Erin Batchelder '17 Assistant Arts Editor
The anniversary of the day that Agent Dale Cooper entered the town of “Twin Peaks,” show creators David Lynch and Mark Frost tweeted cryptically: “That gum you like is going to come back in style.” By Oct. 6, they announced that a third and final season of the hit 90s show would be released in 2016 on the Showtime channel. For “Peaks” fans, the news was highly anticipated and well-received; however, some are already scrutinizing the logistics of the 9-episode season.
Begun in 1990, “Twin Peaks” was an anomaly of 90s primetime television. Co-creator, writer, and director David Lynch had established a career in film with his masterpieces “Eraserhead” (1977), “The Elephant Man” (1980), and “Blue Velvet” (1986). While his films had a cult following of avant-garde cinephiles, the dark undertones and surrealistic quality of his work were not something the average TV watcher had seen before.
The story was a simple murder mystery: The opening scene of the series showed a fisherman finding homecoming queen Laura Palmer wrapped in plastic. Immediately after, FBI Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) rolls into the small town of Twin Peaks determined to answer the question: Who killed Laura Palmer? The inherent suspense of the plot and the compelling characters that populated the show kept viewers glued to their screens. However, faltering ratings and disagreements with ABC TV executives led to the show’s cancellation after two seasons.
The show ended on cliff-hanger, which left fans outraged. To try to tie up loose ends, Lynch released “Fire Walk with Me” (1992) — a prologue to the series which follows Laura Palmer through her last few days of life. While the film did clear up several plot-holes, fans were still left with questions, which will hopefully be addressed in this final season.
At this point, while early in the production process, Kyle MacLachlan has already announced that he will be the main character of the season. Frost and Lynch will write and direct the episodes, and Showtime will most likely give them the artistic liberty they deserve. But a lot is still questionable about how the show will go about casting issues. Most significantly, Frank Silva, who played the show’s villain Killer BOB, passed away shortly after the release of “Fire Walk with Me.” As such an integral aspect to the show, it will be interesting to see how Lynch and Frost work around his absence.
Also, there are questions as to what time period the show will be dealing with. Will the show follow the time after the show’s conclusion, or will the show deal more with the world of Twin Peaks 25 years later? Either way, it’s likely that Lynch and Frost will prioritize a sound ending to will satisfy the fans that have made the show the cult classic it is today.
Shooting is slated to begin in 2015 alongside the release of a book penned by Frost. Right now, sources anticipate that the book will detail the lives of characters over the past twenty-five years in Twin Peaks. The show itself will air at some point in 2016 on Showtime.