“You’ve got to stand up for yourself in life. You can’t let the world run over you.” – Norma Bates

Where do I begin? Oh, Bates Motel, my heart weeps. It’s been 4 years of an emotional and psychological roller coaster that I have enjoyed so much. I really hate to think that I’m going to have to get off of this ride, but all good things have to come to an end.

This show has had a beautiful and talented team, developed by Carlton Cuse, Kerry Ehrin, and Anthony Cipriano. I cannot say that I have ever viewed a show that I have been above and beyond impressed with the writing and directing, as I do with Bates. We all know the story about Norman Bates, the motel owner who lived in a creepy house on the hill above the motel. He had a psycho mother who was controlling and demanding. Ultimately, that turned Norman into the killer which we were introduced to in the 60’s by the great Alfred Hitchcock.

But, we really did not know the relationship between Norman and Norma. We only knew what Norman told us. We all know that we cannot believe 100% of whatever someone with Mental Health and Identity issues says. So, was Norma everything Norman said she was? Or was Norma a victim to Norman Bates, just like the rest of society?

Going into the show, I was trained to dislike Norma because we have all heard the stories about her. I did not know what to expect with this series. Were they going to stick to the story line that the movies laid out? Were they going to tread lightly around those facts or totally revamp it all? Historically, I am not a fan to prequels. Actually, I was never a fan of stories that were revisions taken place in current times. Pretty much, everything Bates Motel was supposed to be, I was not a fan of.

After watching the first episode, they had my attention and that’s all she wrote. It was love at first sight. Every Monday was exciting and full of mystery. Where are they taking us? We all know the ending…………or do we?

This season has proved that they wanted to intersect the original story with theirs, but they’re leaving their mark on this story and taking us places we never really dreamed of. I love the direction that they’re taking, the twists and turns. I love how you think you know whats going to happen and then there is a sharp turn around the corner which leaves us with our jaws dropping.

With just the *very last episode* left of this series, I am really heart broken to see it come to an end. However, I do respect that they only wanted this series to be 5 seasons long (Oh, hey, did you know my all-time favorite number is 5? Did you know I have 5 number 5’s tattooed on me? lol I find that appropriate). I respect that they knew the ending from day one and built Norman and Norma’s world around it and it has been seamless.

You know you’ve done really well if you can get your viewers emotionally attached to *every character*. I feel like i’ve gotten to know the victims, the villains and the hero’s and I want them ALL to have a happy ending. I know that is really impossible, but dammit, the writing is genius.

Unfortunately, I will not be in the United States on 4/24 when they air the LAST EPISODE of Bates Motel. I’m going to try really hard to find a way to watch it when I am in England, but I cannot promise that i’ll be able to do that in a timely fashion. I’m going to be out and about, having fun, so I don’t know WHEN I’ll be able to fit it in there. I just know that it does pain me a little that I wont be viewing it at the same time as the rest of the East Coast.

Oh well, I will wait, I have no choice.

So PLEASE, respect my wishes and DO NOT write me with spoilers or discuss the SERIES FINALE with me. I’ll be sure to post about the episode when I view it, and you all will know it…..which would be a better time to come talk to me. Just please, do not ruin this last episode for me. NO SPOILERS. I’ll just have to avoid all social media until I view it.

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