Bones fans, get ready for spoilers galore! Psyched about the Fox hit’s Season 7 premiere on Thursday, November 3rd, Executive Producers Hart Hanson and Stephen Nathan treated reporters to a Bones Season 7 conference call—and boy did they tease the hell out of it! When is Emily Deschanel (Brennan) getting back to work? When is Brennan giving birth and how are all those babies going to effect the dynamic at the Jeffersonian? Is Booth (David Boreanaz) really going to hold out until Brennan proposes to him? Hart and Stephen answer these questions and much, much more!
How will the Booth/Brennan pregnancy effect the show?
Stephen: “I think to us it was somewhat organic. We just continued to write Booth and Brennan in the same way, which are two completely different characters who agree on very little on the surface. Only now they’re dealing with a pregnancy and a relationship, so it really just seemed like a natural extension of the previous six years.”
Hart: “Stephen and I used to talk about this all the time. We knew that Booth and Brennan would get together in Season 6, and we knew that it would be over the death of a beloved squintern. And then we sort of got this big gift. Stephen and I had to talk all the time about, ‘Well, what happens next? What replaces sexual tension? What interesting dynamic replaces that?’ And then the gods intervened and Emily came and said, ‘I’m pregnant.’ At that moment, we knew that what replaced the sexual tension was an actual human being.”
Stephen: “What we wanted to avoid more than anything was to have a couple madly in love with each other. To me, going out to dinner with a couple who have just met and who make out all through dinner, and you want to kill them and never have dinner with them again. So we wanted to avoid that dinner.”
How did they handle filming a very preggers Emily?
Stephen: “We scheduled the shooting of Episodes 5 and 6 so that we were shooting them at the same time. All I can say is Emily was so pregnant that she finished on Monday and had the baby the next day […] She refused to have stunt people. There’s a scene that you’ll see in, I think it’s the second episode, where she just has at a 310-pound man and that was her!”
Hart: “It was a story point that Booth was concerned about Brennan getting across some broken ground at a crime scene. And we told Emily, ‘Well, you know what Brennan would do, she would run across there, but we’ll have a stunt double for that.’ And she said, ‘No, I want to do it.’ We had to physically tell her, ‘No, you are not going to run across that to get to the body. We’ve got a stunt double for that.’ She just did absolutely everything.”
What about when the baby finally arrives?
Stephen: “Babies do tend to drag relatives out of the woodwork. I think the Booth and his grandfather, and his father’s story in the first six is maybe one of the best episodes of Bones ever.”
Hart: “And I think we have a pretty good idea of who should take care of the baby.”
Stephen: “In Episode 7, she’s still pregnant. But we won’t say for how long.”
What about rumors that there will be a four episode mini-season following the shortened, 13-episode regular season?
Hart: “We don’t have any idea what the scheduling will be. They do want to do, ultimately, seventeen episodes but how it airs is really up to Fox […] but it’s still up in the air where [those four episodes] will air or how they will air.”
Stephen: “It’s a real pickle for us because we don’t know quite where to place these four stories. If they air all in a row it would be odd because they would not contain any meaningful character arcs.”
Can we look forward to any more crossover episodes with The Finder?
Hart: “We shot a show in which Sweets [John Francis Daley] came down to take part in an investigation and evaluate Walter [Geoff Stults] for the FBI. Right now we’re closing in on having a conspiracy theory episode in which the ideal character, of course, is Jack Hodgins [TJ Thyne] to come down and be dueling conspiracy theorists with Walter. We just have to make sure that TJ is available and it’s looking pretty good for that. And we want to do one more—we don’t know what it is yet.”
Stephen: “We’re also looking to see if there’s a place for Stephen Fry to appear in a Finder episode as Gordon Wyatt.”
How much Hodgins will we be getting this season?
Hart: “TJ is angling to be the lead of the show. He has so many ideas. He’s a really good writer and director and he’s up for anything.”
