imdb.com “Bates Motel” airs Monday at 9:00 p.m. on A&E and stars Freddie Highmore as Norman Bates and Vera Farmiga as Norma Bates.
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“Bates Motel” airs Monday at 9:00 p.m. on A&E and stars Freddie Highmore as Norman Bates and Vera Farmiga as Norma Bates.

Although the third season of the “Bates Motel” has been greeted less warmly than previous seasons, my interest has not been dampened, especially since it opened with the “Arctic Monkeys.”

Okay, so maybe not exactly starring the “Arctic Monkeys.” There is, however, an epic Dylan-driving-with-angst scene that incorporates the hit rock group’s “R U Mine?” pretty effectively. “Bates Motel” aired its first episode, aptly titled “A Death in the Family,” of its third season on A&E, pulling in, according to Deadline.com, 2.14 million viewers as opposed to the airing of last season at 3.07 million.

I feel this past episode was one of the most well-written and executed episodes of the series thus far. We’ve begun to reap the benefits of the writers’ in-depth character developments and the crescendo that they had been building up in seasons one and two, I feel, has finally begun to come full circle.

The episode’s particular plot surrounds Norman bates’s (Freddie Highmore) interest in a new tenant at the motel (played by Tracy Spiridakos, who you may also know from the hit series “Revolution”), as well as his long-anticipated budding relationship with Emma. This episode also seems to focus on Norman’s return to school for his senior year and thus, further adjusting to the death of his former teacher, Miss Watson.

If the bad reviews going around on the web have deterred you, from someone who almost stopped watching last season due to the shoddy side-plot with Dylan and his drug excursions, it’s well worth it to catch up. Despite the Norma and Norman Bates awkward (super, super awkward) mother and son bonding time that you might have missed so far, “Bates Motel” continues to please and, provided you’ve seen the 1960 Hitchcock film “Psycho,” the plot continues to thicken to that buildup we’re all waiting for.