Twin Peaks Is Back: 14 Burning Questions Season 3 Must Address

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The final episode of Twin Peaks aired on June 10, 1991 — and the devastating (and let’s just say it: wholly disappointing) cliffhanger left us with far too many questions. (And far too few of those questions were answered by the 1992 prequel movie Fire Walk With Me).

Enter Showtime.

As reported early Monday, the cable network has commissioned a nine-episode present-day continuation of David Lynch and Mark Frost’s classic ABC drama that will attempt to bring the series to a satisfying conclusion. We’re assuming that means at least some of Season 2’s innumerable loose threads will be tied up.

Below, we revisit 14 of those unsolved mysteries:

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1 | When we left off, Agent Cooper was alive, but possessed by the spirit of Killer Bob (played by the late Frank Silva). Meanwhile “Good Dale” is trapped in the Black Lodge. Did Laura Palmer take Annie’s advice and write that information down in her diary (when a bloodied Annie showed up in Laura’s bed in a strange dream/premonition in Fire Walk With Me)? Will Laura’s diary be the key to Coop’s rescue in Season 3?

2 | How is Annie? The deleted scenes from FWWM (newly released in the Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces Blu-ray box set) made it clear that Heather Graham’s alter ego survived her escape from the Black Lodge — and ended up in the hospital (where an unwise nurse stole her cursed “owl ring”). Did Annie recover? Did Evil Cooper come after her?

fireplace| Did Doc Hayward actually kill Ben Horne when he smashed his head into the fireplace?

4 | Was Audrey killed in the bank explosion? (FWIW, Sherilyn Fenn has since posited that Audrey survived and fled Twin Peaks for Hollywood.) Sadly, the bomb likely felled Andrew, Dell and Pete, seeing as how their respective portrayers, Dan O’Herlihy, Ed Wright and Jack Nance, have all since passed away.

5 | How is Audrey’s brother Johnny doing? Is he still pining for Laura?

6 | What happened to Leo? Last we saw him he was tied up in Windom Earle’s cabin with a cage of deadly spiders dangling above him. Did the cage drop? Did the spiders kill him? Did he escape? Was he rescued? Did he reform and actually set out to “Save Shelly”?

7 | Did Shelly accept Bobby’s marriage proposal? Or is she still with the (possibly-dead) Leo? Oh, and is she still slinging coffee and pie at the RR Diner?

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8 | Was Windom Earle killed in the Red Room when Killer Bob sucked out his soul?

9 | In the finale, Nadine “awoke” from her fantasy of being 18 again, but did she stay with husband Big Ed? Or did she toss him aside for teen-lover Mike? Related Q: Did Big Ed finally end up with Norma?

10 | James rode out of town on his motorcycle in Episode 16 of Season 2 and was never seen again (although he did send girlfriend Donna doorknoba postcard from San Francisco). Did he ever return home?

11 | Did Josie bust out of the wooden drawer knob?

12 | Did overwhelming grief lead Palmer matriarch Sarah to take her own life? (Remember, she lost her husband, daughter and niece under horrifying circumstances.) Or is she filling her days watching bowling on TV?

13 | Will Donna Hayward look like Lara Flynn Boyle or Moira Kelly?

14 | Whatever became of the Log Lady?

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32 Comments
  1. Andrew says:

    15. Will we see more of Time-Traveling David Bowie? And if not, explain yourself.

  2. wrstlgirl says:

    Okay I remember this show but don’t remember anything about it. I couldn’t even tell you what it was about, LOL!

  3. Zaza says:

    i loved LFB as Donna, and would have preferred she’d played Donna in FWWM but since LFB destroyed her face, I hope Moira plays her, even though I thought she was too exotic looking to replace the pale freckle faced Donna from the series.

    • Tim says:

      they could use LFB’s fracked up face to their advantage—have her character go off the deep end or something. It is Twin Peaks after all

  4. Anthony says:

    What about the characters of the One Armed Man/Mike and Major Briggs. Will they play a part at all in the new series? Can’t Wait!!!

