'Twin Peaks' Showtime Revival Is Officially Happening & That's Not Even The Best News
For fans, these rumors of a Twin Peaks revival are proving to be just as much of an emotional roller coaster as James and Donna's romance was. While fans were initially ambiguously promised a revival from Laura Palmer herself when she said "I'll see you again in 25 years" in the final episode of the series, news surrounding the project have been bleak at best — though, initially, in the fall of 2014, creator David Lynch revealed that he and Showtime would be reviving Twin Peaks with most of the cast on board, news soon broke that Lynch had backed out of the Twin Peaks revival project due to arguments about the budget with Showtime. This was, of course, the cause of much unrest and anxiety in fans — but now, luckily, we can all rest easy because but David Lynch just revealed that Twin Peaks' revival is back on, and he's officially on board.
On Friday night, Lynch tweeted to his followers: "Dear Twitter Friends, the rumors are not what they seem ..... It is !!! Happening again. #TwinPeaks returns on @SHO_Network." This is incredibly exciting news for Twin Peaks fans. More than with almost any other show, Lynch is considered the auteur of Twin Peaks. Much of the show's appeal came from the specific and dreamy mood created by Lynch; he turned his visions and dreams into the show's reality, and there's no way that the series would be anything close to the same without him.
Reviving a show so long after it initially aired has many built-in challenges. The actors have aged, television has changed, and fans' expectations are incredibly high. Many Twin Peaks viewers were disappointed by the show's final episodes, (though this could be because, apparently, Lynch was barely involved), so a revival has an opportunity to give the show a more fitting ending.
Lynch's return does not completely dispel my fears that the new season might not live up to the original series, however. I'm sure that the budget negotiations between Lynch and Showtime were not always pleasant, and feuding between showrunner and network from the get go does not bode well. The cast, however, seems very on board with it, which is definitely a good sign. Kyle MacLachlan, who played Special Agent Dale Cooper in the series, expressed his approval in a few heartening tweets.
Showtime (or whoever runs Showtime's social media, I guess) also seems excited.
Sherilyn Fenn, who plays Audrey Horne, was super psyched.
The fact that Lynch will direct every episode (he didn't direct many in the show's initial run), paired with the fact that the whole cast seems genuinely stoked makes me very hopeful about this revival. Now, all we have to do is wait.