SPOILER ALERT IF YOU HAVEN’T WATCHED THE MOST RECENT EPISODE OF BATES MOTEL!!!!!!
Tonight’s episode of A&E’s Bates Motel was a game-changer with two major shocking events: the reveal that Norman (Freddie Highmore) actually killed his father in a blind rage and the death of Zach Shelby (Mike Vogel). The latter occurred after Shelby realized that Norma (Vera Farmiga) and Norman were hiding the girl from Shelby’s basement and then was shot by Dylan (Max Thieriot) in a scuffle. “I think the audience might be surprised that we took out the guy who appeared to be a main character in episode 6,” says Motel executive producer Carlton Cuse (Lost). “I think part of what we’ve tried to do with the show is subvert audience’s expectations.”
Cuse teases that Shelby’s death is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the series’ sex slave ring storyline. Says the producer, “It turns out that Shelby is not the last piece of the puzzle. There’s someone else who was involved in the whole sex slavery [ring]. That guy arrives in town kind of trying to figure out what the hell happened to his operation and that becomes really the narrative motor for the last four episodes. This guy’s a really, really interesting character, and what he’s up to and what he says that he wants is very unclear.”
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