Bones Preview: 5 Things You Need to Know About the New Squintern

When Bones killed off Vincent Nigel-Murray last season (R.I.P., chap), the door was held open for a new squintern at the Jeffersonian. And the winner is… the super-smart, uber-Southern Finn Abernathy, who arrives in this Thursday’s episode (Fox, 9/8c). Here, TVLine gets his portrayer, Luke Kleintank, to reveal the five things you need to know about the sweet but troubled newbie.

HE’S A GOOD SOUTHERN BOY | Kleintank describes his character as “a good ol’ boy from the hills” who just happens to have a love of forensic anthropology. And did we mention that he’s Southern? Put it this way: If Daisy is very neurotic and Clark was very private, then Finn is very Southern. But Kleintank had no problem slipping into the role. “I have family from Kentucky and Ohio,” he explains. “I just tapped right into some of my Southern roots.”

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HE’S GOT A PAST | Finn comes to the Jeffersonian with a record, which will “cloud some of the doctors’ minds,” previews the actor. “They’re not going to want him around.” But who can resist that face, especially when country-fried sayings like “Easier than flipping a flapjack standing on your forehead” come out of it? No one for long! Finn’s “very, very sweet,” insists Kleintank. “He wants people to respect him.”

HE’S GOT SOMETHING IN COMMON WITH BRENNAN AND BOOTH | Like the forensic anthropologist and the FBI agent, Finn has a history of abuse. “That is a middle ground for everyone to relate,” says Kleintank. “I fee like their relationship could grow just through that.” Bones, in particular, will form a connection with Finn, especially after she finds out that she inadvertently saved his life as a youngster. “He was in a very bad place before she came in and rescued him,” the actor reveals. “He didn’t have a family growing up, so this is his newfound family.”

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FINN AND HODGINS ARE THE NEW DYNAMIC DUO | Wendell, you are well and truly adored, but we think Hodgins might have a new favorite squintern. Like most love stories, this one begins with dislike. “At first, they butt heads a lot,” Kleintank says. Luckily, Finn knows the way to Hodgins’ heart – it involves puke! – and quickly wins him over, giving birth to an awesome new duo. “He has a comedic aspect with Hodgins,” describes the actor. “They become best buds.”

THE OTHER SQUINTERNS SHOULD BE WORRIED | If Brennan ever decides to hire just one intern, Finn’s got a pretty good shot at the gig. Although he may seem “very, very illiterate at some points,” says Kleintank, “he’s on point and he’s focused. He knows his stuff.” And there are plans to bring him back for another episode, so watch your backs… um, other squinterns.

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  1. Matt says:

    Wow. When I first saw the picture, I thought “Who put a wig on Dr. Chase?”

    I always enjoy the Squintern Squad. They bring a lot of fun and variety to the show. I’ll always miss “Mr. Nigel Murray” though.

    • Ana Muller says:

      I miss Zack too, I’m still not over that ):

      • Kat says:

        I miss Zack also! He was so awkward and funny, I couldn’t believe what that turned out to be! I wish they wouldve killed off Wendel not Mr. Nigel Murray, I loved his fun facts

      • Heather says:

        I agree. He was so sweet.

      • ClaireEliane says:

        Me too. I miss him a lot, and they still need to deal with the whole, he’s in the nuthouse for a crime he didn’t commit thing.

        • bobbi says:

          Zack Addy again.Sweets sprung him once, he can do it again

          • Eve says:

            Agreed! It continues to bother me that he never even gets mentioned anymore, much less do they visit him or anything. The Perfect Pieces in the Purple Pond got my hopes up that he’d at least have a peripheral role occasionally, helping them solve particularly difficult cases from the institution. But no: barely even spoken of again. Apparently forgotten by the cast, but not by the fans!

            Also, let’s not forget: this Finn shares a history of abuse with Brennan, Booth, and Sweets. It’s getting to be like a support group in there.

        • LMMMM says:

          Well, the nuthouse is better than the big house because Zack would have been fresh meat all around.

      • MK says:

        Bring Zack back. He was fantastic on the show.

    • Sandra West says:

      I’m right with you! I thought it was Jesse Spencer too! That would be an AMAZING episode!

