I’m a nerd, so I love seeing TV showrunners quibbling and commiserating over Twitter. Despite all the abuse as they get from the fans (like when Greg Yaitanes had House/Cuddy ‘shippers furious about the couple’s break-up), sometimes they’ll nag each other, as well. Case in point: Andrew Marlowe, who oversees Castle, recently called out Hart Hanson for keeping Brennan and Booth apart for seven years on Bones.
“…There comes a point,” Marlowe said, “where you put up or shut up. Otherwise, the characters become brother and sister. You can’t extend that tension that long without your fans breaking. And I know that people still watch the show and it’s still popular… I just think it [starts to] morph into something else.”
To be fair, Hanson has been nothing if not creative for the past seven years. Bones and Booth have had at least three kisses: Under the mistletoe one Christmas; a drunken smooch that almost lead to a hook-up, revealed in flashback in the 100th episode; and a recent one in that same ep, where Booth was ready but Brennan didn’t think she could make him happy. Oh, and the season finale one year where Booth (in a coma) dreamt that he and Brennan were married and ran a nightclub. Fans got to see the characters enjoy a steamy sex scene, and it was almost OK that it was all just a dream. (Almost.)
Two episodes ago brought us perhaps the quasi-couple’s biggest headway. After Brennan confessed that she was emotionally ready to be with him, and Booth’s girlfriend Hannah turned down his hasty marriage proposal, both are single and reevaluating each other. At the end of the episode, they each wrote down the date that s/he would feel “ready” to try for a relationship with each other and burned it. What those dates are, and how well they match up, we have yet to see.
That episode also featured a moment that I’m willing to bet is hardly ever explored in drama series. While they’re stuck in an elevator together (a common TV trope), Brennan brings up the idea of them pursuing a romantic relationship, and even suggests that they would have great sexual chemistry. His response shows that he’s thought about it as much as she has. Compared to other shows where the leads virtually ignore each other until they suddenly kiss, Bones respects the slow buildup of sexual tension.
So, safe to say they’re not siblings. (Although that hasn’t stopped shows like Brothers & Sisters from tinkering with forbidden sexual tension…) And judging from the end-of-season hints that Hanson and others have been dropping, we’ve got fingers crossed that Booth and Brennan’s relationship will finally move to the next level.