The “Twin Peaks” welcome sign is back up, but will the population count go down in the new Showtime series?

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Cue some waterfall footage and Angelo Badalamenti’s haunting theme song from the original “Twin Peaks,” and hey presto we’re transported back to David Lynch’s eerie murder-mystery TV series about a dead homecoming queen named Laura Palmer and a small town full of secrets.

As “Twin Peaks” gets set to return on Showtime with co-creators David Lynch and Mark Frost, as well as Badalamenti, fans are eager to find out any details about the upcoming show, which is scheduled to debut in 2017.

A new Showtime video, which launched the new official “Twin Peaks” YouTube page on December 18, features the unveiling of the town’s welcome sign and a few surprises.

“Location sometimes becomes a character,” actor Michael Horse — who played Deputy Hawk in the original “Twin Peaks” series that ran during the ’90s — says in the video. “There’s a lot of holy places up here, a lot of sacred places. I can’t put my finger on how I would describe it. It just touches something in the psyche. It’s almost like being in a moving painting.”

Is that Agent Cooper? Or are we about to meet a new character in the upcoming “Twin Peaks” revival on Showtime?

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Though it’s not officially confirmed that Deputy Hawk will be returning to the series, we do know that Kyle MacLachlan will be coming back as FBI Agent Dale Cooper. The new series will include 18 episodes written by Lynch and Mark Frost, and directed by Lynch.

In the original series, the town’s sheriff worked with Agent Cooper, who came to town to investigate the case. As Cooper looked for Laura’s killer, weird secrets about the town’s inhabitants began to surface, including extra-dimensional spaces in the woods called the Black and White Lodges.

At the end of the video, we see a shadowy figure who looks like he’s trying to escape a dust storm. Could this be Agent Cooper trapped between dimensions? Or is it a brand-new character we have yet to meet?

About 25 years after the theatrical release of “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me” in 1992, the story will continue…and we can’t wait.

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