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For years, Bonesseason finales posed a number of threats to the future of Booth and Brennan's personal relationship. However, in Monday's Season 9 finale, it was the future of the now-married crime-solving duo's professional partnership that was in danger.

While Booth (David Boreanaz) was preparing for the confirmation hearing that would install him in a new FBI role in Germany, he was contacted by a conspiracy blogger who claimed that he could connect the McNamaras—a.k.a. the family of the Ghost Killer—to someone in the FBI. Unfortunately, before Booth could question the blogger, he was found dead in his torched mobile home.

However, Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and her team at the Jeffersonian were able to access the dead blogger's files (via a nipple ring!), which included a ton of photos and documents that someone at the FBI was using to blackmail others to do his or her bidding. Not knowing who inside the FBI he could trust, Booth kept digging in secret—or so he thought. While Booth was testifying at the Congressional hearing, a formerly supportive Congressman Hadley revealed classified information about Booth killing a U.S. citizen in Pakistan and effectively squashed Booth's chances of being promoted.

Realizing that the conspirator(s) had blackmailed Hadley, Booth told the congressman he had all the files, which Booth hoped would lure his enemies to attack. After clearing Brennan and Christine out of the house, Booth prepared an arsenal of guns and booby-trapped the house with C4 and other explosives while he waited for the conspirator's Delta Force henchmen to arrive. And arrive they did. After a protracted firefight, Booth took a bullet to the stomach and would've likely been a goner if Brennan didn't return to the house to help Booth finish off the attackers.

Booth was rushed to the hospital, and although his prognosis temporarily looked grim, he pulled through. However, in the episode's closing moments, Deputy Director Stark (Sterling Macer Jr.) stormed into Booth's hospital room and arrested him for the murder of three FBI agents—the Delta Force soldiers. Brennan screamed in protest, and she was also dragged away for questioning.

So, is Booth's career at the FBI toast now that he's headed off to jail? Or can Brennan & Co. save the day? And who is pulling the strings of this conspiracy? We took all our burning questions to Bones executive producer Stephan Nathan.



As you were building this season, what did you want to accomplish with this finale?

Stephen Nathan: We wanted Booth and Brennan and the audience hanging in sort of a rage of uncertainty. We wanted to put them in a situation that they haven't really been in before. They've always been able to trust the FBI [and] the organizations they worked for. Rather than go with a traditional serial killer format, we wanted to try and take the show in another direction, at least temporarily, to have Booth and Brennan take on some force that is far larger, far more vague than anything they've dealt with before. We caught the Ghost Killer, but there's still a ghost out there, some kind of adversary that still remains unseen and unidentifiable at the end of this season.


And that unseen force really did a number on Booth and Brennan in those final moments.

Nathan: We're going into Season 10 really dealing with the consequences of this finale. Booth is in handcuffs, Brennan has been taken into custody for questioning, and has been dragged away from Booth. The pain of their separation as well as the uncertainty of how this is going to play out is really how we wanted to leave the audience, because it does a few things for us. It confirms this relationship which everybody has invested in and it solidifies that even more. Season 10 will start with all of this unresolved baggage, but with the determination of Brennan and Booth and the squints to draw this very painful and ugly chapter to a close.  


Do you anticipate a time jump between seasons?

Nathan: Traditionally, the time jumps have been somewhat in real time. We're going to be treating this in the same way. Booth will have been languishing and suffering in the situation caused by this finale, and everyone is going to have to try to save Booth because the forces seem to be coming down on him.


So, Booth will still be in custody?

Nathan: We will open Season 10 with Booth in custody. Booth will be in jail awaiting trial. As always happens, from the time you're incarcerated to the time your trial starts can be quite a long time. All I can say is it is not a good situation for a law enforcement officer to be incarcerated with criminals.


How much fight does Booth have left? Will he take this betrayal by his own agency hard?

Nathan: He does feel unmoored. He doesn't know who to trust, but Booth is a patriot. Booth has fought for his country, Booth has believed in the institutions of the country. There is no more heinous betrayal in Booth's mind than the corruption of an institution that has been set up for the public good. ... At the same time, Booth is an optimist against all odds, and that's the only way he can be the soldier he was. Even though he's pinned down against all odds as he was in the finale, he believes that he can win. There is a tremendous amount of faith and belief that what's right will triumph and that has been the guiding light of Booth's life. That will not desert him.


Speaking of Booth's optimism, he was fairly certain he could take out those Delta Force guys all by himself. But Brennan saved the day. 

