With Bones returning this Thursday, I was invited to take part in a conference call with Seely Booth himself, David Boreanaz, where the former vampire provided some insight about the past, present and future of everyone’s favorite forensic anthropology drama.
Boreanaz was more than happy to talk about the upcoming 100th episode, Fox’s original plans for the series, why Zach (Eric Millegan) is no longer on the show and what is in store for the season finale and beyond.
Thanks to Twitter, I found out how vociferous Bones fans can be. So, in hopes of staying on their good side, I have separated the highlights into non-spoilers and spoilers. Although, just to save myself from any angry messages, I deem everything below as MILD SPOILERS.
In total, the conference call with Boreanaz lasted around 40 minutes and I’m only including selected highlights below – but make sure to check back tomorrow as we’ll have the entire interview posted.
What Booth carries with him and why:
- A gold Zippo lighter – reminiscent of his training days as a Ranger.
- A poker chip – reminds him of his gambling issues (that were never really delved into).
- Dice (right pocket) – he likes to play with them when interrogating suspects.
- Saint Christopher medallion (keeps on him) – for protection.
- Whittenhauer watch – There’s something inscribed on it (might be revealed later).
On Boreanaz stating that he doesn’t ever want to see Booth and Brennan together:
“It’s not that I don’t want to see them together, it’s just that everyone wants to see them together in a different way; whether that’s as a couple, or in a relationship. They work very well together. It’s great to seem them solve these crimes. It’s also great to see them get into their personal lives.”
“…For right now, I still maintain they should be partners and we’ll see what happens after this season, but it’s a really good season ender.”
On the development of the series:
“The development of the show has spanned from trying to make it this procedural, which they [Fox] wanted in the beginning and us adamantly saying that we want a relationship-driven show. In the long run, I think you can see the relationship part of the show win out more over the procedural, dark procedural, they had in mind.”
On Having Zach (Eric Millegan) back for the 100th episode and why he left (You’ll have to watch the episode to understand “the suit” comment):
“He was great. He worked out really wonderfully. It was great to have him back. He had to wear that suit for quite some time – took a couple blows with a baseball bat. He was a real trooper. I think that his character is really valuable – is, was, has been from the beginning.”
“As the stories evolved …unfortunately, he went his own particular way in view of what the writers wanted to do with him.”
“He was a great addition to have in the 100th and going back and seeing his relationship, how that evolved with Hodgins, was a lot of fun and I think he did a great job and it was great to see him back in his scrubs.”
Will Booth ever getting married?:
“I don’t think one of his main goals is to get married. I think Booth is a pretty simple, blue-collared kind of guy. He loves the simple things in life. If he were to find somebody that is a fit for him and she’s also in the same boat, he’ll possibly entertain those thoughts.”
“You never know with his character. He’s got a lot of demons we never tapped into and we look forward to diving into a bit of his past next season as well as trying to figure out his path and how that works with Bones.”
WARNING: SPOILERS BELOW!!!
(These are the type of spoilers that I will get punched for. You have been warned.)
Booth’s reaction to the events at the end of the 100th episode:
“After the 100th, we’ll see he’s got to make some changes internally – which is fine for him. He doesn’t see anything as a loss. He’s very optimistic – always has been.”
“I think he took a chance… where he was the one that wanted to go with it and she’s not ready. So, I think that maybe when she gets ready, he won’t be ready – who knows? You have to see how that develops and I don’t think he’ll have any problems working with her. You know, when the moment is so heightened, the feelings are thrown out there on the table like that and they become a little bit more blistering when pain is concerned, but Booth is a very strong character and he’ll move on and continue to be professional with her, but at the same time he’ll have fun poking at her and driving her a bit crazy over that.”
On what it was like to direct the two long-awaited kissing scenes in the 100th episode:
“Knowing the storyline and knowing how I want to do those two moments. I think that the audience is going to be really pleased. I certainly was for both those moments. I think we see both those characters grow in a way from the past, where they kind of came from – some insight – and in the future, what’s going to happen next.”
Which family members we might be seeing:
“I think we’ll tap into Booth’s family members a bit more, maybe next season. It’s nice we’ve been able to see Booth’s grandfather. It would be great to tap into his world a little bit with maybe his mom, his relationship he had with his dad (even if his dad is around)…”
On the High School reunion episode:
“It was great to go back to [Bones'] space and to see the reunion and kind of see how Booth kind of reacted to the people who she was in high school with. It was great getting insight into high school and her early years and how she developed as Bones.”
“Other than that it was a nice high school moment, maybe there’s a nice dance between me and her, but I don’t want to spoil anything else.”
What fan can expect in the season finale:
“In the season finale there will a big shift and change for not only the two characters here (Booth and Bones), but for everybody. I think that it’s a really great season finale and we shot the last scene last week, the end of the episode, and it was hard to get through, but I think it’s going to elevate these characters even more so for the next seasons to come.”
As a fan of the series from the beginning, it was great to listen to David Boreanaz wax poetic about Bones. Thankfully, I’ve already seen Thursday’s return and 100th episode because those are some spoilers I just dropped and knowing myself the way I do, I’d have to read them.
Fortunately, Boreanaz knows how to leave you in suspense and didn’t spoil everything. Although, I’m sure most of you already knew what was coming up, you just didn’t want to admit it to yourself – don’t lie.
What did you think of what David Boreanaz had to say? Anything shock you? Did you already know what was coming up? Do Booth and Bones really belong together?
Let’s hear it!
Catch the return of Bones this Thursday @8pm, on Fox.