Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

After a bit of thumb-twiddling in Seasons 2 and 3, Bates Motel rocketed back with a moving, thrilling fourth season, setting us up for a final endgame season that looks to take us through the entire Norman Bates saga in a really unique and captivating way.

When the show first started, there was an idea floating around that it’d work solely as an origin story. As in, the show was meant to take us right up the front steps of Hitchcock’s Psycho and deliver us a neatly wrapped Norman, ready to grow up and become the man who murders Marion Crane in the shower. As the seasons went on though, and Freddie Highmore began crafting a really interesting, and severely damaged, character, it became clear that it would be a disservice to simply treat this show like a prelude. It needed to tell a complete story with very little winking regarding “what’s to come” after the final credits roll.

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Source: Bates Motel: Season 5 Premiere Review

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