What happened at the end of Twin Peaks The Revival
Agent Cooper was taking Laura Palmer back to see her mother because her mother was very upset, as shown by her strange behavior and the smashing of Laura’s framed photo. However in doing that the timeline in got ruined. The reason Laura Palmer disappeared at the end of the episode is she was in a timeline or alternate universe in which Laura Palmer had never existed.
I don’t believe that Agent Cooper was trying to prevent Laura’s murder, because that course of action is not discussed or specified. She seems to be alive living under a different name but she still recognizes the names of her parents. There were a lot of scenes of her mother’s house in which her mother was really upset but her mother was clearly no longer living at the house, when Agent Cooper arrived. She had probably never lived there, and Laura Palmer had probably never been born, and perhaps Laura Palmer’s parents had never met. So we are left asking the question is it better to live and be murdered or is it better to just never exist?
My second theory comes from the David Foster Wallace story Oblivion in which a husband is having random misadventures involving his wife and daughter Audrey, but it turns out that the entire story is a dream that his wife is having. In this dream she feels insecure, and too old to be attractive any longer. Audrey the daughter who is away at college is a threat, because she feels that her husband looks at Audrey’s friends with lust. Therefore the mother sends Audrey away to college to get rid of her. When the mother wakes up it, seems probable that Audrey never existed.
After Audrey Horne does her dance at the Double R she wakes up as if from a dream, so the entire construct of the new Twin Peaks could be that it’s only Audrey’s dream, or rather nightmare that she is married to Charlie instead of the Agent Cooper.
Updated: April 22, 2020
From Google Discovery I found another blogger’s take on what happens to Laura at the end of Twin Peaks. He/She/They wrote as for the fate of Laura:
“Rather than be ensnared by evil she puts on a ring that weds her to the Red Room and then she dies.”
The theory was that the ring stopped Bob from taking over her body to do evil. Laura would rather die than do evil. Bob who was in the body of her father, kills her.
I found it on the Pop Matters Website, but they have a lot of ads and it’s hard to read even with an iPad. The link I posted is from Archive Today. So many sites delete older articles that don’t get clicks any more to make way for newer articles. I don’t have time to check my blog for outdated links so this way even if five years later the article is deleted it can still be viewed. I hate to write an entire post based on an article that is later deleted. It nullifies my whole post.
So, as long as I am updating this post I never got into the “Dougie Problem” before because I felt very sorry for Kyle MacLachlan having to be so degraded by David Lynch in playing that role. However that being said, Dougie became a running joke at our house and we would laugh about it while we repeated the name Dougie. But at the same time it was not really funny.
I found a video on Youtube from Twin Perfect that I need to promote on my blog. The video is a four and half hour wallow in everything Twin Peaks. I do not agree with much of the analysis, but it brings out certain ideas and discusses them. I may update this post if I have any more new ideas about Twin Peaks after I watch the entire video.
The video claims you have to get to know David Lynch’s personal philosophy to understand Twin Peaks. I am not interested in it. How many shows that you love do you have to become familiar with the creators lives to understand them? You may like Beverly Hills, but do you have to get to know Aaron Spelling to appreciate it? You may enjoy Chuck Lorre comedies without having to get to know Chuck Lorre. David Lynch is promoting himself as a spiritual guru. The whole series could be seen now as an advertisement for this venture.
I think most of the ideas and clues in this video were devolved over a long period of time attempting to make sense out of a show that was meaningless or had a very obscure meaning that could be argued in many different ways. The ideas became like a snowball growing larger and large as they collected more material. The first episodes and the first season were clearly the best, but Lynch quit working on the show to pay back the network who forced him to reveal “Who Killed Laura Palmer”. This is not the fault us viewers, but the fault lies directly with Lynch who did not care about Twin Peaks enough to do his best work in the second season. I don’t see how the reveal ruined the show. The show could have kept going using other characters, and was not ruined until Lynch decided to spitefully ruin it. Then when Lynch was given free reign to do whatever he wanted he produced The Return which has none of the original charm of Twin Peaks. Lynch is like Andy Kaufman. He tests us to see how much punishment we will accept before we stop watching. The Return is filled with tedious scenes that go nowhere. Lynch can also be compared to Andy Warhol who made a movie of someone sleeping. But no one remembers or cares about Warhol’s movies only his Art. If one spends a lot of time analyzing why David Lynch is yanking on our chain, the only end result is the chain will be more yanked, but Twin Peak will never have a satisfactory conclusion. Why it’s true as the video points out broadcast television gave us endings too quickly, that does not justify doing the opposite. It’s a logical fallacy. The violence and horrible things in Twin Peaks are put there for interest. Lynch is known as a horror director or at least he was in the past. I believe the dark aspects of the show were placed there because Lynch liked them and because people find them interesting. The idea that the evil is needed to show the good is just incorrect. If there was a show all good with no conflict it would be boring. There needs to conflict in the basic narrative of storytelling. This still does not justify so much meaningless violence such as in when the character portrayed by Madeline Zima is introduced and quickly killed for no reason. The Return is filled with many subplots. Most of them turn out not to be even important. It’s not necessary to pay attention to the details of the many subplots (such as Dougie’s entire family life) because they are there only to bore you and make you annoyed. At this point in The Return, you want the end to come as soon as possible to get away from a very uncomfortable and unpleasant Dougie Experience.