming New Shows: Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?, Bordertown, Boom!, Bullseye, Home Free, Golan The Insatiable, Knock Knock Live, Wayward Pines

The Blacklist, Caught On Camera with Nick Cannon, Celebrity Apprentice, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Food Fighters, Grimm, Hannibal, Hollywood Game Night, Last Comic Standing, Law & Order: SVU, Saturday Night Live, The Mysteries Of Laura, The Night Shift, The Sing-Off, Undateable, The Voice, Welcome To Sweden

Cancelled: About A Boy, Allegiance, A to Z, Aquarius, Bad Judge, Constantine, Marry Me, Mission Control, One Big Happy, Parenthood, Parks & Recreation, Revolution (revived for digital comic), State Of Affairs, Taxi Brooklyn, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (picked by Netflix)

Upcoming New Shows: A.D. (in limbo), American Odyssey (in limbo), Coach, Emerald City, Heroes: Reborn, I Can Do That, Mr. Robinson, Running with Bear Grylls, The Slap (in limbo), The Carmichael Show, The Island

ABC Family
Renewed: Baby Daddy, Chasing Life, The Fosters, Young & Hungry

Cancelled: Melissa & Joey, Pretty Little Liars

Upcoming New Shows: Becoming Us, Job Or No Job, Kevin From Work, Monica The Medium, Next Step Reality: NYC, Start Up U, Stitchers

Renewed: Bates Motel, Country Buck$, Duck Dynasty, Longmire, Unforgettable,

Cancelled: Beyond Scared Straight, The Returned,

Upcoming New Shows: Brandi & Jarrod: Married To The Job (in limbo), Wild Transport

Adult Swim
Renewed: Black Jesus, Children’s Hospital, Mike Tyson Mysteries, Mr. Pickles, The Eric Andre Show

Cancelled: Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Black Dynamite

Upcoming New Shows: Decker

Renewed: Better Call Saul, Comic Book Men, Talking Dead, The Walking Dead

Cancelled: Freak Show, Game Of Arms, Hell On Wheels, Mad Men, Small Town Security,

Upcoming New Shows: Fear The Walking Dead, Humans, Making Of The Mob: New York

BBC/BBC America
Renewed: Broadchurch, Dr. Who, Orphan Black, Ripper Street, Sherlock, The Musketeers, Top of The Lake

Cancelled: Atlantis, Intruders,

Upcoming New Shows: Tatau, The Game

Renewed: Don’t Be Tardy, Flipping Out, Girlfriends Guide To Divorce, Ladies Of London, Manzo’d With Children, Married To Medicine, Million Dollar Listing: Los Angeles, Shah’s Of Sunset, The Real Housewives of Orange County, Top Chef


Upcoming New Shows: Best New Restaurant, Friends to Lovers, Million Dollar Listing: San Francisco, Mother Funders, Southern Charm, Thicker Than Water

Renewed: Banchee

Cancelled: Sam Hunter, Strike Back

Upcoming New Shows: 

Comedy Central
Renewed: Broad City, Drunk History, Inside Amy Schumer, The Daily Show with John Stewart, The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, This Is Not Happening, Workaholics,

Cancelled: Brickleberry, Kroll Show, The Colbert Report,

Upcoming New Shows: Another Period, Review, Why? with Hannibal Buress

Discovery Channel
Renewed: Alaskan Bush People, Berring Sea Gold, Deadliest Catch, Naked & Afraid


Upcoming New Shows: Alaska: The Last Frontier, Naked & Afraid XL,

Disney Channel
Renewed: K.C. Undercover, Kirby Buckets, Marvel’s Avengers: Ultron Revolution, Marvel’s Ultimate Spider Man vs The Sinister Six,  Penn Zero: Part-time Hero, Star Wars vs The Forces Of Evil, Star Wars Rebels, The Chronicles Of Evermoor

Cancelled: Jessie, Phineas and Ferb

Upcoming New Shows: BUNK’ D, Girl Meets World

Renewed: Christina Milian Turned Up, House Of DVF, Keeping Up With The Kardashians, The Royals, Total Divas

