Warning: Stop reading if you have yet to watch tonight’s 100th episode of Bones. Everyone else, onward and downward…
Relax, Bones fans. Take a deep breath. It’s going to be okay. Although it seemed like tonight’s 100th episode forever closed the door on a Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and Booth (David Boreanaz) relationship — she basically rejected his romantic overture; see Mandi Bierly’s detailed Bones recap — the show’s producers insist the opposite is true.
“I think it opens it up in a whole new way,” maintains executive producer Stephen Nathan. “It gives us some history, which allows us to see all the additional possibilities that could occur between the two of them.” Adds series creator Hart Hanson: “We aren’t nervous about making them a couple, but we want it to play out in a way that is realistic for these two and that will make fans happy.
“Everybody always mentions Moonlighting, but that honestly never comes up in our discussions on how to deal with them,” Hanson continues. “The Moonlighting curse? Don’t believe in it. I think that was all about [Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd] hating each other’s guts. [David and Emily] do not hate each other.”
For her part, Deschanel believes that Brennan is just scared of getting hurt. “She says she doesn’t take the leap because she doesn’t know how she’ll feel in 10 years, but I think she is more scared about not knowing if he’ll feel the same in 10 years,” she theorizes. “She was abandoned as a child and those issues of abandonment fuel her every decision now. It permeates through every relationship she has. I think she is also scared that she’d lose his friendship and partnership at work — even though she does not say that. I think at some point — maybe in season 6 — she will just let go and fall.”
In the meantime, Deschanel reveals that next month’s season finale features a “big turning point for her and Booth,” while Hanson hints that the episode will “add some more pieces to the Booth Brennan puzzle… We actually have two finale-worthy episodes this season. One fell on the 100th episode [and] we do it again in the actual season finale.” (Reporting by Carrie Bell)