'Bates Motel' S3E7: The Last Supper

★ ★ ★ ★ ½


The characters within Bates Motel have such a great chemistry together. Bates Motel could be a Seinfeld-esque series where nothing happens and the characters would make the entire thing come alive. This week we got a lot of well-written scenes along with some major character developments.

First off, poor Emma. Poor, poor Emma. The once persevered, and sort of still so, Emma is slowly succumbing to her cystic fibrosis. While Caleb might save her in time, it’s tragic to see her try to keep living even though doing so is killing her. Her father, who has always been a great character, influences so many people whenever he shows up. He taught Norman taxidermy after all. But while he was overbearing at first, his concerns about Emma are becoming realer by the minute.

Norman’s swiftly losing his grip on reality and his sense of self. He’s definitely not the same Norman we met back in season 1. Now, he’s taken on some of Norma’s more aggressive traits and uses them against the people he loves. Norman is in dire need of help, which is why it’s so comforting to see Norma reach out to people (quite literally) and do so. Love how Norma just yanked Finnigan inside her house after he suggested counseling Norman himself.

Bates Motel S3E7

Norman’s scene with James Finnigan was an terrifying look into Norman’s psychosis. While Norman hasn’t opened up as much as Norma has, his first session with Finnigan revealed so much about his character. Norman’s deflecting of Finnigan’s questions revealed more about him than was being said. Then, Finnigan crossed the line by asking Norman if he wanted to sleep with his mother. Understandably, Norman lashed out at him and later called that question offensive. Even though Norman brushed it off well enough, the final scene showed that Finnigan may have been right after all.

I’m not sure what’s more beautiful about the scene with Norma playing the piano and singing with Caleb: The fact that Norma’s entire family is seeing an almost untampered side of her that comes alive through music or the stinging look of betrayal on Norman’s face. Norman’s relationship with Caleb is one of a brutal jealousy. Norman believed so badly that his mother would reject both Caleb and Dylan, but now that she has accepted them both, Norman can’t help but feel like he has been shut out of the happy moments in Norma’s life.

As a fan of American Horror Story, "Tonight You Belong to Me" will always bring me chills. But now that this already very creepy song has been used by Bates Motel as will, I think I’ll forever be scarred with the mood of alluring tragicness that the song brings. Old songs being used to set a tone is one of my favorite cliches, but it’s a very effective one. Norma singing "Tonight You Belong to Me" isn’t a love song, but rather about fleeting happiness and enjoying the moment while it lasts. My guess is, that happiness won’t be lasting long.

"The Last Supper" revealed so much about every character and gave us a look into what’s going on in their heads. A storm’s coming and it seems like it’s going to be a big one.

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