A&E's hit show Bates Motel will be shutting up shop with its fifth and final season. When news first dropped about the show's imminent end — and that a contemporary prequel to the iconic #AlfredHitchcock film Psycho was even in the works — many fans were not too keen. Check out the Season 5 promo below.
Debuting in 2013, Bates Motel stars the incredible Freddie Highmore as our beloved psycho Norman Bates and Vera Farmiga as his mother Norma Bates. It's definitely been worthy of carrying the #Psycho legacy to a whole new generation of audiences. While we mourn, let's go behind closed doors to see what skeletons we can unearth.
1. This Isn't The First Psycho TV Spinoff
Thirty years ago a TV pilot was produced by NBC — a sequel of sorts to the original 1960 Psycho film — starring Dogma's Bud Cort, Jason Bateman and Lori Petty of #OrangeIsTheNewBlack. However, the series was not picked up by the network, and so was remarketed as a made-for-TV movie.
2. The Cast Was Made For Horror
Principal cast members Olivia Cooke, Farmiga and Max Thieriot have all dipped their toes into the horror waters. Cooke, who plays Norman's best friend Emma Decody, starred in The Quiet Ones, Ouija and The Limehouse Golem. Farmiga earned her scream queen credentials with films Joshua, Orphan, The Conjuring and its recent sequel The Conjuring 2. Thieriot, who plays Norman's brother, starred in notable #horror films such as House at the End of the Street and My Soul to Take.
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3. Nope, Nestor Carbonell Isn't Wearing Guyliner
In all honesty, this actually shocked me — former Lost star Nestor Carbonell isn't wearing eyeliner?! Despite many #BatesMotel fans often wondering why Sheriff Alex Romero was rocking heavy eye makeup, Carbonell has cleared up the cosmetics chatter, joking that "maybe it's Maybelline." In all actuality his beautiful kohl-rimmed eyes are au naturel.
4. Initially Vera Farmiga Didn't Want To Play Norma Bates
Farmiga stated that "borrowing characterizations and plot points from the most successful horror film ever" meant that "many things [could] go wrong." Ultimately, it was co-star Highmore's audition tape that convinced her to take the part. So imagine how different the show would have been if #VeraFarmiga didn't play Norma Bates.
5. As Fiery As Norma, Farmiga Burns Scripts
Farmiga has admitted to destroying scripts she receives featuring insignificant, meaningless female characters as her "revenge on Hollywood." She told The New York Times:
“I stack up all those crass female characters, all those utterly ordinary women, all those hundreds and hundreds of parts that have no substance or meaning and turn them into a blazing pyre. It’s really cathartic. It’s my revenge on Hollywood insensitivity and greed. The ashes go to the compost. At least the scripts can finally help the world in some way.”
6. A Family Affair! Farmiga's Younger Sister Is Taissa Farmiga
Despite both starring in an acclaimed body of work respectively, many people are still unaware that our Norma Bates is related to #AmericanHorrorStory alumnus Taissa Farmiga. In fact, Vera Farmiga is the reason her 21-years-younger sibling Taissa became an actor in the first place, having cast her in her 2011 directorial debut Higher Ground. "As much of an age difference as there is, she is one of my best friends in the world,” Vera Farmiga has told Teen Vogue.
7. Highmore Is 'Big Brother' To Farmiga's Son
Speaking of family ties, seeing as young #FreddieHighmore's family is based in London, the actor was welcomed into the Farmiga family while filming Bates Motel in Canada.
With Highmore having "immediately bonded" with Farmigas' five-year-old Fynn, she decided that Freddie deserved the title. "We've become this surrogate family, I think, for each other. Freddie’s the big brother that Fynn never had.”
8. Racy Scenes Between Norman and Norma Were Removed From Final Cut
Remember the kiss between Norman and Norma in the woods at the end of Season 2? It drove audiences insane! Well, that wasn't the last controversial thing planned for the mother-son duo. Co-creator and executive producer Kerry Ehrin revealed at the 2016 San Diego #ComicCon that one "really raunchy and intimate" scene between Norman and Norma was ultimately cut. Will we see it in the final season?
9. The Final Season Posters Are Throwbacks To Earlier Seasons
Nope, your eyes aren't deceiving you! I thought this was a cool little nostalgic Easter Egg for fans who have been watching Bates Motel since the beginning. Look how far we have come since Season 1!
10. Did You Spot The Motel's WiFi Password?
Here's a fun one to round off this list! In case you completely missed it or have ever dreamed of staying at the infamous Bates Motel — but like, why would you?! — the WiFi password is "MOTHER" in all caps. I think we can all guess who decided on that one.
Bates Motel final season begins airing February 20 on A&E.