“Bates Motel” left off last week with the death of Caleb (Kenny Johnson), the brother of Norma Bates (Vera Farmiga), and the possible death of Sheriff Romero (Nestor Carbonell), who was last seen taking a bullet to the chest. Romero will likely survive his attack since all things this season seem to be building to an epic confrontation between he and Norman (Freddie Highmore). Will Norman’s death toll continue to rise in the next episode, titled “Hidden”? Watch the preview trailer above for “Bates Motel” Season 5, Episode 4.
The teaser starts off with Norman lecturing his mother about how he doesn’t want to be involved with her murders anymore. “What the hell crawled into your pants?” Norma responds. Norman, it seems, has completely crossed over in his head and is now believing that it is Norma who is responsible for all the murders that are being committed. In actuality it is Norman who is killing people but his split personality protects him from that self-knowledge and blames it all on the deceased Norma.
Also in the trailer a new law officer played by Brooke Smith (the girl in the pit in “The Silence of the Lambs”) joins the cast and is seen questioning Norman about Romero’s whereabouts. Chick (Ryan Hurst) continues to pledge his loyalty to Norman in order to gain material for his true crime novel while we also see someone burning a dead body in a boat. The local lake has become the receptacle for most of Norman’s victims and presumably it is Caleb who is being disposed of here.
Finally in the promo we see that Norman is kissing Madeline Loomis (Isabelle McNally), the young shop girl he has befriended in previous episodes. This does not bode well for the safety of Miss Loomis, since as laid out in the psychiatrist’s explanation at the end of the “Psycho” film from which the show is derived, whenever Noman becomes sexually aroused by a woman the Norma part of his personality becomes enraged and prone to violence.
Norman’s ominous pledge that his mother is always right leaves us to believe the two will remain united in their need to do away with anyone who challenges their bond. As the series marches to its upcoming finale it is a joy to watch the excellent cast, led by the always fascinating Farmiga and Highmore, plunge deeper and deeper into the psychotic world of the “Bates Motel.”
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