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See you again in 26 years.

See you again in 26 years.

Ok, stick with me on this one.

According to Welcome to Twin Peaks Dot Com, series co-creator Mark Frost told National Baseball Hall of Fame senior curator Tom Shieber that season 3 won’t come out until 2017, having been pushed back from it’s original “sometime probably in 2016” time frame.

Mark Frost was reportedly visiting the Hall of Fame to throw baseballs at a bottle in order to determine the success of season 3. “I have become deeply moved by the plight of Twin Peaks fans,” Frost was reported as saying, before throwing the first ball and missing the bottle by several feet.

After the whiff, Frost went on to say “The challenge for us is to try and come back and raise the bar above what we did the last time. We’re coming back with season 3 of Twin Peaks after a 25-year absence. We’ve finished the scripts, we start production in September, and that will be coming out on Showtime in 2017.”

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Pictured: One of cinema’s greatest geniuses.

After leaving the project due to creative differences, USA Today reports that David Lynch has worked out a deal with Showtime to direct the entirety of this new season. Showtime president David Nevins also said it will be more than the previously announced nine hours, perhaps a full 13 or more episodes. He also states that pre-production is beginning now, so hopefully the show will come out sooner rather than later. It’s best to not give Lynch too much time to change his mind.

It turns out Laura Palmer’s message to Agent Cooper within the Black Lodge, “I’ll see you again in 25 years,” is panning out nicely. Showtime, of all channels, will produce a 9-episode limited series continuation of perhaps the greatest television show ever produced, if you don’t count the really bad episodes.  The best part is that David Lynch and Mark Frost will co-write the entire season, with Lynch directing every episode.

Other info from a Deadline interview with Mark Frost includes the possible return of Kyle MacLachlan, as well as a reveal that this won’t be the originally intended third season, but rather something entirely new. Considering how many cast members have died since then, that’s not too surprising, but it seems insane that there wouldn’t be at least a couple of characters coming back. Frost says we’ll know about MacLachlan’s involvement, “sooner rather than later,” so it’s time to wait it out with a nice slice of pie and a hot mug of coffee, black as a moonless night.