It seemed something of a given that A&E’s Bates Motel would close up shop in Season 5, as well incorporate the most famous Psycho murder, but the truth is far stranger. Yes, Bates Motel will officially come to an end with 2017, but with Rihanna as Marion Crane! No joke!

Shortly after confirming at Comic-Con 2016 that Bates Motel would indeed close down after Season 5 (don’t worry, Vera Farmiga remains a series regular) the pre-Psycho drama confirmed Rihanna will appear in a recurring role as Marion Crane. As Psycho fans can surely guess, the character is likely to end up in a recreation (or remix) of the famous Janet Leigh shower scene that kicked off the 1960 film.

We wanted to thrust the iconic role into a contemporary spotlight and redefine it in a meaningful and exciting new way.  We also heard Rihanna was a fan of the show, and we were huge fans of hers, so it was the perfect collision of creativity and fate.

Bates Motel doesn’t yet have an official premiere date in 2017, but is the final season worth checking out, to see a full Psycho breakdown of Norman Bates attacking Marion Crane? It’s freaking Rihanna!

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