Oh Laura Palmer, how you vex us so. It’s been more than a quarter of a century since we learned who killed the prom queen, but we still have so many, many questions surrounding her death… Mainly, what the heck is the revival of the show that started it all, Twin Peaks, going to actually be all about?
Ever since Showtime (and The Movie Network and CraveTV) announced that Twin Peaks is returning, we’ve been scratching our heads trying to figure out where the story is picking up, what kind of plot we can expect and anything else that creator David Lynch has up his sleeves. Of course knowing him, we’d never come close to guessing what he actually has planned, but that hasn’t stopped us from speculating and asking.
Here’s the thing though: even after sitting down with Lynch for 15 minutes in Los Angeles during the Television Critics Association Press Tour, we still don’t know much about the new show. But thanks to his dodgy answers to all of our questions we know slightly more than we did before our press conference, which is something, we guess.
So now here’s everything we know, in no particular order.
1. Twin Peaks is officially returning on Sunday, May 21
The first episode back should be a damn fine debut, given the fact that it’s a two-hour premiere. The episode is one of 18 new installments, all of which are directed, produced, written and composed by Lynch himself.
“I see it as a film, and film in parts is what people would experience, and it was a joyful, fantastic trip with this great crew and great cast, and this word ‘expect’ is a magical word, and people expect things, and their expectations are met, hopefully, when they see the thing.”
If you’re like us and have something of a hard time deciphering that Lynch quote, our takeaway is this: he knows we’re all waiting to see what he does with the revival, and he hopes that we like it.
2. There are “new mysteries”
So this is Twin Peaks, and obviously mysterious things are going to happen. We can now reveal that NEW mysteries are in store thanks to a confirmation of sorts from Lynch. Or at least it was new mysteries that inspired him to keep this thing going at any rate.
“Well, in the beginning, many years ago, Mark Frost and I, as if lost in the wilderness, as it always is in the beginning, and then we seemed to find some mountain, and we begin to climb, and when we rounded the mountain, we entered a deep forest, and going through the forest for a time, the trees began to thin. And when we came out of the woods, we discovered this small town called Twin Peaks. And we got to know many of the people in Twin Peaks, and the people who visited Twin Peaks, and we discovered a mystery, and within this mystery were many other mysteries. And we discovered a world, and within this world, there were other worlds, and that’s how it started, and that’s what brought us here today. This story continues.”
3. This new version will feel very much like the original
If you loved the tone, mood and overall feel of the original Twin Peaks when it first premiered in 1990, you won’t be disappointed by the new iteration. That’s because Lynch loved the original as much as we did.
“I’ll tell you what I loved, the pilot of Twin Peaks,” he said. “That set the tone, and made the world and the characters for me. That started the thing, and I felt really good about that mood and that story, those characters. Just fell in love, deep, deep love.”
4. Things in the roboot will be the same… yet very different
So how does small-town living evolve over 26 years? Well according to Lynch it evolves in a couple of significant ways. But things also stay exactly the same.
“It’s both the same and different,” he pretended to explain. “If you go back 25 years in any town and revisit it again, it’s that way. It’s many things remain the same. But also, you feel a change.”
5. This may not be the last we hear about Twin Peaks
Here’s the thing about revivals: we get super excited for them but then they’re over after just a few short episodes. That may not be the case with this series though. When Lynch was asked whether he would consider doing another season of the show, he had another cryptic answer that involved what killed the series in the first place.
“Well, before I said I wasn’t going to revisit it, and I did. You never say no. But right now there’s no plans for anything more,” he said. “What killed Twin Peaks originally, was that, ‘Who killed Laura Palmer?’ was a question we did not ever really want to answer, and that Laura Palmer mystery was the goose that laid these little golden eggs. And then at a certain point, we were told we needed to wrap that up and it never really got going again after that.”
6. There are lots and lots of returning people
At this point, it’s almost easier to talk about who’s not returning as opposed to who is returning. As of right now we know that original players Michael Ontkean, Lara Flynn Boyle and Joan Chen aren’t involved in the reboot, but the why of it all is still a complete mystery. Did they decline to participate or did Lynch not want them to return?
“It’s a little bit of both,” he simply shrugged in response to that question.
7. Laura Dern may or may not be Diane
We still have no idea who any of the new actors are playing, but the popular fan theory is that newbie Laura Dern may play Diane — Agent Cooper’s faceless secretary. Lynch would of course neither confirm or deny that casting, so what did Laura Dern have to say about the theory?
“I am not at liberty to discuss anything except how incredibly excited I am to join these guys. And I will tell you I am playing my very own character, different than their characters, and yet not able to discuss who the character is.”
Naomi Watts, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tim Roth, Monica Bellucci, Amanda Seyfried, Michael Cera, Jim Belushi and Trent Reznor are all also expected to stop by the revival. And no, we have no idea who they’re playing either.
8. The prequel movie factors in
If you’re a true Twin Peaks fan you probably saw the prequel film, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, which examined the days leading up to Laura Palmer’s disappearance. Apparently, while the film itself doesn’t factor into the prequel per se, it isn’t ignored either.
“I could say it’s the story of Laura Palmer’s last seven days. Very much important for this,” Lynch quipped.
9. We won’t learn anything more from the trailers
Production on the series (which returned to Washington) was top secret, and the project will remain that way until it actually airs. As such there will be no official trailer that gives us any new footage or glimpse into what’s coming up in the near future, meaning that May can’t come fast enough.
Until then, expect plenty more of this…