The hit drama series Bones, following highly skilled forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz), is currently wrapping up its ninth season, with its finale on May 19th and a tenth season already lined up. In its final episode of the season, entitled “The Recluse in the Recliner,” directed by David Boreanaz, Booth becomes a target in an ongoing investigation, and the team has to try to figure out who is behind the death of a conspiracy blog writer, Wesley Foster. As they dig deeper into the man’s death, it’s evident that Booth may be in over his head and his future with the FBI is put into question.
During this recent interview to discuss Season 9 and look ahead to Season 10, co-stars David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel, who are also producers on the show, talked about the challenges of a season finale, whether either of them would ever consider writing for the show, why the case in the finale is an unusual investigation, how the finale will affect Booth and Bones’ relationship with each other and everyone else, getting to share such great chemistry with a co-star for so many seasons, how much they’ve enjoyed seeing their characters develop, and how they prefer to live in the moment than know their characters’ future. Check out what they had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.
DAVID BOREANAZ: Well, it’s always a challenge to take on something like the season finale. You get to the end of the season and everybody’s a little tired and worn out, and the patience is thin. With this specific season finale, being that there was so much information that we had to gather up and put out there in one 45-minute hit, it made it difficult and challenging. There were lots of elements that were involved, whether it was dealing with the big, huge hearing in front of Congress, or the intense battle between other forces that could come in and jeopardize Bones and Booths’ relationship, as well as the outcome of where they’re heading, as far as Season 10 is concerned. So, you take all that into account and it definitely is a journey and something that, by the end of it, you’re pretty exhausted from.
Emily, what was it like to be directed by David?
EMILY DESCHANEL: I love being directed by David, and I’m not just saying that. I say it to everybody who’s not on our set. I think David is just really talented as a director, as well as an actor. He has a whole other career, if he wants it, when this thing’s over. He’s great, technically. He’s good with the actors, he’s decisive, and he knows what he wants and what he doesn’t want. He comes in and I’m always amazed at how he’s dealing with all of these incredible elements. He makes it seem so easy. Yes, there are huge scenes. There’s a lot that goes on in this episode. Without giving too much away, there’s a lot of elements and he does it all with ease. I love working with him, so it was a pleasure to work with him as an actor and as a director. The season finale was a great experience. There’s a big cliffhanger. There’s a lot going on for Booth and for Brennan. I think everyone will be pleased. I haven’t seen the episode yet, but everyone who’s seen it has been raving about it, so I’m really excited to see it myself.
David, have you ever thought about also writing for the show?
BOREANAZ: You know, that’s a whole different ball game. I think when Emily and I started the show, we worked really hard with an acting coach. We do a lot of reworking of some dialogue and we brought some ideas to the table that were helpful, as far as moving the storylines along or building these two characters that we’ve been living in the shoes of for nine seasons now. As far as sitting down and writing them, I’m pretty good with ideas, but I’d have to really work on that one because I think Emily can attest that my vocabulary’s a little limited. I talk a lot in metaphors. I get my words out but sometimes they don’t make sense.
DESCHANEL: I live with a television writer. I know how hard it is. You have to make up a whole story out of thin air, not to mention all the technical stuff. I would be much more inclined to direct before I would try to write an episode. And it’s a very specific voice with our show. I might be able to write a couple lines of banter, back and forth, having done this for a long time, but not writing a story for a whole episode. I’m not going to name some shows, but there are medical shows on the air that don’t have to know anything about the medical stuff. Our writers do all of their research. They have people to help, so they write all of the dialogue regarding the scientific stuff, and each time you have to solve the crime in a different way. In pretty much every episode, I identify the body in a different way, in terms of the sex, the race, and the age. They are trying to make it interesting and kill people in different ways and discover that in different ways, through just bones. Next year, we’ll reach 200 episodes. That’s insane. So, the short answer is that I’m not interested in writing that stuff.
What can you say about the case that you’re investigating in the finale?
BOREANAZ: Well, the show has such a unique and interesting way of bringing in these bodies that are somewhat different. It just blows my mind away when I really look at it. I arrive on a crime scene and see how they do such a great job. So, as far as the case is concerned, they’ll be solving what happened to this particular body that we found, which is pretty grotesque.
DESCHANEL: I’ll just add that this is an unusual investigation because the dead body has something to do with the whole story. There’s a connection with Wesley Foster, who’s the dead person. Booth gets a mysterious phone call from someone he doesn’t know, who says that he wants to talk to him about the McNamara’s, who were the people related to the ghost killer case. Stephanie McNamara was the ghost killer, so there’s a whole connection, but this has to do with a broader part of the McNamara’s. So, Booth gets a call from this guy who’s a conspiracy blogger, and the next thing we know, this guy is burned to death in his trailer. There are very suspicious circumstances that lead us to think that there might be people involved with this at the FBI. It leads to lots of things, and it’s connected to the whole story of the episode.
