While the end of Twin Peaks’ third season could be viewed with a certain finality, it definitely has the feeling of a cliffhanger. Or, as co-creator David Lynch told The Hollywood Reporter, it leaves “room to dream.”
But in his recent talk with the site, he suggested television’s embrace of long-form storytelling may lead to further hours of Twin Peaks; though he cautions it is “too early to say that right now.”
Lynch’s television work was never an easy sell. During the production of the Twin Peaks pilot in 1989, most of the cast and crew – Lynch included – assumed ABC would never air the two-hour debut, let alone commit to a series. When it aired, they assumed no one would watch. And when it became a cultural landmark, they were still surprised.
In its second season, Lynch and co-creator Mark Frost left to make movies and returned to a house in shambles. The show leaned too heavily on its quirkiness and primetime soap opera roots. It also revealed Laura Palmer’s killer, destroying much of the show’s momentum. ABC moved the series around the schedule until cancelling it in May of 1991.
Lynch would attempt to more TV pilots: On the Air, which became a short-lived ABC series in the summer of 1992, and Mulholland Drive. The latter was reformatted into a feature film after he failed to sell it to a network.
Now, with the success of Twin Peaks on Showtime, Lynch sees television as “a very friendly environment for a continuing story” and that viewers are “generally ready” for the sort of television he enjoys making. And though a fourth season announcement is not a done deal, Lynch maintains he’s “learned never say never.”
Twin Peaks is available on Showtime.