Bates Motel: Season 5 (2017)



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


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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.


Vera Farmiga
as Norma Bates
Freddie Highmore
as Norman Bates
Max Thieriot
as Dylan Massett
Nestor Carbonell
as Sheriff Alex Romero
Olivia Cooke
as Emma Decody
Kenny Johnson
as Caleb Calhoun
Nicola Peltz
as Bradley Martin
Michael Vartan
as George Heldens
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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…
Top Critic

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…

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…

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…

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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