Bates Motel renewed for a third season

The Psycho prequel starring Freddie Highmore and Vera Farmiga is set to return for another 10-part series

US thriller Bates Motel has been renewed for a third season. 


American network A&E has recommissioned the series half-way through its second run, with production on the new 10-part season expected to start later this year. 

Starring Vera Farmiga and British actor Freddie Highmore, who’s known for roles in family-friendly films such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Golden Compass, Bates Motel is a contemporary imagining of troubled Psycho character Norman Bates’ childhood.

“The incredible writing team and talented Bates Motel cast has made this series one of the most compelling original dramas on television,” said A&E’s executive vice president David McKillop. 

Set before the events of Psycho, Bates Motel sees Norman and his mother Norma move to quiet coastal town White Pine Bay and buy a motel after the death of Norman’s father, John.

The creepy character, who has appeared in numerous films, is known for his turbulent relationship with his mother, who he murders and then impersonates when he kills his victims.

Watch a trailer for season one: 

Bates Motel season 2 is currently on Wednesdays at 9:00pm on Universal.