Poor Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) seems to be getting attacked from all sides in the trailer for Episode 8 of the final season of “Bates Motel,” titled “The Body.” When we last saw Norman he had just confessed to 911 that he killed Sam Loomis (Austin Nichols.) The authorities look to have taken custody of Norman as we see him sitting in what appears to be a jail’s holding cell. Watch A&E’s preview trailer above for “Bates Motel” Season 5, Episode 8.
As we have seen this season, not even death can separate Norma (Vera Farmiga) and Norman, so as Norman waits his fate in jail it’s of no surprise that Norma is there to console him. What is a bit of a surprise is that in the next scene we see Norman’s half-brother Dylan (Max Thieriot) defending Norman as not a bad person, but just crazy. Sheriff Green (Brooke Smith) looks to be interrogating Norman who asks to go home as we a see a seemingly prophetic image of a ghostly Norma climbing the Bates’ staircase.
Sheriff Green is not the only one closing in on Norman, as the final part of the trailer shows Sheriff Romero (Nestor Carbonell) finally making it back to the Bates Motel. Romero has spent this entire season escaping from prison and desperately trying to get home to avenge the murder of his wife, Norma Bates. Romero has been seen in the past as more than willing to break the law when he needs to, so it will be interesting to see how far he’ll go to get back at Norman. We also see Norma attacking Norman in the holding cell and declaring that it is time for her to fix this.
As the series draws to a close it remains to be seen if the producers will take the same path as the original “Psycho” film and have Norman spend time in a mental institution, or if perhaps they will end the series ambiguously and have Norman remain on duty at the Bates Motel check-in desk.
It’s been a fascinating five years for the series and though Emmy voters haven’t paid much attention to the show, “Bates Motel” has still developed a loyal fan following as evidenced by its win at the People’s Choice Awards this year for Best Cable TV Drama. Stay tuned for Gold Derby’s coverage as the Bates Motel prepares to close its doors.
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