Anyone who’s seen the audacious season finale of Twin Peaks: The Return can agree that there’s definitely potential for more story, whether the viewer was satisfied with the way the series ended or not. While “Part XVII” of the season gave fans a little bit of the closure they were wholeheartedly seeking, “Part XVIII” annihilated all that closure in a blender and reintroduced it in the form of something completely unidentifiable. But what else did anyone expect from director David Lynch anyway?
Those who were were completely enraged over the ending are still yearning to find out what happened to Audrey (Sherilyn Fenn), if Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle McLachlan) succeeded in saving Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee), whether Shelley (Mädchen Amick) and Bobby (Dana Ashbrook) will ever get back together, and the myriad other open-ended plot points that weren’t explicitly resolved.
Lynch appeared for the first interview since the finale in a Skype session at the Serbia’s Belgrade Culture Centre, where his “Small Stories” photo exhibition is currently displayed. Addressing Audrey’s fate, he responded in true Lynchian fashion: “What matters is what you believe happened. Many things in life just happen and we have to come to our own conclusions.” Thanks, David.
More importantly, when asked about a potential fourth season, Lynch claimed it was too early to say, but in the case that there are plans for one, fans will have to be patient (as if they weren’t already patient enough), simply saying, “It took me four and a half years to write and film this season.”
Considering the real-life deaths of beloved characters, namely Log Lady played by Catherine Coulson and FBI Agent Albert Rosenfield played by Miguel Ferrer, time is of the essence. Regardless, Lynch has already proven that he can work around missing major Twin Peaks players.
As Coop gracefully acknowledged in the penultimate episode of The Return: “The past dictates the future.” So only if the wide acclaim of previous seasons means anything to Lynch, a fourth one will likely be in the works.
Watch some excerpts from the Skype session with Lynch below.
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