'Twin Peaks': A Comprehensive Guide to Every New Character in the Revival
By Andrea Reiher
When Twin Peaks revealed its cast list for The Return, the number of actors totaled over 200. While several dozen are returning cast members from the original series, most of the ensemble is made up of new faces.
The Twin Peaks newbies range from veteran actors Jim Belushi, Laura Dern and Robert Forster to relative unknowns like Chrysta Bell and Pierce Gagnon, with a few famous musicians thrown in for good measure, like Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor and Pearl Jam lead singer Eddie Vedder.
Talbot is the medical examiner in Buckhorn, South Dakota, who is helping the police investigate Ruth Davenport's (Mary Stofle) murder. Adams is a veteran of Fraiser and Hung.
Michael Bisping as Guard
This mixed martial artist certainly filled out his guard's uniform as the man in charge with keep-ing watch over the mysterious New York City glass box experiment.
Brent Briscoe as Det. Dave Macklay
Macklay is one of the investigators on the Davenport murder, which Briscoe is no stranger to. The quintessential "hey, it's that guy!" has played a law enforcement official in nearly a dozen projects, including Lynch's 2001 film Mulholland Drive. Television fans might know him best, however, as the owner of J.J.'s diner on Parks and Recreation.
Bailey Chase as Det. Don Harrison
Macklay's partner, Harrison is also investigating the Davenport murder, so he's sure to keep pop-ping up throughout the beginning of The Return. Fans know him as a lawman on Longmire and a member of season four's The Initiative on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Neil Dickson as George Bautzer
George is the man Phyllis Hastings (Cornelia Guest) is having an affair with, though he might also be acting as her husband Bill's (Matthew Lillard) attorney. Awkward. Of course, that's assuming George stays out of prison himself. Evil Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) used George's gun to shoot Phyllis in the head in the premiere episode. If Lynch fans recognize him, it's because Dickson had a role in the 2006 film Inland Empire.RELATED: 'Twin Peaks' Returns as Confusing and Terrifying as Ever -- Here's What Happened!
Patrick Fishler as Duncan Todd
Duncan is seen briefly in the premiere telling his assistant Roger (Joe Adler) to inform an unseen woman that she got the job. The assistant then asks Duncan, "Why do you let him make you do these things?" to which Duncan replies, "Roger, you better hope that you never get involved with someone like him, never have someone like him in your life." Who is this mysterious "him"? We don't know yet. But this Lost and Mad Men alum owes a lot to Lynch; his breakout role was in Mulholland Drive.
Cornelia Guest as Phyllis Hastings
Good ol' Phyllis is somehow wrapped up in the plot to frame her husband Bill for murdering Ruth Davenport. She knew he was having at least one affair (though to be fair, so is she) and she recognizes Evil Cooper when he shows up at her house. But Evil Cooper quickly dispenses of Phyllis by shooting her in the head as she tries to run away. RIP, Phyllis. You seemed like the worst.
Ashley Judd as Beverly Paige
We've only gotten a brief introduction to Benjamin Horne's (Richard Beymer) new Gal Friday, Beverly, though we did learn that she's married. It's Ben's primary reason for not trying to sleep with her.
Nicole LaLiberte as Darya
Darya is part of the plot to frame Hastings for Ruth's murder, and after Ray Monroe gets himself locked up, she's the target of Evil Cooper's wrath after he learns they were planning to kill him. He shoots her in a hotel room after learning everything he can from Darya.
Jennifer Jason Leigh as Chantal Hutchens
We don't know much about Chantal yet, except for the fact that she's sleeping with Evil Cooper and he asks her to clean up the mess left behind after he shoots Darya. Evil Cooper also asked Chantal to meet up with him (and bring her husband) in a few days, but that was before his car accident and subsequent incarceration.
Matthew Lillard as Bill Hastings
Poor Bill. He's a high school principal in Buckhorn, accused of murdering local librarian Ruth Davenport. It appears to be an obvious frame job, though he's not completely innocent. He may have been having an affair with either or both Davenport and his secretary, Betty. But still, that doesn't mean he should go to jail for a murder he didn't commit.
