Though “Bates Motel’s” premiere episode might not have been the show’s most romantic, love is coming to White Pine Bay. Everyone from Norma and Norman to Dylan and Emma will have new romantic interests in Season 2, some for the good and some for the bad.
First up is Norma. She’ll meet George Heldens (Michael Vartan) in episode 3, and sparks will end up flying between the two.
“Norma very much is trying to find happiness this season, and she’s trying to make the life for herself that she’s always wanted,” series co-creator Carlton Cuse teases to Zap2it at the “Bates Motel” Season 2 premiere red carpet. “It doesn’t work out all that well.”
George is described as being “sensitive” and “kind,” and Vartan promises that he is an all-around good guy.
“I think that one of the reasons the writers and producers wanted to bring in a character like this is to give Norma a chance at really having a relationship — or at least a semi-healthy relationship with a man — because all of the other men in her life are quite complicated and not necessarily a good fit,” he says. “George is just a nice guy, and he’s having a hard time cracking her outer shell, which is obviously very robust.”
So what exactly does he see in Norma, beyond her obvious good looks? “He sees a lot of pain in her,” Vartan says. “He also sees an incredibly intelligent woman and I think he also sees someone who isn’t necessarily what she’s portraying herself to be, so I think he’s very interested in her the minute he meets her. She’s a very strong woman. I think a lot of men respond to strong women. There are many reasons that George is attracted to Norma.”
For Norma, George is exactly the type of guy she wants — whether or not he’s actually the type of guy she can handle in her life.
“She wants what any woman wants. She wants kind, she wants handsome, she wants sweet, she wants tender. She wants to be taken care of,” Vera Farmiga tells Zap2it. Of whether or not the love works out, she teases, “We’ll see, won’t we?”
Meanwhile, Dylan is also going to get a new lady in his life. In addition to the drug storyline being increased in Season 2, Max Thieriot’s character also gets a shot at love.
“For me, it was a very exciting season,” he says. “I have a lot of different and a lot of new and big scenes and action stuff and you get to explore Dylan’s love life for the first time. All those things were very exciting for me to get into.”
Who that woman ends up being has yet to be determined, but Kathleen Robertson does say her character, Jodi Wilson — the head of one of the drug family in White Pine Bay — spends a lot of time with Dylan.
As for Emma, she’s not very happy with Norman, though she’s not quite over him. “Are you ever over your first love?” Olivia Cooke asks. “I mean, four months has passed. It’s less raw for her now, but I think there’s still tension between them before.”
At least it doesn’t take much longer until she starts getting over Norman, who — as Cooke puts it — “does not give a s*** about Emma in the first episode at all.”
“Someone catches Emma’s eye. It’s someone we’ve met before, and I think it irks Norman a lot,” she says.
Norman also gets a love interest, though that lucky lady might be in over her head. Co-creator Kerry Ehrin previously told Zap2it that Paloma Kwiatkowski’s Cody Brennan “kind of gets him to do stuff with her, but not realizing who it is that she’s pulling in, which is obviously dangerous.”
“Bates Motel” airs Mondays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on A&E. Are you excited for love to reach White Pine Bay?