After a quarter-century (more on that in a sec) off the air, David Lynch and Mark Frost’s surreal murder mystery series Twin Peaks is returning to television! But not as a reboot or remake—instead, the nine-episode miniseries will catch up with the characters in present-day.
Of course, what makes this news even cooler is the timing. The way that it matches up with the then-series finale makes us wonder if Lynch had this plan all along.
On Friday, Lynch and Frost tweeted the same odd reference:
Dear Twitter Friends: That gum you like is going to come back in style! #damngoodcoffee
— David Lynch (@DAVID_LYNCH) October 3, 2014
It turned out to not be so random: The tweet combined two quotes from the series. Some fast-thinking fans recalled that (spoilers if you haven’t watched the show but also come on it’s been 25 years) in the series finale, Laura Palmer tells Agent Cooper, “I will see you in 25 years.” A quarter-century from the series’ end is… 2016.
This morning, Variety confirmed the series’ return, and Showtime shared this teaser video, also playing up the “25 Years” connection:
Now, it would be the coolest bit of forward thinking if Lynch and Frost had actually included that line so that it could finally pay off in the mid-2010s. However, what’s more likely is that our current age of television, with the ability to resurrect beloved cult classics, just happened to be perfect timing for a new Twin Peaks.
According to fansite Welcome to Twin Peaks, Kyle MacLachlan is definitely onboard to play Agent Dale Cooper once again. No word yet on other original cast members returning. Indeed, Frost wouldn’t tell Variety which characters they were even focusing on. However, he said that the story threads they’ll be picking up were “baked into the last episode”; the 25-year jump will be integral to the plot.
He did tease a little more to TVLine:
Those who want to see old faces, and those would like to see new faces, none of them will be disappointed. It’s far too early to talk specifics about people. We’re not at that stage in the process.
For now, Showtime is describing the return as a limited series. When asked about continuing into another season, Frost said, “The proof will be in the pudding. If we have a great time doing it and everybody loves it and they decide there’s room for more, I could see it going that way.”
Yes, 2016 is a ways away, but don’t fret: Showtime will air the first two seasons (which originally ran on ABC) leading up to the new series’ premiere.