Admiring Katheryn Winnick
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12/17/2010  •  Posted By Lindsey  •  0 Comment(s)

Love her or hate her, chances are if you’re a BONES fan, you have an opinion on Hannah.
Ever since she appeared on the scene earlier this season fans have had a, um, vocal reaction to Booth’s current girlfriend. And no, that reaction isn’t a surprise to the people behind BONES.

You guys are six years into the show and for many shows, that’s the time to go with what’s familiar, but BONES has shaken things up. Now that Booth and Hannah are together, the Booth-Brennan dynamic needed to shift so boundaries remain in place. Is that something that was a conscious thought in the writers room?
Stephen Nathan: Yes, but it still is a Booth and Brennan centric show. All of the difficulties that they now have in keeping themselves at arm’s length from each other are the things that continually focus in on Booth and Brennan, if that makes sense. Hannah is here, but Hannah is here for us to further examine Booth and Brennan’s relationship.

And of course going into it, you all knew Hannah was going to get a vocal response from the fans…
SN: Oh, yes! We absolutely knew that. We told Katheryn [Winnick (Hannah)], you know, be ready. We knew this was going to be a big deal for the fans. They’re not going to like you. They’re going to want to kill you initially. And people are still upset, but I think they watch the show every week to be upset. To say, “What are you doing Booth? Why are you there? Look at Brennan! She’s right next to you! Look at how she’s looking at you!” And that’s part of the reason Hannah is there. And it’s also a way for Brennan to grow. And I think one of the best parts of this new phase in their relationship is to see the relationship between Brennan and Hannah. Because that’s a relationship between two strong, independent women that I really haven’t seen before on television. Certainly haven’t been a part of. Where you get to see two people who share something in common — they don’t necessarily know that yet, but they will in the very near future. But they like each other. They’re friends. And they have an actual relationship.

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