"Dream sequences do not count!"
Thus was the angry shout-out by an audience member after today's Bones panel moderator (TV Guide magazine's William Keck) asked show creator Hart Hanson if getting Bones and Booth "between the sheets" was done just to give the fans what they wanted.
Other audience members booed at the words "between the sheets" clearly expressing their disappointment that the ill-received season finale hookup between Temperance "Bones" Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and Agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz) was just a dream. "No, it was the plan to have that happen," said Hart about whether he felt pressured by fans to hook these two characters up. "I saw the season finale as a love letter to our very, very loyal fans." Really?
Yes, really. Read on...
Season Finale Backlash: "I hope in retrospect the season finale will become more and more likable to our loyal fans," he continued. "Though I think the loyal fans got it. The people who tune in every once in awhile didn't like it as much. And I definitely heard about it." At least Hart has a good sense of humor about the backlash, saying that he received some tweets from fans calling the finale a "fail-naly." He found that funny and so do we. "I think it was somewhat anticipated on a level. We knew that some people would be upset," Emily told us after the panel. "It's a tricky thing."
Should They or Shouldn't They? When they asked the audience if they wanted to see Booth and Bones hook up for real on the show, the audience applause was tremendous. That was until they then asked the audience if they did not want to see them hook up and the applause was even louder, to which Emily joked, "I feel like there was double voting going on there too."
So "will they or won't they?" is still the big question for this 'ship. "I think they are two people that do belong together," said Emily. "I think they complement each other in great ways. I would love to see them together. But I do see that it's dangerous. It's tricky because you don't want to lose the sexual tension between us."
That said, she admits, "It would be odd if Booth and Brennan were a married couple. It would definitely change the show, but it's something that we've thought long and hard about. I don't know. I think I'd like to see them together, but maybe really together toward the end."
After the panel, Hart told us that he does know if the two will get together for real or not, but of course he's not going to share his plans. "Can I say, it's penciled in?" he joked. Sure. It's about the journey, not the end result, right?
Where in the World is David Boreanaz? What's David got to say about it? Unfortunately he couldn't make the panel, but he sent a videotaped message to the fans to explain why: "I'm a little bit stuck in Los Angeles due to the fact that my wife is on the 34th week of delivering our second child. It is going to be a girl."
Next Season Teasers: It's not yet determined if we'll get another sex scene this season. We're guessing no. But Hart did say of the finale sex scene, "I have the raw footage. We may have to put it on a DVD some day." What we do know about the next season is that it picks up six weeks later and after Bones returns from a trip to Guatemala. We also know that her baby plans are on hold and that Booth is still in a state of confusion at the season opener.
Also coming up next season is guest star Cyndi Lauper, who plays a psychic who is involved in a case and also gives her insight on the pair. ("Yeah, she may see me with a certain man," teased Emily.) And yes, the casting came about after Emily sang Cyndi's '80s hit "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" on a previous episode. "That's what Cyndi saw and got in touch with us and said she'd like to be on the show. She's in the season opener," said Hart.
Let the debate continue in the comments below: Should Booth and Bones really be together or not?