Twin Peaks season 4 is a legitimate possibility, according to co-creator Mark Frost. Fans were stunned when it was first announced Twin Peaks was coming back for a third season in 2014. The original series was a cultural phenomenon, introducing viewers to the bizarre residents of the title town, and Kyle MacLachlan’s Agent Cooper. The show was the unique brainchild of David Lynch and Frost, and it brought a uniquely cinematic approach to television. Despite its popularity, the show hit a wall creatively during the second year.
The network forced Lynch and Frost to solve the Laura Palmer murder halfway through, and the show struggled to find engaging stories from there. Declining ratings led to it being cancelled at the end of season two, which ended on a huge cliffhanger. Lynch then directed prequel film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me; while the movie is considered one of the director’s best now, it was critically reviled at the time and failed at the box office. For years Lynch vowed he would never return to the show, only to be enticed back for 2017’s Twin Peaks: The Return. The show received mostly positive reviews, and ended on an ambiguous note.
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While a fourth season is far from certain, Frost confirmed to IndieWire that it’s still a possibility. “I haven’t decided yet. I think it’s still an open question and it’s one that we’re looking at and one that I think Showtime is musing as well.” Frost’s words echo those of Lynch himself, who hasn’t ruled out another season. For both men, it seems the time commitment is the issue. It took over four years to write, shoot and edit the eighteen episode season, which isn’t something they take lightly:
“It’s something you have to think long and hard about. We’ll make the decision when the time is right. There certainly is no sense of urgency about it.”
While The Return proved frustrating for some viewers, it received praise for its performances and featured some stunning sequences. It felt like a uniquely David Lynch project and unfolded at the pace he dictated. While the final scene of the season posed more questions than it answered, it also felt like a strangely appropriate ending to the Twin Peaks saga.
If the show returns for another season, it will be interesting to see how it proceeds from that final shot. The show left plenty of questions unanswered that could be picked up in another season – including the fate of Audrey Horne, and where exactly did Cooper and Diane end up? If Lynch and Frost are passionate about making more episodes then Twin Peaks fans would be happy to see more. For now, however, it sounds like both men would like to take a well-earned rest.