Bates Motel: Season 2 (2014)

Season 2
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Bates Motel reinvents a classic thriller with believable performances and distinguished writing.



Critic Ratings: 21


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Air date: Mar 3, 2014

Norman struggles to cope with Miss Watson's death in the Season 2 premiere. Meanwhile, Bradley goes to extreme measures while searching for her father's killer.

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Air date: Mar 10, 2014

Norma distracts Norman from his obsession with Miss Watson.

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Air date: Mar 17, 2014

Norma forms an alliance; Emma begins a new relationship; and Norman falls under the influence of a townie girl.

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Air date: Mar 24, 2014

Dylan questions his loyalty to Norma and Norman.

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Air date: Mar 31, 2014

Norman confides in Cody; Norma makes a deal with a mysterious man.

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Air date: Apr 7, 2014

Dylan takes control of a volatile situation; Norma and Norman's relationship is threatened; and Emma finds herself in a dangerous situation.

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Air date: Apr 14, 2014

Zane threatens Dylan; Norman questions Norma's faith in him.

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Air date: Apr 21, 2014

Romero investigates Miss Watson's murder. Meanwhile, Dylan is presented with a difficult choice; and Norman pushes Norma away.

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Air date: Apr 28, 2014

Norma tries to connect with Norman. Meanwhile, Romero turns to a former colleague for help.

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Air date: May 5, 2014

Norman is haunted by his past in the Season 2 finale. Later, Romero and Dylan try to bring closure to the drug war.

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Series 2 starts with Norma getting more and more worried about the impending bypass that is threatening the future of her business and begins to take serious steps to stop it by trying to get a seat on the local council, only to find herself in someone else's pocket. Norman finds himself in a tricky situation with Bradley when she finds herself in a spot of bother and turns to him for help. Later, Norman tries to help Cody with a family problem but makes things much worse after revealing a dark family secret to her, Elsewhere, Dylan has discovered a revelation about himself that he finds hard to stomach and he begins to dive deeper into the local underworld making staying alive harder than it should be.

Cast & Crew

Nestor Carbonell
Sheriff Alex Romero
Olivia Cooke
Emma Decody
Max Thieriot
Dylan Massett
Vera Farmiga
Norma Bates
Freddie Highmore
Norman Bates
Nicola Peltz
Bradley Martin
Michael Eklund
Zane Carpenter
Michael Vartan
George Heldens
Rebecca Creskoff
Christine Heldens
Kenny Johnson
Caleb Calhoun
Kerry Ehrin
Executive Producer
Carlton Cuse
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for Bates Motel Season 2

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (11)

In Freddie Highmore's depiction of the adolescent Norman, it's possible to see the gears turning in his head, to see the normal development process going hideously off-track, paving the way for what we know becomes of the adult.

Mar 3, 2014 | Full Review…

Bates Motel remains such a well-acted show that it discourages casual viewing more and more with each episode.

Mar 3, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

This is pretty far from the original Psycho and I like it when a show like this gets darkly humorous with its own legacy.

Mar 4, 2014 | Full Review…

But what we keep coming back for is more weirdness between mother and son Bates, which was on full show in "The Immutable Truth."

Dec 15, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

The keys to the show's success are the performances of Vera Farmiga and the gifted young actor Freddie Highmore as Norma and Norman Bates.

Dec 15, 2017 | Full Review…

The genius of Bates Motel, season two, which I think is a genuine achievement, is how it places all of us into the middle of that relationship.

Dec 15, 2017 | Rating: A | Full Review…

This show finally knows what it needs to do with its story, slowly moving towards the events of Psycho, and that direction has resulted in fully-formed characters and fleshed-out ideas.

Dec 15, 2017 | Rating: 8.9/10 | Full Review…

Yet more depth has been added by Freddie Highmore, who has suffused his character with the sense of desperate confusion that, even now, binds our sympathies to him.

Dec 15, 2017 | Full Review…

We have a good idea of what Norman's future looks like from the Psycho films. But "Bates Motel" has been telling this story in such an entertaining way that knowing the outcome hasn't detracted from the experience.

Dec 15, 2017 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

We may only be two episodes into this second stretch of Bates Motel but we are already being laid the foundations for what is likely to be an improvement on our introductory leg of the Norman Bates journey.

