As we wait for season 7, I think it’s fair to say that we have some expectations. Oh, okay, A LOT of expectations. And though I’ve always felt it unfair to impose our preconceived, often fanfic-fueled expectations on the show and then be disappointed when they don’t happen, I don’t think it’s unfair to expect some particular things out of season 7. But what exactly are those expectations or better yet, what should they be?
I guess I should backtrack a little and attempt to deal with the apparent hypocrisy. On the one hand, I don’t think it’s fair to impose our expectations on the show, but then I say, oh, wait, we have expectations of season 7 and they better be met! And I guess, my answer is, I think of expectations in two ways:
1) The expectations that we impose based on how we think something should happen, or what we think should be said or how the characters should behave. These are the expectations I believe we’re often guilty of and which are unfair to place on the writers.
2) And then there are the expectations based on the story the writers have given us and the promise they have made to us with how they’ve chosen to present their story. These expectations I feel are more fair for us to impose.
Number one I blame on our adoration for the show combined with some excellent fanfiction. I am often guilty of number one and have to constantly remind myself that it’s not fair. Maybe it doesn’t happen to others as often as it happens to me, but I find myself reading a really good story in which the Hannah storyline was resolved a lot more to my satisfaction and think, why couldn’t the writers have done it this way? Or how about this one (my personal favorite): there’s no way Booth and Brennan had sex the night of VNM’s death. And that’s mostly because of my expectation regarding the first time these two characters would go there and how that expectation simply did not match what the writers gave us. But it IS their story and it’s not really fair to be upset because I wanted first time to happen in X way, but it actually happened in Z way.
And then there’s numero dos, and the expectations we have accumulated based on what has happened not just in season 6, but throughout the show. Is it fair to expect that come next season Booth and Brennan will be in domestic bliss with baby girl (insert name of choice)? No. Though I would venture that if BB have a boy, there will be grumblings because a lot of us, haha, expect a girl. See how that’s unfair? It’s a minor point, to be sure, but what gender the writers pick for the baby should not be subjects to the desires and hopes of all the fans that have been waiting for Baby Girl Booth since the pilot.
On the other hand, is it unfair to expect that there will be no doubt for the audience that Booth won’t have the same access issues with this baby as he had with Parker? To that I say a heck no! And not because we want a happy, domestic Booth and Brennan, (I don’t think we should expect that) but because to portray otherwise would be to ignore the last six years. It may be that this is my personal expectation but I don’t think that it is an unfair one to impose on the writers. For six years Brennan has had a first row seat to Booth’s struggles with being a part time father, she knows how he feels about it and to have any kind of storyline that would invalidate that would be to invalidate six years of story and character development. I guess my whole point is that there are some things that we have earned the right to expect based on six years of storyline, even if that storyline has been inconsistent at times.
Another example of something which I would love to see in season 7, but which would not be fair to cry about if the writer’s don’t meet those expectations, would be a storyline relating to Booth’s father or his family background.
But on the other side of the coin, do I expect to see something more between BB than just two partners having a baby? Absolutely. The whole premise of the show is that Booth and Brennan are more than just partners, something the characters have never really been able to truly embrace. Do I expect that to change for season 7? Yes, otherwise what would be the point of the last six years?
What do you think? Do you have a different take on the expectations we as viewers have on the show? Are there things you expect because you always imagined happening that way on the show? Are there things you expect because the writers have led you down that path? What are your expectations for season 7? The fun, fanfic-y ones AND the must happen ones? Let’s discuss! (though keep it spoiler free!)