We still have until September 16 until the premiere of Bones Season 9.
But last night at the Fox TCA party in West Hollywood, I grabbed some time with creator Hart Hanson and star David Boreanaz to gather up some scoop on what’s to come.
With so many people fearful about what the evil Christopher Pelant has in store next for our team, Hanson leaked to me that Pelant may not be the worst the Jeffersonian team has ever seen. Asked if there would be another big bad once Pelant is taken care of, Hanson told me exclusively:
“There is another big bad on the horizon. No one’s asked me about this yet. Pelant, in his own way, uncovers another big bad. Perhaps [Pelant is] not the worst guy who’s ever lived.
But the good news is that even though Booth broke the heart of Brennan on the Season 8 finale to actually save her from Pelant (though, per Pelant’s instructions, he couldn’t tell her that), the twosome won’t be apart for long. In fact, they’re headed for the one place we’ve all been waiting for.
“Last year I think our little theme we had for season 8 is ‘Is Love Enough?’” said Hanson. “And this season the answer is ‘Yes, it is!’ Doesn’t mean things go easily but a lot of things that people have been waiting for years will happen in season 9. They are going to get married. That’s going to happen.”
And before you naysayers say it’s going to happen anywhere but in real space and time, Hanson already had a clarification ready: “Everyone say ‘In a dream?’ No. Booth and Brennan are going to get married. I hope we do it in a way that surprises people and not when they expect it. We’ve been setting up needs in our audience for years and it’s time to pay off a bunch and if we’re going into season 10, which is a distinct possibility, we’ve got to set up new things.”
While Hanson was mum about when in Season 9 the wedding would take place, he did say that it’s an event that takes him and the writers into unchartered territory.
“There’s a version of this series where them getting married would be the end of the series,” he said. “That’s not going to be the case. It just means that a bunch of people had to sit and go ‘where do we go post-wedding’ and much to our surprise, all the writers are excited and interested.”
Unlike Hanson, Boreanaz admitted to never having looked into the future too far anytime during the show’s life:
“I never thought of how to wrap up the series. I never thought of how to wrap up the first episode of the first season. Obviously I work very much in the moment. Hart will tell you that, Emily will tell you that. ‘Okay, here we are, We’re shooting this scene now, we’re shooting that scene tomorrow.’ I don’t look forward to the reminiscence of the past and I don’t look to the future to see how it unfolds. So many things change and things get switched around. For me it’s in the moment, always has been.”
Boreanaz did tell me some of the other stories coming besides that of Pelant: “We have undercover work next week and that’s always good times. Tony and Roxy are coming back, we haven’t seen them in awhile. I know we’re going to a couples retreat, I know that. I know we’ll be dealing with some other stuff from Booth’s past, aka his priest friend that we meet in the first episode and Mather [Zickel] plays that and some work with the CIA. There’ll be some good stuff with Booth this year.”
Speaking of guest stars, it has been previously announced that Zickel and Freddie Prinze, Jr. would be appearing on the series -but Hanson confirmed to me that each actor would be around for multiple episodes, at least three each.
With no end in sight for the popular show, I asked Hanson what the key to the longevity of the beloved crime drama was and he quickly pointed to his two stars, Boreanaz and Deschanel: “I think one of the magic things in Bones is how well those two actors get along because you cannot…I don’t think there’s any other couple of actors who after this amount of time take joy in working with each other the way they do. That’s the engine. If they were starting to not have a thing, that would be disastrous for us. I give them full credit for keeping it going.”
Hanson and Boreanaz also wanted to make sure people know that they have no plans to stop the series at season nine. Said the former: “There’s a persistent rumor out there that season nine is our last. It could be, we don’t know but there’s no plans for it to be.”
Finally, back to Pelant. Boreanaz told me he’d just finished shooting the first episode of the season and when asked if he had any scenes face-to-face with Pelant, he answered, “No, not yet.” Asked if that would come soon, he replied, “I’m sure it will and I’m sure it’s not going to end very well.”
Jim Halterman is the West Coast Editor of TV Fanatic and the owner of JimHalterman.com. Follow him on Twitter.