‘Twin Peaks’ Creator David Lynch Calls Season 3 ‘Gold,’ Talks Season 4 Rumors

Twin Peaks creator David Lynch has one word to describe season 3 of his cult favorite TV show: “gold.”

The acclaimed director recently chatted with the Hollywood Reporter about how he’s staying busy during the coronavirus pandemic, his thoughts on film vs. television, and how he felt about Twin Peaks: The Return — and the possibility of a fourth season. 

‘Twin Peaks: The Return’ aired in 2017 

More than two decades after Twin Peaks first aired on ABC, the series returned to television in 2017 for an 18-episode limited series. 

The show picked up 25 years after the season 2 finale, which ended with FBI Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) entering the mysterious inter-dimensional space known as the Black Lodge in order to rescue Annie (Heather Graham). He eventually escapes with Annie, but in the episode’s final moments, we realize that Cooper has been possessed by the malevolent entity known as BOB. The real Cooper is still trapped in the Black Lodge. 

In Twin Peaks: The Return, we learn that Coop’s evil doppelgänger disappeared shortly after he emerged from the Black Lodge. We follow evil Dale Cooper as well as another Cooper double named Dougie Jones who lives in Las Vegas, check in with some familiar Twin Peaks faces, and meet a number of new characters. A lot of weird stuff also happens. As Cooper (one version of him, at least) says at one point, what going is “difficult to explain.” But it all seems connect back to the murder of Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee) 25 years earlier.

David Lynch says ‘there’s nothing happening’ with ‘Twin Peaks’

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Twin Peaks: The Return earned positive reviews from critics, though it left some fans baffled and a bit frustrated. But Lynch is quite happy with how things turned out. 

Twin Peaks: The Return, it’s gold,” he said.

He also appeared to shoot down rumors that there might be a fourth season of Twin Peaks in the works. 

“All these rumors are flying about, but I can tell you that there’s nothing happening in that regard,” he said when asked about “the other show” after vaguely discussing a possible secret series for Netflix.

Lynch says he’s still interested in TV

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After seemingly dismissing talk of Twin Peaks Season 4, Lynch did say that he was interested in continuing to work in TV. He said if he had the choice, he’d rather make a television series than a feature film.

“Right now. feature films in my book are in big trouble, except for the big blockbusters,” he said. “The art house films, they don’t stand a chance.”

“I really love a continuing story, and cable television I say is the new art house,” he went on to say. “You have total freedom.”

In previous interviews, Lynch has referred to Twin Peaks: The Return as an 18-hour movie.

“Television and cinema to me are exactly the same thing,” Lynch told Variety in 2017. “Telling a story with motion, pictures and sound. It ended up being 18 hours.”