With Bates Motel’s amazing fourth season having recently come to a close, and with the Final Season months away, it’s time to examine the question every fan has been pondering since the fourth year finale: Will the finale run of ‘Bates Motel’ fully incorporate the iconic ‘Psycho’?
Do not read this if you haven’t caught up with A&E’s ‘Bates Motel’. I repeat, do not read this if you haven’t seen the fourth season of ‘Bates Motel’. You won’t want that ruined for you. It’s amazing.
WOOOOOOW, it’s been a crazy year for the Bates bunch who live in that big house on the hill.
If you’ve been keeping up with Bates Motel, you’ll no doubt know the last few moments of the Season 4 finale were more than a little intense. Culminating afetr the last four or five episodes in the back half of Bates’ eventually stellar fourth year, the finale, Norman, left us thinking of nothing but the original Psycho, which the prequel series is based on (as well as the book by author Robert Bloch).
And the Psycho references weren’t slight. After exhuming Norma’s body from the local cemetery, Norman take his mother home where, he believes, is the most appropriate place for Norma’s body to be. This is just the tip of the Psycho iceberg.
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In fact, he doesn’t even fully believe she is dead and goes so far as to superglue her eyes opens in a moment that will go down in the history of horror as one of our genres all-time creepiest moments.
After a short visit from chick, who hadn’t been on Bates Motel for a few episodes, Norman continues trying to get his mother to “awake up”. Just when he’s about to give up, he hears those old comforting key strokes from the downstairs’ piano and suddenly, with the quickness of a formula-one race car, Norma is back and the Christmas decoration have been instantaneously set up around the house.
This sets the strange stage for the Final Season and all its Psycho-like happenings. But how far is the A&E show going to go in its quest to add elements from the immortal 1960 film?
Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore in ‘Bates Motel’-Courtesy of A&E
It’s no surprise that Marion Crane, the main protagonist from the legendary Alfred Hitchcock film, with be involved; This has been confirmed by Carlton Cuse, one of the show’s main creative spearheads and producers, in a recent news article. So with that, will other elements from Psycho be Involved?
My hope is a resounding yes. Not only do I want to see Marion involved in a big way for the Final Season, which has also been confirmed, but I want to see other Iconic Psycho moments as well.
I want to see Marion with Sam Loomis. I want to see her moralistic struggle with money, or something valuable, that she has taken from her place of employment (Bank or not). I want to see Marion’s sister come search for her, and along with Sam Loomis, and be involved with the stopping of Norman Bates.
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I also, without a shadow of a doubt, want to see a recreation of the iconic shower scene. While the beloved moment was redone in Gus Van Sant’s lazy remake, I want the moment in Bates Motel, a show that’s seemingly on a path to actually respect its source material. And by God, I want the classic scene to feel organic within the show. Also, I want the speech from the end of Psycho to be in the end of Bates Motel….that’s not to much to ask is it?
Do I want Bates Motel’s Final Season to basically be a remake of Psycho? Not exactly.
What I really want is the things I’ve mentions above to be infused with the story of how Norman Bates came to be what we see in the original Psycho movie. I still want to see Romero trying to get revenge for the death of his wife. I still want to see Dylan involved in the story. I still want the show to be from the perspective of Norman Bates- It’s called BATES Motel for a reason.
Only, I want the most poignant and iconic moment from arguably Hitchcock’s most beloved film to be appropriately mixed with Bates Motel’s already established story. I still want Norman to be the focal point of the series, and with what I’ve heard producers say recently, I believe he will be.
So, what do you want to see in the Final Season of Bates Motel?
Keeping up with A&E’s Bates Motel? Excited to see where the series goes after Monday’s Norman? Don’t forget to sound off below with your comments, opinions and insights so we can keep this Bates conversation going.