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Depressing Images Show Iconic “Bates Motel” Sets Being Destroyed

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Later this month, we begin to say goodbye to “Bates Motel.”

The fifth and final season of A&E’s episodic prequel to Psycho premieres on Monday, February 20th, and what’s particularly exciting about this season is that we’re going to meet Marion Crane (played by Rihanna). Yes, that essentially means that the new season of “Bates Motel” will play out like the events of Psycho, which is what the show has of course been building to for years.

At the same time, it’s bittersweet. Because this is the beginning of the end.

Photos just posted by the Vancouver Sun have made this all the more real, as they show the destruction of the “Bates Motel” sets that were built for the show in Aldergrove, British Columbia. Filming wrapped up earlier this month, and it didn’t take long for a crew to come in and level the Psycho-accurate replicas of both the Bates house on the hill and the Bates Motel.

Check out some of the sad photos below and see more on Vancouver Sun.

Season Five of “Bates Motel” picks up almost two years later and finds Norman (Freddie Highmore), a grown man now, living a double life. Publicly he’s a happy and well-adjusted member of the White Pine Bay community, but at home Norman struggles; his violent blackouts continue to increase as Mother (Vera Farmiga) threatens to take over his mind completely. Meanwhile, Dylan Massett (Max Thierot) and Emma Decody (Olivia Cooke), since leaving White Pine Bay, have been living their lives blissfully unaware of Norma’s death and Norman’s full on descent into psychosis. Unfortunately for them, they will soon find themselves drawn back into Norman’s insanity, while a vengeful Alex Romero (Nestor Carbonell), who is currently incarcerated for perjury, hungers for a chance to destroy his stepson and avenge the murder of his one true love, Norma Bates.


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Dean Broughton / PNG


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