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Ben Rosenfield as Sam Colby
Sam kicks off the action on Twin Peaks: The Return as the subject of an experiment in New York City wherein he sits in a basement warehouse-type room on a couch and watches a glass box for hours on end while some cameras roll. He's not sure what he's looking for, but he definitely knows when he sees it... right before it brutally murders him. The glass box is somehow connect-ed to the Black Lodge, because it's where Cooper briefly ends up after he is expelled. But exactly what emerged from the box after Cooper left it and slaughtered Sam and his booty call, Tracey (Madeline Zima), is not yet known.
Jessica Szohr as Renee
The Gossip Girl alum was seen in the premiere episode drinking with Shelly (Madchen Amick) and two other gal pals at the Bang Bang Bar in Twin Peaks. Shelly comments that she thinks James Hurley (James Marshall) is interested in Renee, but we aren't so sure it wasn't Shelly who had caught James' eye.
Jake Wardle as Freddie Sykes
This is the young man who was having a beer with James in the Bang Bang Bar in the premiere episodes. He's noteworthy because he looks quite a bit younger than James, so we're wondering if he’s possibly James' son.
Madeline Zima as Tracey
If this young woman looks familiar to you, it's because she played Grace Sheffield on The Nanny for six years in the 1990s. She also recurred on Heroes and Californication. Unfortunately, Tracey was brutally murdered before we got to know much about her. But she did get naked first, something Lynch couldn't do when the show was on ABC.
Chrysta Bell as Agent Tammy Preston
Preston is a 30-year-old FBI agent, so she's not fresh out of the academy, but she definitely hasn't been around as long as Gordon Cole (Lynch) and Albert Rosenfield (Miguel Ferrer). She seems sharp, but is also very pretty -- something that could prove problematic for Gordon, according to FBI Chief of Staff Denise Bryson (David Duchovny). In real life, Bell is quite the musician and has worked with Lynch in a songwriting/recording capacity since 1999. They’ve released two albums together and she also appeared in the short film, Bird of Flames, for which she and Lynch co-wrote the music.
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Michael Cera as Wally Brando Brennan
The son of Lucy (Kimmy Robertson) and Andy (Harry Goaz) is responsible for one of the funniest scenes so far when he shows up at the sheriff's station to pay his respects to Sheriff Frank Truman over his brother Harry's illness. He was born on Marlon Brando's birthday and has taken that to heart, dressing as Brando from the 1953 film, The Wild One, and spouting lines like "my dharma is the road." It's hard to believe, but this is the first thing Cera has done for Lynch.
Robert Forster as Sheriff Frank Truman
Frank is Sheriff Harry Truman's (Michael Ontkean) older brother. In The Secret History of Twin Peaks, the book creator Mark Frost wrote in conjunction with the revival, it is revealed that Frank held the position of town sheriff before Harry took over the job. Frank subsequently left Twin Peaks and is presumably back because his brother is sick. He went to high school with Big Ed Hurley (Everett McGill), Hawk (Michael Horse), Hank Jennings (Chris Mulkey) and Jerry Horne (David Patrick Kelly) before serving as a Green Beret in Vietnam. On the original series, Forster was Lynch's first choice to play Harry, but he had to turn the part down due to a commitment to another TV project. He also appeared in Mulholland Drive.
Pierce Gagnon as Sonny Jim Jones
This precocious child actor (who played Halle Berry’s son on Extant) plays the son of Dougie and Janey-E (Naomi Watts). He seems to get a kick out of his father's weird behavior, which he doesn't know is post-Black Lodge Cooper still trying to figure out basic things about the world around him.
