Miss Watson’s (Keegan Connor Tracy) murder might not be as clear-cut as it seemed in the “Bates Motel” Season 1 finale. Instead of resolving that mystery in the Season 2 premiere, the A&E series instead left viewers with more possibilities of who could have been behind the teacher’s death.
One new candidate is Gil (Vincent Gale), who was dating Miss Watson. The reason is simple enough: Bradley’s father, Jerry Martin, was also allegedly sleeping with her. Bradley (Nicola Peltz) learns that Miss Watson was “B” and clearly thinks Gil is behind her father’s death (we’ll get to that later). But could Gil also be to blame for the murder of his sweetheart?
Another potential option is the man who Norman (Freddie Highmore) finds at Miss Watson’s grave. Sheriff Romero (Nestor Carbonell) seems like he might recognize the man when Norman shows him pictures, but then Norman’s guilt and Romero’s constant suspicion overshadow the moment.
Then of course there’s Norman, who very well could have killed Miss Watson before his blackout. That still seems the most likely scenario, though the fact that it isn’t clear makes Season 2 that much more interesting. Norman is wracked with guilt over the passing of Miss Watson, lusting after her while hoarding her necklace and constantly revisiting her grave. It’s enough to have Norma (Vera Farmiga) concerned, which is saying something.
Another definite candidate is Bradley, who at the beginning of the episode, “Gone But Not Forgotten,” is seen driving drunk to a bridge and then trying to commit suicide by jumping off it. Bradley had the letters from her father to “B” in her car, and it’s not too much of a stretch to guess that she killed Miss Watson after realizing she was “B” and then tried to kill herself.
After all, Bradley’s got a gun, and she’s not afraid to use it. In the flash-forward four months after the suicide attempt, Bradley is hard and twisted when she is released from the mental hospital. She goes to Gil to find more information about her father, and then returns to him again when Dylan (Max Thieriot) tells her the Miss Watson connection. Though at first it seems like she will sleep with Gil for the information she wants, she ends up shooting him through the head instead.
Who does Bradley first turn to? Norman, of course, whom she has been avoiding for the four months she’s been in the hospital. While she might now turn to him because he told her that she could trust him with anything, it could also be because he knew she killed Miss Watson before he blacked out and forgot it. In fact, the more we think about it, the more we’re getting behind this theory.
So Miss Watson’s mystery is just as integral as ever to “Bates Motel’s” plot, as is the bypass that Norma finds out is being built sooner rather than later. What did you think of “Bates Motel’s” Season 2 premiere?