Bones Spoilers: Why Did Sweets Have To Die?

Shocking would be the best way to describe the Bones season premiere and now we have some answers.

TVLine caught up with the show’s executive producer Stephen Nathan to discuss why Dr. Lance Sweets was killed off.

“It was a complicated and very difficult decision for us,” Nathan said. “John’s career as a writer and director has been taking off over the past few years, and… [this fall he’s helming] a remake of National Lampoons’ Vacation, which coincided with the start of the season. We didn’t know what to do. And then we realized that this fit in very well with the conspiracy arc [that landed Booth in jail]. It gives us something very rich and very emotional to play within the first half of the season. Everybody’s affected very deeply by this. And it also seemed to be a surprising way to start the season. Usually when characters meet their ends on a series it’s at the end of the season.”