Producers confirmed at the recently held Comic-Con panel that “Bates Motel” will be ending after season 5.
This is despite the previous season’s teasing that it will be exploring Norman’s story of insanity through the death of Norma Bates, played by Emmy nominee Vera Farmiga.
But executive producers Kerry Ehrin stressed that Vera will still be the center of Bates Motel, despite her death.
Co-producer Carlton Cuse also said that the season 5 will focus on Norman’s character, which can be associated with the movie version.
“We are going to see a version of Norman that is much closer now to the one in the movie, but the way in which he acts and the events in the story will not be the same as the movie,” Carlton Cuse said.
“They will cross paths with some of the events in the movie and lead to an ultimate resolution. What that resolution is and how that plays out is something that will be not disconnected to the movie Psycho but will be very much our own story in the same way the entire series has been.”
“Bates Motel” season 5 will also introduced the famous character from Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, Marion Crane. Previously portrayed by Janet Leigh, the Psycho prequel’s iconic character will be played by singer Rihanna, The Rolling Stone said in a report.
Cuse and Ehrin stated that Rihanna is fit to portray the role as she can “redefine it in a meaningful and exciting new way.” The producers learned too that the singer is a fan of the series as well.
The singer herself announced her new role as she sent a message to Comic-Con saying, “Let me tell you what the bad bitch is about to do: I’m about to check into the Bates Motel very soon, and guess what else? Guess who’s playing Marion.”
Aside from Rihanna’s upcoming Marion Crane role, she is also set to star in the movie Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets with Cara Delevigne.
Batel Motel’s season 5 will premiere in 2017.