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Season 2 has only just begun and already ‘Bates Motel’ has dropped a massive plot twist on its fans by revealing that Norma’s brother Caleb is also her son Dylan’s father. Talk about a messed up family tree.

So what could all of this mean for the rest of the season? Series star Max Thieriot (Dylan) and newcomer Kenny Johnson (Caleb) opened up about such questions during a recent conference call and shared a little insight into all of the drama.

Speaking of which, now that Dylan knows the big bad truth, how is this going to affect his relationship with Norma? “It’s a big trial moment now for Dylan,” Thieriot explains. “They’ve had so many speed bumps in their relationship in general, but now this is probably the biggest thing they’ll have to try and cross and he doesn’t want to get over it.”

Not that anyone could blame him, of course, especially since he already felt like the black sheep of the family to begin with. “He’s all of the sudden realizing that maybe this is why he’s always felt like an outsider,” Thieriot reveals. “Maybe this is why he never really fit in and he felt like he was always on the backburner to Norman because of where he came from.”

He continues, “Right now he’s just extremely angry and frustrated and confused, going through a million different emotions, so definitely I think this is a changing point for Dylan…that will ultimately define his character.”

But fans who have grown to root for this character shouldn’t worry. Thieriot assured TVRage that the changes we’ll see may actually end up being for the better.

“This isn’t the change of Dylan as to where we change how we feel about him…he always puts on this tough facade, so we get to see a little more of this vulnerable, human side to him. So if anything, it brings the viewer a little bit closer to Dylan and allows them understand a little more about him. To possibly see another good and positive side to him.”

As for dear old dad, Johnson admits that Caleb was just as shocked by the news as Dylan was, which explains his main reason for bolting, at least for now. “You know, you can only run for so many years and finding out that might be his child is obviously a shock,” he remarks. “I think he just needs to get out, clear his head, and wrap his head around it for the moment.”

And when it came to facing Norman during his latest blackout episode, Johnson thought it felt pretty realistic — not to mention downright freaky.

“It was pretty wild,” he divulged. “[Freddie Highmore] was able to filter that whole thing, which really kind of stunned me. At the beginning, Caleb is looking at him like ‘What the hell is this kid talking about?’ Then the more we got into the information, the more I realized he was filtering Norma through him, which was really intense and wild, and a really tricky scene to play, but he did it beautifully.”

And despite the less than friendly welcome Caleb’s received on-screen, behind the cameras they’re all as thick as thieves. In fact, when it comes to Thieriot and Johnson’s relationship it’s a full-on bromance.

“From the minute that Kenny showed up, the two of us really hit it off,” Thieriot says. “I think that really translated over to all of those scenes where I know him as Uncle Caleb and we’re bonding and I’m able to reach out and find out more about the family that I’ve never known. A lot of that came naturally and I think Kenny and I had a good flow and gel to all of our scenes where we were able to connect on-and-off-screen and relate to each other.”

But now that Caleb has supposedly hit the road, is that the end to the story? “We can’t tell you that!,’ Thieriot exclaims, while adding, “You haven’t seen the last of Caleb.”


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March 30, 2014 Author: Holly Comments Off on TV Rage: Max Thieriot & Kenny Johnson Discuss Season 2’s Surprising Twist

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Norma’s going to have some explaining to do on Monday’s episode of Bates Motel.

The previous episode ended with a huge confrontation between Norma (Vera Farmiga) and her oldest son Dylan (Max Thieriot), who was furious that Norma wouldn’t give her estranged brother Caleb (guest star Kenny Johnson) a second chance. When Norma tried to explain that Caleb raped her repeatedly as a child, Dylan flew off the handle and called Norma a liar, which led to a brawl between Dylan and his half-brother Norman (Freddie Highmore). As the fight escalated, Norma was forced to drop a major bombshell: Caleb is Dylan’s father!

So, how will Dylan react to the news? Will this end his relationship with Norma once and for all? And how much can Dylan even worry about his home life while his work seemingly puts him in more and more danger? TVGuide.com chatted with Thieriot about all that and more. Plus: Is Bradley (Nicola Peltz) really out of the picture?

How does the revelation that Dylan is Caleb’s son affect the season?
Max Thieriot:
 It changes everything! It throws a huge curveball into their family dynamic. It changes how he thinks about himself and how others perceive him as well.

How will this news impact his relationship with Norma? Does he understand why she would hide the truth?
Thieriot:It will disrupt their relationship. This is another thing Norma had been keeping from him and [it’s] the biggest yet. He does understand, but at the same time, he doesn’t understand why she would bring a child into the world that will instantly be despised because of the circumstances.

Will Dylan try to get close or learn anything about his real father?
Thieriot: Possibly over time. But right away he is totally hurt and repulsed.

So, does this reveal set Dylan down a darker path?
Thieriot: Yes. However, his final outcome from this card he’s been dealt will reveal the type of person Dylan is.

It’s interesting you say that, because Dylan has changed so much from his first episode to now.
Thieriot: 
It was a tough character when I was first reading the script. In the first two or three episodes, you really want to hate this guy. He comes in and throws a wrench into the spokes of this relationship between Norma and Norman. He’s rude and really over-the-top mean and says a lot of terrible things to his mom. All of a sudden, we start showing these different colors and sides to this guy, and we want the audience to like him … or relate to him. [The writers walked] a fine line because you don’t know if the audience is ever going to change their mind.

Especially when Dylan is still mixed up in a very dark and dangerous drug operation.
Thieriot: He’s trying to do what he can to survive and make money and live. On the other hand, unlike some of the people in the business, he has some moral issues with what they’re doing, with people dying for no reason. But he’s gotten himself in deeper than he expected, and he’s been warned that he can’t get out. Until he can figure out what a long-term exit strategy is, he’s just trying to stay low-key.

Is he not afraid of that danger catching up with him?
Thieriot: He definitely thinks he’s in over his head. He saw all this money he was making… but he didn’t realize what the repercussions were and the danger of what he was getting himself into. But he seems to always land on his feet. Where other people are dying, he seems to end up being alright in a lot of these situations.

Dylan could have made his bosses happy by turning over Bradley once he learned she killed Gil. Why didn’t he?
Thieriot: Besides the fact that he obviously has feelings for Bradley that he’s trying not to act on, he also feels for her going through this trying time with the loss of her father. Since Dylan comes from a broken home, he understands that and can see she has these problems.

Does Dylan feel complicit in Gil’s murder in some way?
Thieriot:
 I think he definitely feels some guilt. He knows he’s partially responsible for this because of the information that he gave to her. He didn’t expect her to do anything like that. He tried to help her, but it obviously backfired and has gotten him even deeper.

So, that’s just another reason to get her out of town.
Thieriot:
 Right. He’s already been linked to her last season. He knows it’s risky to get in deeper with Bradley, and if anyone finds out that she’s the one who’s responsible, he’s got a huge mess here.

Does Dylan think that he’s solved his problem by sending her away? Or is there still some fear rolling around in the back of his mind that she might come back?
Thieriot:
 He definitely still worries about that. The only way he could for sure know that he’s covered all of his bases is if Bradley’s dead. And if he were anybody else in the business, that might [already] be the case.

If push came to shove, does Dylan have that in him? Could he kill Bradley to protect himself?
Thieriot:
 That’s hard to say at this point. I don’t know if that’s in him. But that being said, people always say to me, “Dylan is the normal one.” I don’t know about that. One thing’s for sure: He’s still Norma’s son.

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