Bates Motel (2013–2017)
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Dark Paradise 

Norman tries to keep up appearances despite a troubling discovery; Dylan and Emma receive a surprise guest.


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Carlton Cuse (developed for television by), Kerry Ehrin (developed for television by) | 5 more credits »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Vera Farmiga ... Norma Louise Bates
Freddie Highmore ... Norman Bates
Max Thieriot ... Dylan Massett
Olivia Cooke ... Emma Decody
Nestor Carbonell ... Alex Romero
Kenny Johnson ... Caleb Calhoun
Isabelle McNally ... Madeleine Loomis
Austin Nichols ... Sam Loomis
John Hainsworth John Hainsworth ... Joe Blackwell
Vivian Lanko ... Village Woman
Sam Vincent ... Phil
Kyle Warren ... Dean


Norman tries to keep up appearances despite a troubling discovery; Dylan and Emma receive a surprise guest.

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Release Date:

20 February 2017 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Great Start to The End
20 February 2017 | by carsonwhaleSee all my reviews

I have been looking forward to this season ever since the devastating events of season 4. This episode reassures me that there will be plenty to like in the final outing of Bates Motel.

One issue I thought I might have with the show now is Norma's absence. Although the show is about Norman, Norma is brought many different story arcs together. She is every bit as important as Norman is. Even though she is no longer living, Norman constantly perceives her in his mind which makes makes her every bit as relevant as she was in the previous seasons.

As for the events that took place in this episode, I loved the scenes between Norman and the girl from the department store. It is a breath of fresh air in a show so filled with tension. Romero has become a much more interesting and layered character as the show has gone by, and his scenes were all gripping. It was also a relief to see Dylan and Emma in such a good place. I'm unsure how integral Caleb's role will be with them in the final season, but something tells me he is not out of the picture for good. I also loved the final scene that showed Norman alone on a canoe while on the phone with Romero. It really shows the audience how crazy, broken, and lonely Norman has become.

The acting in this episode is good as always. Looking forward to more interaction between Norman and the Department store girl. I'm also really enjoying the direction of Romero's story.

If you've loved this show from day one then you aren't going to find a problem with episode either. 10/10 stars!!

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