'Bates Motel' Season 2 Preview: Murder and Mayhem Continue in White Pine Bay
'Bates Motel' Season 2 Preview: Murder and Mayhem Continue in White Pine Bay
Jennifer Lind-Westbrook
Jennifer Lind-Westbrook
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
Bates Motel season 1 turned out to be about much more than a boy's dysfunctional relationship with his mother. There were a proliferation of poorly kept secrets: sex slaves, crooked cops, cover-ups, murder and no shortage of dead bodies. But, by season's end, it looked like Norma's dream of being a successful hotel proprietress and a loving, attentive mother were within reach. In the final minutes of the finale, we saw her comforting Norman after his date to a school dance went terribly awry. Little did she know that her precious boy had just fled a crime scene and might have been the last person to see his favorite teacher, Miss Watson, alive.

In season two, viewers are going to learn more about the illegal marijuana industry that is widely accepted but rarely talked about by the residents of the quaint seaside town the Bates call home. Guest stars Kathleen Robertson (Boss), Michael O'Neill (Dallas Buyers Club) and Michael Ekland (Arrow) play members of rival families whose business' "fuel White Pine Bay." Dylan, Norma's eldest son, is still working for Gil and is poised to become more deeply involved in the war between the Coke and Pepsi equivalent of pot growers and distributors. Dylan's relationship with Norma will also continue to evolve,and viewers may finally get some much-needed back story in regards to their estrangement.

Other secrets are exposed as it turns out Miss Watson was more than just a prim and proper teacher who liked to take a special interest in her students, especially Norman. Norman's role in Miss Watson's grisly end has yet to be revealed. In the meantime, he's obsessed with her death and finding the identity of her killer.

Norma, who longs for normalcy, hasn't given up on the idea of romance even though her hands are full running the motel. Michael Vartan (Hawthorne) plays George Heldens, a seemingly sane divorcee who seeps Norma off her feet. In an interview with VGuide,  Vartan says, "She's finally finding some stability with a partner after a pretty bad track record. Hopefully, she won't mess it up."

Norma's social circle will expand in Bates Motel season 2 when she finds herself becoming more involved in the community, primarily for the sake of her business. Rebecca Creskoff (Hung) plays Christine Heldens, George's sister, and a member of White Pine Bay's "upper-crust" who befriends Norma.

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But, since happily ever after is most definitely not in the cards for Norma, she'll be facing new challenges as well. Her brother Caleb (Kenny Johnson), who she told Norman sexually abused her growing up, will show up on her doorstep. She'll also continue to deal with her sense of impending doom that there's something seriously wrong with Norman, no matter how hard she tries to squash it.

Bates Motel premieres March 3 at 9pm on A&E.

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