It looks as if we’ll be getting A&E’s ‘Bates Motel‘ not just for a season 4 but a season 5 as well! In a very unorthodox move the network has decided that they will be betting that the show stays popular enough to last two more seasons. This is extra surprising as the series has been running on a ratings loss since the premiere. While A&E hasn’t stated that season 5 will be the final season of the show, chances are it will be bringing Carlton Cuse’s series to a close. The real question is will it end with the death of Norma Bates or if she will die sooner with Norman still seeing her after she is gone? We’ll find out in the 20 episodes that will be filmed to span the next two seasons.
Honestly Vera Farmiga as Norma Bates and Freddie Highmore as Norman Bates almost seemed like a bad idea when first announced. How could they make a truly interest prequel to Alfred Hitchcock’s classic ‘Psycho’ was the question on everyone’s mind but as we’ve been watching Norman slowly succumb to madness it really has all made sense. The acting, character development, and Norman’s budding serial killer tendencies have just been pure joy to watch unfold. Mix in Norma’s own unique brand of crazy and we’ve got a show that can really capture an audience.
According to Rob Sharenow, Executive Vice President and General Manager, A&E and Lifetime:
“The vision of our incredible creative team has exposed the steady breakdown of the relationship between Norman and Norma Bates. We are thrilled to bring fans two more seasons to witness the next stages of Norman’s transformation into the most notorious psychopath in cinematic history.”
The network is betting big with darker shows and while ‘Those Who Kill’ and ‘The Returned’ failed miserably, ‘Bates Motel’ will soon be joined by ‘Damian.” The series which will also just happens to be be revisiting a classic horror franchise. Will this follow up to ‘The Omen’ have the same success of investigating the origins of Norman bates? Only time will tell. At least we know that the network is not only committed to horror but want to at least give us what seems to be a full tale of ‘Bates Motel’.
Are you happy to hear that we’re getting more ‘Bates Motel’? Do you think five seasons is enough to properly tell Norman’s descent into madness? Share your thoughts below!