If you haven’t seen the season 2 premiere of Bates Motel then only read further if you’re a spoiling sack who reads the last pages of books and told every Game of Thrones viewer in advance about the Red Wedding and those late to the Friends and Dawson’s Creek bandwagon that Monica and Chandler get together and that Joey and Dawson never do.
Anyway – despite having the curse of being based on one of the best horror movies of all time and appearing on the Regal First Look – Bates Motel was really surprisingly great last year and the episode “Gone But Not Forgotten” proved that it’s still great in 2014.
The Bates family are up to their usual hijinks after the not-so-mysterious death of Norman’s teacher.
Norma goes with denial after seeing her son (Freddie Highmore, who looks suspiciously like my Warcraft-obsessed friend Thomas) covered in blood for the millionth time, pretending that both their relationship and his obsession with the teacher and death in general is normal.
The best (/most f*cked) part of the episode involved one of Norman’s two love interests. After surviving a leap off a bridge into a freezing cold river earlier in the show, distressed teenager Bradley Martin (Nicola Peltz) seduces and kills a much older man who she suspects has information on her deceased father. Grinding for the sake of family = this show’s entire underlying theme. Perfection.
“It’s not easy being a girl without a daddy,” she says before she blows his brains out.
If that doesn’t steal the dark part of your heart and brain, Vera Farmiga will. Be sure to catch the next episode of Bates Motel on A&E on Monday nights.