TV Guide (Blog) Season 11 Mid-Season Finale Interview

Dec 10, 2015 | Articles

Bones Shocker: TJ Thyne on What That Heartbreaking Twist Means for Angela and Hodgins

by Adam Bryant

[WARNING: The following story contains spoilers from Thursday’s midseason finale of Bones. Read at your own risk.]

The bomb that went off on Thursday’s midseason finale of Bones may have blown up one of the show’s key relationships.

The second episode of the two-hour finale opened with an explosion that sent Aubrey (John Boyd) to the hospital with some pretty scary injuries, which he sustained by shielding Hodgins (TJ Thyne) from the blast. However, the episode ended with a devastating twist: While Aubrey eventually left the hospital and seemed to be OK, Hodgins’ bumps and bruises turned out to be much more severe after some delayed swelling around his spinal cord leaves Hodgins paralyzed.

But is Hodgins’ sad diagnosis permanent? “You can’t say never, but as far as we’re concerned, he’s going to be wheelchair-bound,” executive producer Michael Peterson tells, adding that Hodgins will be put through the wringer as he comes to grips with his situation.

Bones Season 11 - TJ Thyne

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“It’s a process. There’s all these different stages of dealing with a tragedy — you go through anger, you go through denial — and he’s really going to hit every single one of them. It affects his job, it affects his relationship with Angela and his kids.”


“We’re going to see the Hodgins of the first couple of seasons, a guy who had to work with anger management, who used to snap his rubber band on his wrist to keep some of his anger in control. He’s going to be a little more Gregory House than Hodgins for a while. He’s just pissed at the world. This is not where life was supposed to be take him.”

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BONES: L-R: John Boyd and TJ Thyne in "The Doom in the Boom" ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Patrick McElhenney/FOX

BONES: L-R: John Boyd and TJ Thyne in “The Doom in the Boom” ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co.  Patrick McElhenney/FOX

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