Twin Peaks to return after 25 years

Twin Peaks, the 1990’s cult television series well known for its bizarre mixture of soap opera and horror, is set to return for another series consisting of nine episodes in 2016.

The show, which was based around solving the murder of a young girl, Laura Palmer, in the town of Twin Peaks, aired for only two seasons on the ABC Network. ABC wanted to make cutbacks on the show but Lynch, thinking this would reduce the quality of the show, ended it to pursue the idea of a feature film instead. The show ended on the June 10th, 1991, pulling viewers from 10.4 million households in the U.S.A.

In 1992 a movie, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, was made as a prequel to the television series, though this did not answer the questions of the fans. The main question being; what has actually happened to Agent Dale Cooper? Much to the dismay of fans, director and co-writer David Lynch indicated in subsequent interviews a lack of interest in returning to the television series.

However, on the 3rd of October both Lynch and Mark Frost tweeted identical tweets; “Dear Twitter Friends: That gum you like is going to come back in style! #damngoodcoffee”, a quote from the show’s finale said by the dwarf to Agent Cooper in the Black Lodge. Lynch and Frost drew fans attention to this scene as it is also where Laura Palmer appears and cryptically addresses Cooper, saying “I’ll see you in 25 years”. This sparked excitement in fans as they prepared for an announcement of the show’s return.

Three days later, Frost and Lynch simultaneously tweeted “Dear Twitter Friends…it is happening again. #damngoodcoffee” along with a short video clip officially announcing the show’s return. Their tweet referenced the scene right before the death of Maddy (Laura’s cousin), when The Giant appears to Agent Cooper saying “it is happening again” in reference to the murders. The quotes used by Frost and Lynch in each of their tweets are picked from some of the many supernatural scenes of the series. The inclusion of supernatural elements was uncommon in the 1990’s and attributed to the major success of the series.

The new season, which starts in 2016, 25 years after the season two finale, will be set in modern day Twin Peaks. It will be welcome news to cult followers that both Frost and Lynch will co-write all nine episodes and that Lynch will direct each episode. Although it is unclear how many of the original cast will return, Kyle MacLachlan who played Agent Cooper, seems set to return. He tweeted “Better fire up the percolator and find my black suit 🙂 #twinpeaks”.

With just over a year to wait for the new season, if there’s one thing we can expect from the show, it’s that plenty of cherry pie and cups of joe will be consumed. However, with Frost and Lynch’s love of abstract work, we can only guess at the questions which will be answered. In the words of Jerry Horne, a minor character from Twin Peaks, “I am 100% sure we’re not completely sure”.

Michelle Bourke

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