Last season, Bates Motel ended with a clear duality occurring within Norman (Freddie Highmore), in that he was starting to imagine himself as also being his mother Norma (Vera Farmiga). It’s a game-changer within the series that really sets up Bates Motel‘s upcoming season in a way that seems to bring us closer to that eventual Psycho ending. It also concluded with Norma, Norman, and Dylan (Max Thieriot) all finding out some important truths about one another.
In this new trailer for Bates Motel Season 3, set to a dreamy-dirge cover of Depeche Mode’s “Enjoy the Silence,” Norman’s strange behaviors are escalating; so is the creepy relationship between mother and son Bates. As Dylan says, “It’s not normal. Norman’s 18, he shouldn’t be sleeping in the same bed as mom!” No, he should not. But Norma is not necessarily safe from her son, because it seems uncertain as to whether he wants to be intimate with her, actually become her, or kill her. Norma herself shrieks, “you’re going to kill me, Norman!” We shall find out soon.
Here’s the full synopsis for the upcoming season:
“Bates Motel,” returns for a gripping third season filled with family strife, murder and mystery lead by Vera Farmiga (Norma) and Freddie Highmore (Norman). This season focuses on the evolution of the Bates family and dives head first into Norman’s waning ability to stay in denial about what’s happening to him and the lengths he will go to gain control of his fragile psyche. The dramatic events of last season leaves Norma (Vera Farmiga) reluctantly more aware of Norman’s mental fragility and is fearful of what he is capable of.
From executive producers Carlton Cuse (“Lost,” “The Returned”) and Kerry Ehrin (“Friday Night Lights,” “Parenthood”) “Bates Motel” serves as a contemporary prequel to the genre-defining film Psycho and provides viewers with an intimate portrayal of how Norman Bates unravels through his teenage years. After a blissful summer of closeness with his mother, living within the safe confines of home and the Bates Motel, Norman’s fears about what really happened with Blaire Watson resurface and Norma questions what really happened. Forced to look at the truths about Norman for the first time, their deeply intricate relationship continues to evolve. Norma finds herself turning to the other man in her life, Norman’s half-brother, Dylan (Max Thieriot) and begins to rely on him in ways that she never expected. This relationship inevitably triggers jealousy in Norman and a new kind of love triangle between Norma and her two sons erupts.
Estranged brother and uncle, Caleb (Kenny Johnson) returns to haunt the family throughout the season challenging the family bond even further. Pressures of the outside world take a hold of the family when newcomers Kevin Rahm (“Mad Men,” “Desperate Housewives”), Tracy Spiradakos (“Revolution”) and Ryan Hurst (“Sons of Anarchy”) arrive at White Pine Bay. After a summer of living at the Bates Motel, Sheriff Romero (Nestor Carbonell) and Norma have grown closer but there will always have that troubling question mark surrounding Norman. Something doesn’t feel right, but spite of his instincts, Romero finds himself continually drawn back to the Bates family — and to Norma. Emma (Olivia Cooke) also determined to find out what is happening to Norman becomes more emboldened, fearless, goes after the things she wants. Familiar face, Bradley (Nicola Peltz) returns to surprise the family and digs up old memories.
Bates Motel returns to A&E March 9th at 9 p.m.