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Throughout season four, Bates Motel has seemed to be barreling toward the moment when Norma goes from a living, vital presence to the mummified corpse in the cellar we see in Psycho.
One thing I particularly loved about the storytelling of this season is that for four years, we've seen Dylan and Norma's relationship grow and change from people who didn't want to be around each other to people who found their way back to each other.
Over the years I've said enough skeptical things about Bates Motel, so it's only fair when appropriate to pause and admire its achievements and this season was full of them. Well played, Bates Motel. Well played.
The final three episodes of this season contain the best acting and writing in the four-season run of Bates Motel. I really hope the show can carry its momentum into the final season.
The characters are complex in their struggles and their origins, yet so simple in their desire for a better life.
[A] fantastic fourth season, by far the show's best. This season has given us complex relationships, deaths and huge moments that have been hinted at since the beginning of the series.
Aside from the beautiful cinematography and incredible acting, the character and plot development has been captivating to experience. This show has really proven to be one of the greatest prequels to an already great story, not an easy task to accomplish
Freddie Highmore has been giving a masterclass in acting this season but his work in the final act is truly on another level.
Some characters are compelling and a few subplots are a little unorthodox. But it's the complicated relationship between Norman Bates (Highmore) and his mother, Norma Bates (Farmiga), that's at the fascinating center of the story.
I'm absolutely sure it will continue to be one of the most compelling dramas on TV.
This was a great premiere that bodes well for the season ahead. My favorite thing about it was that they showed that they're clearly no longer playing around with things now- its full steam ahead at this point.
Audience Reviews for Bates Motel: Season 4
Feb 07, 2021Bates Motel has finally hit its potential and is now operating on another level. The Norma-Norman aspect has always been amazing but now we get to focus on it without the other side directions
Dec 01, 2020Best show ever. Period!
May 30, 2020suiciding yourself and your mom is also not good. 9.75/10.
May 11, 2020Awesome TV show! One of the bests!
Aug 23, 2019Vera Farmiga is so Talented Best Show Ever
Jul 07, 2019in and out of a mental asylum Norman becomes increasing more intense Emma and Dylan are great here
Jul 25, 2018its like 400 minutes of psycho with depths of each characters to abosrb you such that you forget you are seeing one of the creepiest darkest tv show, it feels very real.
Jun 12, 2018I 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.
May 22, 2017The farther this season gets, the harder it is to watch, just too much with the continued over dramatics of Norma and norma.... it's completely overplayed
May 14, 2017Awesome!!!! It's just perfect! Seriously, Bates Motel is the best TV Series ever made