Bones Producer Previews Season 8 Finale, Pelant's "New Game" and Tears to Come

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Following Stephen Nathan's preview of last night's Bones episode, in which the executive producer spoke on how "The Pathos in the Pathogens" would lead into next Monday's Bones Season 8 finale, Nathan is now back with many more intriguing tidbits and teasers.

What sort of game will a returning Christopher Pelant be playing with the Jeffersonian team? Will Season 8 end on a high or a low note? Just how many tissues should you have nearby as you watch?

Read on for our exclusive Q&A...


TV Fanatic: It sounds like Pelant is going to be targeting Booth. Is that what he’s doing?
Stephen Nathan: Well, what he has done in the past is very different than what he is doing now. In the past, as Sweets kind of points out in this episode, Pelant somehow feels that this whole group is like an extended family for him. He’s very close and intimate with all of our people so that everybody has a very important place in Pelant’s life.

At the end of the last Pelant episode, Booth shot him and that changed the rules of the game. He had not hurt any of our people. He had not specifically gone after them. The game was to see who was smarter. Lives were lost in the process, but really the game was played between Pelant and our people, whether it be the FBI or the Jeffersonian. But now the rules have changed and the people who are dying are people who we realize are close to Booth. The intimacy that Pelant has counted on has been somewhat shattered. He is playing a new game now.

TVF: How does Hodgins deal with his reemergence because he almost lost it in the previous episode where he could have killed him and didn’t. We saw a different side to Hodgins.
SN: He is definitely dealing with that in the finale.

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TVF: We’ve talked before about how Pelant basically knows the team works best when they’re together, so it sounds like this is the perfect timing for him to come in if they’re all kind of fragile. Is he aware of this fragility that they all have?
SN: You’ll see when you see the finale that he knows a lot more than we even think he knows. He has found a way to tap into the grid using surveillance cameras and things like that. All of this is true, by the way, that any surveillance camera that has an Internet connection, any surveillance camera that shares servers, these are things that Pelant can access. So, he knows what’s going on.

TVF: Do we find out if he’s got some other minions working with him? Do we find out anything about that? After watching The Following it makes me think he probably has others doing his bidding.
SN: Yes, we do. Yeah, we do definitely find that out in the finale. I have to say, there might be similarities in passing with The Following but they’re only in passing. It’s a very different situation.

TVF: Is it safe to say that we will lose somebody that we know?
SN: No, it’s not safe to say that. It’s not safe to say either we will or we won’t. I hate to be so vague and cryptic…we should all be worried.

TVF: How is Brennan handling all this, especially if she knows that Pelant’s targeting people in Booth’s life?
SN: It probably has the biggest impact on Brennan. Brennan who always feels that she has it together knows exactly how she’s going to approach life. The past three episodes have affected her probably more than anyone. She’s looking at life in a very different way now. I think this surprises her most of all. She is really going to be looking at herself, her own life, the choices that she’s made and how she wants to see her life in the future in a very, very different way.

TVF: Is Christine around or is she off in safety land somewhere?
SN: No, Christine is around. She’s definitely in the finale.

TVF: The show feels as alive as ever. Do you guys attribute that to anything outside of your fantastic writing?
SN: I know it sounds odd but we don’t feel as if we’ve been on for eight years. I mean the characters give us so much and the actors give us so much. They kind of feed us to move the series forward. I think if we’re treating the characters with a certain respect they return the favor by showing us directions that they’re headed that we might not even think of. Booth and Brennan have such rich lives and such interesting histories that just exploring that effects how they change in the future.

TVF: Last question, does the finale end on an up note or a darker, scarier note?
SN: I would just say for those who have a penchant for tears, keep some Kleenex nearby.

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ok, so its safe to say i had better tune in AND dvr it, RIGHT?! The suspense is driving me bananas, hahahaha!


Why do I have a feeling Sweet going to be killed off


I'm with the rest of you. If they start messing with the Booth/Brennan relationship, I'm outta here (UNLESS it's to get them engaged). I'm tired of the whole Pelant thing. Booth needs to take him out once and for all. He was okay as a short "super-villain" arc but it's ridiculous that he's now become invincible. I want the BB relationship to always be there and grow as a backdrop to the really interesting team cases. That's what drew in most viewers and that's what'll keep the show going strong, IMO.


I hope Booth and brennan stay together, but this Pelant arc bothers me. They have made him too powerful, too scary. Epps and the Gravedigger were pretty intense also, but it never felt like it was impossible to get them. And I just hate that he seems to be able to see them all the time. Creepy. I have the feeling that they are going to have booth go into some emotional crisis mode where he will "take a break" from the relationship because he beats himself up over something he thinks he did wrong. I'm guessing this will be a way to get them to start over and actually have the dating phase they missed because of the pregnancy. In any case I am not looking forward to the season finale. I hate seeing them apart or worse, seeing Booth set up to go back to Hannah or something equally awful next season. For me the show is all about the two of them bringing out the best in each other and then getting the bad guys everytime. I really don't want it to turn into a really scary thriller. I like happy endings, good triumphing over evil, jokes and laughs, interesting puzzles, the creative bodies, and terrific cast. I can't believe people actually feel the show is no good. It has changed and grown, but the cast still seems to enjoy characters and I have loved getting to know all of them over the years. Hope the show lasts at least another two or three years!


Let them stay together since they are heading towards marriage you might lose viewers if you break them up.


I love this show. I've come to know all the people so well. I know it wouldn't be a story if they didn't change things up but I would hope that they will not remove one of the main characters. People cling to this show because it is real. Sure some things are a bit far fetched but for the most part we can relate to the interactions of each person in the show. It seems like it's just started even though they will be heading into season 9. It just wouldn't be "BONES" if we lose Booth or Brennan, or any of the main ones. Adding Aristoo was geius and the secret love can go so far.
I have all the DVD's and I know as only one fan, I can't make a big difference in what the writers do. I can only hope they won't disapoint the die hard fans and take away the important players that make the show what it is!


I got cut off... to continue where I left off.. The show had Cam in a tight fitting pantsuit lab gear with heels as every one else was in a loose lab coat. I hope the season finale is as good as the article says is will be.


I would like to start off with; I have really enjoyed watching Bones over the years. I noticed since the year that Emily had her child in real life the show has taken a different direction that I haven't been thrilled with but keep holding on to the hope that it gets better. I was disappointed when the season started with the show having skipped over a major time frame in the characters lives, ie; Booth and Brennen becoming a couple, etc. Then came the 7-9 week break shortly after the season started (which I read was because Emily had her child). The story lines have seemed to be centered around political/medical causes, which I will grant you, can bring to light and understanding to the issue, but it is presented in such a way that I almost expect a 1-800 number at the bottom of the screen asking for donations. My final gripe about the show is Cams clothing. Yes, she has a great body, but honestly? The show that aired 2 weeks ago showed her in tight, form fitting pantsuit lab outfit with heels while every other woman was wearing a loose lab coat. I hope the season finale will make me want to watch next season and by the article above sounds like it should.


If it stopped being good along time ago, then why are you here reading/commenting on an article about it? Makes no sense, really . . .



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Bones Season 8 Episode 24 Quotes

Angela: Hey, we're gonna get him, Hodgins. You know that we will.
Hodgins: I should've killed him when I had the chance.

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