Cancelled: Fashion Police (hiatus)

Upcoming New Shows: Hollywood Cycle, Kourtney & Khole Take The Hamptons, Sex with Brody, Stewarts & Hamiltons,WAGS

Renewed: American Horror Story, The Americans, Archer, It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, The League, Man Seeking Woman, Married, Fargo, The Strain, Tyrant

Cancelled: Anger Management, Justified, Sons Of Anarchy

Upcoming New Shows: Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll

Renewed: Animals, Game Of Thrones, Girls, Getting On, High Maintenance, Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, Silicon Valley, Togetherness, The Comeback, The Leftovers, True Detective, VEEP, Vice

Cancelled: Boardwalk Empire, Looking, The Newsroom,

Upcoming New Shows: Ballers, The Brink

History Channel
Renewed: Mountain Men, Roots, Vikings


Upcoming New Shows: 

Renewed: Are You The One?, Broke A$$ Game Show, Faking It, Finding Carter, Teen Mom, Teen Wolf, The Challenge

Cancelled: Awkward, Eye Candy, Happyland, Snooki & JWOWW,

Upcoming New Shows: Scream, Todrick, Underemployed

Renewed: Episodes, Homeland, House of Lies, Inside Comedy, Penny Dreadful, Shameless, The Affair,

Cancelled: Nurse Jackie

Upcoming New Shows: Twin Peaks, 3AM

Renewed: Catch A Contractor, Ink Master, Lip Sync Battle

Cancelled: Auction Hunters,

Upcoming New Shows: TUT

Renewed: Black Sails, Blunt Talk, Power, Outlander, The Missing, Survivor’s Remorse


Upcoming New Shows: The Chair

Renewed: 12 Monkeys, Bitten, Face Off, Ghost Hunters, Haven, Paranormal Witness,  Z Nation

Cancelled: Ascension, Continuum, Helix, Lost Girl,

Upcoming New Shows: Dark Matter, Geeks Who Drink, Killjoys, The Expanse

Renewed: American Dad!,

Cancelled: Cougar Town, Ground Floor, Sullivan & Son,

Upcoming New Shows: 

Renewed: Cake Boss, Gypsy Sisters, Love, Lust Or Run, My 600lb Life, My Big Fat Fabulous Life, Our Little Family, Return To Amish, Sister Wives,

Cancelled: 19 Kids And Counting (pulled indefinitely), Trailer Park Welcome To Myrtle Manor,

Upcoming New Shows: 

Renewed: Cold Justice, Legends, Rizzoli & Isles, The Last Ship, The Librarians, Murder In The First

Cancelled: Falling Skies, Perceptions

Upcoming New Shows: Proof

USA Network
Renewed: Chrisley Knows Best, Graceland, Playing House, Royal Pains, Satisfaction, Suits,

Cancelled: Benched, Cover Affairs, Dig, Rush, Sirens, White Collar

Upcoming New Shows: Complications, Mr. Robot

Renewed: Bosch, Catastrophe, Mozart In The Jungle, Transparent, Ripper Street

Cancelled: The After

Upcoming New Series: Alpha House

Renewed: Deadbeat, East Los High

Cancelled: Moone Boy

Upcoming New Shows: Difficult People

Renewed: Arrested Development, Bloodline, BoJack Horseman, Crossing Lines, Daredevil, Degrassi: Next Class, Full House, Grace & Frankie, House Of Cards, Longmire, Mako Mermaids, Marco Polo, Orange Is The New Black, The Fall, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Cancelled: Derek, Hemlock Grove,

Upcoming New Shows: Chef’s Table, How To Train Your Dragon: Race To The Edge, We Hot American Summer,

A&E Greenlights Two More Seasons Of “Bates Motel”


(A&E) A&E Network has ordered twenty episodes of the acclaimed drama series, “Bates Motel” from Universal Television it was announced today by Rob Sharenow, Executive Vice President and General Manager, A&E and Lifetime.

“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 truly 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 Vera Farmiga and Freddie 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.

“Bates Motel” 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.

