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This post contains spoilers for the series finale of Bates Motel.

After five crazed seasons, Bates Motel has closed its doors for good. The series finale served up an appropriate sendoff for Norman Bates — not without a Psycho-fueled transformation, of course.

After killing Romero, Norman gets a final visit from Mother, and she tells him that she has nothing left to offer him. Battered and bloody, Norman finally cracks, going deeper into hysteria than he ever has before. He is stuck in a hallucination, reliving the time when he and Norma first moved to White Pine Bay and opened the motel.

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Norman's fate is sealed after an altercation with Dylan, who is already sickened by seeing his dead mother's body sitting at the dinner table. Dylan realizes that this is the point of no return for Norman, and after being lunged at with a knife, Dylan pulls the trigger and kills Norman. We soon realize Norman gets exactly what he always wanted, to rest beside Norma for all eternity.

'Bates Motel' [Credit: A&E]
'Bates Motel' [Credit: A&E]

What Did The Cast And Crew Think?

The bittersweet finale tied up all the loose ends for the series, and felt befitting for all involved. After the finale A&E aired an aftershow, Bates Motel: The Final Check Out, in which the cast and crew shared their thoughts on Norman's death.

Freddie Highmore (Norman Bates) said he battled with the idea of whether Dylan killed Norman out of a conscious decision or self-defense. He stated on the aftershow that Dylan realized that Norman wanted to be reunited with their mother, so Dylan assumed the responsibility of taking his brother's life, and also told TVLine:

"The whole episode in many ways brought everything full circle, but that last scene had so many different moments that seemed to relate not only to what had been going on recently, but in the entirety of Bates Motel. The line that really stood out to me was when Norman says to Dylan, 'If you believe hard enough you can make it that way.' That kind of just summed up the show. This idea that hope and love and pure desire and dreams are able to conquer anything else as long as you commit to them. But the heartbreaking thing is that it isn’t. It’s certainly not a fairytale ending, although you could potentially argue that Norman and Norma being reunited in the grave together is somewhat romantic."

'Bates Motel' [Credit: A&E]
'Bates Motel' [Credit: A&E]

Max Thieriot (Dylan Massett) added that he believed Dylan killed Norman out of compassion. Likewise, Vera Farmiga (Norma Louise Bates) believed Dylan pulled the trigger as a mercy killing; Olivia Cooke (Emma Decody) added that Emma and Dylan's happy ending parallels Norman and Norma's happily ever after, just on another plane or realm.

Executive Producer Carlton Cuse predicted that fans would feel sympathy for Norman in the final act. He explained that Norman was boxed into a corner, not equipped to spend life in a mental institution and that death was the best path. Cuse also compared the finale to Romeo and Juliet's sad but beautiful ending.

The final sequence showed Norman and Norma's full-circle journey, arriving to start a new life together in the pilot and leaving together in body bags in the finale. With that, we goodbye to those at White Pine Bay!

What did you think of the Bates Motel series finale? Comment below with your thoughts and reactions!

(Source: A&E, TVLine)


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