For four seasons, Bates Motel has been about the slow disintegration of Norman Bates’ psyche. And last week, he took things to another level when he and Romero got into an argument involving an ax. Believe it or not, things get even worse this week.
“There’s a sort of superficial level of jealousy in seeing Romero with Norma, but I don’t think it’s ever been about that for him,” Freddie Highmore says of his character Norman’s mental state. “It’s more about [Norma and Norman’s] relationship and making them both happy and trying to do what’s right for both of them. I think in the scene at the end of [episode] 8, he truly does believe that what he’s saying is true. It’s not hating on Romero. It’s more doing what he truly believes is right and that’s what pushes him into the next episode.”
Showrunner Kerry Ehrin adds: “It’s honoring the co-dependence. He instinctively understands it, that she’s not going to be able to walk away from him and have a happy life with someone.”
And keeping that co-dependence in mind, the big question this week is: Will Norma listen when everyone in her life tells her that Norman is dangerous?
Bates Motel airs Mondays at 9 p.m. ET on A&E. Watch the promo for this week’s episode, “Forever,” below.