You're probably wondering what comes next after that big "Bones" season 9 finale cliffhanger, and that's why we made sure to hit up the press room at San Diego Comic-Con. On Thursday, July 31, we posted our video interview from the roundtable with executive producer Stephen Nathan.
"'Bones' will always be 'Bones,'" the EP assured reporters. "We will go back to the show that everybody wants. We're still going to be solving murders every week, but we have to get past a huge hurdle here." Booth in prison is quite the hurdle, and Brennan, the Jeffersonian team, Sweets and Caroline are all working hard to get him out – but it won't be easy.
"What happened at the end of season 9 was probably our biggest finale we've ever had, so there are huge ramifications from that, not only practically, where they're going to live, what's going to happen, but emotionally," Nathan previewed. "It's really yet another test of the strength of this relationship, but also it's probably the greatest test they've had for a couple of reasons. One, Booth has never been in a situation like this. Even though he's been in war zones, people have been trying to kill him and of course investigations, he has never been betrayed by an institution that he not only trusted but has risked his life for. …He doesn't really know what the next move is. He doesn't know who to trust, he doesn't know what is in store for him when he gets out and also there is a huge conspiracy, for lack of a better word, that is ongoing that wants him gone and wants this investigation terminated."
When it's all said and done, will Booth return to work? He will, but that in itself will raise a few questions and "it's going to take awhile for that part of the 'Bones' world to become comfortable with itself again."
As for Brennan, in the time we're skipping between seasons (four months), she has been "working tirelessly" to help her husband, and they're going to pick up at a point where they finally catch a break, and this being "Bones," it involves a "delightfully decomposed" body that "potentially has the ability to unravel what has been ongoing for decades." This ongoing conspiracy seems to be the perfect time for Hodgins to shine, and he is going to be "pretty paramount in these first few episodes" and his help will be "invaluable," Nathan shared, calling it "Christmas morning for Hodgins."
Despite the very serious nature of the cliffhanger, the show isn't going to lose its humor. They will be going undercover again, and the introduction of a new recurring character in the FBI lends itself to some humor. This is "someone who is far more confident that anyone we've seen in that situation, and whether the confidence is all well placed or not, we'll find out," the EP teased. As for returning characters, they're hoping to bring back several, including Cyndi Lauper (psychics!). They would love to bring back Stephen Fry, but he's just so busy, so it's a matter of scheduling.
This is just a taste of what's to come – and what Stephen Nathan had to say. Check out the video interview above or here to see everything the EP previewed about season 10 and discussed about the longevity of the show.
"Bones" season 10 premieres Thursday, Sept. 25 at 8 p.m. on FOX.