Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore

It's gonna be a bright, sunshine-y day on Season 2 of Bates Motel — at least temporarily. 

When the second season of the A&E drama kicks off (Monday, 9/8c, A&E), four months have passed. It's summer in White Pine Bay and Norma Bates (Vera Farmiga) can't hold back the smile that comes from having her motel completely booked. But there's one cloud that Norma just can't shed: Norman (Freddie Highmore) remains fixated on the death of his teacher Miss Watson, whose grave he visits far too often for Norma's liking.

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New romance is also in the air for Norman, who, after being rejected by Bradley (Nicola Peltz), becomes friends with Cody Brennan (Paloma Kwiatkowski), a young party girl with her own messed-up family. "He still has incredibly strong feelings for [Bradley]," Ehrin says. "When he meets Cody Brennan, he is in a little bit of a recovery pattern. He's had his heart broken. He's kind of gotten to a place where he's living with it. [Cody] is just an easy person to be around, and they really bond over the fact that they both have dysfunctional home lives. It's like the secret club of the broken. She pulls him into doing stuff that he would not normally be doing."

And Norma won't be very happy about it. In fact, Ehrin says that the more Norma and Norman venture out on their own, the more they are forced to rely on one another. "Everything that we bring into the storytelling is about the story between Norma and Norman, and it pushes them always forward," Ehrin says. "There's a lot more control games. By the end of this season, it's super intense. It's quite a ride . Their relationship becomes a little more sophisticated, in a psychological way. And in kind of a twisted way."

Bates Motel airs Mondays at 9/8c on A&E.