Here’s the obligatory Spoiler Warning, although the headline should only make sense to those already hip to the Twin Peaks mythology.
Yesterday, EW dropped a slew of exclusive pics from the upcoming Twin Peaks Revival (link below), airing on Showtime beginning May 21st. It was a chance for fans of the David Lynch helmed series to see how our favorite characters have aged; it’s also an opportunity for Internet Detectives (like myself) to pour over every pixel for potential clues as to what’s in store.
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One potential clue wasn’t hard to spot; in fact, it jumped right out at us: We see Michael Horse who will be reprising his role as Sherriff Truman’s most trusted deputy Hawk. What’s so striking is the actor’s hair; what was once pitch black is now completely white. Suddenly, Hawk is a near spitting image of Bob, the personification of evil played by Frank A. Silva in Twin Peaks Seasons 1 & 2. Could this be intentional? Will Hawk be the new Bob in Twin Peaks Season 3? The very question is complex, so let’s break things down.
Why would Hawk need to be a “new” Bob?
Silva passed away in 1995, making his return to the series (obviously) impossible. When Michael Ontkean declined a chance to reprise the role of Sheriff Truman he was replaced by Robert Forster, proving Lynch is willing to recast important characters as opposed to discarding them.
Are we sure Bob will be returning in Twin Peaks Season 3?
Pretty sure. As part of a promotional campaign, “Wanted Posters” like the one below have been found in cities around the world. It seems like producers want us to have Bob on the brain.
Doesn’t the actor have naturally white hair now?
Absolutely, but 25 years after its heyday, I’m pretty sure every male cast member has gone naturally gray or white. But other returning characters revealed in the EW pictures, Agent Cooper/ Kyle MacLachlan, Albert Rosenfield/ Miguel Ferrer, and even Big Ed Hurley/ Everett McGill still sport their original shades of brown. Remember, the first major clue we had that Leland Palmer (Ray Wise) was Bob was when his hair turned completely white. David Lynch is known for being extremely detail oriented, so I don’t think anything is a coincidence.
Isn’t Agent Cooper actually Bob now?
That certainly appeared to be the case at the shocking conclusion of Twin Peaks Season 2, but I somehow doubt Coop is the villain of the new season. And like we previously discussed, the pictures we’ve seen of 25-years-later Cooper show him with brown hair. I think it’s more likely that Cooper never left the Black Lodge, and the final moment of Season 2 reveals Bob returned in his place. Remember, Hawk seemed especially worried about Cooper upon his return—almost suspicious. Bob would want to neutralize this potential enemy as soon as possible.
Has Michael Horse dropped any clues that he might be the new Bob?
Michael Horse recently sat down for an extensive interview with Landon Evanson at iHorror. When asked about his thoughts on returning to “that magical world” he responded:
I thought, just give me a cameo, I would just be pleased to be a part of it, but I’ve got some really interesting things to do.
When asked for any kind of palpable clue as to what fans could expect, Horse replied:
No, I can’t. I can’t say nothin’, I’m sworn to mum. All I can say is you will not be disappointed because I’m thinking as a fan. I got in it and was thinking to myself, “Would I be disappointed seeing this again?” And from what I know, from what I’ve been involved in, I’m going “Wow.” I’m so excited and I hear the people at Showtime are excited, but I would be absolutely floored if the fans didn’t go crazy.
The entire interview is great, and I highly recommend you check it out in its entirety, HERE.
Okay, it’s far from a confirmation of the Hawk/Bob theory, but it does tip us to the fact that we can expect something different from our stalwart Deputy. His excitement for the return of Twin Peaks is just enough to keep us wondering: “What the heck is this guy up to?”
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So that’s my case! What do you think? Any possibility Hawk will be the new Bob when Twin Peaks returns on May 21st? Let’s discuss in the Comments section!