A lot of fans were saddened by Norma’s (Vera Farmiga) sudden death in season 4 of “Bates Motel,” and apparently, the cast as well as the crew of the series were similarly heartbroken by the shocking twist.
“It was so devastating,” series star Nestor Carbonell said during a roundtable interview with RickeyTV at the San Diego Comic-Con last month.” I didn’t know it was going to hit me as hard as it did … neither did the crew. I saw a number of them emotional, crying.”
“[Series executive producer] Carlton [Cuse] spoke about it at the panel,” added Carbonell who plays Alex on the series. “He cried when he was writing a specific part of that [murder-suicide] scene on the plane.”
Carbonell said that fans’ sympathy for Norma is not only a testament to Farmiga’s great performance; it is also a proof to the amazing work of the writers behind the camera.
He said: “Carlton, [his fellow executive producer] Kerry [Ehrin] and the writers have written such amazingly rich and messed up characters with incredible misbehavior, and yet somehow — as messed up as they are –we’ve grown really attached to them, so when someone like that dies, it’s weird, it almost feels real.”
“Norma is a character that we only see dead in ‘Psycho,’ but Vera and Kerry and the writers had fleshed out this extraordinary character that all of us have fallen for. So when she died, it weirdly felt like family,” the “Lost” alum added in an interview with AfterBuzz TV, also at Comic-Con.
Despite Norma’s death, Farmiga will return for the fifth and final season of the series as a regular. “She still exists in Norman’s [Freddie Highmore] imagination,” Cuse told Entertainment Weekly. “He will become an increasingly unreliable narrator and through his point of view, we’re going to see a lot of her. She’s very much a character.”
Ehrin said the same thing during an interview with Yahoo TV last May. “Vera is going to be fully present [next season],” she said. “We’re really excited about the idea of unleashing a character that is … a hallucination.”
“Bates Motel” season 5 is expected to premiere March next year.
By Rebecca Murray on July 29, 2016
A&E’s critically acclaimed Bates Motel will, unfortunately, be ending after season five. The final season will find Norma Bates (Vera Farmiga) dead to everyone but Norman (Freddie Highmore) whose fragile mental state continues to erode as he carries on conversations with his deceased mother. During the 2016 San Diego Comic Con I had the opportunity to speak with Farmiga about her death scene in season four and what we can expect as the show heads into its final season. Farmiga hasn’t seen any season five scripts but says she’s game for anything series creators/writers Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin have in store for Norma.
Vera Farmiga Interview:
It was so sad to watch Norma die. How was it to play that scene?
Vera Farmiga: “I loved it. I have been emoting so much for years and I couldn’t wait for serenity. I really couldn’t. I worked very hard for it, but it’s been an emotionally frantic thing to execute for me. And I actually, to be really honest with you, was really psyched to relax and fall asleep. I rubbed it into the boys’ faces. They had this thing where they would call me ‘Easy Money’ because all of a sudden they had to take over and they had to deliver really, really huge emotional stuff. But for me it was a chance to just fall asleep, nod off, and hover on that sort of sleep and that was the key for me to play. There was one moment which was really dark and it was the first time – the moment where they actually dug me six feet under, put me in the coffin, and closed the coffin and started shoveling dirt – I literally felt the fear and paralysis and the awareness for me like I don’t know what. There was literally a moment where my spirit just kind of jolted out of my body. I don’t know, it was just a really strange moment. That was the hardest thing for me.”
Was it sad?
Vera Farmiga: “It was sadder than I thought it would be. I thought I could rest on the laurels of my Eastern European stoicism about it. I was like, ‘Yeah, whatever. She dies.’ Like, I have these super-charged storytelling experiences my whole career, but this one really hit me hard.”
How has it been being in a TV series for going on five years? It’s the first time, isn’t it?
Vera Farmiga: “It’s the first time. I’ve done a couple of them where they only went to 13 episodes. I loved this role. I loved my collaborators. I have such close friends now, and you can see that chemistry on scene. You can see how we absolutely adore each other and how close we are, and how affectionate we are. I think it just comes across. You know, that’s a cool thing for me to experience because usually when you work so long with people, there’s no lukewarm attitude. You’re either going to love each other or you’re going to come out the other way, and I adore them.”
What’s your role as an executive producer?
Vera Farmiga: “I think in the capacity that I do I’ve always been very vocal about my ideas and keeping making sure… I mean I’m on set every day making sure that tonally everybody is on the same page. I’ve directed before and the boys will tell you that even though I haven’t directed a single episode I’m always directing them. I’m always bossing people around and doing my thing, and they let me. In that respect I think is where you see ‘executive producer’. I’m always kind of doing backup. It just has been the case.
