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Bates Motel: Season 2 (2014)




Critic Consensus: Bates Motel reinvents a classic thriller with believable performances and distinguished writing.


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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.


Freddie Highmore
as Norman Bates
Vera Farmiga
as Norma Louise Bates
Max Thieriot
as Dylan Massett
Nicola Peltz
as Bradley Martin
Olivia Cooke
as Emma Decody
Nestor Carbonell
as Sheriff Alex Romero
Mike Vogel
as Deputy Zack Shelby
Richard Harmon
as Richard Slymore
Michael Eklund
as Zane Carpenter
Paloma Kwiatkowski
as Cody Brennan
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Critic Reviews for Bates Motel: Season 2

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (9)

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.

March 3, 2014 | Full Review…

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

March 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.

March 4, 2014 | 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.

December 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.

December 15, 2017 | 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."

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

Audience Reviews for Bates Motel: Season 2



Super Reviewer

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.


Super Reviewer


Season 2 said goodbye to some old characters while bringing new materials into the show, some worked, some didn't but overall there are still enough twists to satisfy fans.


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