‘Bates Motel’: Will Norman Kill Romero By Season’s End?


Now with only three episodes left in A&E’s current season of ‘Bates Motel’, things are heating up at the motel. With situations flaring to an all-time high, there’s only one question on everyone’s mind.

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If you’ve been following A&E’s Bates Motel, now in its fourth season, you’ll no doubt know that there’s one question that’s on everyone’s mind. Well, I suppose I can only speak for myself, and it’s all I’ve been thinking about since last week’s stellar There’s No Place Like Home: Will Norman Bates kill Sheriff Alex Romero?

That’s where you’re wrong. Certain things can never change-Norman Bates

In the final moments of last week’s Home, we find out, through a lot of his own hard work (not to mention manipulation), Norman finally returned home after his twisted time with Julian, his many therapy sessions with Dr.Edwards, and all the personality altering work at Pineview.

This was, of course, after he found out his beloved mother, disgustingly named Norma (Norman minus the N), has married the town sheriff, Alex Romero.

In true Norman Bates fashion, the nuptial news doesn’t sit well for the Motel Murder with a progressive personality disorder. Norma tells Norman, as was expected, that it means nothing and only happened to keep face in the community. This set the stage for what is sure to be a more epic battle than when Kane met Able.

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While Norman is small in stature, the thought of someone else being with his mother makes him even crazier, which may, in turn, cause him to posses the strength of a much larger man. He’ll do anything to keep the relationship he has with Norma the same-I imagine until one of them expires, and he’ll be a maniacal menace for Romero when he transforms from Norman to Norma and attempts to send his new stepfather down the same river Emma’s mother recently traveled .

Although Norman is a certified insane-person, it’s important to not count Romero out just yet. Not only is he the town sheriff, possessing the combat and gun-handling skills needs to put down any oncoming threat or perpetrator, he’s a much bigger man than is Norman. That is, if you consider Norman Bates a man to begin with.

In fact, both men have their advantages and short-comings. Romero is on Bates’ turf, and no one knows the land that the family business, Bates Motel, sits on better than Norman. Norman not only knows the land that the battle will be waged on, but one should never mess with a psycho scorned.

Vera Farmiga and Nestor Carbonell in ‘Bates Motel’-courtesy of A&E

Too bad Norman doesn’t know his mother as well as thinks he does (or her current manipulation of the two most important men in her life)

Romero, on the other hand, has the advantage of not only firepower but an array of tools such as handcuffs; he also secretly has the heart of Norma Bates. While he did pay for Norman’s treatment by way of his insurance, he offed Bob Paris as well. And, as we all know, the killing of Paris hasn’t exactly been keeping Alex Romero up at night.

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Both men have killed before, and both are willing to kill again. So, who’s going to win the showdown at Bates Motel? You’ll have to tune into tonight’s episode, Unfaithful, to find out. Check yourself into Bates Motel tonight and I’ll see you Horror Heads there.

Keeping up with A&E’s Bates Motel? Excited to see where the series goes after Monday’s There’s No Place Like Home? Tune in to Bates Motel at 9/8c Mondays, Only on A&E. Don’t forget to sound off below with your comments, opinions and insights so we can keep this Bates conversation going.