Near the end of season two, A&E’s Bates Motel gave a tantalizing glimpse of teen Norman Bates experiencing the personality split integral to his later-life behavior. Since the character has already racked up a body count, the next question might be when he’ll begin wearing his mother’s clothes. In a discussion after the Bates Motel Comic-Con panel in San Diego Friday afternoon, star Freddie Highmore addressed the inevitable.
“It’s going to come at some point, isn’t it? I can see Norman sitting down in her room in front of the mirror and thinking ‘Oh, I’m going to put on her clothes and see what they look like,’” Highmore said. “Whether that’s this year or next year or the year after, who knows? I don’t know with any certainty at all. But, yeah, there’s certainly going to be the merging of the two parts of Norman’s life and of his personality… The furthest [he's gone] was probably in the motel with Caleb when he starts speaking as her. And that’s when she’s kind of taken over his personality. I mean, maybe if there had been a dress around—who knows?”
Hosted by Entertainment Weekly senior writer Dan Snierson, the afternoon panel included executive producers Carlton Cuse (Lost, The Strain) and Kerry Ehrin (Friday Night Lights), and cast Vera Farmiga (Norma Bates), Olivia Cooke (Emma), and Nestor Carbonell (Sheriff Alex Romero). Snierson asked about season two’s emotional, intimate kiss scene, in which Norma comforts her suicidal son.
“Apparently, there was no kiss, until Freddie Highmore read it,” Farmiga said.
“I just thought Norman would like a kiss,” Highmore responded. “It would tempt him off the edge of suicide, that last thing—and it needed to be at least three seconds.”
Both actors agreed that filming the scene didn’t seem particularly notable in the moment. “For Norma, she’s this broken-down lioness, and she’s taking care of this lame cub, and it’s a life-or-death scenario—she’s going to give him a few licks,” Farmiga said.
Friday, July 25 • 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Bates Motel reopens in San Diego! Executive producers Carlton Cuse (Lost, The Strain) and Kerry Ehrin (Friday Night Lights) will debut an exciting video with the cast of the highly acclaimed drama series, exclusively for Comic-Con attendees. The executive producers will be joined by the cast, including Vera Farmiga in her Emmy-nominated role as Norma Bates, Freddie Highmore (Norman Bates), Olivia Cooke (Emma), and Nestor Carbonell (Sheriff Alex Romero) to discuss the hit series. Fans will hear firsthand details about what is to come in season 3 debuting in 2015 on A&E and will have a chance to ask the cast and creators questions during a Q&A. The panel will be moderated by Dan Snierson from Entertainment Weekly.
Here’s an update for you genre fans headed to San Diego later in the month for that crazy convention known as Comic-Con. It has just been revealed that A&E’s “Bates Motel” will be setting up shop there on Friday, July 25. The panel will run from 3:30p -4:30p, and in attendance will be stars Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Olivia Cooke and Nestor Carbonell. Also appearing are showrunners Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin.
At the moment it doesn’t seem as though brother Dylan, Max Thieriot, will be showing up. Sorry ladies.
“Bates Motel” from Universal Television, serves as a contemporary prequel to the genre-defining film Psycho giving viewers an intimate portrayal of how Norman Bates’ psyche unravels through his teenage years. Fans have access to the dark, twisted backstory of Norman Bates and how deeply intricate his relationship with his mother, Norma, truly is.
Season three of “Bates Motel” is slated to air early 2015. It’s probably too early to hope the team will have any footage to share, but there should certainly be some juicy announcements at the very least.
Best actress in a drama series
Lizzy Caplan, Masters of Sex (Showtime)
Vera Farmiga, Bates Motel (A&E)
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife (CBS)
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black (BBC America)
Keri Russell, The Americans (FX)
Robin Wright, House of Cards (Netflix)
A&E has extended its reservation at Bates Motel, renewing the psychotic drama for a 10-episode third season.
“The incredible writing team and talented Bates Motel cast has made this series one of the most compelling original dramas on television,” said A&E EVP and GM David McKillop in a statement. “The brilliant twists and turns of the past two seasons keep its loyal fan base coming back for more. We are so proud of the show.”
Production on Season 3 will begin this fall. Season 2, meanwhile, will conclude on May 5.
“For me the name of the game is to present to you a woman who lives every day in the trenches of maternity.”
Actress Vera Farmiga has staked out a career that includes many unforgettable roles from The Departed to The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. Recognized by critics and fans alike, she was nominated for an Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild Award for the movie Up in the Air.
The Ukrainian from New Jersey scared audiences with films like Orphan and The Conjuring and now the 40-year-old star continues to scare fans on TV in A&E’s Bates Motel, where she plays the iconic Norma Louise Bates. Farmiga’s work was again recognized with a nomination for Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for the first season of Bates Motel.
The second season of Bates Motel premiered last month and scored 3.07 million viewers, which marked a series high for the show. Jerry Nunn talks to Farmiga about the show’s success.
JN: (Jerry Nunn) Hi, Vera. Congrats on season two of Bates Motel. Were you worried prior to season one about it being set in modern times?
VF: (Vera Farmiga) Yes. I’d be lying if I didn’t have like some reservation about it when I was initially presented with the offer. I thought there is so many things that can go wrong. We’re borrowing these characterizations or these plots points from the most successful horror film ever.
I think what assured me was when I saw Freddie’s audition tape because it wowed me. I saw it. It became to me simply a story and is about this relationship between mother and son. I’m a mom of two toddlers. The story for me resonates.
“Bates Motel” is a family affair on- and offscreen. In Monday’s new episode (9 p.m. on A&E), just as Norma Bates’s family dramas take a temporary back seat to her date with nice guy George (guest star Michael Vartan), a new arrival threatens her new happiness: her brother Caleb (guest star Kenny Johnson), who abused Norma when they were younger.
Happily, the family vibe behind-the-scenes is a much less complicated one.
In part 2 of our recent interview with Vera Farmiga, the “Bates Motel” star tells Yahoo TV about how she has genuine love for the actors playing her TV sons, how her TV and real-life families have become intertwined, and which of her TV sons reminds her of a certain Golden Globe-winning actor.