Jensen taks to Bones producer Hart Hanson, who says, “If I had listened to the shippers, Bones and Booth would have gotten together at the end of season I.” Jensen writes:
Somewhere, shippers are asking, And that would be a problem why?
But this sentiment doesn’t ring true: A shipper enjoys the longing. A slow burn heightens feelings; a gradual, steady build makes the heart flutter; hands brushing against each other send electric charges; casual glances become smoldering gazes. Foreplay makes your sensitive parts even more sensitive. And if two characters do kiss after two and a half seasons, it’s squeal-inducingly exciting because you’ve waited so long, but you wouldn’t want them move too quickly: Once you open the present, Christmas is over.
Plus, shippers like to fantasize about stuff that will never happen: same-sex sex, incest, and yes, same-sex incest. In a harsh, cruel world, you can’t always get what you want. But like Blondie sings, dreaming is free.