“Bates Motel” made a splash when it premiered its modern day reimagining of “Psycho” on A&E earlier in the year. The first season ended with a cliffhanger showing with Freddie Highmore’s Norman Bates seemingly committing a murder, and fans shouldn’t expect for it to take long for the facts surrounding Miss Watson’s death to be revealed.
“At that moment with Miss Watson it’s not immediately obvious which conclusion to draw. This show is infinitely more exciting for that, especially when your main characters are so ambiguous, you find yourself almost rooting for Norman despite the fact you know he’s going to become this infamous serial killer,” Highmore tells Zap2it while promoting the Sept. 17 release of the “Bates Motel” Season 1 Blu-ray. “That conflict is what makes the show fun — for me, anyway.”
Nestor Carbonell, who plays Sheriff Romero on the show, similarly suggests audiences remain skeptical about the murder. “Assuming it was Norman. You never know,” he says of the implied murder. “One of the great things about this show is, even with cliffhangers, they’re pretty much dealt with head-on, so the payoff is always going to be there. We definitely tackle that pretty quickly in Season 2 and the ramifications of what happened with the teacher at the end of Season 1. Not that it’s all wrapped up in a neat bow, but it’s definitely being dealt with for sure.”
It’s unclear how Romero’s relationship with the Bates’ will change — if at all — going into Season 2. In Season 1, he was hot on Norma’s trail after the death of his friend Keith Summers, but the pair reached an uneasy truce by the season’s end. Whether Romero ends up being suspicious of Norman in regards to Miss Watson’s death or not, his relationship with Norma will likely remain strained.
“I think he’s always going to butt heads with Norma to a certain extent because they’re both control freaks,” Carbonell says. “They go about it in different ways, but they’re both trying to control the situation. I don’t think he’s used to getting anybody to say no to him or really to go against him as much as she does.”
Highmore teases that Season 2 will continue to show Norman trying to navigate his life amid his blackouts. This will lead Norman on a “journey of greater self-awareness,” Highmore says, so it’s unclear how that will alter Norman as a sympathetic character on the show.
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British actor Freddie Highmore has appeared in some impressive television shows and movies over the years, starring alongside some of the best in the business, such as Johnny Depp and Vera Farmiga. Freddie currently stars in the hit television series Bates Motel but he has admitted that he is unsure if his future is in acting.
Highmore told PA, “I probably still have it now, that thing of not wanting to commit to something for the rest of your life. Saying this is what I want to be forever is a big step, especially at 12 years old.I didn’t want to be forced into thinking this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.” He added,. “And still now, it would be great to carry on acting and to do more things, but I’ve kept my studies going and the tricky thing is I’ve always had something alongside acting. Acting has almost never been the focus of my life so it is a big shift to say that acting will be the main thing that you’re doing as opposed to something that fits in really well with your normal life back at home.”
I have added images from the press line, panel and the party for Bates Motel at this years Comic Con to the gallery.
Appearances and Events > 2013 > July 20: Bates Motel Press Line at Comic Con
Appearances and Events > 2013 > July 20: A&E’s “Bates Motel” Party at Comic Con
Appearances and Events > 2013 > July 20: Bates Motel Panel at Comic Con
This really had me laughing for a good portion of the video!
Like me, I’m sure some wondered what happened at the panel. Hitfix did a live blog of the panel and you can read the entire thing under the read more.
Looks like the Bates Motel is going to heat up even more this season.
In A&E’s Psycho prequel/reboot, “Bates Motel,” life has been less than ideal for Norma Bates (Vera Farmiga) as she contends with the dark impulses of her son, Norman (Freddie Highmore), her troubled relationship with her first son, Dylan (Max Thieriot) and the insanity of her new town, White Pine Bay.
Of course Norma isn’t exactly the picture of mental stability herself. But according to TVLine, three new characters will be introduced in “Bates Motel” Season 2 who may make Norma’s life better… or worse.
First up is Caleb, Norma’s older brother who attempts to get his sister to invest in his shady business. The second new character is Christine, a socialite in White Pine Bay who becomes Norma’s first real friend in the town. And finally there’s George, a recently divorced man who becomes Norma’s newest love interest. No further details about George were revealed, but after Norma’s last boyfriend blackmailed her, ran a sex-slave ring and tried to kill Norma, anyone is a step up after that.
Below you can find the information and what to expect.
Universal Studios Home Entertainment has announced and detailed the Blu-ray release of Bates Motel: Season One, the contemporary A&E Network prequel to Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. The series’ first season stars Freddie Highmore as Norman Bates and Vera Farmiga as his controlling mother, and streets on September 17th.
Synopsis: This re-imagining of one of Hitchcock’s beloved masterpieces weaves a web of deception, murder, and unexpected twists in a small town where nothing is what it seems. The first ten episodes of the popular series also stars Nestor Carbonell (Lost), Max Thieriot (House at the End of the Street), Mike Vogel (Cloverfield), Nicola Peltz (The Last Airbender) and Olivia Cooke (Blackout). Filled with gruesome horrors, nail-biting suspense, Bates Motel was A&E’s most-watched original drama series debut in the network’s history. A second season is already confirmed for 2014.
The 2-disc Blu-ray edition of Bates Motel: Season One features 1080p video, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround, an UltraViolet Digital Copy of the entire season and, for a limited time only, a set of collector cards taken from artwork on the show (“Jiao’s Sketchbook”). Extras include:
- Paley Center Panel Discussion with Cast and Creative Team
- Deleted Scenes