'Bates Motel' season 3 spoilers: Bradley's backstory explored in upcoming episode


Last episode of "Bates Motel" saw Norman hallucinating extensively after his mother Norma told him that she told James Finnegan who really killed his father. Norman started to see a vision of his mother seducing him, then he saw his dead dog Juno before seeing Bradley. Is Bradley real? She was standing in the middle of the road when fans last saw her after he followed Juno.

Episode nine titled "Crazy" will see Norma spending the day with a surprise visitor, reports TVGuide. This makes it clear that Bradley may not really be a hallucination. Another clue that Bradley is real is that executive producer Kerry Ehrin told the International Business Times that Bradley's backstory will be explored in the upcoming episode.

During a press call Ehrin revealed, "We get to see what Bradley has been through since we last saw her, which was pretty daunting and she's kind of on a journey of her own on returning to White Pine Bay." Also in the episode, Norma struggles to keep her secrets under wraps and at the farm, Caleb helps Dylan follow through on a good deed, but there's a cost.

Co-creator Carlton Cuse spoke about Norman's hallucinations to Zap2It. Fans should expect more hallucinations and dreams of Norman where it gets harder for viewers to discern between illusion and reality. Cuse explained that they deliberately wanted the audience to question if Bradley's appearance is real or in Norman's head.

Cuse explains, "One of the things that I think works really well on the show is if you're with Norman, he's a sort of unreliable narrator. It's not always possible to know what is reality and what isn't, and that's what Norman is experiencing. We want the audience to be inside Norman's head at the appropriate times. I think we worked really hard over three seasons of the show to make the audience sympathize with Norman Bates."

"Bates Motel" airs on Mondays at 9 p.m. ET on A&E.

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