Angela (Michaela Conlin) takes the stand during the Gravedigger trial in the BONES episode “The Boy with the Answer” airing Thursday, May 13 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT)
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Yesterday, a number of us got to take part in a conference call interview with Bones star Emily Deschanel and Bones creator Hart Hanson. They filled us in on things we can still look forward to this season and were a lot of fun. Here’s the entire transcript of the interview. [You may also be interested in last week's interview with the inspiration for Bones, Kathy Reichs.]
Q: What kind of impact will the final two episodes have on the Booth-Brennan relationship?
Hart Hanson: We had an interesting dilemma this year. We sort of had two big finale type shows this year because we wanted the 100th episode to ring on the Booth-Brennan relationship. Lo and behold, the season finale has to live up to that or at least be as interesting as the 100th. I think we were fairly successful in getting an interesting episode out of our 100th episode. Emily, you’ll have interrupt me if I start to blab too much. I think our season ender, in its own way, has as much impact on the future of the show as the 100th episode did. Was that oblique enough?
Emily Deschanel: I think you said it accurately. “Was it oblique enough?” Yes. We can’t give too much away, you see. What happens in the season finale is as impactful for the relationship as the 100th episode was. There’s a lot to live up to after the 100th episode. I think Hart did a really good job writing the script.
Q: Do you usually hear anything from the fans about the storylines?
Hart Hanson: We definitely hear from our fans. I’ve talked to a few other show runners and I think we have the noisiest, most involved fans if my experience is any indication, and they certainly do not shy away from commenting. I don’t know how everyone feels, but I see that as a very, very positive thing even when I’m getting hollered at.
Emily Deschanel: I think it’s a positive thing too. It means that people care even if they disagree with something. I appreciate people caring so much. But Hart definitely has more experience with the fans directly than I do because he’s a tweeter. Twitters. He’s on Twitter.
Hart Hanson: Be careful there, Emily.
Emily Deschanel: He tweets. He’s twittering. Something. You get a direct line to the fans.
Q: How do you see the evolution of Brennan over the years?
Emily Deschanel: I think you’ve seen through the seasons Brennan opening up a lot more. She’s definitely had a hard time socially with people and knowing what to say and to be sensitive to other people’s feelings and where they’re coming from. That’s one reason why she chose science as a field. and she’s put up a lot of walls — because of being abandoned as a child and what she went through believing her parents were dead or missing as well as her brother leaving her.
I think that the walls are starting to come down. You even see at the end of the season she’s questioning her field — solving murders. It’s a pretty huge thing that she’s even thinking about that because it’s something she’s chosen to escape into. It’s mainly from her relationship with Booth who has opened her up and encouraged her to be more sociable. I guess a higher social intelligence. It was just fun to discover this character learning how to interact with people. I think she’s gotten better. She’s still the same person. She still has difficulty, but she’s making improvements for sure.
Q: Do you anticipate fan reaction to the season finale?
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