Twin Peaks: What was the finale all about?

Sometimes it even felt like trolling, as in the case of fan-favorite Audrey Horne, unceremoniously dropped into the end of the 12th episode having a droning, 11-minute argument with her homunculuar husband in which they exhaustively talked about people we’d never met. Sherilyn Fenn’s kinky-innocent pinup girl allure was such a huge part of the original “Twin Peaks” mystique her that banishment to a comically tedious art-punk sidebar this time around had a whiff of the punitive, particularly when Audrey reprised her old dance movies for a harrowing reveal. The insane Audrey twist we got last week isn’t resolved, the Sarah Palmer monstrosity is still a bit confusing, and we still don’t know exactly where or when Dale Cooper is.

Good Coop phones sheriff Truman while he’s talking with Bad Coop. Mr. C arrives at the Twin Peaks Sheriff’s Station before Cooper. And did we always know that Cooper and Diane were in love? And as they perform their odd ritual, a manifestation of Bob emerges from his stomach. Freddie found his destiny, and his destiny was apparently to literally punch BOB to pieces.

Carrie didn’t answer him but looked back at the house as well.

Explanations are, theoretically, everywhere: the lack of a whodunit; purists forever soured by season two’s qualitative nosedive and the theatrical prequel Fire Walk With Me’s alienating terror; sporadic, head-to-head competition from Game of Thrones; or transcendent real-life political intrigue. After the death of Killer BOB, she was released and had an emotional reunion with Cooper. She and Cooper share a passionate kiss, implying they may have had a relationship before his disappearance. Either way, it’s a lovely moment. When he and Diane went into that motel they were in an older vehicle than the one he left in.

Using his old room key, Cooper, Diane, and Cole go to a room down by the boiler underneath the Great Northern. Carrie screams, and the screen fades to black. Jeffries shows Cooper the Owl Cave symbol, which mutates into the number 8, transporting Cooper to… Coop intervenes before she can get to the train truck and be killed. And the finale certainly delivered on that promise, albeit in an extremely offhand and attenuated fashion, exemplified perfectly by the fleeting glimpse of the iconic “Welcome to Twin Peaks” sign we catch during Cooper’s limo ride into town. But, suddenly, the body fades from existence. In Fire Walk With Me she’s established as a kind of benevolent spirit who once lived in Fat Trout Trailer Park. It seems Cooper has somehow created an alternate timeline where Laura Palmer was never murdered.

Dougie is brought back by the one-armed man.

The Drunk (Jay Aaseng): While he became a regular fixture during the final stretch of the season, sharing a cell block with Naido, Jimmy, Freddie and Chad (John Pirruccello), it was never clear who this very loud and seemingly diseased character was. The Jones family got the happy ending they deserved.

With a gestural flourish worthy of the magician in the one-armed man’s incantatory poem, Cooper emerges from the Black Lodge into Glastonbury Grove, this time to find Diane waiting for him.

Andy has gone looking for Hawk.

– “If I disappear, like the others, do everything you can to find me”.

The world Cooper wakes up to the next morning is different, as everything from the motel to his auto to the landscape has changed. But just as the original Twin Peaks inspired visionary showrunners from David Chase to Damon Lindelof to create the New Golden Age, the show’s revived third season may have leapfrogged them all. Yet the real challenge still lies ahead for Cooper, as he must embark on a journey across time and space to rescue Laura Palmer. There was a lot in the show that flat-out did not work, that stood in the way of the story Peaks once was, one that used its strangeness to entice an audience that might end up seeing a deeply human story onscreen. You don’t even know me. That would seem to point to the entity we saw in Episode 8 seemingly give birth to BOB, and which attacked the couple outside of the glass box in NY. She has another name too: Tremond. But I had no idea how it was going to fall into the context of everything. But there is a faint calling from the home-Sarah’s voice screaming for “Laura”. If you thought Cooper getting trapped in the Black Lodge at the end of the second season was a pessimistic ending, now our errant knight has come unstuck in time, perpetually reprising a quest in which he’s trying to fix a past that may never have existed. The intuition leads him to stop at Judy’s diner, and puts him on the trail of a woman who uncannily resembles Laura Palmer. In Coop’s autobiography, there were details of a murder scene that Coop witnessed as a teenager. Honestly, I doubt even David Lynch or Mark Frost know.

As far as renewing “Twin Peaks” for season 4, however, Nevins stated that there are no plans at this point and the executives have not discussed this with show runner and director David Lynch. With around 18 hours of footage in total, the near endless surrealism can be frustrating, and even appear indulgent at times. What exactly is possessing Sarah Palmer?

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