In contrast to Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 horror flick “Psycho,” Marion Crane (Rihanna) left the “Bates Motel” unharmed.
The last part of the two-part episode ended with Sam’s (Austin Nichols) death, not Marion’s. It all started with Norman (Freddie Highmore) welcoming the lady guest, who checked in under a fake name. Then, the two had dinner in the motel office and talked about their parents. While she undressed for a bath, Norman was spying on her through a peephole.
However, Marion could not get her mind out of Sam, so she asked for his address from Norman, who told her that Sam is actually married.
Marion drove to Sam’s house and saw him arguing with his wife, Madeleine (Isabelle McNally). The mistress then smashed his car windows that led Sam to go outside, which gave Madeleine a chance to lock him out of the house.
Back at the lodge, Marion packed up to leave. The “Mother” told Norman to get rid of the guest, but he refused. Meanwhile, Sam went to the motel to see Marion, but she was not there anymore. He decided to take a shower when Norman entered and stabbed him to his death.
“That shower scene is a scene that is ingrained in almost any filmgoer’s psyche, so playing with it and copying it and referencing it is a high-wire act. It’s very tricky,” Phil Abraham, the director of the episode, revealed to The Hollywood Reporter.
“It’s an interesting thing that the show did in terms of having its identity with ‘Psycho’ and yet a separate identity as well,” he continued.
Abraham explained that they were just re-creating the build-up scene, and then, they play with the audience’s expectations.
“I think the ‘surprise’ is that it’s not Marion who meets her end, but nonetheless, you’re building up to that,” he stated.
Meanwhile, in the next episode, Norman seems traumatized over Sam’s death because it was the first time he consciously killed someone. It should be noted that he was mentally blocked by his “Mother” persona in his previous murderous act,
The seventh episode of “Bates Motel” season 5 will air on Apr. 3 on A&E.