The trailer for Season 5, Episode 5 of “Bates Motel,” entitled “Dreams Die First,” offers the first glimpse of famed motel guest Marion Crane played here by pop artist Rihanna. The singer and sometime-actress won the role of Marion when producers read that she was a fan of the show in a magazine interview. Marion Crane is the role that won Janet Leigh an Oscar nomination in the original Alfred Hitchcock film and forever made motel guests slightly paranoid when showering. Watch A&E’s preview trailer above.
In the promo, Norman (Freddie Highmore) seems to be desperately trying to hold things together following last week’s episode in which he nearly killed his friend. Norman seems to have even restarted therapy with his doctor from the fancy mental institution that his mother (Vera Farmiga) went to great lengths to place him in last season.
Dr. Edwards (Damon Gupton) was the first person to figure out that Norman has a split personality and sometimes thinks he is his mother. Norman looks to be seeking help from the doctor and appears to be quite open about the fact that he sees Norma when she isn’t there and sometimes he even becomes her.
The new sheriff in town continues to be on Norman’s tail. Played by Brooke Smith from “The Silence of the Lambs,” Sheriff Jane Greene is picking up where Sheriff Romero (Nestor Carbonell) left off and can be seen hypothesizing that perhaps Norman was the one who killed Norma. Norman doesn’t appear to be giving in to Greene’s speculations and defends himself by saying it was easier to blame Norma’s death on the kid who was just released from the mental institution than look further into it.
And then on a dark rainy night, Rihanna’s Marion Crane looks to once again be driving a lonely stretch of rural highway just like she did close to 60 years ago in the original film. “Bates Motel” fans probably felt their collective heartbeats quickening a bit, as the moment that the series has been building to for five years has finally arrived.
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