Published On: Thu, May 8th, 2014

‘Bates Motel’ season 2 finale detailed, what’s ahead for season 3, Caleb, Emma

Bates Motel hit a major climax with the season 2 finale leaving White Pine Bay turned upside down. Zap2it spoke with co-creator Kerry Ehrin about the Season 2 finale and what is coming in Season 3.

Freddie Highmore and Paloma Kwiatkowski "Bates Motel" season 2 photo

Freddie Highmore and Paloma Kwiatkowski “Bates Motel” season 2 photo

First up is the revelation that Norman has morphed into the Psycho audiences know him to be, adding Ms. Watson into his destructive and disturbing fantasy world.

“It’s funny how these things come up when you’re writing. You don’t always think of them linearly. We, almost from the beginning of the season, wanted it to be about Norman’s own discovery of himself, and not to tell the Miss Watson story through outside forces investigating and suspecting him. Given that you’re telling the story, we knew it had to reach an end. We had to set up a situation where it could be explained away to people like Romero or Norma, but the audience would know more what Norman knew.”

She goes on to elaborate on the lie detector test and how Norma’s effect on her son changed everything.

” I don’t know where that came from; it was just an idea that I had in the room, and it just seemed kind of perfect. The idea that she as a fantasy could literally change the chemistry of his body, that it was that tied into him at this point. That she could change the chemistry of his body that it could then pass a lie detector test was just such a cool idea. So that’s how that happened.”

Freddie Highmore as Norman Bates lie detector photoEhrin confirms her desire to bring Kenny Johnson back for more drama with Caleb.

“His chemistry with all the actors was fantastic, and it’s just such a rich world — that whole relationship and the history and what really happened and how it affected Norma — that Carlton [Cuse] and I both really want to figure out a way to bring him back in a way that feels organic and real. The thing I love about him is it’s the only connection we have to Norma’s childhood, and I’m fascinated by what that was about. ”

Later she specifically addresses some season 3 plans.

Well definitely the Caleb character. I think there’s a lot more to be told in that story. I think the ongoing story with Norman having an awareness of who he is and trying to manage it — trying to be both the person his mother believes him to be and then also manage this other darkness inside of him that he doesn’t completely understand — is going to be an ongoing thing for him. ..Also, we’ve basically wiped out the economy of White Pine Bay. [ laughs] That’s a little bit of an issue that we have to address and see how that’s going to work. ”

Fans want to know about Emma.

“Oh, definitely. We love Emma. We’re not letting her go anywhere. We don’t have a concrete plan, but we want to pull her more into the interior of the Bates family next season. We’re not exactly sure what that looks like yet, if it is maybe getting closer to Norman and kind of going down the road with that a bit in terms of a romance. We just want to pull her way deep inside the family. Especially now that she knows the truth about Dylan, that’s going to open up, in a way, a door between her and Dylan because she’s going to see him differently now. Because she’s such a compassionate person, it will probably make her reach out to him more. ”

Check out the full interview HERE



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