It took sixteen weeks (and almost two years before that), but Twin Peaks has finally brought us its complete “Return,” departing with an even bigger cliffhanger than the one twenty-six years ago. Showtime hasn’t indicated any attempt to pursue more episodes, but star Kyle MacLachlan weighs in if Cooper’s story might continue.

You’re warned of full spoilers for Twin Peaks: The Return from here on out, but suffice to say, creator David Lynch is not one for closure. The real Agent Cooper may have returned, and led the charge in defeating Killer BOB/Mr. C, but the subsequent search for Laura Palmer took him everywhere from the 1989 events of Fire Walk With Me to an apparent alternate reality in which Laura worked as an Odessa waitress under a different name, and seemingly never lived in the Palmer house at all.

The final moments saw Cooper and “Carrie Page” in the street outside the Palmer home – Coop wondering if he was in the right year – before an echo of the past produced Laura’s blood-curdling scream from her Texas doppelgänger. It was a notably David Lynch move, to defy closure without any indication of the series’ return, but will fan interest be enough to fuel another order?

Showtime previously indicated they’d had no conversations with Lynch about another revival (convincing him to return once more seems like a longshot), and Kyle MacLachlan implied to The Hollywood Reporter that door is likely closed:

It’s incredibly satisfying to have it out there. It’s something that’s going to be floating around in our consciousness for a while now. It’s also difficult. I don’t like saying goodbye to characters that I really love and care about — not just the ones that I play, but also the cast, and to see them come into my home every week was really nice. It was really a pleasure to me. I’m going to miss that.

The affable MacLachlan naturally indicated that he’d be happy playing Cooper until the end of his days, but told Deadline firmly “Well, I know for a fact there are no discussions for more Twin Peaks. That’s where that is.” One imagines Showtime would welcome the opportunity for more (well, maybe not eighteen hours), even as Lynch seems intentionally to have chosen to leave characters and storylines more open-ended than ever.

A bitter pill to swallow, perhaps, but is Twin Peaks better off leaving us with a sense of artful wonder? Would any further attempts just result in another cliffhanger?

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