Bates Motel Announces Rihanna Cast For Its Final Season

July 23, 2016


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One of the announcements to come during the San Diego Comic Con is that Bates Motel will have one final season. That’s not a big surprise considering that we said good-bye to Norma (Vera Farmiga) at the end of season 4.


Vera Farmiga as Norma Louise Bates and Freddie Highmore as Norman Bates in 'Bates Motel'


There was some good news during the panel, the iconic character of Marion Crane will be played by music superstar Rihanna. We reported back in May that the character would be checking into the Motel, though at the time the casting had not been announced.




It leaves little doubt that Rihanna and Freddie Highmore (Norman) will recreate one of the most iconic scenes in the history of horror, the shower scene featured in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 film Psycho, featuring the character Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) being stabbed to death by Norman Bates, dressed as his mother.


Janet Leigh in Psycho


Executive producers Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin, have known from the end of season one exactly how the series would play out. “From the the end of the first season, Carlton and I both had the exact same instinct of five seasons” Ehrin to Variety. As for the endgame, “Emotionally, yes, a very specific one. I will say it’s beautiful.” The final season will consist of 10-episodes and is expected to be the most impressive season yet.


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