But unlike the 1960 movie, in which Janet Leigh’s version of the character met her untimely fate, she survived her bath -- though Bates Motel made sure to keep viewers waiting with bated breath as camera shots paid homage to the Alfred Hitchcock classic.
“This drip is sh*t!” Marion complained to herself after aggressively turning away the shower curtain, before learning that Sam was married and leaving town with her suitcase full of cash, seemingly saying goodbye to White Pine Valley and all its unfortunate glory.
So if it wasn’t Marion who died, which character met their violent death?
Turns out, it was her lover and Madeleine’s husband, Sam Loomis (Austin Nichols), who faced the ultimate punishment in the shower.
Set to the tune of Roy Orbison’s “Crying,” Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) -- after receiving some twisted reassurance from his mother Norma Bates (Vera Farmiga) -- walked into the same motel room Marion had left just moments earlier, only it was Sam using the shower. Still not exactly sure why…We’ll chalk it up to major guilt over his two-timing ways finally spilling out.
“Marion?” Sam said hopefully, peeking through the plastic shower curtain when he heard the door click open.
Without another moment’s hesitation, Norman walked purposefully into the bathroom -- knife in hand -- and began stabbing Sam several times. “Oh Mother,” Norman says in despair, blood spattered on his face. “What have I done?”