Many Bates Motel
fans may still be reeling from the most recent episode's big reveal
, but with the finale looming ahead, there are sure to be more surprises in store for viewers. If Norman did have a moment of clarity regarding his role in the death of Miss Watson, what consequences does he face? One thing is certain, Norman is growing increasingly detached from the nice, sensitive boy his devoted mother Norma once believed him to be.
Norman has grown increasingly manipulative, and if we are to believe he killed Miss Watson, and this isn't some colossal twist with a twist, will the audience be able to view him as a sympathetic or relatable character? "With Norman's kind of growing realization of who he is and who he might become and what he's capable of, comes this sens of power for him," Freddie Highmore, who play Norman, states.
Norman's relationship with Norma is always in flux, and that will not change. "...as he becomes more of a man, that has [cumulative] consequences in terms of how he and his mother relate to each other. Kerry [Kerriy Ehrin, writer/executive producer] and I certainly don't see that relationship being static, but we definitely see it as always being very close and very intense," say executive producer and writer Carlton Cuse.Oedipus Wrecks: TV's Most Messed-Up Mother/Son Relationships>>>
Obviously, defining the boundaries between mother and son is becoming increasingly difficult as Norman has adopted even more of her persona during Bates Motel
As if fighting the harsh realization that her son continues to deteriorate mentally isn't enough, Norma has succeeded in scaring off her love interest, George. But men are unmistakably drawn to Norma, so maybe a reconciliation is in the cards. In spite of Norman's "illness," Norma still longs for that idyllic life that George personifies.
In between psychotic breaks, Norman managed to have a romantic entanglement, and it appears that his luck with the ladies might just continue, "I think there's this still kind of unexplored relationship with Emma...they've got tension there that's never quite gone as far as it could have at different moments. And that's another pair off I think that comes in the last episode. We see Norman's relationship take a new twist and perhaps the one that we expected," declares Highmore.
While Cuse is pretty tight-lipped about what to expect as viewers check out of the infamous motel this season, it seems fans will walk away with some sense of closure, while at the same time, hypothesizing what lies ahead for season three,"...I think it moves the overall narrative a big step forward. But I think that it's pretty evident, as we've moved downstream here, that there are these really significant looming questions. One is what is Norman's ultimate culpability in the murder of Ms. Watson, and secondly, how aware is Norman of what it is he's done or is capable of doing," Cuse states.
Watch the trailer for the Bates Motel season 2 finale below:
The Bates Motel finale airs Monday May 5 at 10pm on A&E.
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