depicts the lives of Norman Bates
and his mother Norma prior to the events portrayed in the film,
albeit in a different fictional town
The series begins in Arizona with the death of Norma’s husband, killed by Norman during one of his blackouts,
after which Norma purchases a motel located in a coastal Oregon town so she and Norman can start a new life.
Subsequent seasons follow Norman as his mental illness becomes dangerous,
and Norma as she struggles to protect her son from himself.
Bates Motel‘s storylines differ from the film prequel Psycho IV: The Beginning.
along with other locations within the Fraser Valley of British Columbia.