It is not happening again.
Once Twin Peaks: The Return finishes its 18 episode revival, it is unlikely to get additional episodes. Showtime CEO David Nevins isn’t ruling out more episodes, but admits that it probably won't happen.
Showtime and Lynch are on the same page regarding more Twin Peaks
"I don't think so, but it's not impossible. [David Lynch and I are] both avoiding the conversation for a while; we want to let the story coalesce and see how people feel at the end,” Nevins shared at Monday’s TCA event.
This isn’t completely new information, since David Lynch has been saying the same thing for months. “Well, before I said I wasn’t going to revisit it – and I did – so I never say no. But right now, there’s no plan for anything more,” Lynch told Hulu in January.
Nevins is planning to discuss the possibility of more episodes with Lynch when Twin Peaks airs its finale during Labor Day weekend.
Twin Peaks' value is more than ratings
Although, the ratings for Twin Peaks aren’t as strong as Shameless or Ray Donovan, Showtime is pleased with its performance. CBS, the parent company of Showtime, attributes more than half of the four million subscribers to their services to Showtime, which is in large part to Twin Peaks.
"It's a way higher proportion of streaming than anything else," Nevins said. "The second quarter has always been our weakest quarter and [operating income] was up 11 percent and you can assume that Showtime was up a higher percentage to drive that. That's new subscriptions driven largely by Twin Peaks was the biggest factor in that. It did its job for being such an unusual show for us."
With a majority of Twin Peaks’ numbers coming from streaming platforms, it may be that Twin Peaks isn’t a natural fit for television. Prior to airing, the new episodes were described as a “pure heroin” version of David Lynch and after seeing the very surreal Episode 8, that description makes complete sense. Lynch himself has described the revival as an “18-hour movie," which isn't how a season of a TV series is typically described.
Would another season of Twin Peaks mean more answers?
We're thirteen episodes in and with just five episodes left, we'll have to see how the story wraps up. Given the cliffhanger that Season 2 ended on, it's possible that we could be left with just as many unanswered questions. However, another season doesn't mean those questions would be answered. We're 13 episodes in and with 5 to go, we're still unsure if Cooper will awaken from Dougie-mode or if we'll ever learn the identity of the young woman in Episode 8 who had the frog-bug crawl into her mouth.
Watch Twin Peaks: The Return at its new time of Sundays at 8pm on Showtime.