The Top 5 Moments of “Bates Motel” Season 1!

"Bates Motel" Top 5 Moments
"Bates Motel" Top 5 Moments
"Bates Motel" Top 5 Moments

Posted May 31, 2013 by

Warning: Full spoilers ahead! Do not read if you have not seen “Bates Motel” Season 1!


Now that “Bates Motel”, has concluded its debut season, let’s look back the top 5 epic moments from the series. This list is in no particular order!

“The Pilot”


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Even by the time the season finale rolled around, “First You Dream, Then You Die”, the pilot episode, still stuck out in my head. So much happens in the pilot that there is hardly a dull moment to be found. It is a little much to take in for a television pilot, but I have to give credit to the creators for including multiple deaths and a rape during its first 42 minutes.

Many comparisons have been drawn to “Twin Peaks”, and the writers have since dished about the inspiration they took from David Lynch’s cult classic. The show has even further expectations placed upon it, being a contemporary prequel to arguably the most important horror film in history. Vera Farmiga has to tackle “the most famous corpse in Hollywood”, Freddie Highmore has to bring a new depth to a character over 50 years old. It’s just a hell of a lot to live up to and, while the show may not be as prolific as its roots, it has an infinite amount of potential with such an interesting cast.

The Pilot was a huge relief for many people. We all know how badly a project like this could have turned out in less competent hands.

Romero Kills Man in Number 9


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If there is one character throughout the series that I cannot figure out, it’s town Sheriff Alex Romero. Nestor Carbonell brings a quiet cabalistic approach to the role. Many people probably remember Carbonell from” Lost” or as the Mayor of Gotham City in “The Dark Knight”. He hasn’t had a whole lot of screen time yet, but the eye draws to him in every scene, especially when paired alongside Vera Farmiga.

Romero’s big moment, of course, was him taking down Jake Abernathy, aka the man in number 9. It seemed as if Romero was going to cut a deal with Abernathy and end up dragging the story out until next season. Fortunately, the writers of “Bates Motel” know a little better and decided to end Abernathy in a fun, creative way. Norma now owes Romero a huge debt and I imagine we will be seeing a lot more of Romero in the future.

Dylan’s Partner is Shot


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This was a pure wtf moment to be sure. I really wasn’t expecting this part to happen at all, I jumped when the gun went off and then I was even more surprised when Dylan’s partner died. He was just becoming an interesting companion for Dylan but, alas, Dylan is mainly meant to be alone. Not much else to say about this, other than it’s probably the moment when things got real for Dylan. Him tracking the guy down later is also very intense.

Shelby’s Death


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Haha. I was so gleeful when this moment finally happened. Honestly, I didn’t think it would happen when it did. I thought for sure Shelby would end up dying in the season finale. Once again, “Bates Motel” just proved that they have a few tricks up their sleeves. Nothing on this show is set in stone. We all know where the show ends but how it gets there is completely up for grabs.

Things like Shelby’s death are what keep the show interesting, it’s what keeps the audience on it’s toes. As soon as Shelby died, I was instantly hooked back into things. I must admit, though, I was a bit disappointed with his replacement villain, Abernathy. What I want to know most of all, now that this season is over, is who will be taking on the villain role during season 2. I have my thoughts, but that’s for another time.

Norman Kills Ms Watson

Bates Motel Miss Watson and Norman

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I am still sort of split on this big reveal at the end of season 1. It was the last major event and, while it definitely set up an interesting premise for season 2, I did like the sexual tension between Norman and Ms. Watson. It seemed like a relationship that could have been nurtured and may have evolved into something pretty fascinating. Sadly, that isn’t going to happen now. This was an unexpected turn, and I always love when something happens that you did not see coming. It’s also nice that they didn’t play it up too much in the season finale. It happened at the very end so we really have no idea what actually went down between the two of them.

This is definitely one of the best endings to a season in recent memory and it has given me a whole new anticipation for Season 2 of “Bates Motel”!

What were your favorite moments from season 1?

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