i was thinking that same thing was going to happen with bates and i am NOT looking forward to it
dude me neither. I really haven’t liked Bates in the last 2 seasons. And unlike flippy I wasn’t a Bates hater before?
Like I will say that I disagree with almost all of Bates’s decisions and I get frustrated with his huge fan response but not because I don’t think he’s a character deserving of lots of attention, I think he is! I just think he’s frequently misinterpreted?? And I like him less because the family and everyone downstairs treats him like a hero too
Like… what I always liked about Bates wasn’t that he was noble or kind or anything I always (atleast in the first 2 season?) kind of read him as being sort of an anti hero ?? Like, someone who may has a really strong sense of justice and morality but it’s also a slightly skewed sense of it and that he’s kind of impractical in how he goes about trying to be noble and that he can also be really ruthless about it.
I like Bates because I see him as a guy who has a very dark past that he’s on a redemption arc from and part of why he strives so single mindedly to be noble and a martyr is because he knows that he actually isn’t one
and I know that we all use Bates being sort of threatening to Vera and pushing THomas up against a wall as reasons to DISLIKE Bates and I think violent men in person are kind of awful and scary but AS A CHARACTER I always kind of LIKED that Bates has that side to him I felt like it redeemed him for me from being a saintly hero character because he’s got this very thuggish and brooding attitude and this dark, violent, streak. But his commitment to do the right thing and his love for Anna and Anna’s love for him kind of redeems him in some ways. To me he always felt sort of Byronic almost….
I’ve always felt like the way other characters and the way fans treat Bates has been really contrary to how I see him but in the last 2 seasons especially I feel like he hasn’t really been shown as quite the character I always hope for Bates to be. And I think everyone in the house rallying to support Bates even when he does things that are pretty fundamentally wrong takes away from really worthwhile drama that COULD happen in the show and that Bates and Anna not communicating well as a couple CREATES really unnecessary and petty drama.