This consistently off-putting work of genius has kept viewers on edge for seasons as it barrels toward its conclusion for its fifth and final season starting February 20th. It’s astonishing, frankly, just how successful Bates has been, paving its own way, and existing in the same ‘verse of a legendary film we already know and worship. Just one season before its final curtain, Bates Motel has taken chances, shocked us, developed characters we feel for (I’ve been shipping DylEmma HARD for years), and built out the character of Norman Bates more than Anthony Perkins was ever allowed to. All of this and we already know the ending. That’s how much writers/executive producers Kerry Ehrin and Carlton Cuse (Lost) are killing it right now. In fact, every time I write about this show I can’t help but mention:
It’s still one of the most criminally underrated shows on TV right now.
Spoilers ahead kinda-sorta but you’ve seen Psycho and should’ve been watching this years ago, sooo…
Season 5 picks up almost two years after the death of Norma (TEARS. HEARTACHE. GAH!) and Norman, now a grown man, is living a double life, of sorts. Publicly, he’s a semi-well-adjusted member of the community, but at home, Norman’s violent blackouts continue to increase as “Mother” (Vera Farmiga) threatens to take over his mind completely. Dylan Massett (Max Thierot) and Emma Decody (Olivia Cooke), are still unaware of Norma’s death and Norman’s full-on descent into a fucking raving lunatic. Unfortunately, they will soon find themselves drawn back into Norman’s madness, while a vengeful Alex Romero (Nestor Carbonell), currently incarcerated for perjury, yearns for a chance to destroy his stepson and avenge the murder of his one true love Norma Bates.
Whooooa, that’s good squishee!
While I don’t want to say goodbye to this show—mostly because of how much I’ve immensely enjoyed the ride—I do love a series that remains tight and knows when to wrap it up. Seeing from the trailer below…it’s gonna be a bumpy, dread-filled finish.
Go full-screen on this one: