It’s official: “Bates Motel” is closing its doors after the upcoming fifth season.
The executive producers made the announcement during their panel Friday at Comic-Con in San Diego.
The news comes as little surprise, given the climactic fourth season finale (which saw a pivotal plot twist) and the creatives’ long-standing plan to wrap up the drama on their own terms.
Executive producers Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin have been vocal about their vision of the series as a five-season run. “From the end of the first season, Carlton and I both had the exact same instinct of five seasons,” Ehrin said in a prior interview. She also promised that they’ve long had an endgame in mind, “Emotionally, yes, a very specific one. I will say it’s beautiful.”
A&E’s “Bates Motel” was handed a two-season renewal in June 2015, with plans for two 10-episode runs for seasons 4 and 5.
The series is a contemporary prequel to the film “Psycho” and shows how Norman Bates (played by Freddie Highmore) unravels through his teenage years. Vera Farmiga plays his mother, Norma Bates.
Also at Comic-Con, Cuse announced that pop star Rihanna will play Marion Crane — aka the victim in “Psycho,” originally played by Janet Leigh — in Season 5.
“I read this article in which she said she was a fan of “Bates Motel,” Cuse said Friday. “We asked and she said yes. It was awesome. We’re really excited about it. It really feels very much like the version of the character that is different from the movie.”