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PREMIERE: BATES MOTEL Season 3 Premieres March 9th on A&E

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Photo by James Dittiger Copyright 2015
Bates Motel is filming at its Aldergrove motel set this week — from Monday through Thursday — for the last time in season three. Bystanders are sometimes allowed to linger when the A&E series shoots there but security is tight this week with the other side of the road off limits too. On Monday the RCMP reportedly escorted two people off set.
Last November I photographed one scene filmed early in season three of too-close-for-comfort mother Norma (Vera Farmiga) and son Norman (Freddie Highmore) Bates climbing up the stairs to their gothic house, before I was asked to move on.


Related: Norma (Vera Farmiga) & Norman (Freddie Highmore) Bates at Aldergrove Motel & Gothic House Set.

As the poster suggests, our Norman Bates is becoming more and more like the Norman Bates of the Hitchcock classic Psycho — the one who famously stuffed his dead mother. Norma worries about her youngest son in season three and what really happened in the murder of  Blair Watson, ultimately coming to rely on her eldest son Dylan (Max Thieriot) and triggering Norman’s jealousy. Only on Bates Motel would there be a love triangle between a mother and her two sons.

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Related: Caleb (Kenny Johnson) & Norma (Vera Farmiga) in Steveston.

To complicate an already complicated family dynamic, Norma’s brother and Dylan’s father Caleb (Kenny Johnson) returns.

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And what’s going on with Norma and Sheriff Romero (Nestor Carbonell), who’s been living at the Bates Motel? Does he suspect Norman? Emma (Olivia Cooke) is back too, as is Bradley (Nicola Peltz) last seen faking her own death and leaving White Pine Bay (to co-star in the latest Transformers box office smash).


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