Mother! This article contains Bates Motel spoilers.
We are officially days away from the fifth and final season of Bates Motel. The Psycho prequel, starring Freddie Highmore and Vera Farmiga as Norman and Norma Bates, has been a major success since it first hit screens back in 2013, so seeing the doors of the motel close forever makes us a bit emotional. Check out the Season 5 promo below:
Over the past four seasons, Bates Motel has sent audiences on a crazy roller coaster ride as we went deeper into the twisted mind of our favorite psycho, Norman Bates, and all of the troubles Norma faced as his mother. Plenty of blood and tears have been shed, but with all the terror and heartbreak that Bates Motel has thrown at us so far, what moment made us scream the most?
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10. Dylan And Emma
Okay, I honestly thought Emma would end up with Norman! Both Emma and Dylan have had a hard life — one with cystic fibrosis and, well, just look at Dylan's family situation. This was such a shocker because I didn't see it coming at all! Hopefully, Dylan and Emma survive the final season and get their happily ever after.
9. Romero Punches Norman
Probably one of the most satisfying as well as shocking moments in Bates Motel was when Romero punched the sh*t out of Norman. Come on, after everything Norman has done — from killing Norma to taking the ring Romero gave her — he completely deserved it!
8. Norma And Caleb
Norma informs Norman of the incestuous relationship that she had with her brother Caleb, when the two were younger. With an abusive father, Norma states that at first, it was consensual but then explains that it turned into rape. This heartbreaking revelation leads me to the next jaw dropping moment...
7. Dylan's Real Father
When Dylan tries to reconnect Norma with her estranged brother, major secrets are revealed! We knew that Caleb had raped Norma, but we didn't know that it resulted in the birth of Dylan! Before Norma dropped this bombshell on us, let's admit that when Caleb stepped onto the scene, the visual similarities between him and Dylan were uncanny!
6. Norman Becomes Norma
Dylan's face says it all. When we finally saw Norman don Mother's clothes I was in complete shock — but the good kind. Norman's transition into Norma is incredible! This all comes down to the fact that #FreddieHighmore is a great actor, and is terrifyingly good at imitating the actions and voice of #VeraFarmiga.
5. Norman Kills Bradley
Oh Mother, it's time to play! Although I admit not liking the character of Bradley, her death was quite sad and incredibly shocking. Having left town after killing the man responsible for her father's death, Bradley returns and seeks help from her old friend Norman. Unfortunately, her plan of running away with Norman goes terribly wrong when he experiences a blackout. Mother — I mean, Norman — knocks Bradley to the ground and smashes her head against a rock!
4. Norman Remembers
Okay, I was completely bawling my eyes out during this scene. In therapy, Norman recalls a moment from his childhood that he completely forgot. He remembers the night where Norma was aggressively forced into the bedroom and was essentially raped by her husband. A frightened young Norman is seen hiding under the bed, and in efforts to comfort his mother, he reaches out to hold her hand, which is hanging off the side. My jaw was on the floor at this point!
3. Keith Summers Breaks Into The House
From the very start, Bates Motel showed no signs of holding back. In the very first episode, an angry former owner of the property, Keith Summers, drunkenly breaks into the house and violently attacks and rapes Norma. Luckily Norman, who had sneaked out of the house earlier to be with Bradley, returns and knocks Summers unconscious. He manages to get up and taunts Norma by insisting she "liked it." Norma then rams the knife multiple times into his stomach. No one could ever forget this shocking and intense moment!
2. Norman's Breakdown
During one of his blackouts, Norman runs off into the woods holding a gun with plans to end his life, claiming that he cannot live with "what he is." Norma catches up to him and manages to knock him to the ground — but the shocker comes when Norman points the gun at Norma. Will he kill her? Thankfully, Norma rationalizes with him and "seals the deal" with a kiss.
1. Norman Kills Norma
If you've seen Psycho, Norma's death was to be expected. Although we knew it was coming, we didn't expect it to happen when it did! Norman lights up the furnace in the basement, which causes a lethal gas to flow right into the bedroom where Norma and he would sleep. Romero arrives but is too late.
The shocks don't stop there! Norman digs her body up, takes it back to the house and then glues Norma's eyes wide open! What the actual f*ck?! Also keep this in the back of your mind whenever you watch these scenes — that isn't a stunt double or a dummy it's all Vera Farmiga!
Bates Motel returns to A&E on Monday, Feb. 20 at 10/9c. What moment from the series shocked you the most?