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A&E will bring Bates Motel back for its second season in exactly one month, so the timing seems perfect for them to release the new poster for Season 2. Much in the way the Season 1 art had Vera Farmiga's Norma Bates sitting just a bit too close to her son Norman (Freddie Highmore), this new bit of key art puts mother and son head to head over the words "Blood is Thicker."
Blood is thicker? Than what? There's no than. It's just thicker. And it's likely as much a nod to the familial connection of the Bates' as it is a more literal tease of the blood that may be spilled in Season 2.
For reference and comparison to the new key art, here's the mentioned Season 1 poster, which went on to be the cover for the first season's DVD:
And if you found yourself craning your neck, trying to get a better look at Farmiga in the new poster, here it is flipped upside down:
The second season of Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin's Psycho prequel series will dig deeper into the dark and twisted world of the Bates family. Norma's brother will join the story, while Norman's brother Dylan (Max Thieriot) gets more involved in the drug situation that's brewing in White Pine Bay. Nicola Peltz's Bradley continues to try to find her father's killer, while Norman obsesses over the death of Miss Watson. Nestor Carbonell returns to his role as Sheriff Romero, who's involved in just about everything that's going on. And Olivia Cooke is back for the part of Emma, whose relationship with Norman grows even more complicated when the two start exploring other love interests.
Among the guest stars set to appear in Season 2 are Michael Vartan, Kathleen Robertson, Paloma Kwiatkowski, Rebecca Creskoff, Kenny Johnson, Michael Eklund and Michael O'Neil.
Here's the previously released trailer for Season 2:
If you're looking for more Bates Motel goodies, you can check out the Motel tour over at BatesMotel.com. Bates Motel returns for Season 2 on Monday, March 3 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on A&E.