'Bates Motel' Comic-Con panel: Season 2 will lay the series' groundwork

"Bates Motel" was met with much pomp and circumstance during its first ever San Diego Comic-Con panel. Fans turned out in full force for a panel that included Freddie Highmore, Vera Farmiga, Nestor Carbonell, Olivia Cooke, Max Theriot and producers Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin. Farmiga just came off an Emmy nomination for her role as Norma Bates in "Bates Motel," and she discussed her approach to the character on the panel. "The approach to her is just in her defense. She is the mother of a child with mental issues, and there's no way that a parent can say my child has a mental illness without their spirit imploding," Farmiga says. "I always approach Norma with a great sense of compassion and reverence." Ehrin adds, "She doesn't think she's doing anything wrong. She loves him." There was a brief moment of panic when it seemed as though something bad had happened to Highmore,...



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