Bates Motel is currently finishing up its final season, as Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) finally starts to become the man he will become in Psycho. Rhianna has shown up as Marion Crane, Norman's mom is stuck in a freezer, things are about to go downhill. Fans of the show are also being treated to a post-finale retrospective, which is a fantastic way to wrap up a show that brought an expanded mythology for the classic thriller.
Despite having only a few more episodes to go, it looks as though Bates Motel still has some surprises in store -- such as the introduction of a whole new character, to be played by a familiar face from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Natalia Cordova-Buckley will join the show for more than one of its final five episodes, reports Variety. Cordova-Buckley will appear in multiple episodes as the hard-bitten lawyer Julia Ramos. The character is described as:
"A world-weary and efficient high-powered attorney who typically represents guys from the drug business. Sharp as a tack, Julia is... a seasoned professional who cuts right to the chase."
Cordova-Buckley is currently in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as Elena 'Yo-Yo' Rodriguez, a fan-favorite character who got her own spinoff on Marvel Digital (Slingshot). According to IMDB, she will appear in the final two episodes of Bates Motel, 'Visiting Hours' and 'The Body'. It is not yet known in what capacity she will be appearing, although it's likely that her work as an attorney is going to play into that in some way.
As events come to a head on the series, it will be exciting to see what Cordova-Buckley brings to the dynamic of the show -- Bates Motel is (obviously) intensely character driven, and much of the appeal lies in watching Norman struggle to cope with his own insanity and with the authority figures he meets. It's possible that Ramos will become involved in the search for Marion's killer -- or perhaps she has a closer relationship with the character than simply a professional one.
At the moment, all that's known about the Ramos character is the basic description here, which is good, as the series' status as a prequel means any new questions are good ones. As it stands now, it looks like fans are just going to have to wait until April 17 to find out exactly how Cordova-Buckley will be appearing.
Bates Motel season 5 airs Mondays at 10pm on A&E.