In our recent interview with “Bates Motel” showrunner Kerry Ehrin, she helps us theorize about Freddie Highmore‘s potential Emmy episode submission by singling out two of strongest hours from the final season. “If you’re gonna pick two episodes for Freddie, look at Episode 5 and Episode 10,” she gushes about the young actor who plays psychopath Norman Bates. “He’s amazing — amazing — in both of those.” Do you agree with Ehrin, or do you think Highmore has a better Emmy submission, should he receive a nomination for Best Drama Actor? Be sure to vote in our poll below.
Episode 5, titled “Dreams Die First,” finds Norman having a cup of coffee with his old therapist, a meeting that we find out later may have actually happened as the doctor has been missing for years. Later in the episode, Norman tells his friend Madeline that her husband has been cheating on her, and then we see Norman (as Norma) at a bar confused as to why people are recognizing him.
In the series finale, titled “The Cord,” Norman goes full psycho by murdering Sheriff Romero in the woods and then having vivid dreams/flashbacks of when he first came to White Pine Bay with Norma (Vera Farmiga). Highmore is chillingly good in these scenes as he’s covered in blood and half-in, half-out of reality. This 10th episode ends with his brother Dylan (Max Thieriot) killing Norman in self defense.
Another stand-out hour from Highmore is the sixth episode, titled “Marion.” That’s the episode where Norman finally comes to realize that Mother isn’t really there and that he’s made her up. The hour culminates in the much-anticipated murder of Sam Loomis in the shower at the hands of a Norman, who isn’t having a blackout and is fully aware of what he’s doing.
The Emmys have nominated “Bates Motel” three times so far without a win: Best Actress for Farmiga (2013), Best Cinematography (2016) and Best Music Composition (2016). While Highmore hasn’t yet received an Emmy nomination, he has killer material this season that, in a perfect world, would win him a trophy. Vote below for what Season 5 episode YOU think is Highmore’s strongest.
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