Bates Motel Team Talks Season 5's 'New' Mother, 'Racy' Norma/Norman Moments and the Series' Final Scene

Bates Motel fans who are still in mourning over Norma’s demise can rest assured that not only will we get a lot more of Vera Farmiga in Season 5, we’ll also get much better acquainted with the “Mother” in Norman’s head — in essence, a whole new character.

“We’re gonna get to spend more time with her now,” executive producer Kerry Ehrin explained to Michael Ausiello when she and the A&E drama’s cast dropped by TVLine’s Comic-Con studio presented by ZTE. In fact, we’ll get to “know her more intimately.”

Maybe we’ll even get to see the sort of “pretty racy things” that Farmiga said she and Freddie Highmore shot for seasons past that ended up on the cutting-room floor. In particular, she recalled, “there was a really intimate moment that never ended up making” it into the show.

Also in the video Q&A above, Highmore shared his hilarious hope for the series’ final scene, Nestor Carbonell put Ehrin on the spot regarding the casting of a sister for Rihanna’s Marion Crane, and Max Thieriot predicted Dylan’s reaction to Norma’s death.

To check it out, press PLAY on the video above, then hit the comments with your ideas for how the series should wrap up.

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  1. Lia says:

    Sounds very promising! I’m most excited to see the “new” Mother Norma. She’s going to be a more fleshed out character than what we’ve seen of her so far next season. Wondering if she’ll be as unpredictable as the real Norma.

  2. Angela says:

    Such a dark, creepy show, and yet such a lovely, friendly cast :D.
    I actually like Highmore’s suggestion about one of the creators playing the psychologist at some point. That could be a fun “wink-wink” sort of deal. And with Rihanna as Marion, then heck, yeah, it’ll be interesting to see who they’d cast as her sister.
    I’m definitely sad to know this show’s getting close to ending its run, and will indeed miss it. But I am glad that they’re getting to wrap things up on their own terms, and I look very forward to seeing how they handle this final chapter of the ‘Psycho’ story.

  3. Janet Scialabba says:

    My all time favorite show! Dylan will be upset to hear of Norma’s death and who caused it. My heart breaks for the sheriff. Romero & Norma were so happy together. I can hardly wait for March 2017!