Published On: Fri, Feb 13th, 2015

‘Bates Motel’ season pics point to ‘Psycho’ influence

Freddie Highmore and Vera Farmiga return as Norman Bates and his mother for the third season of Bates Motel, the hit A&E prequel to the classic Alfred Hitchcock film. New photos hint at the character’s ending with a dark tone and innuendo.

Check out the 1960 promo pic with Janet Leigh and Anthony Perkins below and contrast that with the 2015 version…rocking chair and all.

Bates Motel season 3 poster art Psycho art Freddie Highmore Vera FarmigaFans also get their first look at Revolution star Tracy Spiridakos as mystery motel guest Annika Johnson, rumored to be a hotel shower victim.

Check out more photos over at Screen Crush and watch the recent teaser HERE.

The show also stars Max Thieriot, Olivia Cooke, Nestor Carbonell and welcomes the return of Nicola Peltz as Bradley (Norman’s love interest in season one)

Bates Motel returns in March on A&E
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Freddie Highmore Vera Farmiga bates motel season 3 promo pic Janet Leigh and Anthony Perkins in Psycho promo photo

A&E’s official synopsis of ‘Bates Motel’ season 3:

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 Spiridakos (“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.

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