Bones showrunner promises a focus on Booth and Brennan in Season 11

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If you’re one of the many Bones fans that can’t get enough of Booth (David Boreanax) and Brennan (Emily Deschanel) then rest easy, because new co-showrunner Michael Peterson says the main couple is “definitely the focus coming into the season.” On a call with reporters on Wednesday, Peterson said the show’s “focus is 100% to have as much time as possible with Booth and Brennan,” in Season 11. After all, “that is the heart of the show,” he added before promising that “we will challenge ourselves to give as much screen time as possible,” to Bones central couple this year.

Peterson noted that Boreanaz advised him to rewatch early seasons of Bones when he took over as showrunner and doing so inspired some stories for Season 11. “Watching the pilot it talks a lot about the first book that Brennan’s character writes and how it’s inspired by each one of the characters on the show, and that led to a fun storyline that’s coming up in Episode 4 where there’s a twist in Brennan’s novel,” recalled Peterson. That story “leads to some pretty good back and forth between Booth and Brennan as a result,” he said.

But before Booth and Brennan can get to that point they must deal with a missing Booth in the first two episodes of the season. Guest star Kim Raver (24) is hot in pursuit of Booth as FBI Special Agent Grace Miller, who begins to question Booth’s motives, something the Bones gang is not used to seeing. “It’s interesting to come up against that because all of our characters do recognize Booth as the good man that he is and the hero at times. It’s interesting to have that dynamic where somebody comes from a totally different perspective and we’re almost having to defend him and what he’s done and what he does,” said Deschanel.

Other highlights that Bones fans can look forward to involves a return undercover for Brennan around Episode 9. “Emily will definitely be going undercover again this season and I think it’s going to be so good that maybe next year she’ll change her answer as far as what her favorite undercover episode is,” predicted Peterson. He also vowed that this time “it’s going to be a different version of undercover than we’ve ever done before.”

Finally Peterson previewed a major episode later this season, Episode 10 to be exact, that will greatly affect the other members of the team. “Hodgins and Angela in Episode 10, there will be a major shakeup for them and it will also be related to Aubrey,” he said. “That episode will be very interesting as far as how it’s going to change the trajectory of the rest of the season,” as well as feature “probably the biggest bad we’re going to come across.”

Any guesses on that one Bones fans? Are you excited to see more Booth and Brennan time? Sound off in the comments below!

Bones airs Thursday at 8 p.m. ET on Fox in the US and Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET on Global in Canada.