Naomi Watts as Janey-E Jones
Somehow, Evil Cooper managed to make his Dougie doppelganger a smooth enough guy to snag Janey as his wife. She seems nice enough, but Janey is definitely mixed up in whatever business has some thugs targeting Dougie for the money he owes them. Watts is a familiar Lynch face, having starred in her breakout role as the lead in Mulholland Drive, but also appearing in his short drama, Rabbits, and Inland Empire.
Tammie Baird as Lorraine
Lorraine is the person giving orders to the two hitmen out to get Dougie (Kyle MacLachlan), though she obviously is not the highest person in this particular chain of command. However, she does send a mysterious message -- "Argent 169/2" -- to a black box that viewers later find out is located in a basement in Buenos Aires. After Evil Cooper (MacLachlan) calls the black box to say "The cow jumped over the moon," it then suddenly shrinks down into what looks like a small rock. Oh, and Buenos Aires is the place FBI Agent Phillip Jeffries (David Bowie) was last seen in 1987 before he disappeared for two years.
Jim Belushi and Robert Knepper as Bradley and Rodney Mitchum
The Mitchum brothers appear to be Las Vegas mafia bosses. They come into their casino after hearing about Cooper's $400,000+ winnings at the slot machines, convinced that casino supervisor Burns (Brett Gelman) was in on it. After giving Burns a sound pounding and threatening his life, they take their leave. It's unclear if we'll see them again, or if they're connected to Las Vegas businessman Duncan Todd (Patrick Fishler), who was seen in the premiere telling his assistant, "You better hope that you never get involved with someone like him, never have someone like him in your life." Was Duncan referring to Bradley or Rodney? Perhaps.
Eamon Farren as Richard Horne
In his Twin Peaks debut, we find out two important things about this fellow before we even know his name -- he's definitely an a**hole (and possibly psychotic and violent), and he's giving bribes to the local police. But what is even more noteworthy is that when the episode five credits rolled, his name was revealed to be Richard Horne. That's right, he's a Horne -- which means his passing resemblance to Sherilyn Fenn cannot be a coincidence. Is this Audrey's son?
Ernie Hudson as Colonel Davis
In what is perhaps the most interesting conversation of episode five, Col. Davis tells his subordinate, Lt. Cynthia Knox (Adele Rene), that she is to fly to Buckhorn, South Dakota, because the fingerprints of Major Garland Briggs (Don S. Davis) have turned up... again. Apparently this is the 16th time in 25 years that Briggs' fingerprints have been found somewhere. If it turns out to really be him this time, they have to alert the FBI. This revelation has caused many fans to conclude that the headless body found with Ruth Davenport (Mary Stofle) is Briggs, who supposedly died in a fire sometime after the events of the original series.
Caleb Landry Jones and Amanda Seyfried as Steven and Becky Burnett
Fans of the original Twin Peaks were in for a treat in episode five when they got to meet Shelly's (Madchen Amick) daughter, Becky, who was briefly mentioned in the premiere episode. Unfortunately, it looks like Becky has fallen in with a sketchy guy -- like mother, like daughter? -- named Steven, who can't keep a job and likes to do cocaine. Becky is also a willing coke participant, so lets hope she's not going the way of Laura Palmer. Another thing to keep in mind -- Deputy Briggs (Dana Ashbrook) is investigating drugs in Twin Peaks, so will he cross paths with his old flame's offspring? Or is she actually his daughter too? The show hasn't yet revealed who Becky's father is.
Jane Levy as Elizabeth
Levy plays a friend of Charlotte's, who steps in to tell Richard Horne to back off when he starts harassing the girl at the Bang Bang Bar. You may recognize Levy from Shameless and Suburgatory -- and she's great, so hopefully this is not the last we've seen of her.
John Pirruccello as Deputy Chad Broxford
We first met Deputy Chad at the Twin Peaks Sheriff's Department, where he immediately fell out of everyone's good graces by deigning to question the message from Margaret the Log Lady (Catherine E. Coulson). How dare you, sir. How dare you. But it turns out there are even more nefarious things at play with Chad. He's the man seen in the Bang Bang Bar taking a cigarette package full of hundred dollar bills from Richard Horne. Now just what do you suppose that's all about? Is Audrey Horne up to no good and her son is part of the scheme? Or is she a productive member of the Twin Peaks society and her son is the one committing crimes with the help of a dirty cop? We can't wait to find out.
