Rihanna checks in as Marion Crane in latest promo for final season of Bates Motel

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Feb 1, 2017

Spoilers for Bates Motel below! 

With the fifth and final season of Bates Motel around the corner, A&E has released a new promo for its critically acclaimed series featuring a first look at Rihanna as Marion Crane.

Season 5 will check back in with Norman (Freddie Highmore) nearly two years after his failed murder-suicide (well, the murder part he did get right), where he is seemingly living a happy and well-adjusted life in White Pine Bay. Little does anyone know he's actually living with his dead mother Norma's (Vera Farmiga) corpse and that "Mother" is slowly taking him over completely.

The show will introduce new characters in Sam (Austin Nichols) and Madeleine Loomis (Isabelle McNally) and Sheriff Dana Greene (Brooke Smith). The final season will also see the return of Caleb Calhoun (Kenny Johnson) and Chick Hogan (Ryan Hurst), as well as Dylan (Max Thieriot) and Emma (Olivia Cooke), who will be sucked back in by Norman's insanity.

Guys. Can I say I worry about them?

Oh, and Sheriff Romero (Nestor Carbonell) will be seeking bloody vengeance on his stepson for Norma's death.

Now, back to Marion Crane. Originally played by Janet Leigh in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960), Marion happened upon Norman's doorstep after having stolen her boss' money for her divorced boyfriend. There she met her tragic (and twisty) demise in the movie's iconic shower scene in the very first act of the film.

Can we expect the same version of the character to pop up on the show? Nope. We'll apparently meet a very different and more fleshed-out take on the character during Rihanna's multi-episode arc.

Here's what executive producer Kerry Ehrin told Entertainment Weekly about the doomed character and her fateful meeting with Norman Bates:

"We're taking threads of that story and definitely using them so it's recognizable, it's just where we go with it is very different. It's tough to be in a situation where you're in love with a guy, and for whatever reason, he keeps stalling. You still have all this hot sex with him, and he's saying he loves you, but he's stalling. The internal story of that, for a woman, is a really interesting one. We never really got to see that. In Psycho, you just see the outside of that more. It was trying to do a story about a contemporary woman with some edge, with some expectations, who isn't perfect, who isn't always perfectly sweet, who is in that situation, but we're rooting for her to get what she wants.

"Norman is in an incredibly intense and interesting place when that sequence of episodes starts. It's this collision of Bates Motel storytelling and then Marion Crane showing up into that. He's in a very fragile and lonely place, and Marion Crane is a charismatic woman, she's super present when she's with him and she's very attractive — all those things are exactly what he needs right at this moment."

Bates Motel returns on Feb. 20 at 10PM on A&E.

(via EW)