Bates Motel The Final Season

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A&E’s Bates Motel, following a young Norman Bates, pre-psycho, transplanted in our modern era, is currently in its fifth and final season. This season started in late February airing its third episode “Bad Blood” last night.

When the show began in 2013, teenage Norman Bates (played by Freddie Highmore) moved into a new town with his mother Norma (Vera Farmiga) in hopes of a fresh start. The show begins with an incident of Norman’s father’s death and Norman believes it was an accident, yet the viewer knows there’s more to it. It’s been interesting being on this rollercoaster ride of tragedy and drama from Norman’s blackouts, to his becoming obsessed with taxidermy-all leading up to him becoming the inevitable killer we know from Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. The creator of the show has done a great job envisioning Norman’s journey to the character viewers were already familiar with.

So far, the final season has delivered each and every episode and leaves the viewer wanting-no needing more. It’s no secret that Norman eventually takes over the role of his mother due to his schizophrenia. At this point in the show this is the most severe we’ve ever seen his ‘blackouts’. (We’ve officially seen him in the dress and wig believing he is in fact Norma. So eerie!) The question that continues to be fuzzy is if he realizes she’s dead. (Her frozen, dead body is in the house!) Right now it looks like he believes her death was faked, yet at the end of 5×01, we see Norman hug her dead body. Is there part of him that realizes what had actually happened?

I’m really enjoying Chick’s presence and how he’s allowed to stay in the house. The dinner scene, this past episode, was so well crafted and he is going along with everything perfectly. As he says, he is just an observer, and it looks like he’s going to take all that observing and craft it into a true crime novel. Who knows if he’ll be alive long enough to see it published?

While other seasons might have dragged at times, season five will definitely be ending the series with a bang!

Bates Motel airs Mondays at 10 on A&E.