For those who are still mourning the death of Vera Farmiga’s Norma in the season 4 finale of “Bates Motel,” showrunners Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin appeases that her death will eventually have a payoff in the grander scheme of things. They also promised it will bring the show to a higher level of storytelling as Norman (Freddie Highmore) starts his proverbial descent to his “Psycho” persona.
Understandably, Norma will be sorely missed as she has been the anchor of her son but the showrunners explained that it is about time that Norman unhinges from his sanity. What is so interesting about this is that viewers will be treated to a full season of the unknown. Given this, the show is technically given a blank canvas to develop Norman’s character more.
‘We kind of wanted one final season of Norman really in the mode of the character in the movie.” Cuse spilled to Yahoo TV when he and Ehrin sat down with the outlet for their Emmy roundup. Despite this, he supplements that what they plan for season 5 will be very different from the movie iteration of the story Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller classic, “Psycho.”
“Of course, our version of it will be wildly different than what happens in the movie, but this was always our demarcation point, where we felt that we would transition from Norma as a living, breathing character to just being the character that lives in Norman’s brain that the audience is most familiar with from the movie,” he furthered.
The bold move to kill Norma could potentially elicit unwanted emotions from fans and there is the possibility that longtime viewers would lose interest in the show with Norman taking the spotlight as he was the ultimate cause of his mother’s death. This was addressed by Ehrin saying, “It was very much about being on the ride with him. In many ways, I think we view Norman as a victim in this. We are on the ride with him, and he doesn’t know what’s happening to him.”
Nevertheless, Cuse and Ehrin have also previously shared that the Bates matriarch will be present in more ways than one in the show’s last season. How they would do it, unfortunately, is still very much up in the air with the way “Bates Motel’s” trajectory is currently on right now.