How Do I Feel About The Twin Peaks: The Return Series Finale?
I enjoyed the finale overall. It was challenging, thought-provoking, fascinating, and unsettling, but I also found the lack of resolution and closure a bit disappointing.
Initial thoughts aside, I am not in a rush to form a concrete opinion about the finale, because like any great mystery or art, it will take time to process, absorb, explore, review, and contemplate.
Ultimately, my opinion of the finale hinges upon whether episode 18 was truly intended to be the definitive end of Twin Peaks.
If this is the definitive finale and end to the show, then I will be a bit disappointed.
If it turns out not to be the end of the show, then that changes the framing of perspective on episode 18 completely.
If episode 18 is really a bridge between season 3 and season 4, I will appreciate the episode so much more, because it’s purpose will be apparent, and we will be able to enjoy the episode for what it is instead of holding it to the standards of a definitive finale.
My Theory About The Finale and the Future of Twin Peaks
I believe Lynch & Frost composed episode 18 in such a way that it left the possibility open for the story to continue.
What am I basing this theory on?
A number of key factors:
The Critical and Financial Success of Twin Peaks: The Return
In a recent interview, Showtime Networks CEO David Nevins told The Hollywood Reporter that Twin Peaks: The Return has been a financial success for the network:
From a financial perspective, Nevins says Twin Peaks has exceeded expectations. Its May premiere week drove the greatest number of free trial sign-ups for Showtime’s over-the-top streaming service since it launched in 2015. And while those numbers aren’t ones that the CBS Corp.-owned network will divulge, Nevins emphasized the number has held “remarkably steady.” In short, most of the people who signed up for that record number of trials have paid to keep Showtime the subsequent three months.
Seemingly Too Many Unresolved Characters and Sub-Plots Even For Lynch
From Audrey’s Horne, to Jerry Horne, to Ella’s pit rash, Lynch and Frost left many original series characters and new characters mid-development, or without any resolution or closure.
Many fans have chalked this up to Lynchian ambiguity, and this may be the case, but the lack of closure on so many old and new characters this time around feels a bit abrupt and cold, even for Lynch.
Episode 18: Finale? Or Set-up for Season 4?
Fans are divided on the series finale, but what if it’s true purpose is to be the set up for season 4 and the next stage of the story, and not the definitive end of the show?
The finale felt more like episode 1 of season 4 of Twin Peaks then it did a show finale.
David Lynch Has Stated He Doesn’t Plan on Making More Films
In a May 2015 interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, Lynch clearly stated that he is done making feature films.
He [Lynch] is uncertain at first, but then appears to make up his mind: he has indeed made his last feature film. That’s a yes? “Yes it is,” he says.
We Are Living in the Golden Age of Television
With the record amount of money being spent by streaming services and networks on original series and content in 2017 ($6 billion spent by Netflix in 2017, $4.5 billion by Amazon, Apple to spend $1 billion in 2018) and the level of artistic control for creators, there is no better time than now to be in television.
Lynch and Frost, being veterans of network television and Hollywood, without a doubt recognize the special time we are living in for creators and television production.
After the triumphant critical and financial success of Twin Peaks: The Return, it’s hard to find a reason why Lynch and Frost would want to hang up their hats now.
Is This Really The End?
Despite the collective notion among Twin Peaks fans that this was the definitive end to the show, there is actually very little evidence to support this, and when you look closer at the information available, there are many reasons to be optimistic about the prospect of more Twin Peaks.