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Season 5
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No. of episodes 10
Original run February 20, 2017 - April 24, 2017
DVD release September 19, 2017
Season chronology
Season 4

Season 5 of Bates Motel was announced on June 15, 2015. In a change to previous seasons, which all aired from March to May, this season premiered on February 20, 2017 and concluded on April 24, 2017. It consisted of 10 episodes and is the final season.[1][2] [3]


On April 26, 2016, Carlton Cuse Tweeted a photo of the writers on their first day back in the writers' room for Season 5 and Freddie Highmore was seated among them.[4] In June 2016, it was reported that Freddie will also be writing more episodes for the final season.[5] At the 2016 San Diego Comic Con it was announced that Nestor Carbonell, Freddie and Max Thieriot will all direct an episode; this will be Nestor's third time directing.[6] Freddie confirmed that he would be writing the seventh episode and directing the eighth episode. [7]

Production began on September 16, 2016 with filming commencing a few days later.[8][9] On November 12, Rihanna announced that she had begun filming her scenes. [10] On December 12, Kerry Ehrin Tweeted that filming had begun on the episode Freddie Highmore was directing. [11] The series filmed its final scenes at the specially-built Bates Motel set in Aldergrove on January 25, 2017, and production began tearing the house down the following day.[12] Carbonell filmed his final scenes on January 27, 2017.[13] Filming officially wrapped on January 31, 2017.[14]


In May 2016 it was announced that Marion Crane from the original film would be appearing in multiple episodes. It was announced at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con that singer Rihanna would portray the iconic role.[15][16]  On September 21, 2016, it was announced that Isabelle McNally was cast as Madeleine Loomis.[17] On September 22, 2016, it was announced that Brooke Smith has been cast as new sheriff Jane Greene.[18] On November 20, 2016, Kenny Johnson confirmed that he would be returning for the final season.[19] On January 9, 2017, it was confirmed that Austin Nichols would be recurring as Sam Loomis.[20] On March 22, 2017, it was announced that Natalia Cordova-Buckley would be recurring as Julia Ramos.[21]


Picking up two years after the events of the previous season, Norman, a grown man now, is living a double life. Publicly he’s a happy and well-adjusted member of the White Pine Bay community, but at home his violent blackouts continue to increase as ‘Mother’ threatens to take over his mind completely. Meanwhile, Dylan Massett and Emma Decody, since leaving White Pine Bay, have been living their lives blissfully unaware of Norma’s death and Norman’s full on descent into psychosis. Unfortunately, for them, they will soon find themselves drawn back into Norman’s insanity, while a vengeful Alex Romero, who is currently incarcerated for a perjury, hungers for a chance to destroy his stepson and avenge the murder of his one true love, Norma Bates.


Main Cast

Special Guest Star

Guest Cast


Number Title Airdate
1 Dark Paradise February 20, 2017
2 The Convergence of the Twain February 27, 2017
3 Bad Blood March 6, 2017
4 Hidden March 13, 2017
5 Dreams Die First March 20, 2017
6 Marion March 27, 2017
7 Inseparable April 3, 2017
8 The Body April 10, 2017
9 Visiting Hours April 17, 2017
10 The Cord April 24, 2017


The final season of Bates Motel premiered on February 20, 2017 and concluded in April 2017. It was released on DVD on September 19, 2017 and was put on Netflix in February 2018.


  1. ‘Bates Motel’ Executive Producer Says A&E Series Will Last Five Seasons. March 6, 2015.
  2. Carlton Cuse on Twitter. March 7, 2016
  3. ‘Bates Motel’ Sets ‘Psycho’ Endgame With February Final Season Premiere. January 3, 2017.
  4. Carlton Cuse on Twitter. April 26, 2016.
  5. ‘Bates Motel’ Season 5: Freddie Highmore To Write More Episodes. June 17, 2016.
  6. Bates Motel Casts Rihanna as Marion Crane for Fifth and Final Season. TVLine. July 23, 2016.
  7. Bates Motel on A&E. Facebook. July 26, 2016.
  8. BATES MOTEL Final Season Starts Filming in Vancouver. September 16, 2016.
  9. SHOOT: BATES MOTEL Final Season’s First Day at Motel & House Set in Aldergrove. September 21, 2016.
  10. Rihanna on Instagram. November 12, 2016.
  11. Kerry Ehrin on Twitter. December 12, 2016.
  12. SERIES FINALE: BATES MOTEL's Last Day at its Aldergrove House & Motel Set. YVR Shoots. January 25, 2017.
  13. SERIES FINALE: Nestor Carbonell (aka Romero)'s Last Day on BATES MOTEL. YVR Shoots. January 27, 2017.
  14. Vera Farmiga on Twitter. January 31, 2017.
  15. 'Bates Motel' Season 5 Spoilers: Marion Crane's Appearance Won't Be Like In 'Psycho' [VIDEO]. Enstars. May 21, 2016
  16. Rihanna Joins ‘Bates Motel’ in Janet Leigh Role. July 22, 2016.
  17. Bates Motel Season 5: House of Cards Actress Cast as Norma's Doppelganger. TVLine. September 21, 2016.
  18. 'Bates Motel' Elects 'Grey's Anatomy' Alum Brooke Smith (New) Sheriff. TVLine. September 22, 2016.
  19. Kenny Johnson on Twitter. November 20, 2016.
  20. ‘Bates Motel’: ‘The Walking Dead’s Austin Nichols To Recur on Season 5. January 9, 2017.
  21. Bates Motel - Season 5 - Natalia Cordova-Buckley Cast in a Multi-Episode Guest Arc. SpoilerTV. March 22, 2017.



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