Ready or not, it’s check-out time for “Bates Motel” Season 1. A&E’s quirky thriller pulls back the curtain on its season finale, “Midnight,” tonight and promises to reveal new information about the mysterious past of Norma Bates.
“You’ll discover some things about Norma in the [finale] that’ll make you jump,” co-star Nestor Carbonell told us on the red carpet at the show’s recent Paley Center event in Los Angeles.
Executive producer Kerry Ehrin confirms the finale contains a “little bit of everything” “Bates” fans have come to expect from the series: twists, turns, sex, violence, suspense and dark humor. And yes, a peek into Norma’s past, “You’ll learn a little more about Norma and what makes Norma Norma, in kind of a profound way,” Ehrin says.
And how does Vera Farmiga — whose brilliant portrayal of Norma has been the standout of a very fun first season — feel about the revelations? “I’m realizing in serial television you don’t have all the answers in the beginning,” Farmiga says. “All of a sudden in episode 10 you have a new clue and you think, ‘Oh, I could’ve changed something and I could’ve altered my performance this way and this way.’ I’m just so hard on myself.”
But Farmiga adds that not knowing every twist in advance can be an advantage in playing a woman who prefers to keep her past buried. “With Norma I think all of it works,” Farmiga says. “This is a woman that has a floodgate that holds back a lifetime of sadness and anger and insecurity and a lot of stuff. She’s always just damning things up, rolling up her sleeves, chin up, that’s how she’s learned to persevere.”
The “Bates Motel” finale premieres tonight at 10 p.m. ET on A&E.