He’s baaaack! For the “Bones” Season 8 finale, evil genius Christopher Pelant (Andrew Leeds) — the most capable adversary that Dr. Brennan (Emily Deschanel) has ever faced — returns to taunt the Jeffersonian team with his evil doings once again.
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“The last time we saw him, Booth [David Boreanaz] had injured him. He shot him. So, it seems at this point, Pelant has set his sights on Booth,” Deschanel tells xfinityTV. “Before, as you recall, he seemed to be targeting Brennan.”
Booth’s shot may not have killed Pelant, but it did disfigure him, scarring his face, so it is a logical move that Pelant would switch his target to Booth this time around to get revenge. Which is what happens when, in their newest investigation, the Jeffersonian team discovers that the string of murders that have been occurring are tied to FBI agents close to Booth.
“The body that we discover, Booth knew the victim,” Deschanel continues. “It’s very close to home, involving the FBI and a case Booth is involved with, and so, it feels like it’s very targeted towards Booth, and, of course, that’s terrifying to Brennan because she realizes that Pelant could get him … that Booth is in danger.”
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To date, Pelant hasn’t physically harmed any of Brennan’s team, but he has caused them psychological damage: Brennan was forced to flee Washington, D.C. with baby Christine for several months when she was framed for murder, and Hodgins (TJ Thyne) and Angela (Michaela Conlin) watched as their fortune disappeared — but they decided it was right to let it go in order to save a life.
“He hasn’t really hurt us, but he’s really taking it up a notch this episode, and you’ll see how he affects their lives,” Deschanel promises.
One thing that we know about Pelant is that he always has a hidden agenda. And this time around is no different. He is not just killing people at random. There is a reason he’s chosen these particular victims and there’s a reason behind the method of each murder.
“Pelant is targeting Booth, but it’s affecting Sweets [John Francis Daley], as well,” Deschanel says. “Pelant has taken information that he’s learned from Sweets and is toying with him, while he’s on this killing rampage. So, Pelant, in this instance, may be involving other people in his plot. We’re trying to investigate and figure out how he’s doing it, and so, it gets scary when [it looks as if] he’s probably recruiting other people to do work for him.”
In last Monday night’s episode, Brennan went to extreme measures. She stabbed a perpetrator in the neck with a syringe that was allegedly loaded with a lethal virus in order to get him to reveal the location of the antidote. By so doing, she was able to save the life of a member of her team. Now with Booth’s life possibly on the line, how far will she go to keep him safe?
“As you see in this coming-up episode, Brennan is willing to go farther than she’s ever gone to protect somebody that she loves,” Deschanel tells xfinityTV. “I think there’s really no bounds … You saw that she’s willing to go pretty far to save someone that she loves, and now, you’ll see that she’ll do the same for other people that she loves. She’ll protect them with her life.”
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Not that every season doesn’t put Brennan and Booth’s relationship to the test, but this one has especially given her pause. Early on, there was a scene where Brennan realized that Booth, who is Catholic, believed he wouldn’t be able to get into heaven if he were to die, because he can’t take communion since they are living in sin. Then there was her near-death experience, where while unconscious, she has a conversation with her late mother. That made her re-evaluate her beliefs and pointed out how short life can be.
Despite being someone who thought she’d never have children or get married, Brennan did give birth to Christine. But she’s still been holding out against marriage. Now, with Booth’s life on the line, will it be a momentous enough event to get Brennan to finally breakdown and propose marriage to Booth?
“I think that Pelant’s intense presence, targeting Booth, her feeling Booth’s mortality and the concept of living without him brings things to the forefront for Brennan,” Deschanel says. “So, when this happens with Pelant, it really forces her to look at her life, her relationships, her feelings and why she feels certain ways about certain things. It make her question some of her core beliefs. It’s a very pivotal time for her.”
Whether or not Pelant is finally captured, it’s for sure the story will continue into Season 9 — as “Bones” already has its pickup for another year.
“There will be some closure, but the story is definitely ongoing,” Deschanel says. “That’s kind of a tricky answer, but I don’t know how better to answer it. That’s not to say that we haven’t captured him in some way by the end of this season, but with Pelant, it’s never as simple as we think, as we’ve learned. He’s very wily in his ways, so the story does continue into Season 9.”
The Season 8 finale of “Bones,” “The Secret in the Siege,” airs Monday, April 29 at 8/7c on FOX.