All good things must come to an end, and we will soon have to say goodbye to A&E's Bates Motel. The series has provided an insanely off-kilter look into Alfred Hitchcock's iconic and killer world, and the final season is poised to save some of the twisty narrative's best tricks for last. In fact, in the wake of Rihanna's recent debut on the series, we have learned that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. actress Natalia Cordova-Buckley has officially signed for an interesting new role on the beloved series.
The final season of Bates Motel has tapped Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. actress Natalia Cordova-Buckley to portray a character named Julia Ramos, a brash and cynical lawyer. According to the report from Variety, Julia will feature a rough-around-the edges personality. Cordova-Buckley has become one of the most consistently enjoyable and likable characters within the greater S.H.I.E.L.D. universe, as Elena "YoYo" Rodriguez has become an instant fan-favorite -- even earning her own digital Slingshot spin-off once it became apparent that her character had developed a strong connection with audiences. She won't necessarily have the same kind of appeal in Norman Bates' universe, but it'll be an interesting change of pace.
In addition to her work on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and her upcoming stint on Bates Motel, Natalia Cordova-Buckley has also turned in solid performances in projects such as McFarland, USA, as well as a wide variety of Mexican TV series. She clearly has a strong resume, and Julia Ramos is not necessarily like anything that she has done before as an actress, so we are incredibly excited to see what she does in A&E's fan-favorite horror movie extension.
Although we already know quite a bit about the personality of Natalia Cordova-Buckley's character on Bates Motel, we know considerably less about how she will explicitly factor into the overarching narrative of the series' final season. Julia Ramos is a character with no basis in the Psycho universe, which means there's absolutely no precedent for how the show should use her -- not that Bates Motel hasn't constantly warped the continuity of Alfred Hitchcock's movie. (Can you imagine Ryan Hurst's Chick and Anthony Perkins' Norman having a conversation?) With the series now officially in the home stretch, anything can happen, anyone can die, and the overall story can go in a wide variety of different directions. We have recently talked at length of series with downright terrible final seasons, but Bates Motel has not fallen into that trap.
We will make sure to bring you more information related to Natalia Cordova-Buckley's upcoming stint on Bates Motel as more details related to the show become available to us. The series airs Mondays at 10 p.m. EST on A&E. For more information related to the remaining spring debuts left in 2017, make sure to take a look at our midseason premiere guide and summer TV schedule and fill out your TV viewing schedules accordingly!