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Bates Motel Cast, EP Talk Norma's 'Innocence' and Romero's Backstory, Defend 'Desperate' Finale Kiss

Norma and Norman Bates weren’t the only folks whose world views began to diverge during Season 2 of A&E’s Bates Motel.

As executive producer Kerry Ehrin told Michael Ausiello in TVLine’s San Diego Comic-Con video suite, series stars Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore found themselves taking very different approaches to their scenes — i.e. their face-off in the parking lot outside the community theater — which wound up adding rich layers to their characters and performances.

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Farmiga added that despite Norman no longer relying on his mother’s word as Gospel, they’re the only survivors of the same shipwreck — creating “a fierce need to protect each other” that informs their every choice.

So what about That Kiss? Farmiga staunchly defended Norma’s choice — and her reasons might surprise you.

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Along with fellow cast members Nestor Carbonell and Olivia Cooke (sporting a shaved head as she films Me & Earl & the Dying Girl), Farmiga, Highmore and Ehrin teased a Season 3 that’ll shed light on Romero’s backstory, feature a “not-so-blinkered” Emma and explore both the “surface” and “underbelly” of the Norma-Norman pairing.

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