Bates Motel ended Season 2 with mama Norma and son Norman edging closer to becoming the Bates family we first met in Psycho. Really… the kiss, not to mention Norman and his mom both forced to finally face up to what he is capable of.
And in the new trailer for the A&E series' third season, the Bates mom and son's creepy relationship promises to be front and center again, as Norman and Norma blend into a — there's no better word for it — psycho mix of each other. With Emily Wells's perfectly haunting and appropriate "Mama's Gonna Give You Love" as the soundtrack, the trailer was created with a groundbreaking technology that covers 360 degrees via the use of 100 cameras… and some seriously unsettling bonding between Norman and Norma.
Having learned last season that he is responsible not only for the death of his father, but also that of his teacher, Miss Watson, Norman (Freddie Highmore) is more determined than ever to deny his homicidal tendencies, but less able to actually do so. That means he will continue to turn towards the only person he believes he can trust — Norma (Emmy nominee Vera Farmiga) — but when she also focuses more attention on her other son, Dylan (Max Thieriot), jealousy and desperation on Norman's part sparks more drama in a family that is already rife with it.
But wait, there's more: Dylan's uncle/dad Caleb (Kenny Johnson) returns to White Pine Bay and causes additional turmoil for the Bates family, as does Sons of Anarchy alum Ryan Hurst, whose dangerous rivalry with Caleb spills over into Dylan's life. Meanwhile, Norma and Sheriff Romero (Nestor Carbonell), the duo fans most like to 'ship, have grown closer as he continues to play house at the Motel, but his doubts about Norman's part in Miss Watson's murder continue to haunt him.
Bates Motel executive producer Kerry Ehrin tells Yahoo TV Norma is "growing more emotionally afraid" of her son, too, which means she might want to do everything she can to keep the good — and more importantly, gun-toting — sheriff around.
Bates Motel Season 3 premieres March 9 at 9 p.m. on A&E.