Bones Season 7 Spoilers: A Shifting Dynamic

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Bones is venturing into uncharted territory this fall.

After six seasons of keeping us guessing, Booth and Brennan will now be living together, as a full-fledged couple, preparing for the birth of their first child.

Executive producer Stephen Nathan spoke about that changing dynamic and much more in a recent interview with TV Guide. Excerpts appear below:

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On whether Emily Deschanel's pregnancy spawned this twist: "We'd been talking about it even before the pregnancy. We had something to deal with here that was a reality. There are two people that the audience ultimately knew had to get together."

"So, how do we get these two people together without falling victim [the Moonlighting curse]? It seemed this was a way to leapfrog that time in a relationship when it's all lovey-dovey [because] that's when it becomes uninteresting; the conflict disappears."

On the lack of a love scene: "We have seen those scenes in the past. I know there are some viewers who wanted to see them in bed, kissing and the lights go out and all that stuff. It just did not seem necessary to us."

"It seemed to us that what we saw in the penultimate episode - Brennan coming to Booth's bed - [was] them probably being as loving as two people can be."

"Seeing them jumping around in the sack did not seem as important to us as the emotional evolution of the characters and who they were to each other."

On the changed dynamic: "It'll just be a new way to see them. It's going to be a new take on their relationship, because they're not going to change."

"These are two people who see the world in a fundamentally different way, and they're now going to have to find a way to live together and have a family."

"They've always loved each other. The audience has always known that. But they have to negotiate all of the complexities of living together."

On their status this fall: "They are a couple who have come together to have and raise this baby. How Booth and Brennan are a couple remains to be seen."

"Booth is the marrying kind; Brennan doesn't want to get married. These are issues that are going to come up and be an integral part of their relationship."

On when the baby will be born: "I can't tell you. We are just trying to make this as surprising and sort of emotionally fraught as we possibly can."

On the role of family members: "We'll be seeing Max (Ryan O'Neal) again, and we'll be dealing with an important aspect of Booth's family as well."

On doing just six episodes in the fall: "Had we started earlier, we still would have had a limited number of episodes because of Emily's condition."

"[But] we would have been on the air and off the air and on the air and off the air. I think the best thing for the show always is to have a longer run of uninterrupted episodes so that the audience and the fans can really get involved."

On a surprise development at the end of those episodes: "We want to leave with a real surprise for the audience from a plot point of view. I'm not necessarily talking about Booth and Brennan. I mean introducing another nefarious character."

On said character: "Someone who is an extremely odd and fearless foe. Only he's going to be much more of a 21st-century, tech-savvy foe."

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Right, as much as I love Bones, and cry when I watch it, I still cry teice as much when I see the old episodes with Zack in them. I think that this new, tach savvy serial killer will be a turning point for the series. Think of it this way - the grave digger was he anti-brennan, Jacob Broadsky was the anti-Booth and now this new serial killer is the anti-Zack. They won't beat him without Zack's help. Sweets is a dick for keeping his innocence a secret. He sucks.


Will there be any kissing between Bones and Booth in the new seson? There was with sweats and Dasiy, Angela and Hogens, and Booth and Hanna also Brennan and that other FBI guy.


omg, omg!!! I am a big fan, and I love the way it's make, but I dont think it well be good with kisses and hugs. Then nobody wants to see it, and it's more interesting if they DON'T have a relationchip in this season! I hope there R coming a season 8! Nathan and Hart is good. U remember season 4, 5, 6... I always thought there will be together, but they was'nt, and that is what make it so beautifull! DONT MARRIAGE THEM!


I'm so excited to see them in a relationship! I agree that all the lovey dovey stuff was not needed in the scene when Brennan got into Booth's bed. But I want to know now is if she will call him Seeley instead of Booth because they are now in a relationship. I've waited so long to see them together, but I also dont think we will really get to see them as a couple. They are a family, meaning it wont really be all about them, but about their soon to be born child too.


The 7th season sounds like its gonna be awesome! I have to admit tho the sixth season was kinda a downer cause hart was always telling us he had to keep the sexual tension but in that season i think he sucked it bone dry. But as a true bones fan i kept watching.i did like the reveal tho cause even though they didnt kiss they showed you his reaction. He didnt just cut you off wondering if booth was happy or sad.


OMG finally i knew it was coming im in australia so the end of season 6 hasnt aired its only up to ep19. but yes and i think daisy should come back she just dissapeared and sweets needs someone


i can't wait to watch season 7!!! there will be two rug rats bones and angela's. It's really amazing how the evolving characters keeps everything interesting. Although it breaks my heart not to see Vincent NIgel Murray


I wish they could bring Russ back in the picture. I miss him


I think thy should of showed some part of the love sene. Tht way it makes it seem real. Pluss it helps give us the conection tht we can share with thm. I really belive this is going to be so exciting to watch unfold.


I can't wait until season 7 because there are so many questions to be answered. I hope they don't leave me hangin'.

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Bones Quotes

Sometimes the best things in life happen against the odds.


Booth: I worked really, really hard on my vows, but you know, now that we're here, look, um, hey. Do you remember the last time that we were here? Standing right around in this spot? It was right in the beginning before we really knew each other. I was trying to get away from you because you were irritating me and, uh, you chased me down, and you caught up to me and I said to you 'listen, I just have to get all my ducks in a row' and you said to me--
Brennan: I can be a duck.
Booth: Yeah. You know we had been chasing each other for a long time. Chasing each other through wars and serial killers and ghosts and snakes. And now chasing you has been the smartest thing that I have ever done in my life. And being chased by you has been my greatest joy. But now, we, uh, we don't have to chase each other anymore because we caught each other.

Bones Music

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Fearless Fearless Cyndi Lauper iTunes
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