In a cryptic message that is not at all the straight-shooting David Lynch we are used to, the director and his Twin Peaks co-creator Mark Frost simultaneously tweeted clues that—like Agent Dale Cooper—fans should recall their hazy dreams of seeing more of the show.
And so, it is happening again: Speculation is already reaching a fevered pitch as to whether this is Lynch and Frost’s way of announcing the long-rumored, usually just wishful news of a Twin Peaks continuation. It’s a hope that fans have clung to more fervently than ever of late—all primarily on the back of Laura Palmer declaring, “I’ll see you again in 25 years” in the finale, some 23 years ago.
While neither Lynch nor Frost have ever entirely ruled out more Twin Peaks, both admitting that further stories could be told—and Lynch even reportedly telling Ray Wise that “the town of Twin Peaks is still there,” so there’s always the possibility of revisiting it—none of these supposed continuations have panned out yet. (Not officially, anyway.) Meanwhile, most of the cryptic hints about Twin Peaks’ “return” have ended up being advertisements for new DVD collections.
But the recent release of Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces suggests there’s nothing new left to advertise this time. (At least until the series is digitally reformatted as a hologram, complete with a special singing James who won’t leave your living room.) And so, is it possible that, after so many false hopes, Lynch and Frost are genuinely readying to return to Twin Peaks? Or are they just gearing up to release Twin Peaks-branded, coffee-flavored gum?