‘Bates Motel’ Extends Stay With Two-Season Renewal Through 2017
A&E’s Bates Motel closed up shop for Season 3 with a somewhat uncertain finality, but the network has little doubt over keeping Norman on track for a Psycho future. Not only will Norman and Norma keep the Bates Motel open through Season 4, but the network has ordered a fifth (and potentially final?) season as well.
Keeping at its current model of 10 episodes, Bates Motel has ordered an additional 20 installments to be doled out in 2016 and 2017, though unclear from A&E’s report is if Seasons 4 and 5 are intended as the last of Norman (Freddie Highmore)’s journey. Season 3 finale “Unconscious” pushed Norman further along with his psychotic Norma persona, though the real woman (Vera Farmiga) remains as a final hurdle.
Says A&E of its extended renewal:
The vision of our incredible creative team has exposed the steady breakdown of the relationship between Norman and Norma Bates. We are thrilled to bring fans two more seasons to witness the next stages of Norman’s transformation into the most notorious psychopath in cinematic history.
No word yet if Bates Motel will be on hand at Comic-Con to preview Norman’s latest breakdown, but could the next two seasons end up our Psycho prequel’s last?