Since earning its season 2 renewal, news of A&E’s Bates Motel – a prequel of sorts to Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho – has been sparse. A few teaser trailers and short promos, but otherwise A&E has been rather hush-hush about where Bates Motel is heading next. Compare this to say, The Walking Dead, which saturates the airwaves with clips, trailers, promotional images and more in anticipation of its return.
So it’s about time
Admittedly, this Bates Motel season 2 trailer isn’t much more than an over-stuffed teaser. Details about where Bates Motel is taking Norma and her dear little boy are glossed over, but an eerie and tense mood permeates throughout. Why the effort put forth to keep the next season of Bates Motel so shrouded in mystery? We’re all familiar with this story’s endgame, after all.
Picking up from last season, Norman (Freddie Highmore) is fixating on Miss Watson’s death while Norma’s mysterious past starts to haunt the family with the introduction of her brother. Meanwhile, Norman’s brother Dylan, (Max Thieriot), gets more entrenched in the familial drug war that fuels White Pine Bay and finds himself right in the middle of the danger as Bradley (Nicola Peltz), who remains on the hunt to uncover her father’s killer, is driven to precarious extremes. Sheriff Romero (Nestor Carbonell), is caught up on all fronts as everything in town escalates and Emma (Olivia Cooke) complicates her relationship with Norman as the duo explore new love interests, bringing new and old characters along for the ride.
Perhaps the reasoning for the secrecy around season 2 has to do with the elements of the story that don’t have anything to do with Hitchcock’s film (e.g., Norman’s half brother Dylan, the drug war, and the various residents of White Pine Bay). There’s also a whole season’s worth of guests at the motel to consider. And after consideration, it’s refreshing to see a trailer only tease rather than reveal what’s on the way in only a few weeks’ time.
The cast for Bates Motel season 2 sure is robust. Along with stars Freddie Highmore, Vera Farmiga, Thieriot, and cast regulars Olivia Cooke, Nicola Peltz, and Nestor Carbonell, joining the A&E series this season are Kathleen Robertson, Rebecca Creskoff, Kenny Johnson, Paloma Kwiatkowski, and Michael Vartan.
Where do you think season 2 of Bates Motel is heading? What are you most looking forward to seeing the series explore?
Bates Motel season 2 premieres March 3rd, 2014 on A&E.