You’ll want to watch till the very end of tonight’s season finale of Bates Motel (A&E, 10 p.m. ET). Freddie Highmore, who stars as a young Norman Bates, says the last moment is fun one. Wait. Correction: “I always use the word ‘fun’ to describe things in Bates Motel, and people on set are like, ‘No, no, you can’t say it’s ‘fun,’ it’s not fun at all,'” Highmore tells EW, laughing. “It’s not really a fun last scene in any way. But it’s intriguing.” All he’ll tease about the hour is there’s a big revelation having to do with Norma’s past and a “big event” in Norman’s present. “He does something that will perhaps reevaluate our way of seeing him,” he says. “Or maybe not. Maybe we thought that he was always going to be like this.”
Highmore has already earned Emmy buzz for humanizing one of pop culture’s most famous monsters. “I think people still have sympathy for him,” he says. “It’s a weird sense of hope that you think he won’t have to go down the path that he must go down. So people have still been friendly. No one’s run away [from me] — yet. That would be good, wouldn’t it? You walk in, and everyone leaves or hides in the corner.”
To get to know 21-year-old Highmore better, we asked him to take the EW Pop Culture Personality Test earlier this month. Find out when he yells at the TV, what movies make him cry, what he considers his most prized pop culture possession, and what came with the most interesting fan letter he’s ever received below.