Norman’s (Freddie Highmore) return home could only mean one thing: Romero’s life is in danger. In the latest instalment, Season 4 episode 8 titled “Unfaithful,” Norman presents himself as the force that threatens Norma (Vera Farmiga) and Romero’s (Nestor Campbell) marriage.
Norma and Romero’s marriage is still in the honeymoon phase. It feels like Norma actually loves her husband and not his money. But Romero, the Good Samaritan’s presence in the Bates household, is predictably met with anger and jealousy.
Norman feels uncomfortable when he sees his mother and Romero kissing. In the promo, he even asks Romero to divorce Norma. To be sure, this is hardly shocking but it’s Norman’s next statement that foreshadows how the rest of the story will unfold.
In Season 4 episode 8 of the “Psycho” prequel, Norman informs the sheriff that some things never change, insinuating that his mother’s new relationship is temporary. To his misfortune, Romero is steadfast when he tells Norman to get used to the new normal. But the teenager will probably be aggressive in his attempt to restore things to the way they were.
In fact, the plot in the upcoming episode of the TV show hinges on the idea of change. Norman will find his relationship with his mother altered. Furthermore, his importance in the family will be greatly affected and undercut by Romero. If anything, Norman’s insecurities will begin to tell in episode 8.
Will Norman destroy the new paraphernalia i.e, TV set, in order to make himself at home? Will Norma continue her unhealthy relationship with her son? How will Romero react when he sees his wife in the same bed as Norman? Perhaps this will be revealed in the upcoming episode.
“Bates Motel” Season 4 episode 8 airs at 9 p.m. EST on A&E. You can live-stream the episode via A&E’s website.