David Boreanaz talks Bones kiss and Booth’s grandpa
WARNING SPOILER ALERT!!!
Bones solves a new mystery every week but what fans really watch for is the banter between Dr. “Bones” Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and Agent Booth (David Boreanaz). The show’s upcoming 100th episode will deliver two long-awaited kisses. Boreanaz himself directed the episode and handled each smooch delicately.
“To me it’s just the work and taking care of that as best as I possibly can, and as creatively as I could,” Boreanaz said in a conference call with the media. “The insight I had into it going into it was knowing the storyline and knowing exactly how I wanted to do those two moments. I think the audience is going to be really pleased. I certainly was for both those moments and I think we see both those characters grow in a way from the past where they kind of came from, some insight and also see in the future what’s going to happen with them next. It was a lot of fun. I enjoyed the challenges.”
Don’t worry, this won’t change your favorite detective duo. Boreanaz played it as cool as Booth when discussing the show’s central relationship.
“I think he won’t have any problems working with her. When the moment is so heightened and the feelings are thrown out on the table like that, they become a little bit more blistering as far as the pain could be concerned. Booth is a very strong character and he’ll able to move on and continue to be professional and work with her, but at the same time he’ll have fun poking her and driving her a bit crazy over that.”
Besides those kisses, the best scene in the 100th episode shows Bones getting physical. She punches a suspect, a judge no less. That scene was actually shot in a substitute location, but turned out all the better for it.
“We were actually supposed to shoot a few scenes outside the location we picked for a specific few scenes. We had to move inside because the weather was pretty bad, so we had to think on our toes where to put it. We found a better place inside the location we were using which was an old theater building downtown that really was a beautiful place. It was a scene we shot coming up the stairs, I bust this guy and she punches him. It was a location we got more value out of than a backdrop.”
The aftermath of this 100th episode is going to spark some personal changes for Booth as well. Maybe embracing his emotions wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. “Booth is what he is. I think 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 don’t think his main goal is to get married. He’s a simple, blue collar kind of a guy and he loves the simple things in life. If he were to find somebody that’s a fit for him and she’s also in the same boat, then he’ll possibly entertain those thoughts. You never know with his character. He’s got a lot of demons we’ve never really tapped into and we look forward to diving into his past next season as well as figuring out his path and how that works with Bones.”
Some of those demons may include introducing new members of Booth’s family. “I think we’ll tap into Booth’s family members a little bit more next season. We got a little more insight into Bones’ family characters the past three seasons. It’s nice when we see Booth’s grandfather. It’d be great to tap into his world a little bit, maybe his mom and the relationship with his dad if his dad’s around. That stuff we’ll probably move into. I think it definitely adds. It definitely gives a nice flavor to the relationship and understanding that relationship. It’s a great opportunity to see their family and their lives and how the two relate to each other.”
The flashback also brings back an old face, Eric Milligan as Zack Addy, participating in a crime scene recreation experiment in classic Bones style. “It’s great to have him back. He had to be wearing that suit for quite some time and took a couple blows from the baseball bat. He was a real trooper. I think his character is very valuable, has been since the beginning. As the story’s evolved, unfortunately he went his own particular way as far as what the writers wanted to do with him. He was a great addition to have on the 100th and going back to see how his relationship evolved with Hodgins was fun. It was great to see him back in his scrubs.”
Coming up, there’s also an episode that centers on Bones’ high school reunion. “It was great to go back to her space and see the reunion and kind of see how Booth kind of reacted to some of these people that she was in high school with. It was great kind of getting insight into her 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 that happens but I don’t want to spoil anything else.”
Bones and Booth aren’t the only characters facing drastic change after the 100th episode. Their colleague, Dr. Sweets (John Francis Daley) finds out all his theories about Booth and Bones were wrong, once he hears how they really met. It all leads up to a shocker of a season finale.
“Obviously the disappointment from Sweets will be greatly in the 100th episodes because all his findings appear to be unrealistic. In the season finale there’ll be a big shift between not only the two characters here but for everybody. I think it’s a great season finale. We shot the last scene last week at the end of the episode and it was very moving. It was hard to get through but I think it’s going to elevate these characters even more so for the next season to come.”
Nothing is wrapped up definitively, that’s for sure. After reaching the milestone 100, Bones is just getting started. “I think there’s plenty more episodes. I just take it show to show, episode to episode. The future’s very bright for the show. I see it as a show that’s really found its legs and really goes to some unique places. We’re now actually shooting a season finale so I take it episode to episode and don’t set myself up for too much discouragement if it were to end tomorrow.”
Bones airs Thursday nights on Fox, with the 100th airing April 8.
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