'Twin Peaks': David Lynch Offers a Timeline for a Potential Sequel

If there's a fourth season beyond Showtime's 'The Return,' it won't see the light of day until "four years from now," according to the famously secretive filmmaker.
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From left: Laura Dern, Kyle MacLachlan and David Lynch at the premiere of 'Twin Peaks: The Return.'

Will it happen again, again?

That's the No. 1 question on the minds of Twin Peaks viewers following the end of the recent Showtime revival — or, at least, a top five question. (Frankly, there are so many loose ends, it's hard to prioritize them.) At the very least, the way in which David Lynch and Mark Frost closed out their run on Twin Peaks: The Return has left onlookers wondering if there are plans for further stories centered on Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) and Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee), or Richard and Carrie, as it were. 

Regarding a fourth season, few people expected a clean answer from Lynch, a filmmaker who famously lets the work speak for itself. And while the answer isn't necessarily "clean," at least Lynch has finally come out and addressed the idea of further exploring the world of Twin Peaks — and thankfully, the door to the Black Lodge remains open.

In an interview with EW, Lynch said that he hasn't yet begun discussions with Showtime about another season of Twin Peaks ("The thing just finished!"), but he seems open to the possibility: "Even if there was more, it would be four years from now before anyone would see it. We'll just have to wait and see." 

As for whether Lynch has actual ideas for a sequel? "I can't talk about that," he answered, dismissing the question like David Bowie's Phillip Jeffries shouting down the subject of Judy.

For what it's worth, several people orbiting the Twin Peaks universe are eager for a comeback, including MacLachlan, who previously told The Hollywood Reporter: "I would love playing Cooper forever and ever. It's just one of those characters who seems to fit. David and I have worked to make this amazing world and character. I love it. I hate saying goodbye. I hate not seeing him every week on the television." 

With any luck, MacLachlan won't have to say goodbye to Cooper just yet — he just might have to put the eternally optimistic federal agent on a shelf for the next four years. 

For his part, Showtime CEO David Nevins wouldn't rule out a revival. "I don't think so, but it's not impossible," the executive previously told THR about a potential fifth season of the cult drama.

Beyond the notion of a sequel, Lynch covered a few other Twin Peaks topics in his interview, though he remained as vague as ever on virtually every subject. A few highlights:

• On the subject of "Part 8," the nuclear-level episode that stands out as the single most surreal episode of Twin Peaks ever: "It's a strange story. In my first feature film, Eraserhead, Henry has that same atomic bomb photo on his wall. So the atomic bomb's in our lives, hopefully not going off, just sitting nicely in a closet. But, you know, things come along. One thing or another can open up portals."

• On the subject of MacLachlan's many different performances: "I love them all. I don't know what type of person, but there must be a lot of them that just love Dougie. Kyle did such a good job as Dougie. You want to have a Dougie at home, to take care of and sit with and have cake and stuff."

• On the subject of Sarah Palmer (Grace Zabriskie), and the inspiration behind her menacing story this season: "I can't really talk about more than what you saw. But I can say that — and it would be wrong for you to think that I don't think other actresses are great — but Sarah Palmer, I mean Grace Zabriskie, is a staggeringly great actress. And so great to work with. I just can't get enough of her. She's incredible and does things so deep inside that you just can't turn away. You're just with her a hundred percent. She's a real artist."

• On the subject of "Billy," an unseen character who gets name-checked frequently: "Well, Billy's another story. It's the Roadhouse in Twin Peaks. To listen in to two or three characters talking about what's going on in their lives in Twin Peaks was the thing. They've all got their problems, and [they're] dealing with them." 

Vague enough for you? Pressed further on "Billy," Lynch offered no answer other than laughter — not unlike how he ended the entire series, assuming it's truly over.

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