The Aftermath: Bones Producer Discusses Pivotal Episode

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As the dust settles from last week’s Bones, in which Booth, inspired by Sweets' romantic moves, bought a ring for Hannah only to see his proposal get shot down, the door is now wide open for Booth and Brennan to finally get on the same page.

Or is it? Bones executive producer Stephen Nathan spoke with TV Line about what comes next for B-squared. Here are some excerpts from his recent interview:

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On the effectiveness of Hannah's story arc: "We thought it turned out very well ... with any show with a “Will They/Won’t They?” relationship, the audience always wants the couple to get together – as do we, because they’re destined for each other."

"But to construct realistic situations to keep them apart can be difficult. We thought that after they both left and went their separate ways at the end of last season."

On giving Booth a rebound with some weight: "It was a way to keep Booth and Brennan apart in a way that was very real. [Fans] were angry Hannah was on the show, but I think they loved hating it. Hopefully they wanted her to go for all the right reasons."

On Booth's "bad place": "That's what the end of this episode was about. Why is he alone? What’s wrong with him that the women he has fallen in love with don’t reciprocate?"

On the future of Booth and Brennan: "Now we have an opportunity to explore them again. But I don’t think there’s going to be any quick resolution, because they both have wounds that have to heal. Brennan was shot down, then Booth was shot down by Hannah."

"If they then all of a sudden fall into a relationship together, I don’t think anybody’s going to believe that. It would just be a TV conceit. It wouldn’t have any real truth to it.

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"But to construct realistic situations to keep them apart can be difficult." So SN is basically saying they will throw everything out there to keep B&B apart no matter how unrealistic it is. So much for that 'organic writing'.


Neither Booth or Bones have EVER told the other "I love you".
Booth says "I want to give this a try" and "I'm that guy". Brennen says "I don't what to have any regrets" and "I lost my chance". Can't they just look eachother in the eyes and say:
"Booth, you are the person I love the most in this world."
"I love you too Bones".
How hard is that??


I am so disappointed in this show...I rarely watch anymore. I love the characters but the writers have dragged the relationship between Bones & Booth on for so long it's become stale. The dynamics have become same ole same ole and the whole entire show has become lame. It truly is a shame. I love Angela & Hodgins (successful relationship), Sweets, Cam and extras...there's a lot more stories to be told. I think the show can be reborn if the writers could move forward with B&B's relationship. The Closer has a successful love/romance relationship between main characters....why oh why can't they do the same for Bones & Booth? If not...I'm a done fan as will be my sisters.


Bones and Booth were meant for each other. It's emotionally heartbreaking for fans to watch these two go through so much just for the writers to keep them apart. I don't get the problem with them getting together. Are the writers saying that they aren't creative enough to make it work? For inspiration look at 'Hart to Hart', or 'The Thin Man' series (Nick and Nora Charles). These were married couples who had great chemistry together, and in fact, were better together than apart, they played off each other to make great entertainment. Bones/Booth have the qualities for this kind of interaction, we would love to see more of it. Jack and Angela are also a good example. There are great potentials for episodes, Bones/Booth get pregnant, family members/friends get in trouble, etc. It was really great to see Max again in this last episode. Yes, we like the crime/murder part of it, however, we're also invested in the personal lives of the characters. That's what makes Bones such a great series. It's really time in what's left of season six to start encouraging some good feelings if you want fans to keep watching, instead of each episode leaving us unhappy.

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Tim, you are positing a series which will last for at least another three or four years. I think that is over-optimistic. The writers gutted this trout, and I doubt it will last so long. I also disagree that the series would have to end if the characters get together. All that says is that no writers will ever be better than the writers of Cheers and Moonlighting, so no relationship on screen will ever continue to work, so these writers cannot do it either. I think that gives too much cfredit to the riters of Moonlighting and Cheers, and too little credit to writers these producers COULD get if they really wanted to write seasons with Booth and Brennan together. However, I would recommend that they not hire any writers from Cheers or Moonlighting.


I understand what Mara is saying. I felt it when Booth was first shot down by Brennan after that revealing episode regarding their first real case. After that, things have felt very sterile and I haven't had the same excitement when watching Booth and Brennan interact since then. I also know that there is this idea that the show will end when they finally get together. To an extent, I understand. Initially the draw of the show was the science of the murders, but as with all these shows (CSI, The Mentalist, Bones) it quickly becomes more about the people than the gimmick of bones, crime scenes, mind readers, etc. HOWEVER! The writers managed to successfully connect Angela and Jack, separate them, and then eventually connect them again in a very believable way. Perhaps the same could be done for B&B? Together for a season or two (drama coming from rough patches, brushes with death, etc), apart for a season, together again for most of a season. Then split up for some reason, only to get back together in the final episode. Thoughts?


Yup, basically the writers know the show will end when booth and bones get together. But all the will they wont they has officially ruined their romantic potential in my mind.
Whenever they actually happen, which I'm guessing will be the very last episode of the very last season, I don't really feel like it will be all that magical. The writers have written the romance out of their relationship at this point.


argggg, again not b&b this season how long do we have to wait for a real kissssssss

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Booth: You know, when I say heartbreaking you say the heart is a muscle, so it can't break. It can only get crushed.
Brennan: Isn't it heartcrushing?
Booth: You want to go to his funeral?
Brennan: Yes, I would. Then she won't be alone.
Booth: You know what, Bones? Sometimes I think your heart muscle is bigger than people give you credit for.

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