Published On: Tue, Dec 1st, 2015

‘Bates Motel’ season 4: Nestor Carbonell teases relationship with Norma, Norman descent to ‘Psycho’

While attending the Walker Stalker Con in Atlanta, former Lost star Nestor Carbonell talked with fans about the upcoming fourth season of Bates Motel. Staying secretive, he talked mostly about his character’s relationship with Norma Bates, played by Vera Farmiga.

“Like many of the shows I get to do, it’s pretty tight-lipped,” said Carbonell with ComicBook.com , who plays Sheriff Romero on the series on details. “All I can say, is it’ll have to be big. There’s a lot of payoff. There’s been a lot of set up until now, so there will be payoff.”

“We saw Norman’s (Freddie Highmore) descent already clearly happening especially through the second half of last season so we’ll see more of that to come, no doubt about it.”

Fans are eager to see if the Sheriff and Norma finally become “a couple.”

“For my part, whether anything is gonna happen with Norma … she’s a frustrating woman, that’s all I’ve got to say,” he said. “She’s a tough one. She’s a tough nut to crack so we’ll see what happens there.”

On Twitter he told fans that he “bleeds ‘Normero’” and that he will never remove his “rose-colored glasses.” Farmiga replied to the tweet in French.

Bates Motel photo nestor-carbonell-as-sheriff-romeroBates Motel executive producer Carlton Cuse previously teased that Norman is going to be a little more like his counterpart in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 film Psycho in season 4.

“For the first three seasons of the show, we have watched in a slow, progressive way his development of becoming the guy he is going to become. When the show started, for [executive producer] Kerry [Ehrin] and I, he was just a kid. He was a kid who had blackouts and some issues and stuff,” Cuse said (via Calgary Herald) at the Banff World Media Festival in Canada.

“But at the end of the third season of the show, he really becomes unhinged in a different way he had before. That really sets up a different version of the Norman that we know from the movie.”

During season 4, Norman’s progression to becoming that character in the film is going to be “very exciting,” said Cuse.

“[Norman] is going to be driving the story. He’s going to be doing some surprising things,” he added, noting that the promise of season 4 is “Norman unleashed.”

Carbonell did reveal that he’s going to direct another episode of Bates Motel.

“They’re gonna let me do episode 8 of next season. So, I’ll have to prep that one,” said Carbonell, who directed season 3’s episode 5 last year.


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