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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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  • jacobia

    Bates Motel has been an excellent series imo: a brilliant mix of actors, story, direction and cinematography. I think this last season will be stupendous.

  • I love this show. Feels like my soul just took a punch to the gut 🙁

  • john

    Meh. It ain’t the original. Even the one at Universal Hollywood ain’t the original.

  • zombie84_41

    great show

  • Lindsey Krueger

    The Hitch silhouette on the board. 🙁

  • Jason Scarpelli

    I’m just glad I got a chance to see it myself back in the 90s

    • Doug Mortimer

      It’s not the same.

      • Jason Scarpelli

        No but at least I saw the Bates Motel and such.

  • James0479

    That would be a badass seasonal haunted house/hotel.

  • TheHorrorNerd

    Makes me wonder why it had to be destroyed? Surely someone would want to buy it?

    • Geno1987

      It’s probably on a property being rented out that other tv shows and movies would be filmed on.

  • Doug Mortimer

    Rihanna as Marion Crane? Talk about bad casting.

  • A.J.

    Is the last season going to follow the ‘Psycho’ storyline more or less or is Marion Crane not going to appear until the final moments?

  • chrishaagan

    Sad yes, but I’m happy that the Psycho mythology got a proper farewell after the extremely so-so part IV and woeful Van Sant remake. Norman Bates and his creepy motel has been brilliantly updated for the 21st century, more than Michael, Jason and Freddy can say.

  • Nickyroc88

    Why the rush to demolish it? Anyone know what’s going up now?


    Too sad….

  • Fifty Shades of Aunt May

    They should sell pieces of it

  • Kaijudude

    I really need to catch up on this series.

  • Jeremy Rhett Gillespie

    If I ever hit the lottery I am so building a replica of the house, motel and etc. Just think how cool it would be to have the motel for use with house guest

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