  5. Kevin says:

    15. What did Ben Horne see when he was alone in his office?

  6. Steve Vil says:

    To answer at least one of these questions: no, Doc Hayward didn’t kill Ben Horne. How do I know? Because Doc Hayward is at the hotel with Coop and Harry in the final scene, not in prison for murder.

  7. Jeff Richey says:

    I would like to know what the hands quivering on Agent Cooper & Pete were all about on the last few episodes. Pete’s happened when Audrey’s love interest at the time (Billy Zane/John Justice Wheeler) flew off while Pete was watching, & Agent Cooper’s happened several time. Once while looking through a pair of window blinds.

    • Jamie says:

      I think it was some representation of the missing arm from the the one armed man, which he cut off to remove the tattoo which bound him with Bob. The little man from the waiting room claims to be that arm

  8. Michael says:

    16. If they ever bring back the good Cooper, would he flirt again with an older Audrey that was apparent in the first season of Twin Peaks?

    BTW- Kyle Maclachlan tweeted “Better fire up that percolator and find my black suit.” It seems like he’s game to return to the role. Awesome

    • Brooke says:

      If Coop and Audrey finally got together I could die happy right then

    • Dwigt says:

      Cooper and Audrey were supposed to be the main couple, but at the time Kyle McLachlan was dating Lara Flynn Boyle, and she was jealous of the attention Sherilyn Fenn got. During season two, when both Lynch and Frost were focused on other projects, the pair pressured the producers and the network executives, under the pretense that Audrey was not age appropriate for Cooper. That’s why they brought Heather Graham and Billy Zane as new love interests.

      http://www.avclub.com/article/sherilyn-fenn-talks-david-lynch-and-how-twin-peaks-200898

      There’s a similar story about FWWM but I don’t remember all the details. Boyle and McLachlan were still together, and either Boyle talked McLachlan into refusing the part (but he later accepted an extended cameo) or they felt that Donna’s part in the script wasn’t interesting, or McLachlan had a fallout with Lynch due to the show being canceled. The story is rather confused anyway.

  9. Brooke says:

    In reference to question 13: Lara Flynn Boyle doesn’t even look like Lara Flynn Boyle anymore :(

  10. Dr. M says:

    Ugh. This article made me realize I remember next nothing about this series.
    I have no desire to rewatch the series, the movie and the extra bits.
    Maybe I’ll skip season 3 after all.

  11. Or is she filling her days watching bowling on TV?

    WRONG!

    If she filled her days watching TV, it would most definitely be ‘Invitation to Love’!

  12. Eric says:

    Did Lucy have her baby?

  13. HristinaB says:

    Apart from Agent Cooper, the only character I really *really* want to see return is transvestite FBI agent Dennis/Denise. Played by David Duchovny and no other!

  14. Jami says:

    I want Shelly with the deaf FBI agent! They were so cute together! Her and Bobby are just DISGUSTING!

  15. Jake007 says:

    1) Where’s Donna’s little sister go?
    2) Will we see Leo’s skeleton in the cabin, since the series will take place 25 years later?
    3) What does “The owls aren’t what they seem” mean?
    4) If Leo lived, will he still be bad or will he be caring for his wife like we saw in season 2’s ending?
    5) Why does Dr. JacobI have red and blue tinted glasses?

    • Jacob Dean says:

      1) That question probably has nothing to do with the plot. It was probably a ‘write off’. I am sure the Hayward family will be revisited in a whole new way. Mom is old now, Dad is dead…and who knows what or where Donna is.

      2) Instead of seeing his skeleton, I would rather see him come back. He could of easily lived. I hope to see some revenge story with Leo. Remember he was the Twin Peaks bad a** that was feared. I am sure even 25 years later he wants that back.

      3)’The owls are not what they seem’ is that BOB could form into a Owl. He was seen many many times as a owl watching over people. (this is not my answer but Lynch and Frosts answer. Plus it was explained many times in the story.

