Major spoilers follow for the latest episode of Bates Motel.
For those of us who are watching the A&E series Bates Motel, we have already been taken through quite a whirlwind of a season — and we still have four episodes left. Last night's episode, "Marion," brought us to a point that we all had been waiting for since the show first debuted in 2013: the shower scene from Psycho.
But it was totally different from Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 original — Marion Crane was replaced in her most famous scene — and fans are wondering if this change was for the best or a massive mistake.
Marion's Story Was Almost The Same ... And Then It Wasn't
Last year we learned that singer-actress Rihanna would star as the iconic character of Marion Crane in the #horror series, but we didn't know exactly how involved she would be in the show. We also weren't sure if they'd keep her story arc completely intact.
Well, it seemed to be looking good as far as honoring the original Psycho — at least for the most part. Marion was having an affair with Sam Loomis, the husband of the local hardware store owner, Madeline. Marion expresses her annoyance with constantly being stalled by Sam in terms of their relationship, and decides to do something drastic about it.
Just like in the 1960 film, Marion is presented with an opportunity that she impulsively acts on: she steals a suitcase full of money from her boss and becomes a woman on the lam, as she leaves Seattle to find Sam in White Pine Bay so they can take the money and run away together. Sounds familiar, right?
Norman quickly learns about Marion's intentions after he fixes her a sandwich and tea for dinner (just like in #Psycho) and chooses to give Marion a bit more information than she was looking for — the address to Sam's house — so he can have his revenge for how hurt the situation had made Madeline. Basically, Marion has her revenge in the form of a tire iron meeting Sam's car, and makes her way back to the Bates Motel after seeing for herself that Norman was telling her the truth.
Rihanna's Marion Crane Never Dies In The Shower
This is where things get a little mad. I would love to be geeking out about how well Bates Motel honored Psycho and how #Rihanna did a great job portraying Marion Crane. However, we can't really do that, because Marion was not the one who was murdered in the shower. In fact, Marion didn't die at all.
Perhaps the biggest allure of #BatesMotel (so far) was the inclusion of Marion Crane — and a lot of viewers were looking forward to seeing the character meet her iconic and legendary demise once again.
The Show Creators Had Something Else In Mind
Norman encouraged Marion to take the money and leave. Instead of Norman killing Marion in cold blood (and after teasing Rihanna's version of the character in the shower), we see a much different chain of events unfold.
Following Marion's wishes, Sam comes to the Bates Motel and decides to wait for her there in case she decides to come back. While waiting, Sam hops in the shower to wash off the wine that Madeline had thrown on him, and perhaps just to relax and catch his breath. And then this happens:
That's right. After a lengthy mental breakdown between Norman and the version of his mother, Norma, that he's created, he justifies murdering Sam Loomis in the shower — not Marion Crane.
Fans Of Psycho Have Every Right To Be Upset
For me personally, this story change was a bit of a punch in the face. I can understand if they simply wanted to change things up a bit with the story, but I feel like this scene should have been 100 percent untouchable. It would be one thing for them to have Marion escape harm-free — Marion killing Norman in the shower might've been a twist that viewers loved — but it was another to give her demise to another character entirely.
Despite how upsetting the episode "Marion" might have been for a lot of us, it is worth mentioning that last night might not have been the last we will see of Marion Crane. It's very possible that she might turn around and return to White Pine Bay at some point to try and find Sam, or even to reunite with Norman. She seemed to be quite fond of Norman and joked with Sam that she enjoyed the small Oregon town.
However, even if Marion doesn't return to the Bates Motel, there is no doubt plenty left in store for Norman in the wake of Sam's murder. Not only will Madeline be searching for him, but now Dylan and Emma are aware of Norma's death and suspicious of the overall event. This final season has already proven to be full of surprises and twists, so who knows what is still on deck for us?