Hours after Showtime finally revealed the premiere date for Showtime's Twin Peaks revival—Sunday, May 21—reporters at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour were given another big Twin Peaks scoop: a surprise appearance by David Lynch, who talked about the series for the first time.
But in true David Lynch fashion, he answered almost all of the reporters' questions in his typical enigmatic style—i.e. not really at all, peppered with Lynch-isms like, "always we're filled with doubts." A sampling of his responses:
On how he and writer Mark Frost work together on Twin Peaks: "We work together on Skype."
On how his directing approach has changed since making Twin Peaks in 1990: "It was just the same as all the others. I see it as a film, and a film in parts is what people will experience."
On Showtime Networks CEO and president David Nevins' earlier comments that the episodes are "the pure heroin version of David Lynch": "I hear heroin is a very popular drug these days."
On what caused him to briefly leave the revival in 2015: "I would rather not discuss that. [But] I loved working with [Showtime's execs] very, very much. We've got a great working relationship. I'm very happy being at Showtime."
On what it was like to shoot Twin Peaks in the Pacific Northwest again: "Both the same and different."
On making Twin Peaks the first time: "I didn't really know about television. We just were telling the story."
On why Twin Peaks only lasted two seasons: "Who killed Laura Palmer was a question that we never really wanted to answer. [It was like] the goose that laid those golden eggs. We were told we had to wrap that story up. It never really got going after that."
On whether the 1992 Twin Peaks film Fire Walk With Me factors into the events of the revival: "I could say the story of Laura Palmer's last seven days, very much important for this"
On whether he's aware of the hype around Twin Peaks: "I'm too in the middle and I don't go out much."
On whether he remembers the catalyst for what made him become a storyteller: "No, I don't. I wanted to be a painter."
On whether he could revisit Twin Peaks again down the road: "Before I said I wasn't going to revisit it and I did. So you never say no. Right now there's no plans for anything more."
And with one final line—"Thank you all very, very much and I hope you enjoy Twin Peaks."—Lynch was gone.
Kyle MacLachlan, who is returning as FBI Agent Dale Cooper—appeared onstage after Lynch and was asked whether Lynch was more communicative with his actors than he had been with the press. His response: "You guys got a lot. He must really like you."