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A&E Kicks Off Summer With The Return Of Duck Dynasty And Country Bucks

(A&E) A&E Network’s #1 original series “Duck Dynasty” and the original real-life series “Country Buck$” return this June for more wild family antics. A one-hour special “Duck Commander: Making the Musical” airs Wednesday June 17th at 9PM ET/PT followed by a new season of “Duck Dynasty” Wednesday, June 24th at 9:30PM ET/PT and new back-to-back half hour episodes of “Country Buck$” at 10PM and 10:30PM ET/PT.


“Duck Dynasty” follows the Robertson family as they face new challenges with their unique, down-home charm. This season, the Robertson clan is growing. John Luke prepares to marry Mary Kate and his family is there to help with the important events leading up to the big day. Additionally, the family throws a July 4th barbeque that ends with Jase’s homemade fireworks display and Uncle Si is honored by the veterans association and given his own exhibit at a local military museum.

In the premiere episode, the family throws a fun-spirited engagement party for John Luke, Mary Kate, and her parents in order to bring the two families together. Before the party, Willie and the guys take John Luke golfing in an attempt to impart their inimitable marital advice.


“Country Buck$” returns for an exciting new season following the Busbice clan as they strive to perfect their high-tech hunting innovations, family-style. Brothers Matt and Ryan have grown their small hunting gear business into a multi-million dollar wildlife sporting empire. This season, with an expanding company and opposite personalities, the brothers find it difficult to see eye to eye when it comes to making business decisions.

In the season premiere, Matt plans to take a secret detour while on a business trip to see his friend and country singer star Luke Bryan in concert. Suspicious that Matt might try to mix business with pleasure, Ryan sends T-Carr along to babysit.

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Going Down A Dark Rabbit Hole With Vera Farmiga, Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin of “Bates Motel”


(PCM) Season 3 of the hit A&E series “Bates Motel” is off to a fantastic start and only being two episode’s in we are already on the edge of our seats waiting to see how the drama and suspense will unfold throughout the new season.

Recently, we were able to catch up with “Bates Motel” actress Vera Farmiga who plays “Norma” along with executive producers Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin to chat about the new season.

Here are few key points from our conversation:

On why Carlton Cuse chose to set both “Bates Motel” and his new series ” The Returned” in the Northwest. 

Carlton Cuse: “I think the physical environment is a big part of both shows. And while the second season Bates was sort of warm and summery, you know, Kerry and I felt very strongly that we should go back to a sort of bleaker, more monochromatic winter, late fall look for Season 3 of Bates and that it was narratively appropriate.

You know, for “The Returned”, the physical environment, the presence of nature; the kind of overwhelming influence of nature is I think a big part of the storytelling. It just, you know, there’s this really weird phenomenon that’s happening. And it – I think it – I think kind of metaphorically using nature to represent that there are forces much larger than our characters was an important part of the storytelling.”

On Norma’s sense of personal growth throughout Season Two carrying over into Season Three

Kerry Ehrin: “I think Norma’s whole plan in going to White Pine Bay was to have a normal life. And it – although she had a hell of a lot of trouble since she got there, it has forced her to have to deal with a lot and interact with a lot of people and find parts of herself that were stronger than she probably ever knew. And that actually has had the affect of making her stronger.”

Vera Farmiga: It’s pretty nutty to see now what we explore with this character this season like the height of righteousness that she possesses and the depths of manipulation and depravity almost that she is capable of. And there just is so many antics and adventures for me to explore.”

On knowing Norma knowing about Norman’s blackout’s and ever allowing him to be part of the regular world again.

Vera Farmiga: “I mean you’re going to see a more unraveled Norma this year. You know, I mean there’s mammoth stress in dealing with Norman’s mental state, you know. It has a whopping physical and emotional torn toll on Norma the way it would on any parent of a quote unquote special needs child.

