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TV Rundown: Week of May 8: The Mother of All Twists Rocks 'Bates', 'Reign' Makes 'Strange Bedfellows'

Bates Motel – Season 4, Episode 9 – ‘Forever‘

Micro Synopsis: 

As Romero (Nestor Carbonell) and Dylan (Max Thieriot) take a stand to get Norman (Freddie Highmore) re-committed to the mental institution, Norma (Vera Farmiga) makes the fateful decision to stand by her afflicted son. (Major Spoiler Ahead...)

The Rundown: 

I once heard a story on morning radio. A caller said that she loved sleeping with her pet python, lying in the bed beside her. Eventually she started noticing her beloved snake lying completely vertical, stretching itself to its fullest length.

Alarmed, she asked the vet about this odd change and they explained the snake’s behavior. It was physically preparing itself…to eat her. This is in a lot of ways, the perfect parable to describe what became of “Bates’” tragically flawed, central figure in the penultimate episode of its fourth season.

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TV Rundown: Week of May 1: Part 2: 'Penny Dreadful' Makes S3 Return - Plus, 'Reign' + 'The Blacklist'

'Penny Dreadful’ – Season 3, Episode 1 – ‘The Day Tennyson Died'

Micro Synopsis: 

Thanks to Lyle (Simon Russell Beale), Vanessa (Eva Green) begins recovering from her mental breakdown by seeking psychological help from a shrill doctor with a familiar face (Patti LuPone).

Miss Ives also makes an intriguing new acquaintance in a Dr. Sweet (Christian Camargo). Elsewhere in England, Dr. Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway) recruits his old friend Dr. Jekyll (Shazad Latif) to assist in his attempt to save Lily (Billie Piper) from herself.

TV Rundown: Week of May 1 | Part 1 | 'Bates Motel' Barrels Towards Tragedy, 'Game of Thrones' Averts One

‘Bates Motel’ – Season 4, Episode 8 – ‘Unfaithful'
Micro Synopsis: Norman’s (Freddie Highmore) homecoming sends all of ‘Bates’’ central characters careening towards total oblivion and utter tragedy.

The Rundown: Nightmarish tonality summoned a defining moment for ‘Bates’; ushering the series into its final two episodes of the season. The inevitable sense of imminent catastrophe hung heavy in the air with an electrifying foreboding that was almost unbearable to witness. There was an evident and seismic shift, felt like never before as Norman’s faltering mental state became grossly apparent to everyone around him. At this point, the consequences are all that is left to watch.