For four seasons, Highmore has played a young Norman Bates on the drama, which tells the story of Norman and his mother, Norma (Vera Farmiga), before the events of the film Psycho. The show has already been renewed for a fifth season.
Season five won’t be Highmore’s first time as a scribe for the series. The actor wrote episode eight of season four, titled “Unfaithful.” Additionally, Highmore has sold a pilot to the British network Sky.
Bates Motel executive producer Kerry Ehrin said they know the ending for season five already:
We have guideposts and we know the destination. How exactly we’re going to get there… that’s kind of the fun of writing it, and that’s what we’ll be doing when we get back in the writer’s room.”
Highmore added that season five won’t necessarily end with the events of Psycho:
I don’t think the writers necessarily see the show ending with Marion Crane pulling up to the house and it being like, ‘Norman’s arrived,’ you know? There’s certainly this openness as we get towards next season of moving past events in Psycho, or there’s that fluidity with the storytelling.”
What do you think? Do you watch Bates Motel? Are you excited that Highmore is returning as a writer for season five?