Nathan: She came back and stood by Booth and did what she had to do for not only her husband and the person she loves, but also for her partner. I think if they had to do it over again it would play out in exactly the same way.



There are three bodies at Booth and Brennan's house. Could Brennan use those men's identities to continue the search for the leader of this conspiracy?

Nathan: Booth was arrested for killing three FBI agents. How did [these men] get accredited? Are those credentials legitimate? What did Brennan take from the scene? What is Brennan going to use to close in on this? If we're dealing with somebody who will keep himself insulated from recognition, how do they get to that person? That's what we'll be doing in the beginning of Season 10.


Deputy Director Stark ordered Booth's arrest. Should we assume he is in on the conspiracy if not the very one orchestrating it?

Nathan: That's all up to the audience at this point. That's not something that I can say. He might be a perfectly lovely guy, or he could be evil. He could be a victim himself, or he could be the mastermind. At this point, we just wanted to leave the audience hanging in a rage of uncertainty.


As you mentioned, you have spread out serial killer cases over several episodes, sometimes even seasons. Do you see this conspiracy playing out for a good while yet?

Nathan: This is going to be like peeling back the layers of an onion. We will resolve everything we need to resolve to get the show back on track [in Season 10], but that doesn't mean the entire situation is fully resolved. That's not something that can be wrapped up so neatly. We have a lot more to uncover. How far this goes back, how long this has been going on, how it started, who it started with—all of those things. The FBI has a long and checkered history, and we'll be diving into that.


We saw the Jeffersonian get hacked. How much scrutiny will that team be under as they try to free Booth?

Nathan: They will be under a lot of scrutiny. The one advantage they have is, whoever is behind this knows that he or she has to now be very, very cautious. He or she doesn't know precisely how much information [the Jeffersonian has], how secure their system is, and if he or she plays their hand again and loses, they could be at risk for being uncovered. So, clearly at the end of this season it looks like a big loss for Booth and Brennan. On one hand they might have come through this in terrible shape, but in an odd way, they were victorious because Booth lived. He or she wanted Booth dead, shut down. Since that was not completely successful, that person is smart enough to know their own vulnerability. There's a chink in the armor.


Booth and Brennan's house was pretty much destroyed during that firefight. Should we expect a new set next season?

Nathan: If it were me, I would really not want to go back. That house has some bad memories at this point. It had some good memories, and then they were destroyed. That's another thing which reaffirms Brennan's commitment to shutting down whoever did this to them. 


What else can you tease about Season 10?

Nathan: I think we want to see an evolution in Season 10. Everyone has those times when they reevaluate their lives, or where they might want to take a different path or do what they've been doing in a different way. I think everybody has become very secure and comfortable in their situation, and life is not always that kind. So, I think there will be new challenges for Season 10 that have the potential to upset the apple cart. Everyone's life is changing.  Everybody is going to be evolving, It's a time in people's lives where they go, "Let me find out what it is I really want and how I can be most valuable." That's what we're drawing from for Season 10.


What did you think of Bones' Season 9 finale?


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This would be a excellent time to finally bring back Zack. Remember him? He's probably well enough now to be released from whereever he was committed, and clever enough to be of good use in these difficult times for the team.
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I dunno, I mean it's better than the Palant arc which never seemed to end, but i think this was their way to makeup for the disappointing ghost killer plot that was resolved in '1 ep'. It felt tacked on just for the sake of continuing a storyline that should've ended already since it didn't seem like they cared about it with so many stand alone cases. I mean i'll stick around to see how it's resolved next season, but I really don't want to deal with these near omnipotent adversaries. Because if the bad guy is too 'powerful' it becomes more ridiculous to try and counter them like when they dealt with Palant. How about a practical villain like that sniper guy or the grave digger?
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I loved the reemergence of conspiracy theory Hodgens . We haven't seen him for a while.
Just to nitpick and yes i know it wouldn't have given the big dramatic finish but as Booth was a sniper couldn't he have take a spot on the roof and picked them off before they got to the house?
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I wonder how booth is going to feel being betrayed by his agency he has always been so sensitive when it comes to patriotism this is how americans are racdicalized haha
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I thought for one horrible minute they were going to pull a "Good Wife" and let Booth die - Sweets was being trained up to take his place.

