Bates Motel: Season 5 (2017)


Season 5
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Bates Motel's final season brings the franchise full circle, with a satisfyingly creepy conclusion to the trials and tribulations of Norman Bates.



Critic Ratings: 21


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Air date: Feb 20, 2017

In the Season 5 premiere, a troubling discovery surfaces and Dylan and Emma get a surprise guest.

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Air date: Feb 27, 2017

Norman's date goes awry; Romero's frustrations boil over; and Chick gives Norman a gift.

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Air date: Mar 6, 2017

Norman helps Chick with a project; Romero makes his move; and Madeleine reaches out to Norman.

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Air date: Mar 13, 2017

Norman examines his loyalties as he guards his secrets and Romero struggles to find safety.

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Air date: Mar 20, 2017

Norman attempts to piece together Mother's movements. Elsehwere: Dylan and Emma confront an ugly truth while Sam's girlfriend Marion makes a spur-of-the-moment decision with far-reaching consequences.

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Air date: Mar 27, 2017

Norman checks in a special guest at the motel; Dylan grapples with devastating news; and Sam and Madeleine face a crossroads in their marriage.

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Air date: Apr 3, 2017

Norman and Mother come together as trouble looms large; Romero convalesces with the help of an old friend; Dylan comes home.

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Air date: Apr 10, 2017

Mother uses tough love to protect Norman; Sheriff Greene begins a murder investigation; and Dylan gets his brother help.

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Air date: Apr 17, 2017

Norman's legal problems worsen; Emma tends to family business as Dylan gets caught between his past and his future; and Romero enacts his plan for revenge.

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Air date: Apr 24, 2017

Norman Bates comes home.

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Two years after the events of Season 4, "Bates Motel" returns in Season 5 to a still murderous Norman (Freddie Highmore) running the motel alone, convinced Norma (Vera Farmiga) faked her own death. While Norman tries to appear normal on the surface, "Mother" is always looming. Finding Norman's obsession with Madeline Loomis (Isabelle McNally), a woman who resembles Norma, distasteful, "Mother" becomes harder and harder to control. Discovering the true extent of Norman's psychosis, Chuck Hogan (Ryan Hurst) chooses to exploit the situation for his own gain, rather than intervene when Caleb (Kenny Johnson) and Romero (Nestor Carbonell) come seeking revenge.

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Critic Reviews for Bates Motel Season 5

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (5)

For Bates Motel, such a fitting end may seem antithetical to a series with so many shocks, but it should help the series stand up over time

Nov 4, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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It's amazing Bates Motel ended as well as it did.

Nov 4, 2017 | Full Review…

Few shows are better in their second half than their first, but there's no question that seasons four and five of Bates Motel were superior to two and three.

Nov 4, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Thanks to the four years of accumulated backstory that's come before -- along with the ongoing knowledge of where this ends -- even the most incidental moments take on additional emotional weight.

Feb 21, 2017 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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Of course, the fun in Bates Motel is in perverting that sweetness until its outright rancid, but The Cord wants viewers to remember that this was a show that was driven by love at the end of the day.

Nov 4, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

From its pitch-perfect production and costume designs to its well written arc of ebbing climaxes and violent episodes, "Bates Motel" cooks on all burners.

Aug 22, 2017 | Rating: A+ | Full Review…

Farmiga has given one of the best performances on TV for Bates Motel's entire run, as both "real" Norma and the version that lives in Norman's head.

Mar 6, 2017 | Full Review…

I'm not sure where the end of [Romero's] story will lead but I'm excited to see it play out.

Feb 23, 2017 | Rating: 10/10 | Full Review…

Rare is the movie adaptation that is not just excellent, but which becomes its own radiant achievement. It doesn't seem too early to bestow that praise upon Bates Motel.

Feb 21, 2017 | Full Review…

While season 5 appears poised to tell the story of a schizophrenic killer trying to remain in the shadows, what's even more exciting about the final chapter is that it's clear the exploration of Norman Bates is not yet complete.

Feb 21, 2017 | Full Review…

The creepiest, best moments are still those focused on Norman and the now-deceased Norma as Norman moves ever closer to the Norman Bates of Psycho fame.

Feb 21, 2017 | Full Review…

'Bates Motel' is moody, emotional, tense, and occasionally absolutely horrifying. Like Norman, it is not to be underestimated.

Feb 14, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Bates Motel: Season 5

  • May 30, 2020
    something tells me this norman guy's not good. 10/10!
  • May 23, 2020
    So sad its over, but it had a pretty great ending!! (my opinion)
  • Apr 05, 2020
    Certainly suspenseful with many twists. Excellent for Farmiga and Highmore. But as thoroughly evil as 'Mother' and Norman are revealed to be, if we're to believe that they end up in an eternity in Elysian Fields where all is forgiven and all is forgotten, there's no justice beyond the grave.
  • Nov 11, 2019
    Without spoiling, there are so many unexpected twists and surprises! You'll love it.
  • Sep 28, 2019
    Bates Motel is a drama series about a mother and her son who own a motel. It all takes a turn when we get to know more about the son. This show has a twist and keeps you wanting more. There is something really special about this show. It is binge-worthy and different to many shows. The overall plot and the great acting keeps the show interesting. It is worth watching it all the way to the end because the final season is very impactful. Although this show is based on a previous idea/movie, there is a dynamic and an element of unpredictability that adds to the show, so even if you have seen the movie, you still want to watch the series. Not only is Bates Motel very entertaining, it also shines light on mental illness and how easy it is for others to dismiss the signs. I recommend this show to anyone who is looking for something different and very unique and overall attention-grabbing.
  • Sep 22, 2019
    Must see!!! Excelent movie and the actor, terrific!!!
  • Aug 23, 2019
    Vera Farmiga Did an Amazing Job on this Show & She is so Gifted the show is so worth it
  • Jul 07, 2019
    this show is perfection and it ends here it does not fail to creep us out with norman seeing norma in unholy ways this season follows psycho to perfection caleb and chuck have their best scenes here in an entertaining gripping ending to this amazing show
  • Mar 22, 2019
    A fitting end to a superior series, with the usual dark, demented comedy, surprising twists, horrifying deaths, and schizophrenic behavior from the original psycho-with-a-knife, Norman Bates. You knew--just knew--that something awful was going to happen in damn near every episode, and it usually did. Fine acting (what else?) from Freddie Highmore as Norman, Vera Farmiga as his smothering, doomed-from-the-outset mother Norma, and, really, just about everyone else, especially Max Thieriot as Norman's sullen-loner-turned big-hearted mensch of a brother, Dylan; Nestor Carbonell as the hard-on-the-outside, soft-on-the-inside Sheriff Romero; and Olivia Cooke as Norman's one-time crush and Dylan's eventual wife, Emma. (And for those of you haven't seen the final episodes, if you think you know what happens to one of the most iconic of all of Hitchcock's characters, Marion Crane--who does indeed appear, late in the season--think again. Talk about the "Psycho" mythos being turned right on its ever-lovin' head!) Admittedly, when I saw that Season 5 had moved the storyline forward a couple of years--quite a leap--I was a trifle worried. Had Norman's team of writers finally jumped the shark? Nope--the show was better because of it, not worse. My ratings, for both this season, as well as for the show's entire blood-soaked run: 5 stars. Adieu, "Bates Motel". We had a hell of a time. (Even if you never did open that pool.)
  • Jan 02, 2019
    Such a satisfying conclusion to a great show. This is how to properly recreate source material, and make it your own.

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