Dec 15, 2017 | Full Review…

It's not as if Season 2 had any less going on, but rather that everything that was happening was connected to other stories in a more cohesive way than Season 1 managed to achieve.

Dec 15, 2017 | Full Review…

If you like your thrillers seasoned with a little sharp-edged wit and can embrace the joy of some very heightened drama, then this is the show for you.

Mar 4, 2014 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Bates Motel: Season 2

  • Mar 19, 2018
    Bates Motel delivers an impressive second season that really opens up the series. The overall story arc follows Norma Bates as she unwittingly becomes involved with a local mobster when she enters into city politics in an attempt to stop the construction of a bypass that will ruin her motel; meanwhile Norman struggles with the trauma of his teacher's murder and slowly begins to realize that there's something wrong with him. Additionally, there's a side plot about a drug war that erupts when the local boss is killed. The serial storytelling is especially good, developing a smart and compelling story over the 10 episodes. The show also does a great job at building suspense, ending each episode on a gripping cliffhanger. And once again there are several surprisingly strong performances from the supporting cast, including, Paloma Kwiatkowski and Michael Eklund. Dark and edgy, Season 2 of Bates Motel is provocative and full of intrigue.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 26, 2017
    When a television show is renewed for multiple seasons, it becomes a joy and a fear. Due to a lot of viewers, a show can be picked up for many seasons, but not have any ideas on how to do that, so it completely falls apart, loses viewers and gets cancelled. On the other hand, they could be absolutely praying for a specific number of seasons and have a story ready from beginning to end. Yes, in the case of Bates Motel, is is based off of pre-existing lore, making it much easier to tie up loose ends when asked to. Bates Motel comes to a close this year, most likely tying into Pyscho in the way that Rogue One: A Star Wars story did for Star Wars back in December. Let's have a look back on the very solid second season. While it's a very small world to take from in terms of building off the film, Bates Motel continuously finds new ways of surprising its audience, even if it is in a morbid or grotesque way. Dealing with incest, drug wars, and desires of many kinds, the second season of Bates Motel does not hold back. There are moments throughout season one that felt as though it was trying to hold the audiences attention, by not going too far into morbidity, but that is precisely what makes this second season an improvement. While still sticking with the same characters and tones, we are able to see much deeper into every characters dark past. It can be disgusting to hear about, but it really just makes the show much more engaging. Any great television series keeps the attention of its audience by making sure that not every answer has been fulfilled until the very end. What Bates Motel does so well in season two, is have its big reveals, only to be backed up by another secret being kept from someone. There is an ongoing secrecy with everyone throughout this season, and I loved that aspect. Having to explore the disgusting ramifications left over from the first season, many things are wrapped in a nice bow, while others are still yet to be answered by the tenth and final episode of this season. This is a show that gains momentum as it progresses, getting better with each season. Throughout the first season, Freddie Highmore definitely displayed his acting chops in a big way, but this season is truly where he shines for me. Playing off of every situation as if he had actually experienced these events in his past life outside of this show, I believed every situation he got himself into. Exploring his loss of memory and black outs is the most fascinating thing about this show up until this point. Vera Farmiga is amazing in everything she does, but the interaction between her and Highmore is truly something to love and hate at the same time. Their relationship is extremely strange, but these two performers sell it unlike anything else. While the first season admittedly took this story in a way that no one could have predicted, the second season of Bates Motel only seems to be furthering that. Staying in the same town as Psycho and keeping the story very close to home, it seems as though this premise would have to tie into the film sooner rather than later, but setting it in the present time, rather than back in the early 1960s seems to be working in its favour. Not only does this season improve on its predecessor, but it also makes the audience demand for more, even though the end of the show will be pretty predictable. For the current stories being explored, the sky is the limit. Reality will kick in once the show hits its final season this year, but this is a great show on its own. It becomes very bogged down by the side plot of the drug cartels in my opinion, but season two is great.
    KJ P Super Reviewer
