by Benjamín Harguindey
It’s been revealed season 3 of Twin Peaks will premiere May 21st on Showtime, 9 PM – the first of 18 episodes, all of them directed by series creator David Lynch and written by him and series co-creator Mark Frost.
“I’ll see you again in 25 years,” said the very dead Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee) to Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) in one of the final episodes of the show in 1991, shortly before its fateful ending. After two seasons and some 30 episodes, the show was cancelled by ABC due to low ratings, ending it on a somber cliffhanger. It did spawn a prequel of sorts in 1992 called Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me – and if you count that, the 25 year promise is being honored.
Picking up 25 years later, MacLachlan and Lee return together with most of the original cast, including Ray Wise and Grace Zabriskie as Leland and Sarah Palmer, Russ Tamblyn as Dr. Jacoby, Dana Ashbrook as Bobby Briggs, Madchen Amick as Shelly Johnson, Everett McGill as Ed Hurley and Kimmy Robertson as Lucy Moran. Even original composer and frequent Lynch colaborator Angelo Badalamenti is back and centerfold in a Shotime teaser released September 2016.
One notable absence is Michael Ontkean, who played Sheriff Harry S. Truman – arguably the co-lead next to Cooper – and appears to be replaced by Robert Forster as one Sheriff Frank Truman. Other original cast members are slated for at least one appearence: Richard Beymer, Sherilyn Fenn and David Patrick Kelly as Benjamin, Audrey and Jerry Horne, David Duchovny as Agent Dennis, Warren Frost (father of Mark) as Dr. Hayward, James Marshall as James Hurley, Peggy Lipton as Norma Jennings, Harry Goaz and Michael Horse as Deputies Brennan and Hawk, Lynch himself as FBI handler Gordon Cole… just about everyone from the original show is back, save for the unfortunately deceased.
New additions to the show include Lynch regulars Laura Dern, Harry Dean Stanton, Balthazar Getty, Scott Coffey and Rebekah del Rio; other new characters are played by a slew of celebrities: Amanda Seyfried, Monica Bellucci, Ashley Judd, Ernie Hudson, Jim Belushi and Michael Cera, among many others.
This will mark Lynch’s return to TV since his 1993 Hotel Room mini series, as well as his first long-form project since Inland Empire (2006). Given his involvement, as well as Frost’s, Badalamenti’s and most of the original cast, we can hope the third season of Twin Peaks will be a damn fine season.
Benjamín Harguindey / Managing Editor, Writer (Mar del Plata, Argentina – 1989) Screenwriter graduated from Universidad del Cine, Buenos Aires. Benja’s worked for EscribiendoCine as a film critic since 2010, covering the Biarritz, San Sebastián and Venice festivals. He judged the CILECT Prize and won several writing & criticism contests. He’s published one novel, Noches de Tartaria (2006).