Bones fans, brace yourselves. I come bearing gifts from an exceptionally spoiler-ific conference call that star Emily Deschanel and creator Hart Hanson had with reporters this afternoon, in which the pair revealed several nuggets regarding the series’ finale two episodes of the season. But before we get to the spoilers served piping hot, here are a few (relatively safe) tid-bits to nibble on:
++ Hanson sees Angela and Hodgins’ relationship (or Hodgela, as he called them — yes, he went there) as completely different than Bones and Booth’s. “We’ve always known that Angela and Hodgins belong together.… The scene where they talk about how they broke up has existed since they broke up. It wasn’t in a jail cell — I didn’t know where it would happen — but that scene has been written for a long time, where they realize why they let eachother go. It just felt like the right time to get them back together. I do sometimes think of Hodgela — Hodgela? [he scoffs at himself, as Deschanel says he’s now “coined a phrase”] — of Hodgins and Angela as a steam valve. It lets off some pressure [that fans build up watching Bones and Booth go back and forth]. But it’s its own story.”
++ Hanson has what could be the final scenes of Bones already written. “I do know where it’s going. It’s just how many steps between now and then are that I don’t know.”
++ The show will (as of now) keep its Thursdays at 8 p.m. timeslot. But things can change.
++ They once seriously explored a crossover with Lie to Me, but it didn’t work out. A crossover is not completely off the table. “It’s one of those fortuitous things. We’ll see if the network wants it and has the will for it to make it happen,” Hanson said.
++ A Bones movie was once talked about, but there are no plans now.
++ Hanson said six scripts exist for next season and eight stories are being developed. “As I was writing the season finale, the writer’s room was churning out the stories for next season. We’re quite a machine.”
This next part is not safe for spoiler phobes. So shoo!
++ This week’s episode opens with Brennan’s Gravedigger-related nightmare. “That’s part of the reason she’s questioning the whole murder business,” Deschanel said.
++ Ryan O’Neal reprises his role as Brennan’s father in this week’s episode. And “he’s not just there for moral support,” teased Hanson.
++ Deschanel said that what happens in the season finale has as much impact on Brennan and Booth’s relationship as the 100th episode did.
++ During the end of the season, Brennan will be questioning her field.
++ Hanson anticipates that this year’s finale will cause a stir among fans. “I guess the short answer is yes. We try to keep everyone interested and a season finale is a very good place and a natural place to change the direction of a series. And, you know, fifth season, you gotta do that.”
++ Don’t expect a lot of closure in the season finale, even with the Gravedigger storyline. “Closure is not the word I would use as we barrel forward into season 6,” Hanson said. “I think it’s overrated,” Deschanel added.
More scoop in when this week’s Ask Ausiello hits the Web. But until then, what are your predictions for the finale, PopWatchers? And would you like the idea of a movie or (non-cartoon) crossover? Personally, I’m game as long as neither involve Booth getting another brain tumor.
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