The first season of Bates Motel consisted of 10 episodes is described as a contemporary prequel to the 1960 film Psycho. Fans will have access to the dark, twisted backstory and learn first hand just how deeply intricate his relationship with his mother, Norma, truly is and how she helped forge the most famous serial killer of them all. Norman and Norma Bates buy a motel shortly after Normans father dies. In one of the first nights of the two owning the motel, things end badly when the former owner breaks in and rapes Norma. A returning Norman knocks the attacker out and Norma then kills him, and they decide to hide the body in a lake.