There have been many things for Bones fans to celebrate this season. The show continues to plug along in its 10th season and it reached a milestone few shows ever achieve: 200 episodes … and counting!
Yet there still exists some unrest in the fandom with complaints surfacing about the lack of screen time and focus on Booth and Brennan, as well as grumblings about the addition of FBI Agent James Aubrey (John Boyd) to the cast this season. Is it that he’s being viewed as a replacement for the beloved Sweets (John Daly)? Or do fans just feel like he’s taking away from Booth and Brennan’s time in the interrogation room together? Regardless, a recent tweet by Booth himself, actor David Boreanaz, seems to show that despite the Bones midseason hiatus being over and done with, the fans’ complaints may have stuck around.
However, as is usually the case, sometimes the most vocal opinions are not always the most popular or widespread. “Booth and Brennan are in the way they always have been. I think this is not a widespread opinion,” Bones showrunner Stephen Nathan tells The TV Junkies. While Boreanaz’s tweet may have showed some frustration, it sounds like the show is taking a positive outlook on the issue. “It’s actually a compliment because it means the audience can’t get enough of them,” says Nathan.
The choice to break up some of the Booth and Brennan time fans are used to in the past also allows the show to explore different avenues, something that is very important after 10 seasons on the air. “Yes, we are exploring our other characters in a way we haven’t in the past. They are all such rich personalities and the actors are so brilliant, it’s been fascinating to flesh them out,” Nathan tells us.
As for the other hot button topic among fans, Agent Aubrey, well he also presents a unique opportunity for Booth: the chance to act as a mentor. However, their relationship, just like the one between Booth and Sweets, is not one that will happen overnight. Nathan says that “like any partnership and friendship, it will take time.” Fans will also see that having Aubrey around may be a very good thing later on this season. “We will see how Booth helps Aubrey grow. And in a twist later on in the season, we see the tables turned,” previews Nathan. For us here at The TV Junkies we can’t help but think that may be when Booth faces troubles with his gambling past in future episodes.
Regardless, there’s one thing Nathan is adament about — Aubrey isn’t a replacement for Sweets, though he can understand why fans initially may have felt that way. “You are upset because you lost a loved one. But you don’t have to hate a new person because the old one is gone. It’s possible to love more than one person,” he explains. For Nathan, stopping the comparisons all comes down to one simple fact: “Aubrey is different, very different. If you see him as Sweets, you’re not being very respectful of Sweets. You just miss him terribly. I do too.”
What do you think Bones fans? Have you gotten enough Booth and Brennan time this season? Has Aubrey grown on you as the season has progressed? Sound off with your thoughts and opinions in the comments below.
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