'Bones' Showrunner on Series Finale: 'It's the End, but It's Not the End'

Series creator Hart Hanson is also open to the idea of a potential reunion after the final episode, saying, 'It would seem more likely that a one long-form thing would happen.'

AceShowbiz - "Bones" took its final bow on Tuesday, March 28 with "The End in the End", which didn't feel like the last episode yet. Instead of an epilogue or another scene that would conclude Booth and Brennan's long journey together, the series finale ended like any other episodes, with the duo bantering into the black.

In an interview with Variety, showrunners Michael Peterson who was in charge of writing the last episode with co-showrunner Jonathan Collier talks about creating the end that felt like the end of a regular episode. "We felt it would be best to do one those fade outs where they're doing their back and forth," he says. "Sometimes it's scripted, and sometimes it's David [Boreanaz] and Emily [Deschanel] doing their thing. David asked for some room for him and her to do their thing, in the finale, and we said absolutely."

The series finale was filmed in December, but Peterson admits "there's continual denial" that the show's over. He reasons, "Because we live in a time when '24', 'X-Files', all these shows are brought back. And so you go, it's the end, but it's not the end."

The explosion at the Jeffersonian lab and a preview for the finale raised a question if there would be a big casualty in the last episode, but thankfully it didn't happen. "I don't know if I've forgiven us for Sweets [%cJohn Francis Daley%'s character that was killed off in season 10]," he says, before explaining their decision to send their characters riding off into the sunset fully intact.

"The network asked us if we wanted to do anything like that, and we called up [creator] Hart Hanson and agreed at the end of the day that we’re just not that show. We did it that one time, but we wanted to be the 'riding off into the sunset' kind of show and stay true to that DNA. Why does the audience watch? Why do they love it? It's about this makeshift family. You can blow up the house, but not the people," he says.

Echoing Peterson's sentiment that this may not be the last episode of "Bones", series creator Hart Hanson tells Deadline, "To get together again, and I would be the last person to speak for everyone, but in a couple years or something, it might be a lot of fun to get the band back together again and see what we could do."

Asked what form the reunion will take, he coyly responds, "I imagine it would be...well, you just don't know, do you? We just don't know. I have no idea, but I'm going to say right now it would seem more likely that a one long-form thing would happen. But, again, you just don't know, and by the way, there may be no appetite for it. You know shows..."

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