BOREANAZ: Emily does such an amazing job in the episode. It’s tough enough that she has such grounded language that she has to learn. I’m thankful that I play a cop who just has to say some sarcastic things. Her dialogue is so rich and thick and heavy, as far as the technical aspect of it. She’s describing a body. It just blows my mind away. And on top of that, this last episode is very emotional. It had some really great arcs in it that, for her character, is just extremely amazing to watch. She’s very emotional in her character, and she not only kept it together, but she elevated her game. I’m just so proud of her for that because it was a hard shoot to do and it took a toll on everybody.
DESCHANEL: David also has some amazing stuff in this episode. He is awesome in it, too. I have not seen the final product, but I can’t wait to see it. He’s a great director. He gives compliments.
How will the finale affect Bones and Booth’s relationship?
DESCHANEL: There’s a huge thing that happens at the end of the episode that we’re not going to tell you about right now, but it changes everything between Booth and Brennan, but also between Booth’s job and possibly Brennan’s job. I can’t tell you exactly how it changes things, but it will change the dynamic, and everything about them, their work and their relationships.
BOREANAZ: It puts them in a different place, for sure. We know, going into the new season, what we’re going to do with these characters, but it’s interesting to see, in the Season 9 finale, that there are a lot of destructive forces that could come upon us. We find out that there’s more to it than what meets the eye. They’ve been working underground for awhile, whether that’s through conspiracy theories or just stuff that they’ve been hiding in the FBI or through the Jeffersonian. It all comes to a head, and it’s pretty detrimental, at the end. Things will change for the good, and there will also be things that they’ll have to adjust to. It’s definitely going to be different.
What’s it been like to share such great chemistry with your co-star, for 10 seasons?
BOREANAZ: What’s unique, in this situation, from day one, is that I’ve been blessed to have a co-star that can be open and honest and just tell me,“You’re bothering me today,” or say, “I have an issue.” We have complete trust and respect for each other and can just say, “You know what? I’m having a bad day. Just know where I’m coming from, Emily.” We both support that, in each other. Shooting a television show is hard enough, and it takes a lot of time away from your personal life and your family life. Thank god, I was blessed with a co-star who is so generous and supportive. When we have bad days, we just recognize it and go on. We don’t hold onto it. We don’t judge, we just go forward. And I think that helps our chemistry. We use what we’re going through in our scenes. We’ve learned, early on, that that helps our chemistry. If anything, it helps us grow with the characters, rather than being so stagnant. You can’t take it for granted. You have to be able to push every moment and every scene. It’s so important.
DESCHANEL: I totally agree. We have open communication, which is something we had from the beginning. We just tell each other if we’re in a mood, or the other one’s annoying either of us. We just accept that we’re not perfect. We also both know how important this relationship is, on screen and off, and how important it is for us to get along together, on screen and off. We both have a commitment to the show. We’re not resting on our laurels because it’s Season 9. We’re working hard. For six seasons, we would meet every weekend and work on stuff together. Now, we do stuff on our own. Our families have expanded and our lives have changed, but we have that foundation. We’re really committed to making this show as good as it can be, and part of that is getting along, on screen and off. David’s a really fun guy to work with. He’s not a dark person. He can play that serious and deep stuff, but we both believe in having a good time. We’re not doing brain surgery here. We’re not curing cancer. We’re entertaining people, and we absolutely can have fun while we’re doing that. We have fun together, and we have fun with everybody else on our crew and cast. I’m really lucky that David is such a fun person to work with, and a great guy.
BOREANAZ: I’ve enjoyed it, and I continue to enjoy it. It’s not something that I’ve put a period on yet. For me, it’s growth with inside the themes and the moments. At the end of this season, there were moments that were pretty intense that reminded Booth of that inner child and how much he still wants to play with this other character. For me, that’s really what it’s about. You partake in these nine seasons, and you just make it fresh. I’m gracious to get to ten seasons. To me, it’s the same scene and the same shot that we did, when we shot the first scene of the pilot.
DESCHANEL: I think that, if we had not changed as a couple and as characters, the show wouldn’t be as interesting. I’m so glad that we’ve evolved over time, and our relationships have evolved over time. And it’s not just Booth and Brennan, but Angela and Hodgins and Cam and Sweets, etc. Thank god, we’ve been changing this whole time, and it hasn’t remained stagnant. We keep moving forward, and it keeps it interesting.
Where would you like to see these characters go, in the future?
BOREANAZ: The future is destined only for tomorrow’s work and today’s thoughts. I can’t say what’s going to happen because I don’t look that far down. When I look at the first episode of Season 10, then I’ll focus on that and where I am with the character. I’m sure that Hart [Hanson] and Stephen [Nathan] know how this show is going to end, but circumstances happen in real people’s lives. Emily got pregnant, and it felt right for the show. It wasn’t pushed or pressed. That’s what it’s all about for me.
DESCHANEL: David definitely likes to live in the moment. He doesn’t live in the past, and he doesn’t live in the future. I probably worry too much about the past and future. I really leave it to the writers to decide where we’re going. We always have thoughts once we see what they’re thinking, but I love being surprised, so I leave it to the writers to decide where we’re going, in that way.
Bones airs on Monday nights on Fox.