Despite his (and his co-creator Mark Frost’s, and Showtime’s) promises that he would see us again in 25 years, David Lynch is now saying that he “hasn’t returned yet” for the upcoming third season of Twin Peaks, leading some to believe that the new episodes may be delayed, or even canceled entirely.

Lynch made the typically cryptic statement—hasn’t returned from where? The Black Lodge? The Rabbit Room from Inland Empire? A gymnasium at the end of a very long hallway inside whose basketball hoop lie the mysteries of the universe?—while speaking to the Australian press outlet ABC News. The fan site Welcome To Twin Peaks has uploaded a clip of Lynch’s interview to Instagram, where he says, “I haven’t returned yet. And we’re still working on the contract. But I love the world of Twin Peaks and I love those characters. And I think it will be very special to go back into that world.”

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That doesn’t sound like anything too perilous, but according to Gawker Lynch also said that “I’m not sure at this point if [Twin Peaks is] happening” due to “complications” at a gallery event in Australia this weekend. Apparently the scripts for all nine episodes of the new season are complete, but Lynch has yet to sign a contract, indicating that he may simply be holding out for better terms in his agreement with Showtime. Also, it just wouldn’t be a David Lynch project if the shiny, seemingly perfect facade didn’t have something fetid and grotesque bubbling just underneath the surface.