‘Bates Motel’ episode 9 preview: Norman’s murder trial begins in ‘Visiting Hours’

The trailer for the second-to-last episode of “Bates Motel,” entitled “Visiting Hours,” shows Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) facing attacks from all sides as everyone converges to punish the murdering motel owner. It is perhaps a testament to the level of skill Highmore has brought to the role that despite it all, the character of Norman remains somewhat vulnerable and dare we say likable. As Alfred Hitchcock himself maneuvered his audience in “Psycho” to root for the killer, the TV producers have also skillfully walked a fine line, and somehow after five years of mayhem we still care about poor Norman. Watch the preview trailer above for “Bates Motel” Season 5, Episode 9.

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The trailer starts with a shot of CSI-type investigators combing the grounds near the Bates house looking for more victims of Norman and his alter ego personality of mother (Vera Farmiga as Norman Bates). We then see Norman as Norma being booked on three separate murder charges. Norman has been gifted with the representation of White Pine Bay’s most aggressive defense attorney (Natalia Cordova-Buckley) who clearly is not popular with the cops.

As the promo proceeds, it is clear that even Norman’s former friends are outraged since he is accused of killing both Emma (Olivia Cooke)’s mother and Madeline Loomis (Isabelle McNally)’s husband. Madeline is seen confronting Dylan (Max Thieriot) regarding his knowledge of what was going on. As of last week Dylan is one of Norman’s few defenders and set up his legal help, perhaps since he witnessed the harmful behavior toward Norman as he grew up.

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The show is interestingly subbing Farmiga into scenes of Norman’s trial as a visual representation of Norman’s multiple personality disorder. As the judge reads that Norman may face the death penalty for his crimes, we see Romero (Nestor Carbonell) proclaiming that he wants to be the one to kill Norman.

Whether Norman fools the jury and survives the vengeful Romero remain to be seen and Norma/Norman still have one more episode after this one to go. The master of suspense’s legacy lives on as “Bates Motel” soon closes for business. Mr. Hitchcock would be proud.

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