A&E's Bates Motel upped its ick factor in the season finale when Norma (Vera Farmiga) admitted to her son Norman (Freddie Highmore) that as a girl she was forced to have sex with her brother. This revelation paves the way for the introduction of Norma's sibling next season, which starts shooting in late July for an early 2014 return.
"We would be remiss if we didn't meet some other members of the Bates family," says executive producer Carlton Cuse. "I don't want to say who, but we are definitely going to learn about their family tree, which has more twisty branches."
"With a lot of sticky sap," adds Farmiga, who has already been clued in to Norma's parentage. "There is one family member I desperately want to meet."
Nestor Carbonell has also been told that next season will reveal the home life of his corrupt character, Sheriff Alex Romero. But "the big question mark is Dylan's dad," Highmore says of Norman's half-brother. "There's certainly a story to be told there."
While the arrival of Norma's kin will cause her even more angst, Cuse does offer one tidbit of good news for Mama Bates: "Norma will find romance next year with someone we haven't yet met." And that couldn't come at a better time, says Farmiga. "She sure needs it. Her neediness gives her an urgent desire to touch and kiss Norman, and that need should probably be filled by someone other than her son." Ya think?