On Sunday, May 21st, Showtime will take us back to the small logging town of Twin Peaks. In anticipation, Consequence of Sound will be reporting live from The Great Northern Hotel with some damn good features all week. Today, our staff theorizes on what we might expect from the new series, putting all of their boldest predictions on digital paper with digital ink. To paraphrase Radiohead, they might be wrong.
We’re days away from the highly-anticipated return of Twin Peaks and we’re still in the dark. We know we’re returning to familiar places, reuniting with familiar faces, and familiar things are happening again, but aside from that, your guess is as good as anyone’s. But that degree of mystery is rare these days, in an age when trailers are released 18 months before a movie and spoilers are as common as headlines, and that was always a predicament going into this reboot.
Because really, mystery has long been the fuel of this show — and every David Lynch production, for that matter — and if we’re not in the dark, then we’re not back in Twin Peaks. It’s a simple matter that Lynch recently explained to Rolling Stone:
“These days, movie trailers practically tell the whole story. I think it’s really harmful. For me, personally, I don’t want to know anything when I go into a theater. I like to discover it, get into that world, try to get as good of picture and sound as possible, no interruptions – so you can have an experience. And anything that putrefies that is not good.”
Naturally, part of the fun about being in the dark is figuring out where the light switch is and that’s an activity Lynch loves to offer for his fans and fellow viewers. So, since we’re only a little over 48 hours from the series epic return this Sunday, we decided to start stumbling around the darkness ourselves and make some strides toward the light. Ahead, you’ll read about 10 bold predictions that may or may not come to fruition when we finally start smelling those Douglas firs again.
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Watch Out For Robins
Lynch and company have been blessedly tight-lipped regarding the return of Twin Peaks, so much so that all we really know is that Jim Belushi’s character attends a party. Information has been scarce, but in a special Twin Peaks feature for Variety, Laura Dern revealed something quite fascinating: “Kyle and I had several scenes, particularly in the car, when we’re talking about the robins.” As any true Lynchhead will recall, robins figure quite prominently in the plot of Lynch’s Blue Velvet. That 1986 film starred both Dern and Coop himself, Kyle MacLachlan. Will this upcoming series deal with dreams and/or what is and isn’t real? Are Coop and Jeffrey one and the same? Is Dern reprising her role as Sandy?
Probably not, probably not, but humor me a few seconds more. This is where it gets really interesting. Dern’s quote about the robins has since been pulled from the article (statement: “This story has been revised and updated”)! Perhaps it’s because Lynch wants literally nothing coming out specific to the plot, or maybe, just maybe, there’s something to this connection. After all, if we’ve learned anything when it comes to the auteur it’s that it’s a strange world. –Justin Gerber
The Female Leads Will Light The Way
The first two seasons of Twin Peaks revolved around tragic female characters getting into grave danger and then needing to be saved, investigated, or disposed of. Throughout all of Lynch’s work, one common thread is his use of female characters as triggers for painful emotional evolution, or as portals (hi, Freud … vagina cave much?) to deep mysteries. This new season will shove all the ladies to the front, and instead of screaming and crying, they will be the true lights in those dark woods to guide the way, solve problems, and expose wrongs. Sarah Palmer will be a big, if not the main, part of this and her visions will come in handy now more than ever and, most likely, expose Cooper as being the new “man behind the mask.” Laura had visions, too, same as her mom, and she’s been passing messages to Cooper, and receiving them from Annie and other folks trapped in the Black Lodge for years. These messages will all make sense now. –Kelly McClure
Familiar Faces Won’t Show Up Until Later
Don’t be surprised if all your favorite characters remain in the shadows for the first hour or two. As we learned from 1992’s Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, this is a story with an outstanding wingspan, and given its sprawling, eclectic cast of newcomers, Lynch and co-creator Mark Frost have plenty of new roles to introduce. There’s Jim Belushi, there’s Naomi Watts, there’s Ernie Hudson, there’s Jennifer Jason Leigh, Sara Paxton, David Koechner, Brett Gelman … the fucking list goes on forever.
