New Bones Stories and Conflict with Hart Hanson and Stephen Nathan

6 years ago by Reg Seeton

Brennan (Emily Deschanel, R) and Booth (David Boreanaz, L) investigate a murder in an artisan district of Washington, D.C. in “The Method in the Madness” episode of BONES airing Monday, Nov. 5 at 8:00PM – Photo: ©2012 Fox Broadcasting Co. Patrick McElhenney/FOX

Bones executive producers Hart Hanson and Stephen Nathan recently shared their thoughts on new season eight drama between Brennan and Booth and another story that fans can expect to see.

Now that Emily Deschanel’s Brennan is back on Bones and continuing her life with Booth, played by David Boreanaz, executive producers Hart Hanson and Stephen Nathan are hard at work with the Bones writing staff to keep their relationship authentic.

It’s been an interesting season to date since Brennan returned from a brief absence, but fans will see a few more twists and turns in the coming weeks.

In the Bones episode on Monday, November 5 called “The Method in the Madness,” the Jeffersonian team investigates the death of a woman whose body was found mutilated and discarded in a city garbage can. Meanwhile, Booth invites Sweets to stay with Brennan and him while Sweets searches for a new apartment.

Ahead of “The Method in the Madness,” The Deadbolt caught up with both Hart Hanson and Stephen to get the season scoop on new Bones drama, an upcoming storyline, and how Brennan’s return will impact the remainder of season eight.

THE DEADBOLT: Stephen, you recently tweeted about roller derby. Can you shed a bit more light on some of the mayhem?

STEPHEN NATHAN: Yes, I’ve joined a roller derby team. That was kind of a personal tweet. No, there’s murder at a roller derby team. It’s just another world that we’re entering into that we’ve never been in before. It should be fun.

HART HANSON: Also, I think it’s fun to say that Angela has a little bit of experience in this area.

NATHAN: That’s right. Angela’s been roller skating a lot more than anybody knew. So she’s helping out in a case in a way that she wouldn’t normally otherwise.

HANSON: And short shorts.

NATHAN: This is somebody who’s been a little frustrated with her job. She feels that she’s lived her life a little too safely lately and she wants to kind of break out a little bit. So getting slammed into a wall in roller derby seemed a good way to let that happen for her.

Brennan (Emily Deschanel, L) and Booth (David Boreanaz, R) in “The Method in the Madness” on Fox – Photo: ©2012 Fox Broadcasting Co. Patrick McElhenney/FOX

THE DEADBOLT: Can you talk about how the season was approached from the standpoint of the reunion and then post-reunion? Will Brennan’s absence haunt the rest of the season at all?

HANSON: It keeps coming up. In fact, it’s a factor in the episode that Stephen referenced, which is Brennan’s near death experience.

I think it’s a lot of fun for us, as storytellers, to keep referring to – someone makes a very rational decision. It’s a very smart decision; it’s the right thing to do. It can still carry bad effects with it, resentment.

This season is them coming to grips with the fact that Brennan up and went with the baby, but it was the right thing to do. But there are consequences to everything.

THE DEADBOLT: And what about Pelant this season?

NATHAN: Pelant is not going anywhere. They know he’s still there, they know his threat exists. So that’s kind of a cloud that hangs over the entire season. I guess in a way all of our people have their own version of PTSDs. They’ve all been completely changed by this war with Pelant and that won’t go away easily.

Bones airs Monday nights on Fox at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.

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Reg Seeton

Reg Seeton created The Deadbolt in 2005 after working for the pioneering movie news website, Coming Attractions. Reg has over 15 years experience as a top online entertainment journalist and interviewer, has worked with several award winning actors, musicians and writers, and has managed entertainment networks in New York and Los Angeles. And he's done it all with one eye!
  • Jeremy

    The writing on this season of Bones seems so much better than it was for the last couple seasons. I like that Booth and Brennan are still a big part of the story but not
    the whole story. My coworker at DISH and I are also concerned with Angela’s character development this season. She’s become so self-absorbed and whiney in
    almost every situation. I watch and record the season on my new DISH Hopper and when her scenes have come up I generally skip them. My Hopper will record Bones,
    and all the other shows in prime time from the four major networks, thanks to its PrimeTime Anytime feature. I like seeing more of Sweets, but a break from him next week would be nice.