The action will pick up four months after the events of the Season 9 finale, with Booth feeling the effects of a life behind bars. “We will see a different side of him,” Boreanaz previewed, adding that his alter ego will suffer from PTSD.
“He’s definitely in a state of confusion with his present state of mind, with his state in the bureau, with where he is with Brennan,” the actor said.
Things won’t go much better for his wife back at their (new) home. “She’s with her child, alone,” Deschanel said. “It’s very worrisome for her, because Booth is not safe in prison. He’s a federal agent. He’s put a lot of people in prison who don’t like him. Even the guards don’t like him.” True to form, Deschanel added, the forensic anthropologist “puts her focus in her work when things are overwhelming.”
Brennan and the rest of the Jeffersonian team will do everything in their power to spring Booth in the season opener. But just because [Spoiler alert!] Booth gets out doesn’t mean life will immediately return to normal for the G-man.
“This is the first time that he’s been betrayed by an institution that he’d devoted his life to,” Nathan noted. “It really shakes the foundation of the entire premise of the show – whether he can trust the FBI, how he can get back to work.”
Meanwhile, the conspiracy that was unveiled last season is “something that’s been going on decades” and will continue to live on, Nathan continued. “While they can catch one murderer, that doesn’t mean all murder stops. They will put a stop to this within the first few episodes, but the reality of some kind of shadow government won’t go away completely.”
Other highlights from the panel:
THE BIG ONE | Next season’s milestone 200th episode will be “one of our odd ones,” featuring “not a typical murder,” teased Nathan, who will likely partner with creator Hart Hanson to write the hour. Boreanaz will helm the installment.
MURDER AND MAYHEM | Among the cases on tap: an undercover episode; the murder of a Rush Limbaugh-type figure; the show’s version of Wolf of Wall Street; hours dealing with the world of psychics – “We want Cyndi [Lauper] to come back, definitely,” Nathan said – and human trafficking; and a murder at a forensic convention.
SIBLING LOVE | Hodgins’ brother will return, Nathan revealed.
R.I.P. GRANDPA | Will the show pay tribute to the passing of Ralph Waite, who played Booth’s grandfather? “We don’t want to exploit his death,” Nathan replied, adding that events at the start of the season make an homage difficult, “but we do plan to address it.”
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