'Bones' Fan Columnist: Will the Gravedigger Return?
'Bones' Fan Columnist: Will the Gravedigger Return?
Nicole Bessette
Nicole Bessette
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
Last week's episode of Bones, "The Boy with the Answer," gave us long-awaited justice for the Gravedigger.  Payback, if you will.  

After a long and grueling trial, the jury found her guilty on all counts.  I, for one, was ecstatic, as I'm sure you all were too.  And, of course, Booth and the rest of the Squints were able to breathe a sigh of relief after continuously being put through the wringer emotionally the entire episode.
 

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There is, after all, no denying the Gravedigger is one creepy lady.  She creeped me out the whole episode, that's for sure.  But imagine being Booth, Brennan, or Hodgins who were all her victims.  What does that do to a person?  

Well, for Booth, it didn't seem to do too much.  I'm sure on the inside he was very scared and anxious about the outcome of the trial, but perhaps he was too proud to show it.  

Then again, maybe he was trying to be brave and strong for the rest of the Squints and especially for Brennan.  He did after all drop his charges so that she wouldn't have to testify alone.  That's totally the Booth we all know and love, isn't it?  

Then, of course, we have Hodgins.  After being buried alive in Season 2, we saw him visibly shaken up.  And who wouldn't be after an ordeal like that?  

The man we usually saw dealing with tough situations by incorporating his conspiracy theories or humor was no longer completely the same.  He would always carry that with him.

In this episode, things were not much different until the end.  At first, Hodgins was angry and afraid.  He felt as though the Gravedigger was coming between him and Angela and that there was nothing he could do to stop it.

But, by the end of the episode, Hodgins realized that he could and would not let the Gravedigger control him anymore, no matter the outcome of the trial.  He would always have Angela, and that would be more than enough.

Then, we have Brennan.  I have to say that she was a lot more emotional than we usually see her in this episode, but it was definitely warranted, and I think that's a testament to the development of her character.  

She didn't let the Gravedigger win, and she worked as hard as she could to make sure that didn't happen.  However, despite the positive outcome of the Gravedigger case, seeds of doubt were planted in Brennan's head throughout the episode.  

For instance, she remembers life when she was just a researcher not involved with the FBI, and she remembers what it was like before she started dealing with murder and sadness and pain.  Essentially, she says she is tired of all of it.   

This is what prompts her to contemplate leaving the Jeffersonian.  Booth suggests a little time off would be good for her, but Brennan's face in response to this looked a little troubling in my opinion.  I guess the question is whether or not she will take a vacation and come back, leave and never come back, or not go at all.  2 more days and we'll have the answer!

Also, I'd like to take this time to mention Cam, Sweets, and Angela.  Although they were not direct victims of the Gravedigger's cruelty, it doesn't mean that they did not go through the same range of emotions as Booth, Brennan, and Hodgins.  In fact, they were a huge part of solving the case, and I'd like to congratulate them for a job well done.

Sweets provided moral support for everyone along with a psych profile of the Gravedigger, Angela kept Hodgins under control, and Cam was able to lead her people to success.    

So there we have it.  The Gravedigger certainly did a number on all of our beloved Bones characters, but now she's gone and everything's fine, right?  Well, not exactly.

If you recall, at the end of the episode, the Gravedigger confronted Brennan and said, "This isn't over."  At first, I didn't think anything of this.  If anything, I was waiting for her to shut up and go back to her cell.

But, this past week, Emily Deschanel and Hart Hanson were involved in a conference call talking about some very juicy things, and one of these things they talked about was the Gravedigger.  

Now, just to let you know, if you don't like spoilers, you probably shouldn't read on.

During their conference call which TV Tango documented, Hart and Emily were asked if there were any future nemesis arcs coming up.  In unison, they both said yes, while Hanson continued, "If you watch the 2nd to last episode of the season you'll have the answer to that."

So, what does this mean exactly?  The truth is that I'm not entirely sure.  Clearly, I take from this that the Gravedigger will be a nemesis for the Squints and that the issue of her will possibly be revisited in Season 6, but, still, I do not know for sure.  

My question is how they would bring her back.  She can't possibly go free anymore so that is reassuring, but that still leaves me wondering how they would revisit the storyline.  I guess we will just have to trust the Bones writers and wait to see what happens next season.  I'm thinking it's gonna be a good one.

So, what do you guys think about the Gravedigger's nemesis arc?  What do you think this means?  Do you think it will in any way affect next season?  Leave a comment below!

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