“Bones” season 9 ended with quite the cliffhanger: Booth under arrest for killing three FBI agents. With the season 10 premiere, “The Conspiracy in the Corpse,” airing next week, we joined a press call with Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz on Friday, Sept. 19, to find out what comes next.
Most of the focus was on the aftermath of the “Bones” finale, and they’re concerned that Booth is not going to survive his time in prison because he’s locked up with people who want to kill him. “We have different ideas about how we’re going to get him out. Being in prison brings up a lot of stuff for Booth,” Deschanel previewed. “He’s suffering from PTSD because of being there as well as being tortured and what not being in the military and the Army Rangers. In the past, he’s gone through a lot in his life.” That said, Boreanaz doesn’t expect it to end up being as dark an arc as people might expect, though “the first two episodes really have the sense of how dark it can be and who he trusts inside of the FBI, how he decides to take things into his own hands and how Bones deals with that and kind of gets him back.” Do expect to get some insight into how Booth reacts to certain situations and why he’s not exactly the same man he was before prison.
“Things have changed dramatically,” Boreanaz teased. “This season, we will see that the reward for all of it is going through this kind of fire that they went through and their relationship and how it affects them and how it changes things and opens up new doors.” Also expect to see new dynamics and the show taking things to a new level.
Booth in prison does put “a real strain on [their] relationship,” Deschanel admitted, and that includes when he gets out because they’re going to react to certain things in different ways. “It’s not just going to be healed in one episode or something. It has long-lasting repercussions.” Still, Boreanaz teased that there is a “very strong moment” between them in episode 2 that’s “a page-turner for their relationship” and there are “conflicting moments” and “emotional moment” coming up, but Deschanel maintained that while “it’s hard on both of them,” “we’re still a solid couple.”
How are Booth’s children going to react to him in prison? “There’s a real touching moment that happens,” Boreanaz shared when asked about Christine and Booth, and Deschanel promised that Christine will be around more. As for Parker, Boreanaz said that they will address it.
The beginning of the season is going to introduce fans to John Boyd’s FBI Special Agent James Aubrey, who is someone who needs to gain Booth’s trust,” according to Boreanaz, and is part of “a great opportunity” to start taking a look at FBI people like they have focused on the Jeffersonian squints. “He’s originally sent to watch out for Booth because the FBI’s not trusting Booth now either,” Deschanel explains. “He’s in a really awkward situation, so Aubrey is a character who is sent to spy on Booth essentially and then we’ll see if Booth can trust him at some point. He comes back in other episodes. He’s interesting, fresh blood to have on the show.”
As for how the conspiracy storyline will be concluded, Boreanaz previewed that after last season’s crazy finale cliffhanger, “We start off with it again where I can’t really do much about it because I’m stuck in prison but when I do get out I think that there will be a sense of closure that will wrap things up in a very neat way and we’ll kind of show it in a way that’s like, ‘Wow, it was right under our nose the whole time,’ but how that affects their relationship and how that affects Booth when he continues to work in the FBI is still to be determined and worked out throughout the first half of the season.”
On a more light-hearted note, thanks to a promo, we know that Daisy is pregnant, and Boreanaz is looking forward to seeing Booth and Sweets bond over it. “They’re part of the family, and that’s just definitely going to bring everybody closer together,” he said. And as for Booth and Brennan as parents, get ready to see them dealing with things like choosing a school and their different opinions and approaches to it.
“Bones” is also celebrating 200 episodes this season, and while they couldn’t reveal any specifics about the episode, which they will be shooting in October, we did find out that David Boreanaz is directing it. “It’s going to be big,” Deschanel teased. “It’s going to be very different.” Boreanaz called it “a throwback to a time when things were a little bit simpler in life,” adding, “It’s going to be fun. I think it’s going to be a great opportunity to enjoy the 200th episode but on top of it, kind of give something back to the fans that are still watching. ‘Oh my god, that and this,’ and whatever this and that are, just hold on.”
Booth and Brennan are also going to be going undercover again, but that episode has been moved to a bit later in the season than originally planned, so we couldn’t get any details. “I don’t know too much about it, but I do know it’ll be a blast because everybody enjoys those episodes,” Boreanaz shared. “I think it’s just become this thing now that Emily and I really enjoy doing. It’s a lot of fun and the two of us have a blast stepping into whatever those characters are.”
“Bones” season 10 premieres Thursday, Sept. 25 at 8 p.m. on Fox.