And I think following the events of last season, Norma is more aware, she’s more circumspect, she’s more attentive to Norman’s fragility. I think you’re going to see her playing I think her cards really close to her chest in the beginning of the season but she’s got to reach out. She’s as protective of him as ever and determined to help him out as best she can. But she doesn’t always know how. And I think she’s going to start reaching out to others. And they’re going to I think that relationship evolves as they allow more people in their lives. And you’re going to see how the mother son bond kind of withstands that – those pressures.”

On upcoming guest star Joshua Leonard and the role in which he will be playing in “Bates Motel”

Vera Farmiga: “Norma’s determined to make her business a success. And so she starts enrolling in business classes at the local community college. And so there she meets James Finnegan. And he kind of launches her into a whole new path of discovery. James – I rooted for Joshua to get this role. It was a very interesting and bazaar dynamic between the two of us. I – it’s a character that Norma bonds intensely with. And, you know, he’s just – he’s phenomenal. And it was a – but I – I’m not going to – it was a quirky experience to embarking on. We were so close and this is just a weird twist.”

Carlton Cuse: “Kerry and I strive to create characters who are quirky and odd but yet believable within our sort of larger than life pulpy world of White Pine Bay.

And he did – Joshua did such an incredibly great job of fitting that mold exactly. He’s odd but he’s really compelling. And over the course of a few episodes, I think the audience will find themselves incredibly engaged in this relationship with these two characters as it starts to deepen and unfold.”

Bates2On keeping both the characters of Norma and Norman so fresh and innovative. 

Vera Farmiga: “It’s a great acting challenge for me and Freddie as well. And I think, you know, as they sort of head towards what seemingly is going to be their inevitable Hades, you know, these emotional scenes also come at such high frequency and duration that sometimes I honestly am just sort of running out of ideas.

And it’s, you know, it’s really interesting the closeness and the best friendship and the respect and the trust between Freddie and myself. From an acting perspective, it’s just – it’s really intense work. And Freddie has become really particularly adept at sort of instigating me and knowing my soft spots emotionally and treading like a bulldozer over them.

And it’s like in this last season in particular he can be a real prick when it comes to helping like that endurance and the emotional (earnesty). But I’m going to say it’s hard. It’s hard. But it’s like it really is – it comes down to what Freddie and I have together as colleagues and as team players, you know.

And there’s so much trust that we can get pretty wily with each other. And certainly that goes for the entire cast and with every year. We just draw nearer and dearer to each other and can push each other’s limits. And we push each other’s for better, for more, for deeper.”

Kerry Ehrin: “Carlton and I like to change up the storytelling a lot. And so, you know, you are telling a very intimate story of two people over a very specific and somewhat small period of time. So it does require a lot of thought about how is this going to be different.

And I think what personally is so fascinating is that it is a psychological thriller. And you can, you know, if you – if you’re in a bad marriage let’s say for like two years, every single day is going to be specific and different and fascinating. And it’s going to feed into what happens the next day.

So I think the joy of it is getting under that and playing with it and exploring it so that it’s constantly growing and moving forward, you know, in ways that surprise use because as Carlton and I like to be surprised.”

On what the ingredients are that make “Bates Motel” so special.

Vera Farmiga: “There is so much darkness and yet so much humor watching these characters navigate in some ludicrously improbable situations, you know. But that’s what makes it for me so exhilarating.

You know, yes, it’s acute, it’s intense, it’s agonizing most of the time but it’s balanced so beautifully. There’s a lot of joy and beauty and friendship and love.”

Carlton Cuse: “The label of the show would be that it’s about a guy who’s growing up to become a serial killer but we strive really, really hard to, you know, provide, you know, to make it feel so, you know, human and real and part of that is humor.

And I think that that’s something that really the sort of the humor and heart of our show is what distinguishes it from other shows in the genre.”

On if we will be seeing more of Norman beginning to manifest himself as Norma throughout this season.

Carlton Cuse: “We try to make the relationship between Norma and Norman different every season. And, you know, we’re watching a progression here. And we are, you know, it’s the story about a mother and who desperately loves her son and is trying to prevent him from becoming this guy that’s he inevitably going to become.