      • Judy says:

        Oh boy, I too thought it was Chase from House. Looking forward to tonights episode. Love having the new baby on the show and look forward to Bones being a mommy. That ought to be alot of fun!

        • Lise says:

          Ahaha. I love House, but it never uccored to me, until now. I totally see your point. Those bright intelligent overgrown-teenager eyes, and the marked chin. It’s totally Spencer-ish.

    • lilly says:

      omg i thought the same thing when i saw him! he really does look a lot like Dr. Chase!

  2. Piper says:

    Being from the south myself, it always cracks me up when people portray “southern” on tv. That being said, I’m really excited about the new squintern, as I didn’t really care for VNM (unpopular opinion, I know).

    • Tami says:

      Coming from Michigan I’m surprised that Ohio was listed as a spot for him to tap into his ‘southern roots’ ..LOL

      • Brooke says:

        Coming from Ohio I’m surprised that Ohio was listed as a place for him to tap into his Southern roots. We’re Southern? Really? Compared to what, Canada?

        • a says:

          southern ohio… is pretty backwoods… i mean southern as in right on the wv border lol i lived on the border but on the wv side.. and they are southern… just not deeeeeeeep south like a mississippi or arkansas

          • Karmella says:

            My roots are in southern Ohio, so I agree there is a definite accent. Backwoods might be a good way to describe, but not illiterate by any stretch. As for the word choices, I have to say the folks down there do have some very unique ways of turning a phrase.

      • Cameron says:

        Yeah, I thought the same thing. I’m pretty sure no one considers Ohio Southern, except him apparently.

      • shay says:

        I completely agree on that one. I was born and raised in Michigan and Ohio is not the much more southern that Michigan. Kentucky I can see. My in laws are from Kentucky and I can see the roots from there.

      • jennrae says:

        Yeah, I’m from Georgia, and Ohio? Southern? No.

        I think “rural” and “Southern” get confused for each other a lot. Personally, I’d like to see a southern character on tv who doesn’t have a country-fried accent. There are also variations. One thing, though, I think you’d be hard-pressed to find a teenager saying those weird, supposedly southern, sayings. Old people might say those things, but not so much the young’uns.

  3. Jenny says:

    Finn is really a sweet character. I quite enjoyed him!

  4. Sasha says:

    He sounds really adorable.

  5. Conunts says:

    I DON’T LIKE the the new squintern steals or usurps the role of THE LOVELY WEDELL!!

  6. majamababe says:

    I like all the squints. I hope they keep them all, until one gets a better gig someplace else!

    • Jennifer says:

      That’s why they killed off Mr. Nigel-Murray. The actor (Ryan Cartwright) got another gig: Alphas on Syfy. He’s the main reason I watch that show. But I do still miss Vincent (esp. because on his new show, he doesn’t have that awesome British accent!)

  7. S says:

    Ohio isn’t the South. Just saying. :)

    • Chrissy says:

      I was thinking the same thing…

    • Andrea says:

      I was thinking the same thing when I read that. Ohio is definitely not the South.

      • Amy says:

        Neither, technically, is Kentucky. Unless the dude lives in Canada and he’s using that as his reference point. Plus, we don’t all use trite phrases here in the South. TV writers have a hard time making Southerners genuine on tv…

        • Rachel says:

          I don’t know, I pretty much consider anything below the Mason Dixon line “The South” – so while Ohio doesn’t count (I’d say midwest), Kentucky would count.

          • marleneD says:

            Ohio is actually more mid EAST. It’s east of the Mississippi River. Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, the Dakotas, Kansas, Arkansas, etc. are considered the Midwest…

        • Maggi says:

          While not southern, they do have some culturally southern traits and traditions. Living in West Virginia for a good chunk of my life, I can say that even though it is in fact above the Mason Dixon line, they are very culturally southern in parts of the state; it is the same in Ohio, Tennessee and Kentucky.
          I do hate though how “southern” is depicted on TV, it’s kind of an insult to any real southerner when we see the dumbarse rednecks they make them out to be. lol.

