David Lynch on whether there could be more Twin Peaks

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Mar 25, 2021, 6:00 PM EDT (Updated)

Now that David Lynch successfully created a third season of Twin Peaks, would he be willing to keep going?

The answer is "maybe, but not right now." Speaking via Skype to an audience in Serbia to promote his photo exhibition at the Kulturni Centar Beograda there, Lynch had this to say when asked about the possibility of a fourth season (via EW, translated from Serbian site

"It’s too early to say if there will be a fourth season of the series. If that were the case, we would have to wait a few more years, because it took me four and a half years to write and record this (season)."

Lynch is nothing if not mercurial as an artist: He hasn't made a feature film in more than a decade, and it took him 25 years to finally follow up the first two seasons of Twin Peaks. So even if he is not quite ruling it out, I wouldn't expect to see a fourth run of the show popping up on Showtime's schedule for 2018 ... or 2019 or 2020, for that matter.

Kyle MacLachlan has said many times in the past that whenever Lynch calls, he comes running, so you could probably count him in for another spin as Agent Cooper (and whoever else Lynch may turn him into). Laura Dern, who played Diane during the past season, also says she's ready to come back: "I’ll never say no to David, and I’ll never say no to Diane, because now I’ve fallen in love with her."

As for the third season's controversial finale and intense -- if utterly enigmatic -- closing scene, Lynch said he chooses not to spell out what happened for the viewer:

"What matters is what you believe happened. Many things in life just happen and we have to come to our own conclusions. You can, for example, read a book that raises a series of questions, and you want to talk to the author, but he died a hundred years ago. That’s why everything is up to you."

The ending of Twin Peaks certainly didn't wrap the series up in one nice package with a bow on top, but in typical Lynchian fashion, it wasn't meant to. Does the story of Cooper, Laura Palmer, and all the other inhabitants of that strange town keep going? Perhaps it does, but it remains to be seen whether Lynch wants to tell it or leave it to us to imagine for ourselves.

Would you like more Twin Peaks from Lynch, even if you have to wait a few years?