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Laura Palmer keeps her promise to return to ‘Twin Peaks’ 25 years later

Laura Palmer returning to Twin Peaks

When David Lynch returns to the fictional town of Twin Peaks, Washington, he will be joined by several familiar faces. At a recent Twin Peaks event in the UK, actress Sheryl Lee and actor Dana Ashbrook both confirmed that they will be back for the new season, and Sherilyn Fenn may return as well, according to the Huffington Post.

Back in October, series creators David Lynch and Mark Frost revealed that a new, limited nine-episode run of Twin Peaks will return to the air on Showtime sometime next year, much to the shocked delight of fans. Twin Peaks debuted in April 1990 and ran just 30 episodes over two seasons, along with a movie, but it retained a strong cult following.

All nine episodes of the returning show will be written by Lynch and Frost, with Lynch directing. The duo have also confirmed that the new episodes will be a continuation of the show rather than a reboot, and the 25 year gap will not only be addressed, it will be integral to the plot. If the series is well received by the network, the fans, and the returning cast and crew, it could lead to more.

Despite the potential for a new, ongoing series, the limited run is primarily designed to answer questions that the abrupt cancellation of the show left.

The first cast member to confirm his return was series star Kyle MacLachlan, who appeared as FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper. You could argue that without MacLachlan’s Cooper, the show would not be possible – or at the very least it would not be Twin Peaks You could make a similar argument for Lee’s character(s), although that might be tougher to explain in the new episodes.  

Laura Palmer returning to Twin PeaksIn the original show, Cooper was called in to investigate the death of homecoming queen Laura Palmer (played by Lee). The investigation expanded to include several of the oddball citizens of the town, including Palmer’s boyfriend Bobby (played by Ashbrook), her identical twin cousin Maddy Ferguson (also played by Lee), and Cooper’s romantically inclined stalker, Audrey Horne (Fenn).

During the festival where Ashbrook and Lee announced their return, Ashbrook also claimed that Fenn would return as well, although she has yet to confirm.

Bizarrely, and yet perfectly in keeping with the show, during a vision of sorts in Twin Peaks’ second season, the spirit of the murdered Palmer told Cooper that she would see him again in 25 years. The new Twin Peaks will return sometime in 2016, exactly 25 years after it went off the air. To be precise, that line was spoken in the second season finale, meaning that it will be exactly 25 years on June 10, 2016.

Given Palmer’s death, it is unlikely that Lee would portray her. The character of Maddy was also killed off, but Lee later claimed that Lynch intended to introduce a third, identical character that Lee would play if the show had not been cancelled.

Of course, this is Twin Peaks. The normal rules don’t apply. Lee could very well appear as an aged Palmer and/or Maddy.

Catherine Coulson, known in the series as the Log Lady, will also return.

Update: This article has been updated to correct an error that incorrectly stated that Lee may return as the character of Maddy, who was actually killed off in the second season. Thanks to our reader “Frank Derrigo” for letting us know. 



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  1. Frank Derrigo January 20, 2015 at 5:00 am

    Laura’s cousin Maddy was also murdered – seven episodes into the second season. Fact check.

    • Ryan Fleming January 20, 2015 at 8:18 am

      Yep, you’re absolutely right! Thanks for the note, the article has been updated.


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