We’re i the final stretch of Twin Peaks: The Return, though you wouldn’t know from watching the show. According to most rules of narrative structure, we would have just passed the second act mark and are now inside of the third act, but that’s only for narratives that follow those sorts of rules. And even though Lynch described the Peaks script as being a 400 page movie, this isn’t a move that appears to break down easily into “acts”.
I’ll be honest, I’ve enjoyed more of this ride than not. It hasn’t been perfect, though I’m reluctant to complain about any particular part until I’ve seen it all, on the off chance that moments to come might put earlier moments in a new light. I was both a huge fan of Twin Peaks specifically and David Lynch in general, so this return has been a pretty great opportunity to visit both of those things.
But with only five episodes left in front of us, I’m concerned about what might be to come. Concerned because I know I’d like to see certain storylines wrapped up, certain things resolved, and I also know that Lynch is a filmmaker who doesn’t give a damn what I, or anyone else, might want.
I recently read an article that sort of implies that we might not ever get good ol’ Dale Cooper back, but if there’s one thing I feel fairly confident about, it’s that that’ll happen. It might not happen until Episode 18, but I stand by my prediction from months ago that The Return is as much a reference to Dale Cooper as to the show itself, and if there is a central narrative in this season, it is his return.
I’m less sure we’ll be getting any answers about those mysterious woodsmen, what the woodsman’s poem was about, what the hell that was that Gordon Cole experienced in South Dakota, what was up with that vomiting person in the car, and what the hell that bugfrog thing was that crawled into a girls mouth in 1950-something.
Do we need those answers? Well, that’s a whole other question, and one that can’t be answered until we come to the end of The Return. Sure, we all survived 25 years all those unanswered questions left at the end of season two, but it’s different now. Season two was cut off abruptly. This is moving towards what, I assume, is a planned and very intentional ending, which will contain all the information that David Lynch wants us to have.
Will it be enough?
For now I’m confident that it will be. Confident if a little nervous.
Any thoughts on what might be waiting for us in these final episodes?