'Bones' Season 9 Finale Cliffhanger Poll: What Fresh Hell Is in Store for Us this Time?
'Bones' Season 9 Finale Cliffhanger Poll: What Fresh Hell Is in Store for Us this Time?
Catherine Cabanela
Catherine Cabanela
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
While Bones fans are thrilled over the assurance of a tenth season, they're also filled with trepidation over what shocking plot twists are in store in this season's finale, "The Recluse in the Recliner," which airs on May 19. 

The finale has been greatly teased by executive producers Stephen Nathan and Hart Hanson who have announced that two different story lines will converge to throw Booth and Brennan's work relationship into turmoil and causes big, big changes. What? Yeah, just hang on.

A History of Inducing Hysteria

Bones is famous for its nail-biting, jaw-dropping, game-changing cliffhangers. To jog your memory and get you in the mindset of just how cliffhanger-y the past finales have been, we've compiled a list for you.

Season 1 "The Woman in Limbo" - Christine Brennan's remains are found in Limbo
Season 2 "Stargazer in a Puddle" -  Brennan and Booth are left standing at the altar
Season 3 "The Pain in the Heart" - Zack Addy is revealed as Gormegon's apprentice 
Season 4 "The End in the Beginning" - Booth awakens from brain surgery and isn't sure if Brennan is his pregnant wife or his crime-solving partner
Season 5 "The Beginning in the End" - Brennan leaves for Indonesia and Booth deploys for Afghanistan
Season 6 "The Change in the Game" - Brennan announces she's pregnant
Season 7 "The Past in the Present" - Brennan is forced to leave Booth while she, Christine, and Max seek anonymity to keep them out of the system and safe from Pelant
Season 8 "The Secret in the Siege" - Booth turns down Brennan's marriage proposal

Is your heart racing yet? Well, if it isn't it will be as soon as you see what we've collected about the season nine finale. 

So You Think You Can Predict a Bones Finale?

We've been teased mercilessly about what's in store for us in Bones' ninth season finale on May 12, but we still have no idea what all the clues will add up to, do we?  If we take a look back at finale teases from previous years and then at what they turned out to mean, it might make sense, but the Bones fairies never fail to deliver something different--and much, much better--than we even dreamed.

This time we are going to beat the system, right? What, you don't think it could happen? Neither do I, but we are going to give it the good old college try. Granted, we haven't the slightest idea what goes on in the creative minds of those sneaky Bones fairies, but that doesn't mean we can't throw a couple of our own crazy ideas at the wall and see if anything sticks. 

The Dynamic Duo's Dynamic Gets a Make-Over

Okay, Boneheads, we've scoured the net to find anything and everything pertaining to this finale. We've searched our own BuddyTV archives as well as those of our esteemed colleagues at TVLine, Give Me My Remote, TV Guide: Keck Exclusives, and Shesgotmoxiedotnet from around the net. 

Read through what we found and weigh in with what you think we might be in for come May. 

Booth is Up for Promotion

Here's what's been teased around the net and what we've gleaned from previous Bones episodes about Booth's promotion: 

  • Booth's relationship with his crime-fighting is going to change
  • A promotion complicates things in unpredictable ways
  • Booth was hesitant about this promotion back in "The Cold in the Case," but as of "The Nail in the Coffin" he seems to be looking forward to it
  • Even as of "The Nail in the Coffin" it appears it still isn't clear exactly what the promotion will entail

Booth and Brennan Get an Unwelcome Surprise

Here's what has been teased about this promotion's impact on Brennan and Booth:

  • Booth and Brennan will solve murders, but it will be done in a somewhat different way
  • Booth and Brennan seriously consider the impact of their work on their children

Booth has been concerned about what this promotion might mean.

This Promotion Will Be a Game-Changer Like No Other

The cliffhangery bits of the finale seem to be centered around a shocking twist. Here's what we've been told:

  • Heroes and villains will be reversed (Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!)
  • All bets are off at the end of season nine
  • The cliffhanger is more complicated and darker than previous finales and will temporarily change the landscape of the show
  • There will be a significant shift in how Booth and Brennan will be dealing with crimes in the future.

Though Very Special Agent Seeley Booth is way more than deserving of a huge promotion, one thought is it's simply a diversionary tactic because FBI suits fear this Ghost Killer case is about to reveal something they want/need to remain hidden.

The Ghost Killer Continues to Haunt

Ever since Pelant's ugly mug taunted (haunted) Brennan about this enigmatic Ghost Killer, Brennan and Booth, and we along with them, have been shadowboxing with that specter.

The executive producers have teased that the Ghost Killer mystery will be a tangential a part of the finale. Hm. Enquiring minds want to know just exactly what that means, don't we? Here are some crazy observations:

  • Stephanie McNamara was never interrogated (because she was dead) about being the ghost killer
  • Kessler, the perp saved from hanging himself in "The Nail in the Coffin" said he "set the record straight," but he didn't actually admit to killing Stephanie
  • The lyrics of the song playing at the end of "The Nail in the Coffin" say, "Sooner it comes or the sooner it's gone, never get the ghost." What the spank does that mean?
  • Cam did jump to the conclusion that Trent McNamara committed suicide rather quickly - that was weird
  • It was never confirmed that Trent was the one who exhumed Lana Brewster, the sailing champion from "The Ghost in the Killer"
  • We still don't know what that puncture to the sternum on some of the victims was all about
  • We have no idea what Kessler is going to spill about the Ghost Killer or the conspiracies within the FBI and beyond if he doesn't get mysteriously bumped off while in custody by someone trying to hide the internal conspiracy
  • The Ghost Killer is purported to become a far more complex and conspiratorial topic possibly leading back to the FBI
  • One aspect of the Ghost Killer case will be resolved, but a far more complicated and nefarious story that will embroil everybody will emerge. In other words, the Ghost Killer is just the tip of the ice berg
What might all this mean? Your guess is as good as mine, boys and girls.

Well, boys and girls, that's what we have for you right now. If we find out that Stephanie wasn't the Ghost Killer, we will go back to the mattresses and provide you with our copious notes about the specifics of her/his victims and their cases. Until then, hang onto your hats. The evidence is clear: It's gonna be a bumpy Bonesy ride!

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