Bates Motel wraps filming, Vera Farmiga smooches Freddie Highmore
Bates Motel might be checking out after its upcoming fifth and final season, but, judging by a new photo from series lead Vera Farmiga, its cast won’t be letting go of each other any time soon.
During the show’s final day of filming, Farmiga tweeted a picture of herself smooching her onscreen son, Freddie Highmore, as production wrapped. The actress’ eye makeup is running down her face, and a beat-up Highmore is frowning.
“Whoop whoop, happy LAST day of [Bates Motel] #FreddieHighmore. #itsawrap #fiveyears,” she wrote, also tagging executive producers Kerry Ehrin and Carlton Cuse in the post.
Farmiga and Highmore have played the iconic mother-son duo Norma and Norman Bates — first introduced in Alfred Hitchcock’s revolutionary 1960 slasher flick Psycho — across four seasons of the hit horror-drama, which debuted its first season in early 2013.
For her performance, Farmiga has gained significant critical praise over the years, earning an Emmy nomination for her inaugural turn as the infamous character, whose domineering grasp on her son’s emotions in part facilitates his murderous devolution.
On Tuesday, EW debuted an exclusive first look at Rihanna’s previously-announced season 5 appearance as Marion Crane, the ill-fated woman-on-the-run first popularized by Janet Leigh in the original Hitchcock production of Psycho.
“We’re taking threads of that story and definitely using them so it’s recognizable, it’s just where we go with it is very different,” Ehrin told EW of the fleshed-out nature of Bates Motel‘s portrayal of Crane, as opposed to the character drawn for the big screen. “It’s tough to be in a situation where you’re in love with a guy, and for whatever reason, he keeps stalling. You still have all this hot sex with him, and he’s saying he loves you, but he’s stalling. The internal story of that, for a woman, is a really interesting one. We never really got to see that. In Psycho, you just see the outside of that more. It was trying to do a story about a contemporary woman with some edge, with some expectations, who isn’t perfect, who isn’t always perfectly sweet, who is in that situation, but we’re rooting for her to get what she wants.”
Bates Motel returns to A&E Monday, Feb. 20 at 10 p.m. ET for its fifth and final season.