Norman's Issues push Norma to the Breaking Point on the Season Finale of "Bates Motel"

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06 May 2015
Bates Motel
Photo by James Dittiger Copyright 2015
“Bates Motel”
Monday, May 11 at 9 PM ET/PT on A&E

          In the season finale, titled “Unconscious,” Norma has had enough with the bad behavior of her son, Norman. While Romero chooses sides, Emma reacts to news and Caleb’s new life is altered.

          “Bates Motel,” inspired by Hitchcock’s genre-defining film, “Psycho,” is a contemporary exploration of the formative years of Norman Bates, relationship with his mother, Norma, and the world they inhabit. Viewers have had access to the dark, twisted backstory and learned first-hand how Norma helped forge the most famous serial killer of them all.

         The gripping third season has been filled with family strife, murder and mystery lead by Vera Farmiga (Norma) and Freddie Highmore (Norman). The season has focused on the evolution of the Bates family and has driven head first into Norman’s waning ability to stay in denial about what’s happening to him and the lengths he will go to gain control of his fragile psyche.  
          Norman’s has experienced fears about what really happened with Blaire Watson and Norma has questioned what really happened.  Forced to look at the truths about Norman for the first time, their deeply intricate relationship continues to evolve. Norma has found herself turning to the other man in her life, Norman's half-brother, Dylan (Max Thieriot) and began to rely on him in ways that she never expected. This relationship inevitably triggers jealousy in Norman and a new kind of love triangle between Norma and her two sons erupted. 

          Estranged brother and uncle, Caleb (Kenny Johnson) has returned to haunt the family throughout the season challenging the family bond even further. Pressures of the outside world take a hold of the family when newcomers Kevin Rahm (“Mad Men,” “Desperate Housewives”), Tracy Spiradakos (“Revolution”) and Ryan Hurst (“Sons of Anarchy”) arrive at White Pine Bay. After a summer of living at the Bates Motel, Sheriff Romero (Nestor Carbonell) and Norma have grown closer but they will always have that troubling question mark surrounding Norman. Romero has found himself continually drawn back to the Bates family -- and to Norma. Emma (Olivia Cooke) also determined to find out what is happening to Norman has gone after the things she wants. Familiar face, Bradley (Nicola Peltz) has returned to surprise the family and digs up old memories
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