And this season he starts to slide much more significantly into that character. He becomes less able to the kind of modulator or be conscious of his decline. And that causes, you know, just really serious consequences in his relationship with his mom. And, you know, I think we explore that in a lot of different ways and, you know, it’s – and we – and that’s really the journey of the season.”

On whether or not Dylan’s opinion about Norma and Norman’s behavior have an effect on the way that Norma attempts to balance their relationship.

Vera Famiga: “Yes indeed. I think she’s relying on Dylan in a way that she’d never expected to. And that relationship really deepens. And they both share the same concern. They, you know, and they both want to help Norman. So I think she is relying on him, you know, for a male perspective on how to care for Norman. And that’s going to trigger somebody something they’ll in Norman.”

On what was the biggest challenge going into Season Three

Carlton Cuse: “I think that we work hard on the, you know, the kind of the crime story aspect of the show is something that, you know, kind of trying to have – the show for us is just a cocktail of super nuance, the character writing combined with this intentionally pulpy crime drama.

And so getting that right is something that, you know, is really hard to do. And, you know, we have this character of Chick Hogan who played by Ryan Hurst is, you know, is a very – was like a very dangerous character for us to create because he’s right on the edge of being ridiculous or being terrifying. And that was something that I think we were very nervous about being able to pull off. And, you know, I think we got on the right side of the line.”

Bates4On the roles of other upcoming guest stars this season such as Kevin Rahm and Tracy Spiridakos.

Kerry Ehrin: “Kevin Rahm plays a White Pine Bay local, a prominent person, wealth, affluent and somewhat of a antagonist. The really cool thing about his role is that he is someone who grew up with Alex Romero. And through the storyline this season we get to peel back some layers of Romero, which is so much fun as certainly as writers.

But it just, you know, as a viewer I think it’s going to be so interesting to get inside this incredibly stoic guarded person and see a little more of what makes them tick and what they need and what they’re hiding from themselves, you know. So that’s just been a really fun storyline.”

Carlton Cuse: “Tracy plays this sort of mysterious beautiful enigmatic woman who checks into the Bates Motel and she really becomes the catalyst for our entire crime story this season. You know, it may sort of seem at first blush that it’s, you know, kind of an obvious storyline out of the movie Psycho but that’s not – it doesn’t turn out to be that way at all.

And but, you know, we really – we – we’re sort of – we’re sort of teasing Norman’s confused, you know, sort of sexual perspective. And, you know, the – her fate and, you know, her whole back story is sort of the big mystery that sort of drives our plot and our narrative over the course of the, you know, the season.”

On the eventual ending of the series

Carlton Cuse: “We have it mapped out for five seasons. Kerry and I have a pretty clear roadmap. So we – we’re just finishing the third season right now and, you know, we feel pretty strongly that there’s two more seasons in the show and, you know, we have a pretty, you know, we have a pretty clear plan of where we want to go and we want to bring this story to its inevitable conclusion.”

On Bradley’s return to White Pine Bay this season

Kerry Ehrin: “It’s not what you would expect it to be. It’s – we get to see what Bradley has been through since we last saw her, which was pretty daunting. And she’s kind of on a journey of her own in returning back to White Pine Bay. But it does not directly intersect with Dylan.”

On how this season of “Bates Motel” could be described in eight words or less.

Kerry Ehrin: “Going down a dark rabbit hole”

Vera Farmiga: “Going to leave our audience open mouthed and panting”

On what there is going to be more of this season .. sex, drugs or murder?

Vera Farmiga: “Murder.”

Kerry Ehrin: “I think that the story I mean just if you look at Psycho it’s like we’re telling the prequel of that and the story of someone sinking into insanity is – if you put it on a graph, it has to get more and more intense and crazy and weird as they sink further into it. You know. So yes. We’re definitely getting into a very meaty part of the storytelling. And, you know, it’s very exciting part of the storytelling.

Vera Farmiga: “There’s in all sort of sex, drugs and rock and roll there’s wicked bombshells thrown this year. There’s some pretty rude awakening to be had. There’s some flabbergasting shakeups. But I can’t tell you what they are. But yes, there’s going to be some extermination, some butchery, some crazy absurdity, yes.”

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