So, it would make sense that, while they have everyone’s utmost attention, they’d start painting a few of them on screen. Think about it: The hype is so enormous for this revival that Lynch could spend 20 minutes on a dusty, coffee-stained corner in the RR Diner and everyone would still refuse to pry their eyes off the screen. Then again, they could pull a Karate Kid 2 and start right from the ending of the last season, with Michael Ontkean pulling an Elizabeth Shue. Google if confused. –Michael Roffman
Donna Hayward’s Still Kicking
Here’s what we know: According to the massive cast list, neither Lara Flynn Boyle (Donna the first) nor Moira Kelly (Donna the second) is slated to return to the Pacific Northwest. This led, unsurprisingly, to speculation that the Twin Peaks revival would be a Donna-free zone. That said, Warren Frost (Dr. Will Hayward) and James Marshall (James Hurley) are both returning. Maybe they’re coming back to grieve Donna. Maybe she lives on, off-screen somewhere. Maybe she’ll just go unmentioned—not unlike Mandy Hampton, Kelly’s one-season-and-done character from The West Wing who pretty much just vanished (maybe Mandy’s also in the Black Lodge).
That’s not what I think, though. Lynch swapped one Donna for another already, in the great tradition of Aunt Viv on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, the dueling Beckys on Roseanne, and Man Men’s parade of Bobby Drapers. What’s to stop him from giving yet another actor a turn in Donna’s sensible flats? My money’s on Ashley Judd, an underrated actor with the added benefit of bearing a passing resemblance to Kelly and Boyle. Not only would Judd make a fine Donna, there’s something deliciously surreal and Lynchian about giving Ms. Hayward an ever-changing face. Of all our bets, this one is the safest. –Allison Shoemaker
CARL RODD WILL LEAD US TO THE WHITE LODGE
One of the more curious new characters in Fire Walk With Me is Carl Rodd, the proprietor of the Fat Trout Trailer Park in Deer Meadow, Oregon. Played by Lynch regular Harry Dean Stanton, the character at first seems slight for such an actor of such power, but one tiny moment reveals the depth of Rodd, hinting that the grizzled old-timer is much more connected to the events of the series’ mysteries than one might imagine. When investigating the trailer of the departed Teresa Banks, an old, filthy woman approaches as the music grows more ominous; Rodd clams up, as if he’s seeing something he knows he shouldn’t be seeing. “I’ve already gone places,” he mutters with age-old weariness. “I just want to stay where I am.” The woman leaves.
Here’s where things get really interesting. The sweater the woman is wearing looks very, very similar to the one the Log Lady does over in Twin Peaks. And if you read The Secret History of Twin Peaks, you’ll learn that, as a child, Rodd disappeared for two days alongside the Log Lady. In the series, we learn that she was swept away to wherever Major Briggs went, which is presumably the White Lodge. Look around his body and one would be sure to find the same marking that appeared on both the Log Lady and Major Briggs.
Rodd is confirmed for the series’ revival and, based on previews that feature him prominently, he’s set to play a major role. Considering that Don S. Davis, the actor playing Major Briggs, passed, it seems that our portal into the White Lodge is likely to come via Rodd and the Log Lady—actress Catherine Coulson unfortunately passed a few years, but did previously film scenes for the series.
Here’s another bold prediction: The old woman who showed up in Log Lady’s sweater? Totally that thing behind the dumpster in Mulholland Drive. –Randall Colburn
Cooper The Killer
Last we saw of FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper, he was bleeding from the face in his bathroom at the Great Northern and maniacally asking “How’s Annie?” Bob’s reflection took the place of his own and the new season will find Cooper steering clear of mirrors (metaphorically) as he attempts to conceal the parasitic Bob who is hitching a ride in his flesh suit. Cooper is gonna kill someone in this season. Maybe it’s Annie? Or maybe it’s Donna? Someone has the Owl Cave ring now, and we know how much Donna loved wearing Laura’s stuff.
And if Laura ultimately did lose control of the Owl Cave ring, someone else has it now and they’re in big trouble. Cooper’s inner battle with Bob will take him out of Twin Peaks — possibly on a run from the law — or possibly because (wait for it) there’s a whole other “mirror” Twin Peaks dimension out there with the exact same characters living entirely different lives. Okay, I need an aspirin now. –Kelly McClure
BIG ED AND NADINE ARE STILL TOGETHER
Some things never change. We saw it in the series. Ever notice how Bobby Briggs and Shelly Johnson recreate their first scene from the pilot nearly word for word in the second season finale? It’s the last time we see either of them and it mirrors our first glimpse of the pair. Things don’t change easy in Twin Peaks; like most small towns, it resists it. I’ve written before of how Big Ed Hurley may as well have been an Our Town character, as the guy is both emboldened and constricted by the routines and circularity of small town life.
