Kenny Johnson Promoted to Series Regular on Bates Motel

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Kenny Johnson will be checking into Bates Motel full time in 2015.

Producers announced at yesterday’s Comic-Con panel in San Diego that the actor (The Shield, Sons of Anarchy) has been promoted to series regular ahead of Season 3.

Johnson guest-starred in two episodes last season as Caleb, the estranged brother of Vera Farmiga’s Norma… who she says raped her and impregnated her with Dylan.

Teases producer Carlton Cuse of the casting and plans for Season 3:

"There’s a lot that’s going on with Caleb that was up in the air. No one was really very clear about who’s telling the truth - Caleb or Norma - and this guy is both Dylan’s father and uncle.

"To say that there’s a lot of unresolved issues is kind of an understatement. So our goal is to really dig deeper into those relationships, and we have a real cool plan for what we’re going to do with the character this year… There’s a lot more to him than what you might imagine at first blush. He will defy your expectations."

Nicola Peltz (Bradley) will also return in Season 3, which is expected to air early next year.

"It’s awesome that Nicola has had this incredible feature career develop,” Cuse says of the actress. “Bradley has a special place in Norman’s heart. She’s part of the Bates family and we’re bringing her back because we always planned that there was another chapter for her character."

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Bates Motel Quotes

Norman: Why should I tell you where she is if you're only going to kill me anyway? Did you think about that Sheriff Lonely Heart?
Romero: Listen to me, you piece of shit. I don't know what kind of sick fuck digs his mother's body out of a grave and moves it around and I don't want to know about it or what you did to it.

Norma: I hear ya, but I can't take care of my self, I'm a mother. Now I have to go talk to my horrible brother. You know what? I have no choice because it is important to my sons.
James: Yeah? And what about your own needs?
Norma: Parents do not have needs. You ever read the book The Giving Tree? It's about this tree and this kid keeps coming and taking stuff from it his whole life until there's nothing left but a stump and then the kid sits on the stump. That's being a parent.