Monday, March 9, 2015 sees the Season 3 premiere of Bates Motel, the A&E drama starring Freddie Highmore as mama’s boy Norman Bates and Vera Farmiga as his overbearing mother Norma, inspired by the Alfred Hitchcock film Psycho.
Below are some previews you can check out from Season 3 along with some behind-the-scenes featurettes and a video to catch you up on what happened during Season 2.
â€œBates Motel,â€ returns for a gripping third season filled with family strife, murder and mystery lead by Vera Farmiga (Norma) and Freddie Highmore (Norman). This season focuses on the evolution of the Bates family and dives head first into Normanâ€™s waning ability to stay in denial about whatâ€™s happening to him and the lengths he will go to gain control of his fragile psyche. The dramatic events of last season leaves Norma (Vera Farmiga) reluctantly more aware of Normanâ€™s mental fragility and is fearful of what he is capable of. From executive producers Carlton Cuse (â€œLost,â€ â€œThe Returnedâ€) and Kerry Ehrin (â€œFriday Night Lights,â€ â€œParenthoodâ€) â€œBates Motelâ€ serves as a contemporary prequel to the genre-defining film Psycho and provides viewers with an intimate portrayal of how Norman Bates unravels through his teenage years.
After a blissful summer of closeness with his mother, living within the safe confines of home and the Bates Motel, Normanâ€™s fears about what really happened with Blaire Watson resurface and Norma questions what really happened. Forced to look at the truths about Norman for the first time, their deeply intricate relationship continues to evolve. Norma finds herself turning to the other man in her life, Norman’s half-brother, Dylan (Max Thieriot) and begins 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 erupts. Estranged brother and uncle, Caleb (Kenny Johnson) returns 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 (â€œMad Men,â€ â€œDesperate Housewivesâ€), Tracy Spiradakos (â€œRevolutionâ€) and Ryan Hurst (â€œSons of Anarchyâ€) arrive at White Pine Bay. After a summer of living at the Bates Motel, Sheriff Romero (Nestor Carbonell) and Norma have grown closer but there will always have that troubling question mark surrounding Norman. Something doesnâ€™t feel right, but spite of his instincts, Romero finds himself continually drawn back to the Bates family — and to Norma. Emma (Olivia Cooke) also determined to find out what is happening to Norman becomes more emboldened, fearless, goes after the things she wants. Familiar face, Bradley (Nicola Peltz) returns to surprise the family and digs up old memories.
Bates Motel returns for with Season 3 on Monday, March 9 at 9pm ET/PT on A&E. We’ll have the full review here at Geeks Of Doom of the Season 3 premiere 3.1 “A Death in the Family” early in the day before the episode airs. Season 1 and Season 2 are available now on DVD and Blu-ray. (You can also watch it online — Season 1 Streaming and Season 2 Streaming.)