For Twin Peaks, the quarter-century "hiatus" between the original series' finale and Showtime's restart has resulted in a cast that has grown and changed over time. Unfortunately, some of those changes result from original cast members passing-away over those years. When situations like that arise, a director is left with the task of best determining how best to honor those who've died and in what manner. Twin Peaks co-creator David Lynch has made it a point of honoring those actors by insuring that their characters still play a vital role in the unfolding story, whether it's Catherine Coulson's Log Lady or Miguel Ferrer's Albert Rosenfield.
Twin Peaks' own Dale Cooper, Kyle MacLachlan, recently expressed his feelings on how the show has handled honoring his deceased fellow cast members:
"I think it's beautiful. As actors, this is how we stay around. To see even Catherine Coulson, who was able to work as the Log Lady [shortly before she passed away in 2015]. It's bittersweet. There's a sadness there. I think it's intentional, and a recognition again that we are mortal. We have had some real tragedies with the show. Losing Miguel and losing Catherine … it's not easy. It was challenging to David. But he has done an amazing job remembering, appropriately, I think, and with impact. The characters are still making an impact. As an actor, that's what you want."
To be fair, Lynch has done a very tasteful, respectful job of honoring their memories through their characters…even if he gives it his own particular "spin":
Albert Rosenfield (Ferrer): most of his scenes are of much more quiet and intimate nature with FBI Deputy Director Gordon Cole (Lynch), but still an active participant in the search for the real Cooper.
Margaret "The Log Lady" Lanterman (Catherine Coulson): though clearly in poor health, Coulson's Log Lady offered Deputy Sheriff Tommy "Hawk" Hill (Michael Horse) valuable advice in his search for the truth about Cooper.
Toad (Marv Rosand): a cook at Norma Jennings' Double-R Diner since the show first premiered, Toad is seen receiving a bread delivery from Shelly Johnson's (Mädchen Amick) daughter Becky Burnett (Amanda Seyfried).
Dr. Will Hayward (Warren Frost): appeared in a recent episode via online chat to speak with Sheriff Frank Truman (Robert Forster), Harry's brother, about his examination of "Cooper" the day he "returned" from The Black Lodge.
BOB (Frank Silva): though passing in 1995, Lynch was able to use both archival footage and digital manipulation to show us a BOB that's become "something" that "Cooper" keeps around as some sort of twisted memento. Later, Lynch would show viewers how atomic bomb testing from decades ago may have led to the "birth" of BOB and his ability to access our reality.
Maj. Garland Briggs (Don S. Davis): though the actor passed in 2008, it was the apparent passing of his character in fire 25 years earlier that's made his character so important today. Over the two-and-a-half decades since his apparent death, Maj. Briggs' fingerprints have mysteriously matched over a dozen times, including most notable a recently discovered decapitated corpse. And then there was the scene was Maj. Briggs' disembodied head floated a warning to Cooper in true "Blue Rose" fashion…but we're still trying to figure that one out.