Twin Peaks: The Return simultaneously flummoxed and captured the imaginations of viewers over the summer, and because its conclusion left audiences hanging and Agent Dale Cooper in a bit of a pickle, the question of whether or not there will ever be another return to the town in the Pacific North West continues to swirl around. And although series creator David Lynch doesn’t think it’s the right time to say so one way or another, he’s also learned that those working in Hollywood can never say never when a property as popular as Twin Peaks is involved.
It took nearly 26 years before Lynch and co-creator Mark Frost delivered The Return, so if the two are keeping hopes alive that we have not seen the last of Cooper, Audrey Horne, or Sheriff Truman (either brother), hopefully they don’t make fans wait another quarter century. And even though this summer’s 18-episode trip into the surreal didn’t garner as many eyeballs as Showtime was likely hoping it would, the network’s president, David Nevins, seems ready to give Lynch and Frost the green light anytime they’re interested in giving Twin Peaks another go.
Lynch’s “never say never” comments came up in a lengthy interview the director did with THR, where he discussed his feelings surrounding the new series in a particularly Lynchian sort of way – which is to say he managed to say a lot without saying too much at all – though it’s more than the members of the TCA got when the director took questions months before the show’s premiere. This time, with regard to the questions of a return to The Return, Lynch answered in a more uncharacteristic straightforward way, first saying, “I don’t know. It’s too early to say that right now,” and later telling THR that he’s “learned never say never.”
That might not be the most attractive answer right now, especially to those who desperately want to know more about Agent Cooper predicament. But for those who felt as though the conclusion could use a little (or a lot) more resolution, when Lynch was asked whether the final scene was intended to be a cliffhanger or perhaps something intended to be pondered, he offered a familiar response: “I don’t really say things like that. But you know, I always say that there should be some room to dream.”
What another return to Twin Peaks might look like is anyone’s guess. The Return certainly surpassed expectations, especially for those concerned the revival would simply pander to fans’ nostalgia of hot coffee and pie, and the kooky denizens of a strange town in Washington. Considering the creative avenues Lynch and Frost went down over the course of 18 episodes, the question of where they might go next remains a tantalizing subject indeed.
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