Viewers of A&E Network’s “Bates Motel” may experience some nostalgia as an iconic character from Alfred Hitchcock’s hit film “Psycho” will make her debut in the prequel series for its fifth and final season.
According to TVLine, Norman Bates’ best known victim Marion Crane will check in to their hotel. The character was made famous by Janet Leigh in the 1960’s classic film when she was caught by surprise while taking a shower. The part was also portrayed by Anne Heche in Gus Van Sant’s 1998 remake of the movie.
The network is said to be on the hunt for the actress who will take on the recurring role for multiple episodes. Executive producer Carlton Cuse revealed to the news outlet that Marion’s stay “will be a big moment” in the show, “We wanted [our fifth and] final season to allow us to do our version of the ‘Psycho’ lure, but it would be boring to just recreate ‘Psycho.'”
Some of the actresses that are speculated to potentially reprise the character are Anna Camp, Emily Vancamp, Amanda Seyfried, Jessica Lucas, AnnaLynne McCord, Alexis Bladel, Katherine Isabelle, and Emma Bell. However, it remains to be seen if this comes to fruition.
Meanwhile, although the storyline seems to be fast tracking to the life of Norman (Freddie Highmore) without his mother Norma (Vera Farmiga) who died before season 4 wrapped up, Cuse shared in a separate interview that the presence of the matriarch will still somehow be felt. However, it may not be on a normal way. “She’s existing now in Norman’s brain,” he stated.
“In the original ‘Psycho’ you don’t really know anything about Norma Bates. You just know that she’s a corpse, and you imagine that she was this shrew of a woman who berated her son into becoming crazy. But we re-imagined their relationship as this complex, intense, co-dependent love story. And that relationship continues very much in Season 5,” the showrunner further elaborated.
Season 5 of “Bates Motel” is expected to premiere sometime next spring.