Last night was the season two premiere of “Bates Motel,” which has easily become one of the best TV shows I ever got sucked into. Before the first season even started, someone over at A&E mailed me the first four episodes to screen, which I watched all in one night. I then had to wait another month until I could watch the new episodes, but when I did, they were AMAZING. Equal parts creepy and endearing, the show is a contemporary prequel to the horror flick “Psycho,” and reveals the backstory of murderer Norman Bates.
If you’re not already watching “Bates Motel,” here are 10 reasons you should start (in GIFs)…
1. Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) is sweet and dorky in a way that makes you want to give him a hug and send him off with a note that says “Keep your head up.” He’s shy, unsure of himself and very boy-next-door, which makes it really hard for you to hate him when he starts killing people.
2. Despite the fact that he’s got some screws loose, Norman falls in love just like the rest of us. You’ll see unreciprocated love, forbidden love, sex, and all of the good, heart-shattering stuff psychopathic killers are made of.