Any one else think that this was really strange for Booth to say, and that maybe it’s some really depressing foreshadowing for the finale?
I feel that there were a few moments in that episode that REALLY felt like foreshadowing. :’(
Definitely ominous, totally foreshadowing. Like 10 million other things in the episode. Yes, hyperbole I know but this ep was chunk full with hints and superficially ordinary lines that totally weren’t ordinary at all.
The theme the past few eps that keeps hammering into us is … FAMILY. Brennan brings it up every single episode. This Booth line also plays into that. Ugh. WHAT are they doing in the finale?! *shivers*
Plus, for the past few seasons, the last couple of episodes of the season have set the stage for the finale.
Season 3: Wannabe in the Weeds to Pain in the Heart. OK, so really it was just the last minute that intro’d the finale, blatantly (i.e. the shooting). But on a larger scale, everyone was so goofy and happy in Wannabe, and they really emphasized the family nature of the Jeffersonian team, only to have it ripped to shreds in Pain.
Season 4: Critic in the Cabernet set up End in the Beginning — Brennan and Booth both thinking of family, and what would happen in they allowed themselves that. (Plus, you know, the whole tumour thing.)
Season 5: Obviously, there was the 100th, but closer to the finale, we got Boy with the Answer setting up Brennan’s anxiety about everything happening around her — the toll of her job, and the toll of her relationships, especially with Booth. You clearly saw her freaking out and the seeds of running off were planted. (Even Witch in the Wardrobe, before it, to a certain extent — Booth wanting her to find “love, happiness and a dance,” but Brennan didn’t know how to find that for herself. She was going to have to find that for herself before she could be with Booth.)
Season 6: Now, as I’ve said before, each B&B moment post-Daredevil in the Mold built up B&B, but specifically to the finale, Signs in the Silence and Hole in the Heart were major neon signs. Signs, because Brennan brought up family, and specifically having kids, again. Hole, because, well, obviously. B&B finally became a couple, which led to that little revelation you may have missed at the end of Change in the Game.
I definitely think they were hitting us over the head with the anvils in this one, since next week’s seems to be goofy and eccentric, the calm before the storm, if you will. As you’ve said, the theme this season, and post-Prisoner especially, has been “family,” and what they’ll do to protect it at all costs. You saw it in subtle ways — Booth shutting Sweets down when he pries, Brennan being exacting to a fault over the caretakers, Brennan’s conflict over going back to work, Booth going making sure they’re fed etc. The finale is going to reflect that on a grander scale.
It’s going to be nail-biting, I have no doubt.