Published On: Fri, Jul 8th, 2016

Freddie Highmore to write more in ‘Bates Motel’ season 5 as he channels more Anthony Perkins

Bates Motel’s Freddie Highmore has channeled Anthony Perkins for A&E’s Psycho prequel series, now bringing the Norman Bates likeness to life in a real creepy way – check out the photo below. Highmore will also continue to tap into his writing talent, which began during season 4.

Perkins, who originally played Bates in the 1960 film Psycho, posed beneath the owl statue for a photo promoting the film’s release. Now that the cable series, based on the Alfred Hitchcock film, is heading into its final season, the events are expected to lead up to where those in the film started.

Bates Motel season 5 promo posterHighmore wrote episode eight of season four, titled “Unfaithful.” Additionally, Highmore has sold a pilot to the British network Sky.

Bates Motel executive producer Kerry Ehrin said they know the ending for season five already: “We have guideposts and we know the destination. How exactly we’re going to get there… that’s kind of the fun of writing it, and that’s what we’ll be doing when we get back in the writer’s room.”

Vera Farmiga has played Norma Bates, Norman’s loving mother, on the series, and her role will continue even after the events of last season. Highmore recently talked with EW during a Facebook live interview but was quiet about details about what’s to come, but fans can expect hallucinations and flashbacks with Farmiga’s Norma.

Highmore stated that “I don’t think the writers necessarily see the show ending with Marion Crane pulling up to the house and it being like, ‘Norman’s arrived,’ you know? There’s certainly this openness as we get towards next season of moving past events in Psycho, or there’s that fluidity with the storytelling.”

Bates Motel returns for season 5 in 2017.

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