TV Club: Bates Motel: “Persuasion”

Poor Norman Bates. He’s really starting to lose control of his emotions—and not in a blacking out, other-persona-takes-over, murderous psychopath kind of way. He’s losing control as himself, as frustrated teenager Norman, who can’t seem to catch a break, and whose own mother is looking at him like he’s a killer. As he says to Emma, having the closest person in the world constantly making you feel like you did something wrong wears away at you. It makes you feel like maybe you did do something wrong. “She thinks there’s something wrong with me. That I’m bad,” he says, the sadness and confusion starting to outpace his ability to keep it together. So he nearly drowns himself trying to get the truth. That’s how badly he wants to just have everything be clear, to stop the silent judgments and uncertainty.

Poor Norma …

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