Bones Executive Producer Stephen Nathan on the Future of Brennan and Booth
You know the old saying, “Three’s a crowd”? Well, now so does Hannah. Last night the storyline between Booth and Hannah finally came to a close, and we couldn’t be happier. Yes, we were sad to see Booth so sad, but now that he’s single he is free to get together with Brennan.
Unfortunately, Bones executive producer Stephen Nathan spilled to TVLine that it might not be that simple.
On Booth and Hannah’s relationship: “… Any show like ours, where you have a ‘Will They/Won’t They?’ relationship, the audience always wants the couple to get together — as do we, because you know they’re destined for each other. But to construct situations that are realistic to keep them apart can be difficult.”
“…We didn’t want it to be just a rebound or a relationship that didn’t have weight. It was very interesting for us to explore what happened when he actually fell in love with somebody else, and then have that person integrated into the Bones universe and become, though we didn’t design it this was initially, very close to Brennan as well. It was a way to keep Booth and Brennan apart in a way that was very real, and in a way that drove a lot of loyal fans crazy. They were angry that Hannah was on the show. Some of them hated it, but I think they loved hating it. Hopefully they wanted her to go for all the right reasons.”
On single Booth: “That’s what the entire end of the episode was about, him facing the fact that he’s alone. Why is he alone? What’s wrong with him that the women he has fallen in love with don’t reciprocate? Again, we want the audience to be on his side and Booth and Brennan’s side, to hope for this relationship to resolve in some way, because now we have an opportunity to explore them again. But I don’t think there’s going to be any quick resolution, because they both have wounds that have to heal.”
On Brennan confessing her love to Booth: “That was a moment where she was forced to face her own life and see if she was going to live with regrets or confront her emotional life in a way she hadn’t before. She took a risk, went out on a limb and was shot down, because Booth was in love with somebody else. Tonight, he went out on a limb himself and got shot down. Both of them are gun-shy, and the one thing that both of them have to rely on is their friendship. That’s the thing that’s going to sustain that relationship.”
The future of B&B: “Brennan was shot down, then Booth was shot down by Hannah. If they then all of a sudden fall into a relationship together, I don’t think anybody is going to believe that. It would just be a TV conceit. It wouldn’t have any real truth to it.”
The future of Hannah: “I don’t know when we’ll see her again, but we loved having Katheryn on the show. No one shot Hannah, so… she’s still out there somewhere in the Bones universe!”