It’s sad, when a mother has to speak the words that condemn her own son. But I couldn’t allow them to believe that I would commit murder. They’ll put him away now, as I should have years ago. He was always bad, and in the end he intended to tell them I killed those girls and that man… as if I could do anything but just sit and stare, like one of his stuffed birds. They know I can’t move a finger, and I won’t. I’ll just sit here and be quiet, just in case they do… suspect me.
I have a lot of affection for Norman Bates and a lot of sympathy. So does the audience, I think. He’s not just a monster. He’s tortured. The real secret of the Psycho movies is that they’re tragedies first and horror movies second. —Anthony Perkins
Script: Cohle calmly takes the pulse in his neck, as if idly curious about his heart rate.
Matthew McConaughey explains: He’s coming off of years being Crash. He’s trying to walk the line. Monk-like. Trying to hold it together. And that’s a lot easier with less interaction with others. There’s a mechanical side to him.