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Published On: Mon, Jul 22nd, 2013

Freddie Highmore gets ‘too Norman’ for the SDCC ‘Bates Motel’ season 2 panel VIDEO

During the roundtable panel held for the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con included creators Carlton Cuse (“Lost”) and Kerry Ehrin (“Friday Night Lights”) as well as The Conjuring‘s Vera Farmiga (who just received an Emmy nomination for her portrayal of Norma Bates), Freddie Highmore (Norman Bates), Max Thieriot (Dylan Bates), Olivia Cooke (Emma Decody), and Nestor Carbonell (Sheriff Alex Romero).

Freddie Highmore Norman Bates photoThe video skit that showed Highmore getting a bit too in character as Norman Bates on the Universal Studios lot. He then made an appearance on stage and immediately delved into talk of Season 2.

“It certainly set things up nicely for Season 2, doesn’t it?” he says of the murder at the end of Season 1. “A nice end to be resolved. … People always ask me what’s going to happen as if I know.”

Farmiga discussed her approach to the character on the panel. “The approach to her is just in her defense. She is the mother of a child with mental issues, and there’s no way that a parent can say my child has a mental illness without their spirit imploding,” Farmiga says. “I always approach Norma with a great sense of compassion and reverence.”

Ehrin adds, “She doesn’t think she’s doing anything wrong. She loves him.”

The future of the show, the complex relationships for Norman and Norma.

Cuse kept discussing was how the show’s creative team tried to make it clear that they weren’t beholden to a direct prequel to Psycho.

“We will do our own version of this story, and that for us is just very exciting,” he says. “It’s not going to end well, but the path there is just super fun — for us.”

Bates Motel is a story with a beginning-middle and end, and we want to tell the whole arc of this story,” Cuse says. “By the end of this season we should have a pretty good idea of how long this story should last.”

Bates Motel will return in 2014 for its second season.

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