Most of us know the ending to Psycho, but how will Bates Motel end? Recently, showrunner Kerry Ehrin spoke with Entertainment Weekly about the final season of the A&E TV series.
As reported earlier, the final season of the Psycho prequel will feature Rihanna as Marion Crane, the role made famous by Janet Leigh in the original Alfred Hitchcock film. The new season will also feature an episode written by star Freddie Highmore.
In the interview, Ehrin revealed the final season will feature some dark humor:
It’s definitely darker, and because it is so tragic, the dark humor comes out more this season. Also because on some level, he’s crazy and it’s an absurd situation, it just lends itself to dark comedy. The reality of it — the arch version of it is he’s crazy and he misses his mother, but when you imagine day-to-day life and what that means, it definitely lends itself to a certain humor that the show balances really well. Obviously Max, Vera, Freddie, they all balance the humor really well.”
Later, she mentioned that the ending of Bates Motel will not be exactly the same as Psycho:
We’re definitely doing our own thing. It would seem utterly irrelevant to just stick to the Psycho lore. The goal was always to really merge what Psycho is and was and what Bates Motel is, because they’re very different things thematically. Psycho is very much something you’re looking at from the outside, and the brilliant director is telling you where to look, when to look and you never see what goes on inside that house. That’s what that movie is, it’s that surprise of finding out. Bates Motel is kind of the photographic opposite, which is it takes you inside every room and takes you inside the house. It was always the idea to have a bit of the story of Psycho story present, but to see it from different angles. It was not easy to structure and work out. We worked really hard on it and we’re incredibly proud of it. There’s some great episodes in the last season. These two different versions of the same story collide in a really explosive way.”
The fifth and final season of Bates Motel just premiered on A&E on February 20th.
What do you think? Do you watch Bates Motel? How do you think the series will end?