The owls may not be what they seem, but this announcement sure is: Twin Peaks is coming to San Diego Comic-Con, for the very first time.
The cult favorite will be heading to the infamous Hall H, a venue as magical as the Black Lodge, except way less creepy, and way easier to get out of. The Shangri-La for pop culture nerds, Hall H is host to the convention’s biggest guests, panels, and screenings. So you could say it’s kind of a big deal.
The Twin Peaks panel is scheduled for July 21, around 2:45, nicely nestled between HBO’s Game of Thrones panel at 1:30 and AMC’s Preacher panel at 4:00.
As of Thursday morning, details regarding the panel’s attendees were scarce. Showtime has since confirmed the guest list, which includes moderator Damon Lindelof. Top of the roster is Special Agent Dale Cooper himself (or is it Dougie now?) Kyle MacLachlan. His presence comes as no surprise - just take a look at any of his social media accounts and you’ll see how interactive MacLachlan is with the Twin Peaks fan base, posting fan art, dad jokes, and emojis galore. (Seriously, go follow him immediately. He’s a delight.)
Joining MacLachlan on the Main Stage will be fellow Twin Peaks originals Dana Ashbrook (Bobby Briggs), Kimmy Robertson (Lucy Moran), Everett McGill (Big Ed Hurley), and James Marshall (James Hurley). Newbies Tim Roth, Matthew Lillard (William Hastings), Don Murray (Bushnell Mullins), and Naomi Watts (Janey-E Jones) will be in attendance as well.
Most noticeably missing from the official guest list, - besides living, breathing, queen Laura Dern, whose performance as the mysterious (SPOILER ALERT) Diane has been the biggest and best surprise of the season so far - is the mastermind himself, David Lynch. His absence isn’t entirely shocking. Everything he does seems to be shrouded in mystery anyway; the auteur, along with Twin Peaks’ co-creator Mark Frost, flat out avoided the press leading up to the resurrected series’ debut, for instance. So while a surprise appearance would certainly be fun, there’s just no predicting what Lynch will do.
So get working on those cosplays, con-goers! I’m already envisioning a sea of lime green blazers - a very specific look that I predicted would hit the convention circuit hard from the moment I first saw it in all its hideous, fluorescent glory. Or, if you’re looking for something more classic, Deputy Hawk’s newly silvered locks would go interchangeably with that Daenerys Targaryan wig you already have. Or, when in doubt, just carry a log.
Whatever you wear, make sure you keep yourselves fed and hydrated. It remains unclear if complimentary (and damn fine) coffee, donuts, or cherry pie will be served.