Stephen: “We’re going to hear a little bit about his grandfather and see him sort of dive in in Episode 6 with our new resident villain—dive in as only Hodgins can, adding a bit of conspiracy and a bit of code breaking.”
Hart: “There’s a story in our pocket about Hodgins’ brother, but in my mind it’s attached to a piece of casting and I can’t imagine doing it without this piece of casting attached or my interest level drops. So we’ll have to wait and see if that happens. And no, I would never admit who it is.”
Stephen: “There’s a lot of Angela [Michaela Conlin] and Hodgins in the first six, and we learn more about them than we ever have before.”
What can you tell us about the new squintern?
Hart: “Well, I think everybody’s seen the new squintern. Luke Kleintank plays him and he is somebody who will be recurring with us. We’re already writing him in. He’s already returning. We’ll get into that in the last eleven. I don’t want to give anything away, but he comes back and it’s quite a nice involvement with the other characters.”
With everyone coupling up and starting families, where does that leave Camille Saroyan (Tamara Taylor)?
Hart: “When we go to her in the first six, a lot has to do with the new intern and her juggling the lab with this new dynamic, with Brennan being pregnant and still maintaining a functioning lab.”
Stephen: “There’s going to be a lot more for Cam in the second half of the year. We have all of that planned out now. A lot of stuff with her daughter, she also is going out with the doctor still. So all of that is going to be explored in the second half of the season when we come back.”
Hart: “Imagine what it’s like to be the only woman in a work place who hasn’t had a baby.”
When is production starting up again?
Stephen: “December first.”
Hart: “And Emily is doing great. She’s really healthy, the baby’s really healthy. We always thought there was a chance that Emily might say, ‘You know what, I’ll come back in the new year. Just give me through Christmas.’ But our best case scenario had her coming back to shoot in December, and that’s going to happen.”
In the first episode, we hear that Booth decides he’s going to wait for Brennan to propose to him. How long is that going to take?
Hart: “That was a really great idea […] I think it’s the theme of this year and I wouldn’t in a million years say how long it would take to unroll itself.”
Stephen tweeted about a case that was too gross even for him. What more can you tell us about it?
Stephen: “It was in Episode 6, and I’m sure it’s something that will appear on the DVD so the fans can see it, but it was just a little bit too disgusting even for me.”
Hart: “Stephen is the gross one of us. He just took those opening sequences with bodies and just with great glee, he makes things horrible. So for him to say that that was too gross is amazing. Can I also say that […] we were looking at a rendering of remains in the lab when something happened that I physically ran away from the monitor, as did one of the characters in the lab. The thing that got me this time was the fresh bodies, which we don’t normally do […] It was fresh and newly killed and just too horrible.”
Stephen: “We learned a little bit of a lesson from the Gravedigger’s head exploding about fresh murders.”
How could they kill off Vincent-Nigel Murray (Ryan Cartwright)?!
Stephen: “It was horrible for us.”
Hart: “The reason he got killed was simple. Someone was going to die this year and we waited until we knew what each of our squinterns would be doing the following season. And he got a series [Alphas], 13 [episodes] on the air on the SyFy network, so he was the one to be killed. But I always thought in the back of my mind that should the SyFy series go away, that is one of the few characters that you could conceivably bring back as a relative. We jokingly say, ‘Vincent-Nigel Murray is dead, but Nigel-Vincent Murray is still alive.’ Because he can do a million accents, he’s such a chameleon.”
Will Booth and Brennan have more science V. religion trouble when it comes to talk of getting the baby baptized?
Hart: “Oh, I would say so.”
Stephen: “We’re still playing that. They’re going through all the huge issues that any couple go through when you’re having a baby.”
Hart: “The stakes are raised. They used to have these theoretical arguments about God versus science. Now it has to do with the upbringing and shaping of a human being, and that’s what I mean about this being such a gift to us. This brings a whole new level to the disagreements these two radically different people have about the way the world works. And you will see that in the first two episodes. And, without telling you anything at all, Episode 7 is that big time.”
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