When "Bates Motel" begins, Norman seems to be a normal teenage boy, who is a bit of an introvert. He prefers school work and reading to going out and being social. He has an extremely close and often unhealthy relationship with his mother, Norma Bates. We know that later in life, Norman kills his mother and her boyfriend. He is jealous of sharing her. He feels so bad that he keeps her body and creates a new personality in himself just for her. She often undresses in front of him. She tells him it is normal and okay. She gets mad when he questions it. He later watches her through her window in her bra and panties. Norman is very dependent on his mother in all areas of his life. Norma is very over protective and suffocating to Norman. The show begins with Norman finding his dad dead in the garage from what looks like an accident where he fell and banged his head. Norman runs to get his mother. Then we see Norman and Norma moving to Oregon. Norma bought a house and motel there. Norman starts a new school where he is very socially awkward, but very smart. He meets a girl that he likes. His mom gets jealous of her.
As the show progresses we notice that all is not as it seems wit...
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