        • Shea says:

          I’m not from the South, so I couldn’t say which states are concidered part of it but I do know a terrible fake accent and bad colloquialisms when I hear them. I emplore both the writers and the actor to cut the crap and get real.

    • deebot says:

      I’m Canadian and I really just sat here a moment reconsidering everything I know about American geography (which is more than most Americans — and this was just proved in this article). If Ohio shares a border with Canada, I’m not sure how it can be *more* north, short of being Alaska.

    • Annie says:

      He needs to come visit Texas or Louisiana. He would find plenty of “Southern” down here!! I hope he sticks in a “ya’ll” every once in a while! And remember…”ya’ll” is singular. “All ya’ll” is plural!!

      • marleneD says:

        I lived In Missouri for 3 years; I was told that “Ya’ll” means you and “You’ins” means everyone in your family… could include everyone you know. I never heard anyone say “All ya’ll” There were very different levels of accents, tho….

      • crna2012 says:

        Well, I am from Texas, and now live in Georgia. Both southern bc they seceded from the Union and were part of the Confederacy during the Civil War. Y’all is in fact a proper contraction (like can’t or won’t). It is the contraction of y(ou) all. To spell it correctly it is “Y” apostrophe “all”.

      • David says:

        “Ya’ll” is not something Southerners say. We say “Y’all”; it’s a contraction of “you” and “all”.

  8. Matt Webb Mitovich says:

    Just gotta chime in here to say that this new squintern is in fact pretty awesome. (Partly because he gives Hodgins and Cam some great scenes, and knocks Temp’s socks off with his smarts.) I think he could evolve to become a fan fave, easily make the Top 3.

    • Natalie says:

      Cool. Looking forward to it. Thanks for the article, Matt. :)

    • Natalie says:

      Oops, I should be thanking Vlada for the article. My bad. It’s cool that “Bones” is so popular that an article about a new squintern has this many comments and this much interest. And to Matt, thanks for the bit you added about being in the top three. Looking forward to seeing how he pans out. But you typically have pretty good taste, so–

  9. Staci says:

    I’m interested in seeing him on Bones, but NOBODY will replace Wendell. He is the BEST! :)

  10. Alex says:

    I love how he says he’s got family from the South and says they’re from Ohio and Kentucky… XD Hun, tell me Arkansas and you’re sold.

  11. Xian says:

    Awww… isn’t that cute. He thinks that Ohio is the South.

  12. Kim says:

    Excited about a new intern. As much as I love the ones we have now we are due for some newbies. it will take a lot to replace the lovely wendell as my favorite, but my number two spot is available!

  13. Al says:

    Can’t we just have Zack Addy (Eric Millegan) back? His character was so interesting and his personality contributed so much to the stories.





    • Rain says:

      No thank you, the best thing Bones ever did was get rid of Zack!

      • AliZin says:

        I agree… I mean I miss Zach but I really love the Squinterns! I am sad they killed of Vincent… But I like Ryan on his new show though.

    • Kathy says:

      I want Zack back too. I wish they would write a script bringing hom back.

      What’s with TNT dropping Bones. I am beginning to think they are only interested in Law and Order which is terrible. I am so sick of it, I want to vomit!!

    • Kaye says:

      we should start a petition to bring back Zack! The new guy is not cute so lets at least hope he is funny. VNM was great but still not Zack.

    • Kae says:

      the Actor asked to leave. He was awesome. I loved his character but I respect the actual person.

  14. udontget2getmeback says:

    Finn is 18, right? How can a 18 year-old boy be working on his PhD? As far as I can remember Brennan only hires PhD students as her interns. Is he some kind of a genius, like Spencer Reid who was already in college at 14?

    • bonesfan says:

      another website says he’s a genius and graduated from college at 16

    • Jen says:

      Did you watch Thursday’s episode? The kid’s a savant or somrthing. He graduated high school early, and college at 16-18? (can’t quite remember from the ep. I was more interested in those gorgeous eyes. He’s definitely in my top favorite squinterns. Wendell, Finn, and then VNM. But first and foremost, if I had the choice, Zach Addy would be back and all the rest of them would be in the background, assisting when needed.

