It’s a reunion twenty-five years in the making. In 1990 a series about a murder in a small town premiered. But Twin Peaks was different than other murder mysteries. It fused together numerous genres, including horror and fantasy, into a story about what appeared to be a small town and its secrets. Even people from outside – like FBI Agent Dale Cooper – were not immune to the supernatural events happening in the town of Twin Peaks. The second season of the show ended on a massive cliffhanger. Cooper was replaced by the evil Killer Bob, the same being that was responsible for the death of Laura Palmer. And then the unthinkable happened, and the series was canceled without the mystery being resolved.
A glimmer of hope emerged in 1992 when a movie was released in theaters called Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me. But the movie was actually mostly a prequel about the events leading up to the murder of Laura Palmer, which also touched on Cooper’s investigation into a similar murder the year earlier. However, one hint about Cooper’s fate was revealed. He was trapped in The Black Lodge – a place outside this dimension. And for the last twenty-five years that is all the audience has known.
But answers are on their way. On May 21, 2017, Twin Peaks will have a revival series which is supposed to finally bring closure to the fans about the fate of Dale Cooper. Though in Twin Peaks, there might just be more questions asked than answered. Recently, EW sat down with a number of the original series cast members who are returning for the revival to talk about coming back to the series a quarter of a century later – all the while photographing the group for their upcoming Twin Peaks covers (see below).
Each actor had their own take on returning to the series. Peggy Lipton – who plays waitress Norma Jenkins – spoke about the familiarity. How even though a lot has changed, a lot is still the same. Sherilyn Fenn – Audrey Horne – was playing a teenager in the original series, so her focus is on the different perspective that comes from age. How she is not longer approaching it as a teenager, but as a grown-up. Kyle MacLachlan – Dale Cooper – spoke about how aging changes people, and will therefore affect the characters as well. Sheryl Lee – Laura Palmer and Maddie Ferguson – feels blessed to be working with everyone, a sentiment echoed by James Marshall – John Hurley.
MacLachlan also spoke about the fans, about how their love for the series probably made the revival happen, and how he hopes they enjoy the results. The video of course ends with him calling back to Cooper’s most famous line: “Damn fine coffee. And hot.”
Twin Peaks begins airing its 18 episode revival season on Showtime May 21, 2017.