Warning: This story contains spoilers from the Bones season finale.
STEPHEN NATHAN: We know the show is going to continue, but what restarts it is still being determined. We have a lot of different choices and different ways to approach it, and this is always a difficult time of trying to find the best way to bring the show back. It was a difficult finale, because it had to be a season and a series finale, so we have to come back from that. But we know who these people are and what they love to do.
Booth and Brennan’s love for this job has always been such a huge part of their identity. Can you talk about the choice to put their personal lives over the professional here?
It’s always good to see individuals and couples that you’ve grown to love meet truly insurmountable challenges. I think the show started out with such a clear delineation of passions, and they were all directed toward the procedural element of this show—not all, but to a large extent, they were directed toward just crimes. And as we’ve gotten to know these people over many years, that, by necessity, became personal, and the characters take precedence. So I think the two of them getting to a point after ten years of, “Come on, let’s not go turn a body over every week; let’s see what our lives hold outside of what we’re accustomed to,” I think is a very interesting thing. And they’re going to come back into this environment with this new experience, with what they’ve learned from getting outside and seeing things with some perspective.
It reminds me in a lot of ways of the season 5 finale.
Was there anything in particular—any moment of scene or episode from the past—that you were trying to evoke?
No, there was a similarity [to the season 5 finale] with everybody leaving—or thinking that everyone was leaving—but that didn’t seem so much a repetition as sort of a ripening of that desire and of that feeling. Angela’s always been antsy, as has Brennan in a strange way. While she loves doing what she’s doing and loves doing it there, you can see her quite easily picking up and going someplace else, because her work is separate from her personal life, most of the time. And I think the difference now is that’s not the case. They’ve grown. They’ve become different people now, and we want to see how similar situations affect them now.