Norman Bates completes his transformation when A&E’s “Bates Motel” returns on February 20th. The forthcoming fifth season will end the series, which is teased in the first trailer below.
In addition, Deadline reports that “The Walking Dead” alum Austin Nichols has landed a recurring role as Sam Loomis, a mysterious and charismatic newcomer to White Pine Bay who quickly antagonizes Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) when he tries to involve the Bates Motel’s owner in his web of lies.
The fifth and final season picks up almost two years after Norma’s (Vera Farmiga) death and finds Norman (Highmore) living a double life. Publicly a happy and well-adjusted member of the White Pine Bay community, Norman struggles at home, where his violent blackouts are increasing as “Mother” threatens to take him over completely. Meanwhile, Dylan (Max Thieriot) and Emma (Olivia Cooke), now with lives of their own, soon find themselves drawn back into Norman’s insanity, while a vengeful Romero (Nestor Carbonell) hungers for a chance to destroy his stepson.
News came out of this past July’s San Diego Comic-Con panel that R&B artist Rihanna will play the role of Marion Crane, the iconic guest that appeared in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho and didn’t exactly meet a happy ending. Crane was originally played by Janet Leigh, the mother of Jamie Lee Curtis.
Executive producers Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin then stated: “We wanted to thrust the iconic role into a contemporary spotlight and redefine it in a meaningful and exciting new way. We also heard Rihanna was a fan of the show, and we were huge fans of hers, so it was the perfect collision of creativity and fate.”
Cuse had talked with EW and assured them that even though people have seen Psycho, they won’t be able to anticipate what’s coming for their take on Crane. “We are going to meet Marion Crane, but what we don’t want to do is create the impression that we’re redoing the movie because we’re not at all. She’s a very different person in the movie and her story plays out in a different way,” he explained.
Freddie Highmore is returning as Norman, obviously, with Vera Farmiga as his mother, Norma.
Highmore, Nestor Carbonell, and Max Theriot each direct at least one episode in the upcoming season.