EW Staff
September 10, 2010 AT 12:00 PM EDT

A crisis involving Cam (Tamara Taylor) forces Team Jeffersonian to cut their sabbatical short. Exec producer Stephen Nathan says that absence may have made Brennan’s (Emily Deschanel) heart grow fonder for Booth (David Boreanaz). The tragic irony? The war correspondent (Katheryn Winnick) Booth fell for in Afghanistan follows him back to the States. ”He professed his love for Brennan last season, and she couldn’t reciprocate,” says Nathan. ”So he moved on.” Of course, they still have a job to do, and season 6’s murder mysteries will riff on everything from Big Love and Jersey Shore to the cougar phenomenon. And in their downtime, the gang will be terrorized by a crazed sniper. ”It’s a great character for us to examine, because Booth was a sniper,” reminds Nathan, who hints that the villain may take the life of a major-ish character. ”We would hate to lose anyone, but it is under discussion.” SEPT. 23

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