Was making Brennan pregnant the plan before Emily revealed she was expecting?
Stephen Nathan: We'd actually been talking about it even before the pregnancy. We had something to deal with here that was a reality. There are two people that the audience ultimately knew had to get together. So, how do we get these two people together without falling victim to what everybody says is a Moonlighting curse? It seemed to us that this was a way to leapfrog that time in a relationship when it's all lovey-dovey [because] that's when it becomes uninteresting because the conflict disappears.
Do you have anything this season for those fans who might be angry that they didn't get to see the lovey-dovey scenes?
Nathan: We have seen those scenes in the past. I know there are some viewers who wanted to see them in bed, kissing and the lights go out and all that stuff. It just did not seem necessary to us. It seemed to us that what we saw in the penultimate episode — Brennan coming to Booth's bed — [was] them probably being as loving as two people can be. Whether we see them jumping around in the sack or not did not seem as important to us as the emotional evolution of the characters and the emotional acceptance of who they were to each other.
So how do we find them as a couple in the new season?
Nathan: They are a couple who have come together to have and raise this baby. How Booth and Brennan are a couple remains to be seen, because they're not changing who they are. Booth is the marrying kind; Brennan doesn't want to get married. So these are issues that are going to come up again and again and will be in integral part of their relationship.