  15. Mikaylah says:

    I’m sure he’ll be a nice addition to the show, but Wendell is still my favorite. :)

  16. zaza says:

    I don’t mind if they hire this Finn guy permanently, if it means I never have to see Daisy again. Miss Mr. N-M, though. He was adorkable!

    • Jordi says:

      Agreed. Daisy makes me nauseous. I was honestly hoping she would get killed off at the beginning of last season in the jungle. I can’t believe they brought her back because no one seems to like her. Especially on the message boards. I miss Zack and I definitely miss Vincent Nigel-Murray but he had a new show to go to and they had to get Booth and Bones together somehow..

      On a side note:
      I CAN’T WAIT FOR THIS BABY TO BE BORN! Booth and Brennen are perfect together!

      • Kathy says:

        I could not stand Daisy either. How could they pair up Lqance with such a witless character. No personality, just in the annoyingly in the background.

      • Blair says:

        I can really do without Daisy being on the show anymore and also I hope we don’t see Wendell less I really like his character on the show, but I have a feeling since Finn well have so much in common with 3 main characters that they will keep him around awhile.

  17. Elena says:

    I will always love Wendell the best but I’m open to having a second fave. He’s sounds enjoyable!

  18. Mary Jane Cardwell says:

    So sorry. Neither Kentucky nor Ohio are southern states. South Georgian born and bred! Commitin’ serious offenses with that kind of talk!

  19. Amanda says:

    Having lived all over the US, southern Ohio is definitely a part of the south, while northern Ohio is definitely not… !

  20. janeace says:

    Being “Southern (I.e. country)” has very little to do with geography. It is more to do with personality. That being said states that are in the south have more country people. But I’ve met some very country people from new York, California, Canada, Washington (state), all over really. Being country has little to do with the state youre from. As for the new squint…. I MISS ZACH!!! Excited to see how this dude turns out.

  21. Kitty says:

    I thought the same when I saw him…lol

  22. Leah says:

    I agree I miss Zack too.

  23. Matthew Jackson says:

    LMAO! This kid is definitely not cut out to work at the Jeffersonian…
    “I have family from Kentucky and Ohio,” he explains. “I just tapped right into some of my Southern roots.”
    Neither of those places are in the South. This guy is clearly an idiot.

    • Rkleintank says:

      This is my brother and we do have family from the south… Your clearly a retard!!

    • Steve Kleintank says:

      As his sister is saying, and my cousin is referring to – our family has roots and relatives in Kentcuky and southern Ohio. Being from Michigan and living all over ther world in the United States Navy I can tell you there are country folk everywhere. Your juvenile comments show there are mentally challenged people country-wide also.

  24. Lori says:

    Wow!! He does look like Dr Chase.

  25. Max says:

    Spencer Reid! Love that guy! He’s the reason I keep coming back to Criminal Minds.

  26. Andre Wrightd says:

    Bones is my favorite show… My favorite. I love it. Cant wait for tonight episode. Work it Brennan and Booth.

  27. Jon says:

    Since when is Ohio in the south. Guess the dim-wittedness isn’t just all in the character he’s portraying.

  28. Mona Kuzemchuk says:

    Do you think they will bring Zack back for another episode? They left it open once he revealed to others he wasn’t actually guilty!

  29. LKerin says:

    I want Zack back. He was the first & best & always will be.

  30. sandi says:

    i want zack back

  31. rg says:

    I miss Zack also!! This could be interesting, though!! Looking forward to watching tonite!!

  32. Lisa says:

    Mr. Nigel “Vino Delectable” Vincent-Murray was my fave intern :)

  33. Jessica says:

    Zack was amazing and my heart kind of broke when he went off the show. It’s been nice seeing the different squinterns, it kinda gave it some “flava”. When Mr. Nigel Murry was killed I cried, I’m gonna miss his fun facts. Can’t wait to see what the new squintern is like.

  34. Kimi says:

    Zack is my favorite! Since he is unavailability Nigel Murray was my 2nd favorite. Any way to bring Zack back?

  35. Mom says:

    Since when is Ohio in the south?? Now my son is learning about this and I don’t remember that being on his test!!!! LOL Well everything has changed this past year why not. I’ll be sure to tell my friend in TX that we’re neighbors now.

