If you were wondering why John Francis Daley took the lead in last week's episode of "Bones" -- not that it wasn't deserved -- it could be because David Boreanaz was preparing to do double duty for the Season 9 finale of the series – both starring in and directing it. It is also an episode where his FBI career is put in jeopardy when he may in over his head.
In tonight's "Bones" finale, "The Recluse in the Recliner," the Jeffersonian team investigates the death of Wesley Foster, a conspiracy blog writer who had arranged to meet up with Booth to discuss a previous case, but before the two meet, Foster is murdered. Realizing that whoever killed Foster did not want him talking to Booth, the team has to try to figure out who is behind the death and how – or if -- the previous case is relevant.
In this interview, Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel, who plays Dr. Temperance Brennan, dish on the finale, the case and how it affects their relationship.
The finale is being touted as explosive. Can you talk about how that will affect Bones and Booth's relationship?
Emily: Yes, there's a huge thing that happens at the end of this episode that we're not going to tell you, but it changes everything… I can't tell you exactly how it changes things, but it will change the dynamic and everything about them, their work and relationships.
David: Yes, I think it puts them in a different place for sure. We know that going into a new season what we're going to do with these characters, but I think it's interesting to see the end of this run, especially in this specific finale, there are a lot of destructive forces that could come upon us, and we find out that there's more to it than what meets the eye. They've been working underground for a while, whether that's through conspiracy theories or just stuff that they've been hiding in the FBI or through the Jeffersonian, but it all comes to a head and it's pretty detrimental at the end. Things will change for the good and there will be, also, things that they'll have to adjust to. I keep saying adjusting because it's definitely going to be different.
What can you say about the case they'll actually be investigating?
David: Well, I think Stephen [Nathan], Hart [Hanson] and all the writers, have a way of bringing in these bodies that are somewhat different and it just blows my mind away when I really look at it. I arrive on a crime scene and see how they do such a great job. So, as far as the case is concerned, they’ll be solving what happened to this particular body that we found, which is pretty grotesque.
Emily: I'll just add that this is kind of an unusual investigation because the dead body has something to do with the whole story. There was a connection between Wesley Foster, who's the dead person…. Booth gets a phone gets a phone call from him, a mysterious phone call from someone he doesn't know who says he wants to talk to him about the McNamaras, who were the people related to the ghost-killer case, if people remember from a couple episodes back. In fact, Stephanie McNamara was the ghost killer, so there's a whole connection, but this has to do with a broader part of the McNamar's. So Booth gets a call from this guy who's a conspiracy blogger and the next thing we know this guy is burned to death in his trailer. So very suspicious circumstances and it leads us to think that there might be people involved with this at the FBI. It leads to lots of things and is connected to the whole story of the episode
David: This last episode is very emotional. It had some really great arcs in it that, for her character, is -- I've seen it -- just extremely amazing to watch, and there were some days that were kind of rough because we were going through…in one day she's very emotional in her character, and she not only kept it together, but she elevated her game. I'm just so proud of her for that because it was a hard, hard shoot to do and it took a toll on everybody.
Can you talk about directing the episode, David?
David: Well, it's always a challenge to take on something like the season finale. You get to the end of the season and everybody's a little tired and worn out. Patience is thin, and with this specific season finale having so much information that we kind of had to gather up and put out there in one 45-minute hit, it made it difficult and challenging. There were lots of elements that were involved, whether it was dealing with the big, huge hearing in front of Congress, or the intense battle between other forces that could come in and jeopardize Bones and Booth's relationship, as well as the outcome of where they're heading as far as Season 10 is concerned. So you take all that into account and it definitely is a journey and something that, by the end of it, you're pretty exhausted.
Emily, what was it like being directed by David?
Emily: I love being directed by David, and I'm not just saying that. I say it to everybody who's not on our set. I think David is just really talented as a director as well as an actor. He has a whole other career, if he wants it, when this thing's over. He's great technically, he's good with the actors, he's decisive, he knows what he wants, he knows what he doesn't want, he comes in and, I'm always just amazed at how he's dealing with all these incredible elements and he makes it seem so easy.
The "Bones" Season 9 finale airs tonight at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.