And this year what I really love is that after I directed Higher Ground, I think one of the most enriching experiences for me to be a part of where I thrived, and probably if I didn’t do what I do I would be an editor. I love that process, and this year they made me privy to all the footage and I was able to see directors’ cuts and give them my impressions and ideas. That was really fun for me to do as an executive producer on the series.”
Are you looking forward to this next season where it’s more intimate scenes between you and Freddie Highmore because that’s all it can be with Norma dead?
Vera Farmiga: “You know what? I have no idea what’s in store. I don’t even know how I’m going to approach Norma. Until they give me some words…and I haven’t seen a single page of season five. I only imagine that they have no rules anymore. They’re throwing all the rules out because she’s there. They choose to push her out that season four window and she’s fallen 12 stories high like a Hefty cinch sack filled with vegetable soup and now Norman’s got to pick up all these pieces, these fractured pieces of his psyche, so I think it’s going to be very interesting. I have no idea what’s in store but I’m game for it.”
Do you really enjoy doing horror projects?
Vera Farmiga: “Bates Motel, I don’t look at it as a horror. There’s horrifying events that happen to real people but there’s nothing supernatural. To me I always treat it like a delicate love story and that’s my approach. Even in, to be honest with you, The Conjuring it’s like we’ve taken that genre and turned it on its head. When have you ever seen song and dance numbers and love stories as a part of a horror film? And so I don’t approach them in…I don’t even know what that means. I look at my characters and I’ll be wowed by them in terms of who they are and what they’ve come through in life and where they’re going. That’s how I approach it. If it happens to be in a drama film, great. The fact is I’d done almost probably around 50 films and only four or five of them have been horror.”
Source: Showbiz Junkies
A&E is checking out of Bates Motel. The network announced during the show’s panel today at San Diego Comic-Con that the fifth season of the Psycho prequel will be its last.
Bates Motel centers on Norma Bates (Vera Farmiga) and her son, Norman (Freddie Highmore). Both actors have drawn praise for their performances, receiving Emmy and Critics Choice TV Awards nominations. Max Thieriot, Olivia Cooke and Nestor Carbonell co-star.
Bates Motel, from Universal Television, is executive produced by Kerry Ehrin and Carlton Cuse.
Source: Deadline Hollywood
So the rumour about Vera going to be on American Horror Story, seems to be false. But perhaps in the future!
Carlton Cuse might be the busiest man in TV; the former Lost boss has three shows currently under his watchful eye: Bates Motel, The Strain, and Colony.
Along with ex-Fringe writer/producer Graham Roland, Cuse is also developing a show slated for 2017 based the Jack Ryan novel series by Tom Clancy. Despite his jammed workload, Cuse dropped by EW’s Con-X to chat with EW critic Jeff Jensen about his many projects. Here’s what we learned:
Vera Farmiga hasn’t checked out of Bates Motel
Though season 4 ended with the death of matriarch Norma (Farmiga), that doesn’t mean the overbearing mom is out of Norman’s (Freddie Highmore) life: Cuse confirmed the actress is still a regular.
“There’s all these rumors she’s going to go on American Horror Story — no,” Cuse said. “She still exists in Norman’s imagination. He will become an increasingly unreliable narrator and through his point of view, we’re going to see a lot of her. She’s very much a character.”
Source: Entertainment Weekly
There is a lot of articles being posted on the internet about the fans of American Horror Story wanting Vera to join the cast and there is rumors of it becoming true. I would find this amazing if it did happen but time will tell!
As for American Horror Story Season 6, it doesn’t seem likely that Vera Farmiga could appear on the show, unless it’s in a small role, as she’s currently working on the final season of Bates Motel. As many fans of the actress know, Vera’s character on the series was recently killed off, but will still have a very big part on the show. However, fans can’t help but wonder if the actress would be open to appearing on future seasons of AHS.
Source: Movie Pilot, Parent Herald & Inquisitr
While screaming and shouting are common when it comes to watching horror movies, a different scenario broke out when it was reported that audience members watching “The Conjuring 2” erupted in violence.
“The Conjuring 2” has now been pulled from a number of French cinemas after reports of loud yelling, hysterical laughter and violent altercations between audience members broke out.
The film, which stars Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga as paranormal investigators focused on solving a particular case, was removed from the releasings on the same day it was released in Paris. According to reports, the reason it was pulled out was because the cinemas wanted to “ensure the safety of staff and customers”.
It was unclear how it all started but there was a massive brawl that happened at the MK2 Bastille theater after a group of audience members were annoyed by another group that was screaming at something on screen. The annoyance was described in detail because the former team screamed at the slightest movements which were not even scary. The little annoying things bothered the other group of movie-goers so much that they confronted them. But reports indicated that this was not an isolated event and there are other cinemas that also broke out in violence.