Spoiler Alert! If you haven't watched the final episode of Twin Peaks: The Return, get off the internet and go watch it!
I don't know about you, but I am suffering from Post-Traumatic Twin Peaks Disorder. Twin Peaks: The Return wrapped up this past Sunday, and I -- like everyone else who watched the continuation of the David Lynch series -- am still trying to wrap my head around it. I always forget that I get like this for several days after watching a new David Lynch project.
The Return ended with a doozy of a "cliffhanger," one where FBI Agent Dale Cooper questions what year it is. The answer to that question -- which is not forthcoming -- could change the meaning of the entire series. Along the way there are plenty of other questions, but ones that, in my opinion, are not meant to be debated. They are meant for each person to absorb and dissect in their own way.
But with a cliffhanger comes the desire for closure. That is not the Lynch way, but that is what viewers are calling for. My husband believes firmly that Lynch will eventually do another season, but again, that is not the Lynch way. Even Kyle MacLachlan, Agent Dale Cooper himself, says that we won't see more Twin Peaks. “Well, I know for a fact there are no discussions for more Twin Peaks,” MacLachlan told Deadline. “That’s where that is.” Similarly, he told the Hollywood Reporter, "They have had no discussions. I have had no discussions about anything beyond what we've seen."
As far as the finale, even Kyle MacLachlan, the star of the show and longtime David Lynch collaborator, has no answers:
“I don’t know — I’m very moved by it. It was a traumatic moment at the end, obviously. How to interpret that is open to so many possibilities, I feel. I’m not even sure where I am on that. We filmed it very early, and coming back to it now, it’s incredibly powerful — particularly with Sheryl Lee and that fantastic blood-curdling scream in the middle of the night in a small neighborhood in Seattle.
“When I first started working with David, I had a lot of questions (laughs), but over the years I learned that as long as I have an idea of what I am doing, that’s all I need. If it’s off, David will tell me, but more often than not I’m pretty close. There’s an amazing symbiotic relationship that David and I have where ideas flow back and forth and I seem to interpret them. There’s not a lot of explaining. I just intuitively know what he needs and what’s coming.”
Somehow, knowing that MacLachlan is still "processing" that finale makes me feel better.