As “Bates Motel” begins it fifth and final season Monday night on A&E, let’s take a look back at the Top 10 moments from the spooky series. The show stars Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore as Norma and her son Norman Bates, owners of the motel made famous in the 1960 Alfred Hitchcock film “Psycho.” In preparation for the new season, we have chosen our favorite highlights from the series in our photo gallery above, so take a relaxing stroll down memory lane in Norma’s nightgown as the Bates Motel prepares for its final guests.
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For the past four years, the series has chronicled the difficult lives of the motel owner and her increasingly disturbed and violent son. As fans of the original film know, Norman murders his mother and then continues to live in the motel, preying upon other women who come to check in (but don’t check out). The series has followed the same path as the movie and last season ended with the jaw-dropping death of Norma. The murder was shocking not only in the context of a son murdering his mother, but it was also jolting that a series took the unusual step of killing off its Emmy-nominated leading lady.
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Farmiga, though, will be back for the show’s final season thanks to her character having a prominent place in the memory and disturbed psyche of Norman. This season promises to recreate events of the film and will have pop star Rihanna playing the role of Marion Crane, the shower victim first brought to Oscar-nominated life (and subsequent death) by Janet Leigh.
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It will be interesting to see how the series retells the familiar plight of Miss Crane. In the original film she was hiding out in the remote hotel after embezzling money from her employer, only to meet a highly savage end when she unwittingly got too involved with the disturbed mind of Norman Bates and his alter ego/mother. Be sure to sound off on YOUR favorite “Bates Motel” moments in the comments section below.