Though little is known about Bates Motel season 2, some of the show’s stars hinted about what’s coming for their characters.
Both Vera Farmiga (Norma) and Freddie Highmore (Norman) went through the press junket on June 22 to discuss potential Emmy nominations and details about what season 2 of Bates Motel will look like.
Farmiga told Deadline that the story of Bates Motel and 1960’s Psycho, the original film on which the show is based off of, is “the great American tragedy.” She explained that everyone knows where the story leads: “We know that Norman’s going to become some sort of version of the guy in Psycho, and that Norma’s going to become some sort of version of that skeleton with the updo, but how are we going to get there?”
Though Psycho inspired the show in many ways, it isn’t necessarily a prequel, since the show takes place in modern times and the Bates family has other significant members in the show, such as Norman’s half brother. The producers have never actually said that the series will lead to Norman killing his mother, but Farmiga seems to believe that that’s the natural ending.
As far as more specific details going into season 2, Farmiga said that she couldn’t divulge that information but likened the show to composer Frederic Chopin.
“It begins and it ends with dissonances,” she explained, “but in between I want to strike all those beautiful chords that make the story so complex.”
In Highmore’s interview with Entertainment Weekly, the actor speculated about how the writers would go forward after Miss Watson’s untimely death in the first season finale.
“I think that who everyone thinks killed Miss Watson is Norman, and unless they decide to dramatically change that, I guess that’ll be the case . . . I think he probably did her in. But whether or not he remembers it or . . . has any recollection of it, is something different.”
Bates Motel will air its second season in 2014, though a specific date has not been set yet.
Watch a behind-the-scenes look at the first season finale: