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Bates Motel: [Spoiler]'s Death Sets Stage for Completely Psycho Season 5

TVLINE | Why kill off Norma with one more season still to go?

CARLTON CUSE | We wanted the final season to allow us to do our version of thePsycho lore. We will be colliding with certain events in the narrative of the film, but it would be boring to just recreate Psycho.

EHRIN | The obsessive love of Norma is what the show is going to be based on. It’s the heart of what drives it. That is going to be hugely important in Season 5.

TVLINE | Modified doesn’t mean reduced right?

CUSE | No. She’s existing now in Norman’s brain. In the original Psycho you don’t really know anything about Norma Bates. You just know that she’s a corpse, and you imagine that she was this shrew of a woman who berated her son into becoming crazy. But we re-imagined their relationship as this complex, intense, co-dependent love story. And that relationship continues very much in Season 5. It just has a different dimension, which is that she’s dead. [Laughs] But it’s not the end of the story.

TVLINE | Was that really Freddie carrying her around?

CUSE | During these [four seasons] Freddie has grown up. He went from a waifish teenager to a man. So now he has the physical presence and ability to pick Vera up. He could never have done that at the beginning of the series.

EHRIN | And one of the awesome things about our cast is that they want to do all this stuff. They seem to relish really physically getting into this stuff.