“My mother was the most wonderful person who ever lived. I miss her so terribly,” says the voice of Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) in the trailer for the final episode of “Bates Motel.” The promo shows an array of scenes from the past season all edited together but very little, if any, new footage is shown for the episode entitled “The Cord.” Since the show’s producers don’t seem to want to give too much away, that means we’ll have to speculate about what might happen before the final credits roll. Watch the preview trailer for the “Bates Motel” series finale above.
Calling it “The Cord” looks to imply that the maternal cord between Norma (Vera Farmiga) and Norman will finally be cut. How that cord will be broken and how much literal cutting will be involved remains to be seen. When we last left the hapless Norman Bates he had just been kidnapped by his step-father Sheriff Romero (Nestor Carbonell) and taken along with the prison receptionist out of the local jail. Romero had the chance to kill Norman in the prison after he disabled the guards holding Norman. But instead, he demanded Norman bring him to where Norma’s body is hidden.
Romero’s female friend who helped harbor him while he was on the run after a prison escape pointedly told Romero in this week’s episode that Norma loved Norman and wouldn’t want him hurt. Will Romero really be able to kill his beloved Norma’s child? The fact that no clips of the final episode are shown makes one wonder if Norman will face another trial. An interesting clue seems to be that Romero is driving Chick’s car and Norman made sure to point that out. Will Norman figure out that Romero killed Chick (Ryan Hurst)?
Gold Derby’s poll on Tuesday favored the idea that Norman will end the series in an asylum, which also harkens back to the ending of the original “Psycho.” Could Chick be fingered in the deaths of some of the victims? How about Marion Crane (Rihanna)? She after all did demolish Sam Loomis’ car and has motive to kill her betraying lover.
In “Psycho 2,” the little-seen 1983 film sequel, Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) is released from a mental institution after 22 years of rehabilitation. Could we have a “Bates Motel 2” someday where Highmore’s version of Norman is again able to serve as caretaker of the Bates Motel? One can only hope so since it would be great to see this wonderful TV series return someday.
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