If you haven't seen Monday's season finale of Bones, please don't read this interview.
If you have, and you want Eric Millegan's take on the shocking turn involving his character, forensic anthropologist Dr. Zack Addy, do click in...
How did you find out?
I was in Sacramento, going to a Portland Trail Blazers game. I actually had courtside seats. I was on my way there, and I got a call from Hart's assistant saying they want to meet with me to talk about the first two scripts back from the strike. I thought, "OK..." and I scheduled the appointment for the following week.
But I thought, "What's that meeting about?" and I started to get paranoid, so I called while I was at the game. I called Hart, and I was like, "You have to tell me what this meeting's about." He said, "No, we need to tell you in person." And I asked, "Am I going to still be on the show?" And he said, "No, Zack's not going to be a series regular."
So I rescheduled the meeting for the following day so I could find out what was going on. They said you're Gorgamon's apprentice, and this is where we're going with the show. It was shocking and upsetting, but I just kind of rolled with the punches.
After watching the show Monday night, I thought to myself that you're a great actor—I totally believed your denial about being the killer.
I was sworn to secrecy, or I would have told you all the truth.
David Boreanaz said to me at the upfronts that he was very surprised about the identity of the killer. How did this situation go over otherwise, within in the cast?
Boreanaz told you that? That's nice to hear. People were stunned. I know T.J. said, "I'm not all right with this," and Tamara and Michaela told me they cried. Everyone was upset with it.
Outside of just the external drama, internal to the story, do you feel like if we go back and watch this season there is a lot of subtle evidence that Zack was turning into a minion of evil?
There's a little bit of evidence in the episode where we sang. I talk about how I have a workout regimen and how I'm deceptively strong.
And Cam said, "I was deceived."
But to answer your question, as far as I know this wasn't something that they decided at the beginning of the season. It wasn't something I was told about until we shot the court episode.
Then, in terms of the finale, just because I know you and I like you personally, as well as who doesn't love Zack, I was kind of just affronted by their explanation: "Oh, he was a weak personality." How did you feel about the rationale for Zack having gone over to the dark side?
I followed the writers for the three years I worked on the show. If they say this is what it is, then I follow it. I'm not sure if it comes into my mind whether I believe it or not. If they say that's what it is, that's what it is and that's what I play. I don't think too much about it. My main reaction when they first told me was, "Has Zack been eating people?!" And they said no, and I was like, OK.
Hart and Stephen are so on my list right now. Anyway, apparently you're Hannibal Lecter now and can be a criminal mastermind adviser to the gang.
Yeah. What is that? Everybody tells me that—remind me how my storyline is like Hannibal Lecter.
Yeah, apparently Zack's a killer, and Zack's very smart, but I'm not sure that adds up to Zack being the one guy in the world who can give us the insight we need to solve the crime.
What are you doing next? Are you shooting any follow-up episodes of Bones? Will you go to Broadway and sing for us?
That would be nice! In terms of returning next season, they didn't kill my character, and they could have. So the fact that my character's still alive certainly leaves the door open for a return. And you never know if they're going to do it or not, but I would say there's a good possibility. Otherwise I'll be auditioning for television and film projects, and I hope to get another project soon that I can tell you all about.
Tubers, post your take on this tragic development in the comments. Is it a smart, strategic move by the writers? Or just sad and unnecessary? I'm dying to hear your thoughts.