Season 11 of “Bones” ended with Dr. Temperance “Bones” Brennan (played by Emily Deschanel) having been abducted by her former assistant Zack Addy (played by Eric Millegan) and finally coming face to face with The Puppeteer – a serial killer Booth’s FBI team had been hunting because he turned his victims into moveable puppets. As Dr. Brennan is facing Zack and hears his words, “there is so much to talk about,” fear is dominating the air. Will Brennan’s husband and FBI Agent Seeley Booth (played by David Boreanaz) be able to find her in time or will “Bonesseason 12 end with Dr.

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Brennan’s death?

The story behind Zack

Eric Millegan, who played the “Bones” character of Dr. Zack Addy during season one to three, returned as a guest star again during season four and five and seasons 11 to 12. Zack’s character evolved from initially being Dr. Brennan’s graduate student and intern to eventually receiving his own doctorates in Forensic Anthropology and Mechanical Engineering.

In addition to his professional development, Zack initially reflects the character of Dr. Temperance “Bones” Brennan by having trouble understanding Hodgins’ or Angela’s jokes when it comes to everyday non-intellectual topics.

Zack can associate with Hodgins on a professional level as to who is the “King of the Lab,” but Zack’s growth takes a turn into the dark side – and results in being fired by Dr. Brennan – when he is discovered to be an apprentice of Gormogon, a serial killer.

Taking Hodgins’ advice that he would not do well in a regular prison, Zack pleads insanity and ends up in a psychiatric hospital. During the final episode of season 11, the “Bones” team finds out that Zack has escaped from the psychiatric facility, that he is most likely the notorious serial killer The Puppeteer, and that he has captured Dr. Temperance “Bones” Brennan.

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Show producer Michael Peterson hints at threat

The final “Bones” season will consist of 12 episodes, and the show’s executive producer Michael Peterson hinted in an interview that the end of the saga of Booth and Bones might not come from an external threat like Zack but from an internal destructive force called “love.”

“He [Brennan’s former love Tim ‘Sully’ Sullivan] comes back at a time in Brennan’s life when she is emotionally unbalanced,” Peterson commented. “She and Booth are going through a very difficult time, so it’s a strange time for this love from the past to show up,” he added.

“And it’s going to have some slight reverberations. I’ll be curious to see what the fans think.”

Tim “Sully” Sullivan (played by Eddie McClintock) appeared on “Bones” during episodes in season 2 and was dating Dr. Brennan. After getting involved with Dr. Brennan in an all-too-quick relationship, he decides to sail to the Caribbean in a boat. Despite naming the boat after Dr. Brennan, Bones declines his offer to sail off with him.

Booth speaks out

On his Twitter page, David Boreanaz shared that the final shooting production of “Bones” started on November 29, 2016, and that the last show was an extremely emotional experience.

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In one of his pics, Booth can be seen standing in a destroyed lab.

Like most fans, Boreanaz does not mention “Sully” to be a threat to his amazing 12-season relationship with Dr. Brennan.

As the “Bones” Season 12 premiere, titled “The Final Chapter: The Hope In The Horror,” airs on Tuesday, January 3, 2017, at 9 p.m. EST on Fox, fans express that no matter whether through external (Zack) or internal (Sully) forces, just one more quality television show is vanishing, while other programs don't quite measure up.