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Man, we are not kidding when we say that last night’s Bones panel at Paleyfest launched a dump truck’s worth of info for news-thirsty fans. In fact, so monumental, so enormous, so Brobdingnagian was the info-dump that it required frantic, full-on coverage from ourselves, Buddy TV, TV Line and more!

So where do we start?  Well, you’re doubtless well-aware that names are playing a big part in the obsessive “what next” tenor of Bones fans’ inquiries. Specifically, there’s the name of Booth (David Boreanaz)’s and Brennan (Emily Deschanel)’s baby to consider — but we’ve given that it’s own piece.  (You may have noticed an explosion of PaleyFest coverage here at Wetpaint Entertainment.  There’s a good reason for that!)

Now, on to even more spoilers from inside the panel...

What’s in a name?

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As Buddy TV reports, there is another name that’s grabbing some attention — namely, Angela’s.  Though some fans might have forgotten, others remember all too clearly that “Angela” is not the appellation Michaela Conlin’s character’s mama gave her.  And Bones creators Hart Hanson and Stephen Nathan have assured fans that Angela’s true name will feature prominently in a future Bones episode.  Heck, “[t]hey’re not ruling out another tattoo.”

Cupcakes! And a... wedding??

What else, what else?  Well, fans can rest assured that no one went hungry at Paleyfest; David Boreanaz, doubtless inspired by the Bones cast and crew’s receipt of delicious cupcakes the previous day, brought donuts to keep his fellows well-fed.  On the other hand, maybe he’s trying to court costar Emily — hopefully with vegan donuts — into agreeing to marry his character.  Deschanel did reveal her suspicion that Brennan’s getting “more interested in marriage now”...

More family members to meet!

And if Hart Hanson is a reliable source to go by (we think he is, considering that he created the series), Bones will sound a clarion call for characters’ heretofore unseen extended family members sometime in the future.  Indeed, we could be learning more than we ever expected to about folks like Hodgins (TJ Thyne)’s brother and Angela’s and Booth’s respective moms. Granted, this may not happen in Season 7, but Hart says it is in the works before the end of the series.

Is Zack coming back?

Finally (yes, there’s more!), the panel left some room to discuss an age-old question among Bones fans: when will Zack Addy return?!  Via TV Line, Hanson declared that while he’s not completely averse to the idea, it is a tricky proposition “to find a return story that satisfies longtime viewers but doesn’t alienate new fans.”  

We kind of wonder what new fan wouldn’t like Eric Millegan, but that’s just us.  And we’re all the more willing to give Hanson the benefit of the doubt because he used the phrase “[w]e have to juggle whether to pick that scab or not,” which is about the best imagery we can think of to describe the situation.

And now it’s time for a deep breath — and maybe a cigarette!  After all, when’s the last time we had this much Bones dirt come out of a single event?  (Previous occasions don’t even come close!)  Why, it’s almost enough to get us through this month to April 2... or at least that’s the tune we’ll be singing until Monday.

Sources: BuddyTV, TV Line

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