  • May 30, 2020
    murder's not good. 9.25/10.
  • May 23, 2020
    Love it! Just keeps getting better and better each time I watch it..
  • Aug 23, 2019
    Vera Farmiga is Talented Best Show
  • Jul 07, 2019
    as the show deals with the death of one of its primary characters from the first season it does a good job at continuing and moving on into the investigation
  • Mar 31, 2019
    Slightly less interesting than season 1. Normans brother Dylan feels still out of place. Way too much killing, feels very unrealistic at times. But it's still a entertaining casual tv-show, probably mostly for younger audience
  • Jun 12, 2018
    I have to say this is the biggest surprise of a tv show that I have had. Far better acted, written, and was far more interesting then I ever would have given it credit. When I originally saw teasers and trailers for the show I assumed that it was going to be A&E's copy of a teenage CW show with teen angst and drama. I had absolutely no interest after catching the first episode because it dealt with Norman at a new high school. I was entirely wrong about the show. I had assumed it was only a teenager show mostly because the actor looks like, and it is a young Norman Bates, and they focused on his mom a lot in the beginning, but for some reason I assumed she wouldn't be a lasting character. I mean how do you make Norma Bates, AKA "MOTHER!" a regular character. Not only is she a regular (and she is there on screen until the last episode), she is on the same level as Norman and they are both great characters, acted by very good actors. There is of course a lot of drama, violence, death and insanity, but that is expected from a reboot prequel of the original movie "Psycho". It hit all the notes for me, including the surrounding characters, unexpected reveals and even though several key facts about Norman are changed it is definitely Norma Bates. The only thing I hesitate on, and this isn't a poor reflection it is still great, I would have handled the last 3 or 4 episodes differently. SPOILER ALERT: I would have not had the final 3 or four episodes end the way they did, wrapping up the storyline 100%, instead I would have changed a couple of things that would allow it to end, right about where the movie started. That however isn't a bad thing, just a style thing. Pros: Excellent acting, writing, and kept my interest over the five seasons, even if I cringed sometimes. Cons: I stylistically would have wrapped it up at a different point, but that is purely a dramatic choice. I am really glad I did start watching it, and I encourage others to give it a try.
  • Feb 25, 2017
    In the first season of Bates Motel, the show focused about 75% on "White Pine Bay" stuff (Dylan, pot fields, chasing oriental girls, etc.) and 25% on Norma/Norman "Psycho canon" material. As a viewer who came into the show wanting to see the evolution of Norman Bates into the Anthony Perkins character, I was disappointed by that formula. For the second season, however, the show creators pretty much flipped that formula, now focusing on 75% "canon" and 25% "White Pine Bay". For me, that made all the difference! From the very beginning of this season, it became very clear to me that this was a show with a refined purpose. Some of the highlights (minor spoilers) of the season included... -Much further exploration of Norman's (Freddie Highmore) "blackouts". -Norma's (Vera Farmiga) brother Caleb shows up with conflicting stories about their childhood together. -With Bradley (Nicola Peltz) gone for most of the season (likely to film her role in "Transformers 4"), new character Cody Brennan (Paloma Kwiatkowski) fills in quite nicely. Her character really exposes the holes in the Norma/Norman relationship. -Even though the drug war takes somewhat of a back seat this season, not over-exposing it actually makes for some pretty interesting stuff going on between Dylan (Max Theirot), Romero (Nestor Carbonell), and Nick Ford (Michael O'Neill). -Finally, just when you think "where can they go next?", the writers hit you with a whammy regarding further investigation into the death of Blair Watson. My only "complaint" about this season? Emma Decody (Olivia Cooke) is hardly used at all (or at least nowhere near her potential). She is in every episode, but her character arc is non-existent. With the news that the show will be back for at least a third season, I hope that the writers give her something more interesting to do in Season Three. She deserves it. Overall, then, this Second Season of "Bates Motel" saved my interest in the show, turning it from a chore (end of first season) to maybe the most anticipated "TV hour" of the week! With every episode, I saw a continued transformation of Highmore's Norman into the classic Perkins portrayal (which is what I ultimately want from this show). I look forward for what the next batch of episodes have to offer, as I'm charged up about anything "Bates" once again!
  • Feb 01, 2017
    This season truly shows the relationship between Norman and Norma and increases the thrills. But still struggles with to many sub plots

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