  16. Jason says:

    I just have a quick question: when the new show(season three?) begins will there be a release on dvd at the end of the season or will paid on who owns showtime and paramount follow the current trend of direct to DVDs at the same time of broadcast? And if the new show does well will the season be extended from 9 episodes to the full 22-26?

  17. Damon says:

    Who is Diane? Does she even exist?

  18. Jacob Dean says:

    For the most part, these questions posted are not really that important. Some are.
    There are a few other matters that I am burning to know more then knowing if Shelly is still working at the RR Diner. (I can see her still being friends with Norma, but realistically after 25 years, I highly doubt she is still a waitress.). I hope to see her and Bobby now living a totally different life that sadly gets interrupted when Leo comes back from the shadows. (Not saying he has been in the woods for 25 years, but somewhere living a life and plotting away at the ones that destroyed his.)

    ‘Project Blue Book’ and the military knowing about the the White Lodge is something I hope to see. Something to do with someone continuing Major Briggs legacy. (of course he can not come back. Maybe as a older different actor?) I doubt Bobby cares to follow in his foot steps. Sure he over came the hatred for his Dad, but Bobby is selfish and greedy. He wants to make money and live the ‘good life’.

    We already know that Audrey Horne is alive. Sherilyn Fenn has been announced to come back. I had the idea that it would be cool if she ran the Great Northern now. But then it was later announced that Ben Horne is coming back. So really who knows. Maybe he is retired and she is running it or maybe he is still on his ‘Gotta be good’ mission and still running the hotel.

    I hope to see a new and improved Truman, Andy and Hawk. (well Hawk already believed in the spirit world)..But Truman saw things that ‘blew his socks off!’. So I am sure he has a whole new perspective of what can and will happen in the forest of Twin Peaks. I hope he is still Sheriff. (that seems realistic). And I hope to see a stronger better Andy, with of course his comic relief. (With his child (who would be 25) and Lucy.
    Truman now believing in things that he never thought was possible (or only had suspicion) can really change up the narrative story line with figuring out who is doing what and why.

    One question that I doubt we will know (but maybe) is why is there a map to the Lodge in Owl Cave? How long has it been there and why is it even there? And of course who put it there?.. That seems like it will be just one of those unanswered things that is just a mystery. (nobody even questioned that on the show).. Also there was a lot on that map. Lots of strange details. Maybe more to that map could be answered.

    Being that there are a few (very dead) cast members coming back. I would assume we will get lots of Lodge. Being that the characters announced are Laura Palmer, Leland Palmer, and Widmine Earle. Or this will be flashback characters. (lets hope not.) Laura did say to Cooper see you in 25 years. Did she mean something will happen in 25 years? There was a time loop in the story. (well in dreams and visions.) Cooper was old and Laura was younger and whispered in his ear. So now we are at that point. So in some twisted David Lynch world, are we now going back to that time loop and Laura just got killed and Cooper is 25 years older in the Lodge. I am not sure (and nobody is) knows what Frost/Lynch are up to with there story lines. They created a point where we are in different time periods due to the Lodge. Also remember that you can be in the Lodge for a few hours but to everyone else outside the Lodge it can be days or years. (remember there has been a few people that have entered that did not come out possessed by BOB..Log Lady, her husband, Major Briggs….We do not know if the Log Lady has always been like that or if it was because of her experience and tattoo)

    Twin Peaks was full of mystery and conspiracies. I am sure they will very much so add on to that and it was promised by Frost that most mysteries will be solved. It was also mentioned that there could be a season 4. So I am sure if that is the case, not all mysteries will be fully revealed. This is kind of like the story on the TV show Lost.. We don’t need everything answered! Somethings are better left for the imagination. But to continue the story of Twin Peaks and the characters, we do need a few simple questions answered. To me the story and plot really was not that confusing. If you follow it closely from The Pilot to Beyond Life and Death..somethings do makes sense and are explained in a twisted non obvious way. I truly can not wait for the return!!!!!