Norma's other son came home on "Bates Motel," but he did not receive a warm welcome. Whereas Norma dotes on Norman -- in a very uncomfortable way -- she has little love for Dylan. Strangely enough, Dylan was so unlikable as a person that it did create sympathy for both Norma and Norman. Dylan wasn't aware of just how dangerous the two of them can be yet, though he seemed to have his suspicions.
Nevertheless, he lorded his power over both of them, brutally assaulted Norman. The torment tapped into Norman's dark side, and in once scene he made a move to smash Dylan's skull in with a meat tenderizer. Would he have killed him? He hasn't killed anyone yet, though he did help his mother dispose of a body. But if anyone can push him to that point, it would be Dylan.
IGN saw Dylan as the audience's voice within the show, writing, "He speaks for us when he calls out just how twisted Norman's over-attachment to his mother his ... Dylan serves as the catalyst for the first on-screen indication of Norman's murderous undercurrent."
But while his own demons may push Norman toward the future murderer he becomes, they also help create a sympathetic understanding of the pain that drove him to such dark depths.
Anything can happen on "Bates Motel," Mondays at 10 p.m. ET on A&E.
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