Bates Motel season 3 kicked off with fans and viewers getting a glimpse of the Norman Bates they know from Hitchock's Psycho.
The eerie episode featured an infatuated Norman looking through his secret peephole and watching Annika -- a new girl who books a room in the quiet motel owned by the mother-son duo -- in a scene which clearly pays homage to Psycho. Norman then shows Annika around town but he can be seen overcome by his dark side when she mentions her work as a call girl.
The episode ends with Annika missing, which left fans wondering whether Norman had something to do with it.
The show's upcoming episode 2 will see Norma fretting over Annika's disappearance and turning her suspicions towards her son. "Norman doesn't make matters better by lying about his whereabouts that evening. Perhaps the most shocking aspect of the spoiler is that a young woman's body is found floating in the tidal flats," states an Ecumenical News report.
Executive producer Kerry Ehrin told TV Guide that fans should expect the worst when it comes to Bates Motel. He explained, "I think that you should always assume the worst because it is Bates Motel. There's no reliable narrator and the audience often has to interpret or project what they think something is. The ending was very much designed for that."
However, in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, actress Tracy Spiridakos who plays the role of Annika claims that she will be back, and her disappearance is not linked to what viewers might expect.
"You'll see her around," Spiridakos teased when asked if Annika is already dead. "You'll see her character has some important information for things that we'll see in the future."
Meanwhile, the official synopsis of Bates Motel season 3, episode 2 titled The Arcanum Club reads: "Norma and Norman focus on Annika's disappearance; Norma learns the truth about the Arcanum Club."
Bates Motel season 3, episode 2 airs on Monday, 16 March on A&E at 10pm ET, 9pm CT. Click here to watch the episode live stream online.
Bates Motel, a contemporary prequel to Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 film Psycho, depicts the life of Norman Bates and his mother Norma prior to the events portrayed in the film.