The fifth and final season of Bates Motel just premiered on February 20th, but is now the right time to end the A&E Psycho prequel series?
The drama stars Freddie Highmore as Norman Bates, the troubled son of Norma Bates (Vera Farmiga). The cast also includes Max Thieriot, Nestor Carbonell, Olivia Cooke, Kenny Johnson, Nicola Peltz, Michael Vartan, Kathleen Robertson, Michael O’Neill, Paloma Kwiatkowski, Rebecca Creskoff, Michael Eklund, and Mike Vogel.
Recently, showrunner Kerry Ehrin explained to Yahoo why the show is ending after five seasons:
I very strongly felt, as did Carlton, that we were telling the story in the right amount of episodes, and that we didn’t want to ruin it by stretching it out. We wanted every episode to have an impact and be meaningful.”
However, she also mentioned she would “never say never” to a sequel series.
So why end the A&E show now? Looking at the ratings, Bates Motel have been fairly consistent over the past few seasons. Season four received an average rating of 0.55 in the 18-49 demo and a total of 1.45 million viewers. For comparison, season three earned an average rating of 0.73 in the 18-49 demo and 1.80 million viewers.
What do you think? Is now the right time to end Bates Motel? Would you be open to a sequel?