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A "rage of uncertainty"? ROLF Well, not really but at least it is a nice cliff hanger!
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Worst Spec-Ops guys since Crisis' Spec-Ops Mercs for cheap.
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I loved how they breached with explosives...then started sneaking around. Uhh, guys? I think he knows you're there.
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Actually, I think Booth booby-trapped the door with a flash bang grenade or something.
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Know what...you're right. He did. Though technically, they could have breached with explosives as well, but who knows.
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The better question is this why did they go after him with spec ops guys? That is way too obvious.
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I like conspiracy/government cover ups but ugh, those action scenes was not necessary and seriously? Why would an army ranger like Booth go into defensive mode against 3 people in his own home? It would have been smarter to lay C4 all over the house then blow them up if that was what it took to survive. Also, overacting on all of them except Hodgins. His paranoia is awesome yet underused since Zack was sent to psych prison.

I also don't like the overplay to test Bones and Booth's partnership since that is what this show is based on. However, it might be time they change the rules.
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by far the best season finale this 13-14 tv season, just awesome
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The episode itself, I enjoyed, but I'm disappointed for two reasons other than that. First of all, I was under the impression that there was 25 episodes because that's what your listing says!!!!!!!!

Second, I was a little upset that there was no mention of Ralph Waite in any of the episodes since his death. NCIS dedicated a good portion of the finale to his character and then dedicated the episode to the actor. It was very touching and it's what the actor deserved. Even if filming of the Bones episodes were already finished, could they not have added something about him in the credits? I think so. RIP Mr Walton, you will be missed.
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Hart Hanson stated a while ago, shortly after Ralph's death, that they would do something in honour of him and the character but would wait until season 10 as they felt that trying to do something this season wouldn't have been enough time to do it properly. They didn't want to try to fit it in this season and have it possibly end up rushed and disrespectful.
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That's great to hear!! Thank you for letting me know. I realize it's silly, but I think things like that are important.
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A request by another user was put in to staff last week. Hopefully the episode will be gone as soon as staff has time; they're often busy with overlapping responsibilities.
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Excellent. Thanks. Still a little disappointed. Sad face.
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Bones has always kind of felt like an overdramatic show for me, so that didn't really bother me. I think Government conspiracies are played out, sure, but I still always like them.
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All I could think while watching the finale was "Boy, It sure would be nice if we had some grenades, don't ya think?"
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You can tell the show is getting desperate when they have to turn to a paranoia/Government conspiracy story. And Booth did have a ridiculous amount of ammo around, especially considering he had a baby in the house. (Would it even be legal for him to own C4 privately?) It seems Hodgins is now writing the show.
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Damn, what a final episode. Those b*stards... I am looking forward to season 10!
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I felt much of this episode was overacted and... honestly, I think that this show has run its course. For these actors to be yelling at each other with scared puppy dog faces through the whole episode, it was more than I could stomach. Also, I skipped a lot of the big firefight at the end, and still saw more than I cared to see. Bones, you were a good show, and the wedding was amazing... but it is time to bow out gracefully.
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Yes, lots of overacting. The writers and actors were trying their best to convince the audience that the characters were in great peril, but I wasn't buying any of it. Booth isn't going to die or be convicted. There is nothing to genuinely worry about with these characters. And Emily Deschanel's voice is irritating enough without adding octaves and more volume to it.

Also, Bones is about a season or two late for this type of ramp up in action. We've known about Booth's military prowess for a long while, but have only now, after 9 seasons, seen his MacGuyver skills. And the firefight? Bones is on the same network as 24. Surely they could have borrowed a couple of action consultants to make that sequence more entertaining or at least better choreographed.
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Rather than the show end because you think it's run it's course, I suggest you stop watching. Bones is not perfect, but there are many fans who still enjoy it.
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Sorry, i thought that this was the place where we put our opinions of the episode.... where do we do that?
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Expressing your opinion-wonderful. Deciding a show should end because of your opinion--not so much.
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Expressing your opinion on something - wonderful, attacking someone else because theirs is not the same as yours-- not so much
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what? thats an OPINION that the show should have ended. thats based on the opinion that the show has lost its game.

"opinion
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    a view or judgement formed about something, not necessarily based on fact or knowledge."
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was more like a "rage of annoyance" for me, the show used to be good but I feel like it keeps doing downhill and gets a little too soapy sometimes, it's not so much about the cases as it used to be.
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I'm so glad you did an article on this finale, thank you! I was so in shock after the finale, I came to the site looking for something about it, and nothing was up yet. Glad to see this. It definitely answers some questions. I'm pretty excited for season 10 now. I like that they're mixing things up a little bit, and adding newness and freshness to the show with a different kind of plot than the usual serial killer type or finale. I'm both anxious and excited for the wait of season 10 now!
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