"Bates Motel," a contemporary prequel to the genre-defining film Psycho, will return with Norman's continued downward spiral and the effect it has on the family. This season Norma becomes increasingly fearful and desperate, going to great lengths to find Norman the professional help he needs.
Norma searches desperately for Norman, who finds himself in unfamiliar surroundings. Meanwhile, Dylan anxiously awaits news regarding Emma; while Romero receives a surprising proposition.
Norma and Norman face off as each suspects the other of a terrible deed. Dylan considers his future with Emma. Romero makes a choice that will have far-reaching consequences for the Bates family.
Norma and Romero take a big step together, but neither knows what it means to the other. And as Norman struggles to accept his new circumstances, Dylan attempts to shed old business.
Norman has an adventure with his new friend. An annual festival in White Pine Bay gives Norma her first taste of real happiness in some time but puts Romero in a potentially awkward situation. Dylan finds himself caught between two families.
Norman tries to confide in Dr. Edwards, but worries he might be saying too much. Norma hires an artisan to fix a window, while Romero pieces together a crime that threatens his new life.
While Norman digs deep into his past in therapy and confronts some painful truths, Norma does everything in her power to keep a secret of her own from coming to light. Romero risks his career to help an old friend.
A chance discovery motivates Norman to return home. Norma throws herself into new projects with Romero's help, while Dylan searches for Emma's mother with troubling results.
Norma finds herself torn between Romero and Norman; a holiday outing makes Norman realize how much everyone else has changed in his absence.
Norman and Norma try to reconnect as they plan for the future; frustrated by Norma's blind eye, Romero and Dylan decide to take action for Norman's own good.
As Norman plans a special event for Norma, Romero faces pressure from all sides over his actions; Dylan considers reaching out to Norman - but wants nothing to do with Norma.