After teasing fans for two seasons, "Bones" finally brought FBI Agent Seeley Booth and Jeffersonian Institute anthropologist Dr. Temperance Brennan together toward the end of season five. ... And then quickly separated the dynamic duo, sending him off to war in the Middle East and sending her on an expedition in Maluku.
When the pair returned to Washington, D.C., in last week's season six premiere, Brennan (Emily Deschanel) was caught off-guard when Booth (David Boreanaz) revealed he met someone else while overseas. That someone is Afghanistan war correspondent Hannah Burley (guest star Katheryn Winnick), a blonde bombshell who's witty, independent, adventurous, and in love with Brennan's could-be/would-be suitor. Hannah comes to D.C. unexpectedly in tonight's episode and catches her beau and his partner by surprise.
Winnick, of course, realizes she's walking into a hornet's nest of fans chomping at the bit to see Brennan and Booth together permanently.
"I heard," she says, laughing. "I heard that I may be causing an uproar, but I'm excited about it. I think people will be excited about my character and I hope that they will welcome me."
No sooner did Fox announce Winnick's role than her co-stars began a pro-Hannah campaign, urging fans to give the new character a chance. The actress says Hannah is worth it -- she's not just another pretty face vying for Booth's attention.
"I hope the audience will give Hannah's character a chance and realize that she's not there to be part of a love triangle or to create a big catfight or high school drama," Winnick says. "She's there because she truly does love Booth and she's there to explore a different part of her life -- and start a life with him. I think that people -- the audience -- will hopefully respect her strong character, her strong will, her motivation and drive to work. ... She's not there to be his girlfriend. She's there for her own purpose and her own path. I hope that the audience will give that character a shot and fall in love with her, because I've fallen in love with Hannah."
While Winnick is only signed-on to appear in a handful of episodes, she says she'd be happy to stay longer if fans -- and "Bones" producers -- find her character a worthwhile foil to the Booth-Brennan "will they or won't they" storyline.
"I will be definitely open for that conversation," Winnick says. "I love the show. I'm having a blast working with David and Emily, and Michaela (Conlin) as well. I think everybody as actors are fantastic on this show. I respect the writing. I'm having a great time."
"Bones" airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. on Fox.