It's been a little more than a year since Twin Peaks returned for an 18-episode third season after nearly three decades off the air, and because this is Twin Peaks we're talking about, there are still plenty of mysteries left hanging for fans to dissect and puzzle over. For every question we got answers to in Twin Peaks: The Return, there seemed to be at least three more new ones. Co-creator Mark Frost followed the show up with a book, The Final Dossier, that deals with some of those loose ends, but this is a franchise that will never, ever give us all the answers.
That doesn't mean it won't ever give us at least a few more, though. Shortly after the conclusion of The Return last year, co-creator and director David Lynch gave a typically Lynchian response to the possibility of more episodes, leaving the door open for yet another return to the series. Now Lynch has apparently hinted at at least one storyline from the show that's still holding his interest.
Lynch, as you may know, is making the rounds these days to promote his new memoir Room to Dream, which means a few Twin Peaks questions are bound to come up. At a Q&A Friday, he got one, and here's how one person in attendance described the response.
"It is calling, but there are a lot of disturbances," Lynch said when asked about continuing Twin Peaks. That is, again, a very Lynchian answer. What are these disturbances? Is he worried Showtime or another network wouldn't be willing to finance it again? Is he worried about casting? Is the story just not completely coming together in his head yet? It's Lynch, so we might not ever know for sure.
What is particularly interesting if you're a Peaks fan, though, is that Lynch isn't just responding to a general question about continuing the show here. He's responding specifically to continuing the story of Carrie Page, a pivotal and still extremely mysterious character in The Return. Played by Sheryl Lee (who also played Laura Palmer, the murder victim at the center of the show), Carrie only appears in the finale of The Return. She's a waitress at a restaurant in Odessa, Texas, who Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) picks up before journeying on to Twin Peaks. Though he is aware of her significance (she's apparently another aspect of Laura, seemingly from another dimension), she is not, and maintains that she has no idea who Laura is or what happened in Twin Peaks even as Cooper drives her through the town and up to the Palmer house. When they knock on the door, they find Laura's mother Sarah no longer lives there. As they go to leave, Cooper asks, "What year is this?" and Carrie hears the distant voice of Sarah Palmer shouting Laura's name. Carrie screams into the night, the lights in the Palmer house seem to short out, and the show cuts to black.
It's an ending that, understandably, Twin Peaks fans are still talking about, and it's the kind of thing that could certainly produce a deeper story if Lynch and Frost felt like telling it. Some fan theories assert that this mysterious moment actually is a definitive end to the series, claiming Carrie is part of a pocket dimension meant to trap the evil entity known as Judy, therefore her scream is Laura's energy destroying the "trap world" and Judy with it, but Lynch has never given us his interpretation. Plus, Lynch could have simply dismissed the "Carrie Page" portion of the question altogether and meant his answer more generally. As usual, we don't know what goes on inside his head.
So, even if you do want to see more Twin Peaks (and there are certainly fans who feel no more is necessary), don't get those hopes up too high. Lynch loves to remain open to possibilities, but that doesn't mean he'll ever get back around to the series. Still, it would kinda be nice to go back and get at least a little more of Audrey Horne.