Adele Rene as Lt. Cynthia Knox
We don't know much about Knox so far, other than the fact that she works at the Pentagon under Col. Davis and she is being sent to Buckhorn, South Dakota, to investigate Major Briggs' fingerprints. But seeing as how this murder has become a big part of the narrative -- we definitely need to check back in with Bill Hastings (Matthew Lillard) -- we don't think this is the last we've seen of Lt. Knox.
Laura Dern as Diane
The mystery of Dern's Twin Peaks character has been solved! In the sixth episode, Dern pops up in a Philadelphia bar after Albert Rosenfield (Miguel Ferrer) approaches a woman with a slick blonde bob enjoying a martini. "Diane," Albert says, prompting the woman to turn around and reveal herself to be Dern. Diane, if you'll remember, is Agent Dale Cooper's longtime secretary, who -- up until this point -- hasn't been seen ever. Hopefully, this means we'll see Dern more and more in subsequent episodes, as we have a feeling her character is just getting started.
Hugh Dillon as Tom Paige
Tom is married to Beverly Paige (Ashley Judd) and appears to be terminally ill. He has an in-home nurse, takes prescription pain medication and looks very frail in his wheelchair. Of course, that doesn't stop him from being a jerk to his wife when she comes home late from work. Dillon has a small previous connection to Lynch. In 2008, he starred in his daughter Jennifer's crime drama/horror film, Surveillance.
Edward "Ted" Dowling as Farmer
This poor man is the one whose truck Richard Horne was driving when he struck and killed that little boy. Andy questions him about Horne and the farmer is visibly nervous, setting up a meeting for later on the old logging road. But the farmer never shows up at the meeting.
James Morrison as Warden Dwight Murphy
Evil Cooper gets the warden to let him out of prison by name-dropping "Mr. Strawberry" and "Joe McClusky," in addition to a dog that Cooper killed. It's not clear yet what this all means, but it gets Evil Cooper and Ray Monroe out of federal prison and back out terrorizing the world.
Walter Olkewicz as Jean Michel Renault
This is an interesting one. Jean Michel is somehow related to the Renault brothers (Jean, Jacques and Bernard) from the original Twin Peaks -- perhaps a fourth brother or a cousin? As they are all deceased, he runs the Roadhouse and also apparently One-Eyed Jack's casino and brothel across the border, where he doesn't seem to have a problem with underage prostitutes. Interestingly, he's played by Walter Olkewicz, the same man who played Jacques Renault in the original series, so the character is new but the actor is not.
Christophe Zajac-Denek as Ike "The Spike" Stadtler
This little sociopath is sent by someone to kill Lorraine, the woman who dispatched some hitmen to kill Cooper-as-Dougie and also texted the message 2/169 Argent to a box in Argentina. Ike "The Spike" stabs Lorraine to death at work, also taking down two of her innocent coworkers in the process. He later attacks Dougie and Janey outside Dougie's work, but some kind of buried Agent Cooper FBI skills spring into action and Cooper thwarts the would-be assassin.
Robert Broski as Woodsman
In episode eight, a group of sooty ghosts emerge from the woods after Ray shoots Evil Cooper. They appear to remove BOB from his body and smear blood all over his face, though none of this kills Evil Cooper. Among the sooty ghosts is the one credited as "woodsman" for the episode. He is also seen in 1956, terrorizing a small New Mexico town as he broadcasts a message across the local radio station: “This is the water, and this is the well. Drink full, and descend. The horse is the white of the eyes, and dark within."
