Taking care of business (a.k.a Pelant) We know that Pelant has to be dealt with before the big "Bones" wedding. "Pelant will definitely figure into their lives quite heavily in the first few episodes," Nathan shared. "We will see him again, and we'll see him in a way we haven't before. It'll be a far more intense episode, and it'll be them confronting him in a way we haven't seen before." He later added, "We're close to resolving it, but probably not in the way everybody expects." But how will that resolution come? Is Pelant going to be killed or arrested? Well, Hanson already blurted out that response at Comic-Con when he said "Oh yeah" upon being asked if they knew how Pelant died, but Nathan has now teased, "We also know when he dies. …I wish it was as simple as he dies and everything's great. …I think it's safe to say that whenever they think they know what Pelant is doing, they're thrown a curveball by him. So as simple as it would be to just go in and kill him, it might not be that simple."
The next big bad Pelant's presence will be felt after he's gone as well, as the EPs revealed that he factors into the new big bad that the Jeffersonian team will have to deal with next. "There will be someone else who looms over our people in a way have yet to see on "Bones." It's someone who is far more ephemeral than any of our other bad guys," Nathan previewed. "It's somebody who comes to our attention because of Pelant." Introducing Pelant changed the game a bit when it came to big bads on the show, setting a pretty high bar for whoever follows him, something Hanson also acknowledged. "When we're talking about this next big bad, it has to be someone who's as interesting to us as Pelant was, and we think we've got that," he revealed.
Booth and Brennan's wedding—and honeymoon! There has been a lot said about the upcoming wedding ceremony, and Hanson wanted to give fans "what they want…as wedding in the way they don't expect it," with Nathan teasing "an extraordinary group for the wedding," which may be their "biggest cast ever." They didn't miss too many people when putting together the guest list. But don't expect things to change once Booth and Brennan are married. They're still going to be the same people with the same differences, but they will be "tested all the more" and "put…in the most extreme situations we possibly could for the remainder of the year to test that relationship" and "increase the tension in that marriage," as Nathan teased.
Of course there has to be a honeymoon (and a murder), and Booth and Brennan are headed for Buenos Aires. "Buenos Aires has a certain history that demands someone like Brennan and Booth," Nathan said. "It turns out the entire country of Argentina is madly in love with Brennan's books and it takes a turn that even Brennan didn't see coming."
Booth's army buddies In the premiere, we meet two people Booth knew from his army days, his ex-priest Aldo, played by Mather Zickel, and Danny, played by Freddie Prinze, Jr., now with the CIA. Aldo will be back a few times (including in the wedding episode), with Hanson citing that he has "a vibe that no one else on "Bones" has" and "pretty good chemistry with both David [Boreanaz] and Emily [Deschanel]." As for Danny, he has an offer for Booth that he will have to think about during the season.
The return of Tony and Roxie It's so much fun when Booth and Brennan go undercover, and they'll be doing that again in the second episode, "The Cheat in the Retreat." However, this time, Buck and Wanda aren't back. Instead, they're reprising characters we haven't seen since season 2: Tony and Roxie. "What they're doing is going to a marriage counseling retreat, which is ironic since A, they're not married, and B, they have this issue hanging over them," Hanson explained. "Tony and Roxie are louder than Brennan and Booth so they get to work out some stuff undercover while trying to catch a murderer." Nathan added, "Their mouths are uncensored, so Roxie and Tony get to a lot of things that Booth and Brennan might not get to. …Certainly having a couples' retreat with various couples interacting with Tony and Roxie gives us a lot of great stuff." Oh, and there's a fat suit involved.
Paying off a few mysteries Longtime fans of the show will know that there are certain mysteries that need answers, including ones going back to the very early seasons. "Season 9, we're starting to resolve things," Nathan promised, adding that some things won't be resolved since they are looking to future seasons (like, say seasons 10-14). But will "447" be resolved this year? "There's two schools of thought, and I won't tell you who's winning," Hanson admitted. "One is we finally pay it off in the final episode, and the other is that we don't wait that long." We will be getting answers to a few mysteries this season, however, including what Brennan wrote when she was buried alive with Hodgins and Angela's real name. Something that may or may not be resolved is Page 187. "I don’t know if we could pay that off on network TV," he joked of Hodgins' miraculous sexual technique.
Sweets' mid-20s crisis The matter with Pelant is forcing Sweets to reevaluate some things in his life. "We only have two characters who are doing what they set out to do, and that's Hodgins and Brennan," Hanson pointed out. "Everyone else has been pulled into their orbit." Sweets, as a foster kid, always wanted "to help people…and instead, he's in a situation where he's helping society." He's going to have to figure out which path he wants to take.
Taking sides When the season begins, Angela has taken Brennan's side and lets Booth know exactly how she feels about what he did. Both Angel and Booth love Brennan, but they're going to be butting heads. "Don't step between sisters," Hanson warned. "That's going to take a while to play out because hurtful things were said, and they don't fix themselves overnight."
Other notes from EPs Hart Hanson and Stephen Nathan about "Bones" season 9:
- Look for the more "out-of-the-box," weird episodes "after Christmas."
- They'd love to have Stephen Fry return as Gordon Gordon, but he's busy and it's tough to get him.
- Will there be a Christmas episode? It's tough with scheduling—Fox loves to move "Bones" around—so they have to wait to know the schedule before planning one.
- Look for more gross crime scenes. "We've really had some great ones this year, and also, we have some coming up that are amazing," Nathan shared. "One episode coming up has something which seems to be one of the most revolting things, and I say that with great delight and pride, that we've ever had on Bones, and it has nothing to do with a dead body."
- Booth's mother is going to be back "relatively soon."
- Hodgins has earned a chance to go undercover.
"Bones" season 9 premieres Monday at 8 p.m. on FOX. Don't forget to check out our 10 teasers about the premiere, "The Secrets in the Proposal," here. What are you most looking forward to seeing this season?