The Podcast • Chapter 15:
Bates Motel
Final Season Review


My Way by Gary Oldman from the 1986 film Sid And Nancy

What Up Yo.
First off,


Second, this chapter of the podcast I’m flying solo, no wingman. I’m talking about the final season of Carlon Cuse’s brilliant A&E series,  Bates Motel.

But again, I spoil. I spoil hard-core.

Third, read the article here:

Forth, and most importantly, this chapter of the podcast opens with me referencing a 15 minute video summary of Bates Motel Seasons 1-4. I would implore you to watch it along with me as I play it during the episode. It will help to better visually illustrate the series, seasons one through four.The link to that video is here:

The Bates Motel Season 1-4 Recap Video:

This is a video playlist I created of episode recaps from the fifth and final season of the Bates Motel.

The Bates Motel Playlist:

The series Bates Motel served as a five-season prequel to the 1960 Alfred Hitchcock masterpiece, Psycho. It is an alternate reimagining of Norman Bates, and the world he came from before we met him in the 1960 film.

Did I say it was brilliant? Developed by Carlton CuseKerry EhrinAnthony Cipriano, they crafted a lush world for the characters to exist and live in.

The series stars Vera Farmiga as the tender and vulnerable Norma Bates, and the psychotic and deliciously twisted “Mother”.

Freddie Highmore as the tortured and menacing Norman Bates in a role he completely fucking owned. He brought both a child like wonder and a ferocious madness to the roll in ways that must have Brought the demons out of him.

Max Thieriot as Normans brother Dylan, Olivia Cooke as Emma, Normans only true friend and Mother to Dylan’s child (eventually).

Nicola Peltz as the beautiful and disturbed Bradley Martin. One of my favorites is Nestor Carbonell who plays the local Sheriff Alex Romero…the knight in shining armor to Norma. You can never take your eyes of Nestor, magnetic and commanding, he also owned this role and directed a series of the shows episodes.

Kenny Johnson plays Caleb, norma’s brother and Dylan father. Perfectly cast, Johnson played this character with a spot on complexity and sadness. The awful crimes he has committed were all in the name of protecting the only thing in the world he ever cared for, his sister.

And then there is scene stealer, Ryan Hurst I could write 5,000 words on Hurst. I love him. He pays the man from the woods with a warped moral compass, the hyper intelligent recluse Chick Hogan…and he plays the hell out of him.

Ryan Hurst

Ryan Douglas Hurst (born June 19, 1976) is an American actor, known for his roles as Gerry Bertier in Disney’s Remember the Titans (2000), Sgt. Ernie Savage in We Were Soldiers (2002), Tom Clarke in (2002), Opie Winston in the FX drama series Sons of Anarchy (2008-2012), Chick in Bates Motel (2015-2017), Li’l “Foster” Farrell in (2016-2017), Beta in The Walking Dead (2019-present), and Hector Bonner in (2019-present).

Ryan Hurst – IMDb

Ryan Hurst, Actor: Remember the Titans. Ryan Douglas Hurst (born June 19, 1976) is an American actor, best known for his roles as Gerry Bertier in Disney’s Remember the Titans, Tom Clark in Taken, Opie Winston in the FX network drama series Sons of Anarchy, as Sergeant Ernie Savage in We Were Soldiers, and as Chick in Bates Motel.

It was, it is, an exceptional ride.

Endings are tough.

Carton Cuse and company have created a great yarn, a fantastic example of the benefits of long format visual storytelling.

The locations, photography, musical score, editing and pacing of the series…

The storytelling, the casting and overall feel to the entire series was what this golden age of television is all about.

Engaging devilish and tragic, it deserves your attention.


Now, I wouldn’t listen if you haven’t seen it and want to be surprised.

You’ve been warned.

And lastly, a few words and a song…for Chris Cornell. May he rest in peace.

The song is “4/20” by Pearl Jam, Witten and performed by Eddie Vedder.

Leave Your Mark

Bates Motel Wikipedia:

Bates Motel (TV series)

Bates Motel is an American psychological horror drama television series that aired from March 18, 2013 to April 24, 2017. It was developed by Carlton Cuse, Kerry Ehrin, and Anthony Cipriano, and is produced by Universal Television and American Genre for the cable network A&E.

Bates Motel Trailers, Season & Episode Recap Playlist:

Bates Motel Season Five Key-Art:

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