Warning: Spoiler alert! Do not proceed if you haven’t watched Monday’s episode of Bates Motel.
Did Marion Crane meet her bloody fate on Bates Motel?
Rihanna returned as the iconic Psycho character on Monday’s episode of the A&E drama, titled “Marion,” but things got very twisted in the end.
Following a stormy evening’s drive (and super uncomfortable chat with Norman), Marion jumped into the shower in her Bates Motel room to clean up.
But unlike the 1960 movie, in which Janet Leigh’s version of the character met her untimely fate, she survived her bath — though Bates Motel made sure to keep viewers waiting with bated breath as camera shots paid homage to the Alfred Hitchcock classic.
“This drip is sh*t!” Marion complained to herself after aggressively turning away the shower curtain, before learning that Sam was married and leaving town with her suitcase full of cash, seemingly saying goodbye to White Pine Valley and all its unfortunate glory.
So if it wasn’t Marion who died, which character met their violent death?
Turns out, it was her lover and Madeleine’s husband, Sam Loomis (Austin Nichols), who faced the ultimate punishment in the shower.
Set to the tune of Roy Orbison’s “Crying,” Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) — after receiving some twisted reassurance from his mother Norma Bates (Vera Farmiga) — walked into the same motel room Marion had left just moments earlier, only it was Sam using the shower. Still not exactly sure why…We’ll chalk it up to major guilt over his two-timing ways finally spilling out.
“Marion?” Sam said hopefully, peeking through the plastic shower curtain when he heard the door click open.
Without another moment’s hesitation, Norman walked purposefully into the bathroom — knife in hand — and began stabbing Sam several times. “Oh Mother,” Norman says in despair, blood spattered on his face. “What have I done?”
Last Monday, Rihanna watched her Bates Motel debut live and shared critiques of her performance on Instagram Live as the episode aired, even taking part in a drinking game.
By the end of the episode, Rihanna seemed in awe of her own performance, cheering on her dramatic driving-in-the-rain scene and applauding Highmore’s Norman with a powerful “Yes, Norman!”
“It was such a pleasure watching this with you guys,” she told her fans at the end of the video. “I only got to read, like, eight comments to be completely honest… I’ll try to be better next time.”
Bates Motel airs Mondays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on A&E.
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