With the fifth and final season of Bates Motel set to premiere next month, A&E has debuted a trailer for the Psycho prequel series entitled ‘Check-In On Norman Bates’; take a look below…
It has also been announced that The Walking Dead star Austin Nichols has joined the Psycho prequel in a reoccurring as Sam Loomis, previously played in Hitchcock’s classic 1960 horror by John Gavin. The show’s incarnation of the character is described as “a mysterious and charismatic newcomer to White Pine Bay who quickly antagonizes Norman Bates when he tries to involve the Bates Motel’s owner in his web of lies.”
Nichols joins the previously announced Rihanna, who is taking on the role of Marion Crane alongside Freddie Highmore’s Norman Bates and Vera Farmiga’s Norma Bates.
This contemporary prequel to the genre-defining film Psycho has provided fans with an intimate look into the unraveling of Norman Bates’ psyche throughout his teenage years. Fans watched as Norman’s dangerous transformation came full circle when he methodically murdered his beloved mother, Norma, in the final gut-wrenching episodes of season four. Season five of “Bates Motel” picks up almost two years later and finds Norman (Freddie Highmore), a grown man now, living a double life. Publicly he’s a happy and well-adjusted member of the White Pine Bay community, but at home Norman struggles; his violent blackouts continue to increase as ‘Mother’ (Vera Farmiga) threatens to take over his mind completely. Meanwhile, Dylan Massett (Max Thierot) and Emma Decody (Olivia Cooke), since leaving White Pine Bay, have been living their lives blissfully unaware of Norma’s death and Norman’s full on descent into psychosis. Unfortunately, for them, they will soon find themselves drawn back into Norman’s insanity, while a vengeful Alex Romero (Nestor Carbonell), who is currently incarcerated for a perjury, hungers for a chance to destroy his stepson and avenge the murder of his one true love, Norma Bates.
Bates Motel Season 5 premieres on A&E on February 20th.