To avoid spoilers from leaking online, the cast were only given the scripts with their own lines on each day of shooting, after which they had to return the pages, which were then shredded under supervision.
This belated season was first teased by simultaneous tweets, "That gum you like is going to come back in style," from Mark Frost and David Lynch at 11:30am, the same time that Agent Dale Cooper is first seen dictating to his secretary Diane and "entering the town of Twin Peaks" in the original pilot episode of Twin Peaks (1990).
Series co-creator David Lynch announced on April 5th, 2015 that he was backing out of directing and writing this series revival due to budgeting constraints. However on May 15th, 2015 Lynch announced on Twitter that he was returning and that there would be more than the nine episodes initially announced.
Michael J. Anderson was approached to reprise his role as The Man From Another Place, but negotiations fell through over pay disputes. Anderson later took his anger to social media, going so far as to accuse Lynch of rape, incest, murder and encouraging suicide. A spokesperson for Anderson denied to comment further, only to say that Anderson would not be doing any interviews "for the foreseeable future."
Co-creator Mark Frost has written a novel called The Secret History of Twin Peaks that reveals "what happened to the people of that iconic fictional town since we last saw them 25 years ago." The book also offers "a deeper glimpse into the central mystery that was only touched on by the original series." It was released in October 2016.
During a Q&A on the annual TLV International Student Film Festival on June 2016, David Lynch said that working on Twin Peaks: The Return (2017) again after so many years was one of the greatest experiences he ever had.
Showtime's President David Nevins called the new series "the pure-heroin version of David Lynch" that "rewards close watching". He also stated that it's "about Agent Dale Cooper's odyssey to Twin Peaks."
The following major or recurring cast members have died since the show's final episode in 1991: Catherine E. Coulson (Margaret Lanterman/The Log Lady, Don S. Davis (Major Garland Briggs), Miguel Ferrer (Albert Rosenfeld), Warren Frost (Doctor William Hayward), Jack Nance (Pete Martell), Peggy Lipton (Norma Jennings) and Frank Silva (Killer BOB). Other minor players of note include Frances Bay (Mrs. Tremond/Chalfont), Harry Dean Stanton (Carl Rodd), Marvin Rosand (Toad), and David Bowie (Phillip Jeffries). Jennings, Coulson, Ferrer, Frost, Rosand, and Stanton all completed performances in the new series before their deaths--however, all except for Stanton died before the new series premiered.
Emmy winning editor Duwayne Dunham who worked with Lynch in Blue Velvet (1986), Wild at Heart (1990) and also edited two episodes of the original series (including the pilot), returned to edit the whole new series too.
Robert Forster was cast to replace Michael Ontkean as Sheriff Truman. Forster was originally cast as Truman in the pilot of the original show but he dropped out because of scheduling conflicts and the role went on to Ontkean.
Although this show is a direct sequel to the original Twin Peaks series, three other canonical entries in the Twin Peaks franchise, namely David Lynch's Twin Peaks film Fire Walk With Me, the deleted scenes from the movie that were later released as Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces and the show's co-creator Mark Frost's book The Secret History of Twin Peaks, have an even bigger influence on the plot of season 3. Surprisingly, Frost's book contains several minor and major inconsistencies with the original series such as removing Annie entirely from the story. These "errors" are supposedly intentional and not retcons, mistakes or oversights, and they will be explained either in the show's third season or in Frost's follow up book Twin Peaks: The Final Dossier that's set for release as soon as the third season finishes airing.
In an interview with Bloomberg, Showtime's CEO David Nevins discussed the possibility of releasing Twin Peaks: The Return (2017) in different ways than the network's standard weekly release format, such as releasing it in clusters or even screening select episodes in theaters.
Andy says that Wally shares a birthday with Marlon Brando, born April 3. This would mean that Wally was born roughly a week after the events of the final episode of the original series. Since Lucy notes that Cooper never saw the baby, it's safe to assume that he disappeared within days of reemerging from Glastonbury Grove.
During the 2015 Living Dead Convention in Portland, Oregon, Dana Ashbrook revealed that besides Snoqualmie, the series would be filmed all over, "different cities, different states, even different countries."
During Showtime's TCA presentation in August 2016, Showtime's CEO and President, David Nevins said that the episodes of Twin Peaks: The Return (2017) won't have to conclude within 60 minutes and that they are considering different release patterns, while saying that everything about it will be unconventional.
In an interview with Insider, Moby revealed that he signed a non-disclosure agreement that makes him unable to say whether or not he's involved with Twin Peaks: The Return (2017), something that indicates his involvement with the project.
When Kimmy Robertson was walking to the Sheriff's department set on her first day back she was baffled that David Lynch had sent two people to escort her. When she entered she was so struck by deja vu she almost fainted. Lynch had evidently forseen this reaction.
Twin Peaks: The Return (2017) is one of the 11 productions that will be shot (partially) in California and will receive tax credits under the state's recently expanded Film and Television Tax Credit Program 2.0.
This series features MANY product placements in just 18 episodes, including by Apple, Amazon, Android, Buick, Dell, Firefox, Ford, FOX, Google, HBO, Hulu, Netflix, Showtime, Skype, Starbucks, Subaru, etc.
The trivia items below may give away important plot points.
In the final episode of the original Twin Peaks (1990), Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee) says to Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan): "I'll see you in 25 years." This revival would have been aired 25 years after the original series but the air date was pushed back to 2017, making it 25 years, 11 months, 11 days since the original series finale. This assumes that "25 years later" refers to when the episodes are aired or released, which is difficult to foresee during production. If "25 years later" instead refers to the time portrayed in the series, the events in the revival would take place in 2014 since the final episode of the original series took place on March 26, 1989. It is not yet clear exactly when the events in the revival take place.
Chris Mulkey does not reprise his role as Hank Jennings, who was reportedly stabbed to death in prison by a relative of the Renault brothers. However Mulkey does provide voice work for the audio book of The Secret History Of Twin Peaks. Mulkey's limited role might be in part due to the fact that his wife, actress Karen Landry, was battling cancer and passed away in 2016 (in between the filming and airing of the series).
The character of Gordon Cole was originally named after a minor character from the classic Billy Wilder film noir Sunset Boulevard. In the revival series, that reference pays off when a glimpse of Sunset Boulevard on TV is what provides the catalyst for "Dougie's" reawakening as Agent Cooper.
Laura Dern plays the long unseen character Diane. Her mother is actress Diane Ladd, who played her on-screen mother in Lynch's film Wild at Heart (1990). Diane works with Cooper on "Blue Rose" files. "Blue Roses" was a nickname used by the character Laura in The Glass Menagerie, whose author, Tennessee Williams, is cousin to both Ladd and Dern.
There is some debate as to the chronology of the series. Bearing in mind the events take place 25 years after those of the original, which take place in 1989, the continuation should begin in 2014. However, there are several clues throughout to suggest the new series is set after this, closer to 2017, when it was aired. For example, at multiple points characters can be seen using models of phone not widely available until after 2014, also in the Silver Mustang Casino an extra can be seen using an electronic Vape cigarette- these did not become widely used until well after 2014. It is not known if this is canon, or simply details which have been over-looked.