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Twin Peaks returned to the small screen in 2017 for a revival that was 26 years in the making. The Showtime revival has taken viewers back to the wonderfully confusing town and bizarre cast of characters, and each episode just makes the mysteries even more complex. That said, an incident earlier this week led to the wrong episode being released, and fans missed a full hour of plot developments. Since this is Twin Peaks, it probably didn't seem all that weird, even if the plots didn't make much sense at the time.
Here's what happened. European pay TV platform Sky Deutschland accidentally played the fourteenth episode of the revival rather than the thirteenth. The broadcasting files for the two episodes were apparently mislabeled, leading to the mishap that leaked the wrong episode a week before it was supposed to debut. Twin Peaks must have felt even more befuddling than usual to German viewers who missed a whole hour of plot developments. The episode was taken down from Sky's On Demand option as soon as the company was made aware of the mistake, and it was ultimately only available for a brief span of time in the morning on Monday.
Fortunately for Twin Peaks, this incident did not result in an episode leaking online before the official air date. Both HBO and Starz recently suffered security breaches that ended up releasing footage of shows on the internet, and fans were able to download episodes early. Variety reports that Germany's notoriously strict laws concerning anti-piracy likely contributed to the fact that the entire episode didn't leak online, although no anti-piracy law could stop fans who did manage to catch the episode from talking about it on social media. Spoilers and even pictures of the episode are currently circulating on Reddit and other social sites.
Interestingly, this is not the first time that a German broadcaster has been the source of a significant Twin Peaks leak, although the last incident was quite a while ago. Back in 1990, German network Sat. 1 revealed the identity of Laura Palmer's killer early during Season 2. Given that the mystery of Laura's death was what drove the series for the majority of its initial run, that was a big spoiler to release. Luckily, social media wasn't in play in 1990, and so the spoilers probably didn't reach too many viewers. If such a leak had happened nowadays, the news would be all over Twitter so quickly that even non-viewers would know who had killed Laura Palmer.
Only a handful of episodes left in the Twin Peaks revival; hopefully fans all over the world can count on the remaining installments airing in order without any huge leaks to spoil the plot twists. There's no guarantee that the show will ever return after this revival, and we could be coming up to the very end of Twin Peaks. New episodes air in the U.S. on Sundays at 8 p.m. ET on Showtime. For your other viewing options, swing by our summer TV guide and our fall TV premiere schedule.