He also appears to be the same woodsman seen in the jail cell near Bill Hastings in South Dakota, though we can't be 100 percent sure about that. In both Fire Walk With Me and this latest Twin Peaks episode, woodsmen are also seen at the convenience store, which is where BOB, the Man from Another Place, Mrs. Tremond and her grandson, the jumping man and the electrician convene to talk about garmonbozia, or the physical manifestation of pain and sorrow.
Joy Nash as Senorita Dido
This woman is seen with the Giant in a place where they watch the genesis of BOB and then seemingly create the spirit of Laura Palmer and send it to Earth. There's always a chance the spirit is not Laura Palmer and merely looks like her -- remember how in the first red room visit, the Man from Another Place says to Cooper, "She's my cousin, but doesn't she look almost exactly like Laura Palmer?"
Maybe the Man from Another Place was referring to this spirit that just so happens to look like Laura. That would actually make a lot of sense (if, in fact, anything happening on Twin Peaks right now makes any sense).
Erica Eynon as "Experiment"
In the segment of episode eight that shows how BOB -- and possibly Laura Palmer -- came to be, a white figure is shown vomiting out a string of bubbles, one of which has BOB inside. Eynon plays this faceless persona. She was also seen in the premiere episode, banging on the door of the purple spaceship place that Good Cooper went before returning to Earth.
Tikaeni Faircrest as 1956 Girl
This young girl is seen falling asleep as she listens to the woodsman's message on the radio. That allows the frog/locust creature that emerged from the egg to crawl inside her mouth. Is that the original BOB inhabiting his first host? Or some other spirit? There is already a fan theory that this girl is actually Sarah Palmer as a young teen. But who she is and how she connects to the present (or even the original series) remains to be seen.
Larry Clarke, Eric Edelstein and David Koechner as the Fuscos
In typical Lynchian fashion, Larry Clarke, Eric Edelstein and David Koechner play a trio of detectives all named Fusco: T. Fusco, "Smiley" Fusco and D. Fusco, respectively. They're investigating the hit on Dougie Jones (now Agent Cooper), arresting Ike "The Spike" Stadtler for his involvement in shooting at Cooper at the insurance agency. But the most interesting aspect of their investigation is that they can't find anything on Dougie prior to 1997 -- no tax records, no IDs -- so now we know when Evil Cooper created this doppelganger. The detectives assume it's because he's in witness protection, but they're going to run his DNA and prints through a contact at the Justice Department, which should alert Gordon and Albert to Good Cooper's presence in Las Vegas.
Sky Ferreira as Ella and Karolina Wydra as Chloe
It is not yet known how Ella and Chloe are connected to the bigger mystery, but at the end of episode nine, they sit together in the Roadhouse and seemingly speak in code, talking about zebras and penguins while looking completely strung out on drugs. With them being the right age and having the drug connection, we could see them being tangled up with Richard Horne and Red -- and possibly Shelly's daughter, Becky.
Ferreira is a singer/songwriter who previously worked with Lynch on a fundraiser for his foundation. It's a big year for her; she also appears in recent movie hit Baby Driver.
Tim Roth as Gary "Hutch" Hutchens
In episode nine, we meet Chantal Hutchens' better(?) half, an unstable associate of Evil Cooper's. Chantal was the one who cleaned up after Darya's murder in the premiere episode and now Hutch has been tasked with taking out Warden Dwight Murphy, the man who let Evil Cooper and Ray Monroe out of prison. It also appears as though the Hutchens have a rather open relationship, with Hutch encouraging his wife to give Evil Cooper "a big wet one."
Giselle Damier as Sandie, Andrea Leal as Mandie and Amy Shiels as Candie
This trio of buxom blondes have been arm candy for the Mitchum brothers up until the July 16 episode. But in the 10th episode, Candie made a play for secret MVP of the episode when she provided two of the best comedic moments of the series so far -- smacking Rodney with a remote while trying to kill a fly and taking an inordinately long time getting Anthony Sinclair (Tom Sizemore) to come up to the casino surveillance room to speak with the Mitchums.
Twin Peaks: The Return airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime.