'Bones' Interview: Emily Deschanel Teases Brennan's Mommy Issues in 'The Shot in the Dark'
'Bones' Interview: Emily Deschanel Teases Brennan's Mommy Issues in 'The Shot in the Dark'
Michelle Carlbert
Michelle Carlbert
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
Bones season 8 continues on Monday, February 11 with a very special episode called "The Shot in The Dark." As the title suggests, Brennan will be shot and her injuries will bring her to a place where she will get to talk to her dead mother. 


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"She believes it's a hallucination."

BuddyTV was on the line when Emily Deschanel (Brennan) spoke about what fans can expect to see in the episode. "My character is shot and she has an encounter that she believes is a hallucination, at least at first. She is transported to her childhood home and sees her mother, who is dead. So of course she believes it's a hallucination." Deschanel said. 

Where is this mysterious plan that Brennan will be transported? Looks like fans will have to decide for themselves."Many people will interpret it as her going to Heaven." Deschanel said. 

Talking to her mother is going to affect Brennan significantly, now and in upcoming episodes. "Her interactions with her mother reveal things from her past and it affects Brennan now and encourages her to have a different perspective on her behavior and perhaps encourage her to change it." Deschanel revealed, adding "As the season goes on, it's a subtle change. It's not like it's dealt with or that people are discussing it right afterwards, but I think it will be addressed [again] later this season. It's shined a light on her behavior and maybe encourages her to change a little bit.:

"Viewers will have a better idea of why Brennan behaves the way that she does."

Will viewers learn anything new about Brennan in the episode? Deschanel thinks they will. "I think that after watching the episode, viewers will have a better idea of why Brennan behaves the way that she does, [why she] is hyper-rational and cut off her emotions in a lot of ways, even though in the last few years she's opened up after knowing Booth."

Having the chance to speak to her mother will be a very big deal for Brennan. "I really enjoyed doing the episode because it really shed a light on Brennan and her past, but I also really liked having that interaction with her mother. What other kind of episode can you have an interaction with somebody who is dead? That's always been a huge missing piece for Brennan; her mother being gone. And being able to talk to her mother about how she disappeared before she died and all of that." Deschanel said. 

"I think that's a huge thing that Brennan is not talking about."

"When you have a child yourself, you go back and think about how you were parented and how you were mothered and what your parents did for you and you just want to be able to call them and ask them. I think that's a huge thing that Brennan is not talking about, but it's got to bring up so much for her when she's given birth and lost her mother and trying to figure out how to be a good mother and not having that resource of her mother." Deschanel added. 

What was it like learning more about her character this many seasons into the series? "It's an interesting thing to do a series for this long and to play a character where things are revealed eight years in. I felt like it was in line with things that I had in mind and it didn't contradict anything that I had imagined for her past. For myself I like to build a past for a character [and] this doesn't contradict anything but it certainly new information to me."

Are you excited to see this episode of Bones? What kind of impact do you think it will have on Brennan's life to speak to her mother? 

Bones airs on Monday nights at 8pm on FOX. 

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