A&E used this year’s Comic Con panel for its “Psycho” prequel series “Bates Motel” to make a few announcements, key of which is that next year’s ten-episode fifth season will be the show’s last.
With the death of Norma Bates (Vera Farmiga) towards the end of the current season, and with Norman (Freddie Highmore) now psychologically at the point of the original film, the show is laying the groundwork for events of the original film (albeit in contemporary times) to take place.
Key to that is the just announced casting of singer Rihanna as Marion Crane, the role made famous by Janet Leigh and that infamous shower scene in the Alfred Hitchcock-directed original film. This marks the singer’s television debut in a series role, though it’s unsure at which point in the season she’ll appear.
Executive producers Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin say: “We wanted to thrust the iconic role into a contemporary spotlight and redefine it in a meaningful and exciting new way. We also heard Rihanna was a fan of the show, and we were huge fans of hers, so it was the perfect collision of creativity and fate.”
The final season of “Bates Motel” will begin production this Fall in Vancouver.