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Bones Season 7 Spoilers: A Shifting Dynamic

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Bones is venturing into uncharted territory this fall.

After six seasons of keeping us guessing, Booth and Brennan will now be living together, as a full-fledged couple, preparing for the birth of their first child.

Executive producer Stephen Nathan spoke about that changing dynamic and much more in a recent interview with TV Guide. Excerpts appear below:

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On whether Emily Deschanel's pregnancy spawned this twist: "We'd been talking about it even before the pregnancy. We had something to deal with here that was a reality. There are two people that the audience ultimately knew had to get together."

"So, how do we get these two people together without falling victim [the Moonlighting curse]? It seemed this was a way to leapfrog that time in a relationship when it's all lovey-dovey [because] that's when it becomes uninteresting; the conflict disappears."

On the lack of a love scene: "We have seen those scenes in the past. I know there are some viewers who wanted to see them in bed, kissing and the lights go out and all that stuff. It just did not seem necessary to us."

"It seemed to us that what we saw in the penultimate episode - Brennan coming to Booth's bed - [was] them probably being as loving as two people can be."

"Seeing them jumping around in the sack did not seem as important to us as the emotional evolution of the characters and who they were to each other."

On the changed dynamic: "It'll just be a new way to see them. It's going to be a new take on their relationship, because they're not going to change."

"These are two people who see the world in a fundamentally different way, and they're now going to have to find a way to live together and have a family."

"They've always loved each other. The audience has always known that. But they have to negotiate all of the complexities of living together."

On their status this fall: "They are a couple who have come together to have and raise this baby. How Booth and Brennan are a couple remains to be seen."

"Booth is the marrying kind; Brennan doesn't want to get married. These are issues that are going to come up and be an integral part of their relationship."

On when the baby will be born: "I can't tell you. We are just trying to make this as surprising and sort of emotionally fraught as we possibly can."

On the role of family members: "We'll be seeing Max (Ryan O'Neal) again, and we'll be dealing with an important aspect of Booth's family as well."

On doing just six episodes in the fall: "Had we started earlier, we still would have had a limited number of episodes because of Emily's condition."

"[But] we would have been on the air and off the air and on the air and off the air. I think the best thing for the show always is to have a longer run of uninterrupted episodes so that the audience and the fans can really get involved."

On a surprise development at the end of those episodes: "We want to leave with a real surprise for the audience from a plot point of view. I'm not necessarily talking about Booth and Brennan. I mean introducing another nefarious character."

On said character: "Someone who is an extremely odd and fearless foe. Only he's going to be much more of a 21st-century, tech-savvy foe."

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They should not move in with each other, it will only complicate things plus it prolong the inetable...

Solofia

The season ended like that: smile and smile back.
Think about this way:you're a writer for Bones and you drop a major bombshell. Do you go all fluffy or leave the atmosfere the same way and leave the rest to the imagination?
They'll have flashbacks in the season premiere...maybe we'll see something.
And whatever you do Hart Hanson:Don't ever marry them! Can you imagine their wedding without making it too fairytale-ish or just footage of them signing papers?
I think I'm gonna go with them moving in together as a couple... if they're already happy why marry them?

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I suppose I understand why they didn't have a big love scene at the end of the movie.. but they should have had at least one kiss. Even if it was a little one, with like maybe a hug?

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I think the way they handled "the revealing" or whatever was really very perfet for the show. no, its not what most have expected but i think it fits in perfectly with how the show is. On that note, i could not be more excited to see this season! Can't Waitttt!!!!

Solofia

November get your ass in here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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We saw them rolling around in Booth's dream, the one when he was in a coma, "The End in the Beginning," and I will be the first to say, It made my skin crawl!!! As much as I love all the sexual tention between them, the LAST thing I want to see is them actually hooking up. It's just not natural, if that makes any sense. I love that they are having a baby and now have a permanent connection, however I just don't wanna see them as a "happy boring couple."

Solofia

Happier news here. They're having a GIRL! I'm not making this up. Wait for episode 2 "the hot dog in the competiton"(from which i found a quote)and you'll have your comfirmation.
Did i mention Booth is in his kitchen in boxers in the season premiere?

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Soooo dissapointed... we wanted to see their evolution emotinally AND phisycally, I still don't get why they handled the situation this way, I just think they didn't have a f* idea about how to solved the mess they get in to.

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the way you avoid the moonlight curse is have quality writing, not jump the shark and throw a curve ball. sorry, probably not going to watch the next season; the only episode i liked from season 5 was the penultimate one anyway. swapping to castle

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I agree. They should have at least kissed in front of us! I hope that they will in the future.