Bates Motel: Freddie Highmore Talks about the Descent of Norman Bates

Freddie Highmore

While viewers would like the show to last for years to come, they’ll soon see that Bates Motel wasn’t meant to be a long term series.   In the first two episodes we are witness to a quick descent into madness on the part of the show’s central character Norman Bates.   Of course Bates takes mother Norma (Vera Farmiga) along for the proverbial ride.   Viewers can also expect some great twists, and one in particular that will blow the minds of Norma and Sheriff Romero (Nestor Carbonell).

But one thing is for certain.  The producers are sticking with their plan that the show not exceed five seasons.  Recently Freddie Highmore, the former child star who plays Norman, talked to Yahoo TV about Season 4, including how quickly Norman’s illness progresses this season, the breakdown of Norman and Norma’s relationship, and why he was inspired to take on a new role with the series this season: he wrote the eighth episode of Season 4.

When asked about Norman’s descent into madness Highmore had this to say:

Yeah, it certainly feels like we’re getting towards the end. I think the fourth season is going to be the best, both in terms of that sense of suddenly rushing towards the end, that quickness, the pace of the storytelling that really picks up, and the demise of Norman’s mental state throughout the season. It’s an incredibly exciting opening to the season. The first [episode] sets so much up and shows you this other side to Norman, which will become so potent throughout the season. In the second episode, from Norman’s perspective, [he’s] watching Norma, having this growing suspicion of her… and mistrust starts to develop between the two of them.

Read the rest of the interview at Yahoo! And check out the preview below:

Bates Motel airs Mondays at 9 p.m. on A&E

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