Hart Hanson (series creator): Bones ended clearly for the world when the last episode aired and my young (now grown) son points at a tree across a field and asks, “What’s that mean?”
It’s not quite as cut and dried for the tight-knight community of people who made the show over 12 seasons on the Fox lot. First to drop away was the writers’ room because no need for new scripts! (Oh, how I wish there was room to list the Bones writers, some of whom have gone on to run your favorite shows; look it up.) Then, preproduction: casting, locations, props, wardrobe, followed closely by the main event, production, culminating in the crew and core cast (David, Emily, TJ, Michaela, Tamara, John) shooting their last scene! That’s that! When actors are no longer playing their characters, well, the characters aren’t gone exactly, but they are no longer being born.
Source and more: THR
DEADLINE: Would you have ended things differently had you written the finale?HANSON: Well, I look at it and go, I wonder what I would’ve done differently. I know it would’ve been different, but I can’t really put my finger on what it would have been, because the show has morphed since I was running it day-to-day. I do know, I think they did a fantastic job.
Source and more: Deadline
Were there multiple iterations of that final Booth and Brennan scene?
Co-showrunner Michael Peterson: Yes and no. One thing that has made the show work so well is we always have that final moment with Booth and Brennan kind of talking [as their dialogue] trails off. Sometimes those things are scripted, but often David and Emily improvise. This was a combination of that. So it was written up to a certain point and then David was like, “Don’t worry about it. We’re going to do our thing.” And they did. It’s always been a show where there’s this great trust. They trust us with what we put on the page and then they add that extra element, that extra little spark that has worked so well for 12 seasons.
Source and more: TVLine