  36. mani says:

    Zack Addy was the best! I miss his character. Him and Hodgins were the best dynamic duo! then nigel-murray! i noticed all the people bones liked are the ones that something bad happens to them.

  37. Reba says:

    Southern Ohiomight just as well be Kentucky. My family is from northeastern KY and we have spent tme on southern Ohio and it definitely ranks as southern in all ways.

  38. Reba says:

    Zack Addy was awesome! He had the best rapport with Bones and the rest of the cast. I never understood why they wrote him out of the show. He still ranks as the best of the Squinterns! Now, Daisy I can do without,

    • sharon says:

      I agree….get Zach back and get rid of Daisy. Also, Cam needs a love interest and what happened to her daughter?? Bones is the best show on TV!!!!!!!!!!!!

  39. mnmo says:

    I still want Zach back. Rotating squints is fun. But zach is still the best.

  40. anna says:

    I miss zack when is he goin be in another episode. Bones is my fav tv show but no one can replace zack

  41. sharon says:

    I still miss Zack. the other squints are good but I still wonder why he left. does anybody know?

  42. LisaRose says:

    I really liked Zack. it’s a shame that his bipolar disorder makes it difficult for him to be an actor and the condition is what made it difficult for him to continue to be on Bones.

    I really don’t like Daisy because of her freaky Brennan fan girlness.

    Also, it seems a bit repetitive to have people from broken homes be apart of Bones. Lance coming from foster homes and suffering those scars. Brennan too. Booth had an abusive father.

    I think another female squintern could/should have been considered. Someone opposite of Daisy…more like Haru Tanaka.

    I hope we get to learn more about Lance in this season too.

  43. grace says:

    Ohio is definitely not south. I’m from new Orleans Louisiana which is extremely south. Although I consider new Orleanians a different kind of southerns, tv often steroids types southern and we do not walking around saying crazy weird phrases like they make it seem.

  44. Reebus856 says:

    I think it’s premature to judge this new character until
    we see what he can/can’t do or how he jives w/ the rest of the
    Jeffersonian “lab rats”.
    On the subject of Daisy—ugggh!Her abrasive ADHD behavior makes
    me want to shove a wet sock down her throat![a little harsh?]
    I will also support the vote to get Zack back or at least in a recurring manner. There is a Twitter acct @bringbackzack
    [#bringbackzack]& website for those who
    wish to voice their desire for Fox execs or Hart Hansen to bring
    Zack back to Bones.As far as Eric Millegan’s bipolar condition:
    He stated in a YouTube video that he’s been stabilized on his
    meds and continues to perform. He did, after all, return in
    season 5 “The Parts of the sum of the hole”. YES Bring back Zack.

  45. rjmaloney says:

    I also miss Zack and I thought they didn’t finish that story so won’t we see him back at some point? He told Sweet he didn’t kill the man as accused so he should have a follow up. I didn’t miss that story did I?
    I am always willing to like new Squints though so we’ll see.

  46. Jasmine says:

    Can’t wait to see how the new guy holds up with everyone!! i also miss Vincent:// soooo sad what happened & Zack of course, def never saw that coming! but hopefully the new guy will shake things up, wendell & clark are boringggg

  47. Sarah says:

    You have to go to southern Ohio, that may not be in the south, but some of the people there are pretty southern, so it may not be true south but it can get pretty close

  48. Carol says:

    I am with everyone who thought that was Chase!! WOW what an amazing resemblance. And sometimes his Southern accent almost had an Australian sound to it!!

  49. Barry says:

    This new guy has one of the worst southern accents I have ever heard! I’ve lived in Louisiana my entire life…which is the deep south…..and I have never met anyone who uses phrases like “Easier than flipping a flapjack standing on your forehead”. Ridiculous character! Too bad. I love Bones.

    • Shea says:

      I agree, I absolutely hate it when actors use fake accents, it’s so grating, like chewing tinfoil. If you can’t do an accent, don’t do it. I fastforwarded through all his scenes. What a twit.

  50. Barry says:

    I thought I heard a British accent in there too. I think he studied Liam Neesom’s accent from the movie “Next of Kin”. That might explain it.