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"Bones" is a show that thrives on the relationships of its characters. The cases Booth and Brennan have to dissect each week are painstakingly created to be sure, but "Bones" really hits a great stride with all the gears of the cast turning in harmony, or at least what would pass for harmony.
Still, the fictional crime fighters of the Jeffersonian have had to contend with some formidable villains. While most cases are solved and an arrest is made at the end of every hour, the really good bad guys (and gal) can take a season or longer to be caught. Here is a look at some of the best villains "Bones" has ever seen.
While the Gravedigger was introduced in season two, the culmination of all that storytelling ended abruptly a few episodes ago with the explosion of a head. In an ironic turn of events, the execution of this serial killer would introduce the sniper story line that is currently being explored. But the Gravedigger was an adversary like no other, thwarting attempts at every turn by staying one or two steps ahead, and even kidnapping three members of the team. This was one of the show's brightest and strongest villains without a doubt.
The season three story line of the Gormogon murders is one of those tricky areas of the show to navigate. While the story of a secret society of cannibals is intriguing, it would end the career of one of the most popular characters on "Bones." While Eric Millegan, who played Zack, still pops up from time to time, it is hard to forgive the writers of the show for making him one of the bad guys, temporarily insane or not. However, the Gormogon story remains one of the best season-long arcs in the history of the show, not just for the over-the-top behavior of the villain, but for how the characters came together to bring them down with the help of an FBI SWAT team.
Howard Epps, played by Heath Freeman, was introduced in season one, and he would meet a bad end in season two when he fell off a balcony after stalking Brennan. The terrifying thing about Howard Epps was his ability to outsmart the team at the Jeffersonian as he managed to get a few licks in before his demise. Epps was in many ways the first major bad guy for the show, and he set the stage for what it would take to become a major player against the squints of the Jeffersonian and Seeley Booth.
- Eric Millegan
- secret society
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