Though he and Norma Jennings come THIS close to rekindling their own romance, Nadine is brought out of her mental break in the series’ finale only to bring Ed back into her orbit. Something tells me that hasn’t changed. And something tells me he still pines for Norma. Considering that the actor’s getting way, way up there in age, this revival could very well be Big Ed’s last chance to grasp some kind of happiness, even if it’s just one single, quiet night with Norma. –Randall Colburn
Diane, Is That You? Or Is It, You…?
Lynch’s Mulholland Drive started off as a failed pilot that blossomed into one of the greatest movies of this century. Years before it went into production, it was going to feature Sherilynn Fenn spinning off her role as Audrey Horne. That obviously fell through, but perhaps there is still a connection yet to be explored. The character of Diane is best known in the Lynchverse as a secretary Coop leaves long messages for in Twin Peaks, but what about the lead character in Mulholland Drive?
Naomi Watts played a Diane in that film. Naomi Watts is appearing in an undisclosed role in Twin Peaks’ return. Time means nothing to Lynch, so the outcome of Mulholland Diane may not mean anything to the auteur. I submit three other possibilities regarding Peaks Diane: 1) She will be portrayed by Laura Dern 2) The recordings will go on with no reveal 3) Diane was never real. I know what you’re thinking, so I’ll just say it for you: Silencio. –Justin Gerber
The Return of Pete Dayton
Out of all the 217 names listed on last year’s over-the-top cast list for Twin Peaks, the one that really stood out for fans of Lynch’s filmography was Balthazar Getty. The star and insatiable hunk of 1997’s Lost Highway, who pops up in the second half as auto mechanic Pete Dayton, is an ominous inclusion for a number of reasons. For starters, Lynch has stated that Lost Highway takes place in the same world as Twin Peaks. Which then begs the question: Why would Getty be starring in the revival?
Considering the actor isn’t a regular of Lynch’s and has only worked with him on Lost Highway, there’s reason to believe he may be returning as the ever-elusive Dayton. Those who’ve seen the film know that Dayton’s fate has always been questionable at best — in fact, his appearance in the film may even be a figment of Fred Madison’s (Bill Pullman) incarcerated daydreams — so, hey, maybe he’s in town to stir up some trouble. Or, fix some cars. Either way, keep an eye out. –Michael Roffman
Amanda Seyfried is BOB
In years to come, when you look up ‘wishful thinking’ in the dictionary there’ll be a picture of this prediction, probably next to another picture of my disappointed face. But go with me, just for a second.
Frank Silva, the Twin Peaks set dresser whose accidental on-camera appearance earned him a spot in the pop culture history books, sadly passed on in 1995, making any appearance in this revival unlikely (though we can’t rule out the use of extant footage). There’s no way we’re returning to Twin Peaks without BOB (a sure bet, given that Al Strobel, a.k.a. Gerard/MIKE, is slated to appear). Given that Ray Wise is also returning, the most likely scenario is one in which BOB somehow adopts the face of the late Leland Palmer, shifting his appearance to one which offers more emotional turmoil to the citizens of Twin Peaks. Wise would be creepy and wonderful and that’s probably what will happen (though with Lynch, one never knows).
But come on. If you were a murderous otherworldly entity who’s been floating around, wreaking havoc, for a long, long time, wouldn’t you want a new look? And if you’re giving yourself a makeover, wouldn’t you entertain the possibility that you might sow even more chaos if you looked like a pretty, doe-eyed young woman? Wise is a fine actor and his BOB would be perfectly awful in the best way—but Amanda Seyfried’s face would make a hell of a canvas for nightmares, and she’s certainly got the acting chops required. Perhaps she’s a former victim of BOB’s, and he grew attached to her face and adopted it as his own. Perhaps he’d choose to look like that in hopes of tricking those familiar with Silva’s mug into trusting the beast. Perhaps it would simply be really fucking cool. I know it won’t happen, but a girl can dream. –Allison Shoemaker