First of all: LAURA DERN!!! I don’t think I need to elaborate on that.
When I checked in with my brother last night after we had both seen the episode, we realized that we had taken the ending very differently. I haven’t read any recaps or commentary yet, so I’m not sure how others took it. He thought that Audrey’s arc was a Mulholland Dr. or Lost Highway-esque dream narrative, whereas I thought that the final revelation was that she is a tulpa. So far, we know that Diane and Sarah Palmer are both dark tulpas (as was Dougie before Coop’s return), and the Laura in the black lodge is a light tulpa. What I got from that glorious, glorious Diane scene was that when a tulpa has been made of an individual, that individual’s consciousness is trapped within and can emerge under certain conditions. For Diane, seeing Evil Coop’s text somehow enabled her real consciousness to take over briefly. It seems that when the Sarah Palmer tulpa was in the liquor store and heard voices in her head, what she was happening was the real Sarah Palmer was struggling to come out and cry for help. My reasoning for thinking Audrey is a tulpa is twofold: we now know for sure that she was raped by Evil Coop, and so it sounds like he did the same thing to her that he did to Diane. Also, I thought that last image was a representation of the real Audrey’s dormant consciousness flirting with awareness. I assume that the Sarah Palmer tulpa was actually made by Leland Palmer and not by Evil Coop, which would explain a lot about how she behaved in the original series (in particular, why she wasn’t more aware and protective of her daughter). I also see my brother’s point though: there are lots of reasons to think that the Audrey’s Dance scene at the roadhouse was the culmination of a Lynchian dream.
In any case, I hope people who have been impatient about Dougie and angry about what’s happened to Audrey realize now that they should have trusted Lynch. Even if you don’t like Dougie (which I still can’t comprehend), this payoff absolutely depended on the long development leading up to it. “Dougie sure is talking with a lot of assurance!” I’m just bubbling over with joy thinking about Cooper’s loving goodbye to his new family. “I’m your dad.” And I never would have guessed that Lynch would resurrect James Belushi so magnificently. Inspired casting.
The Jerry Horne payoff! The shoot out!
The contrast with the abiding trashiness of Game of Thrones actually made me appreciate Twin Peaks more. It was like having an 80 minute fast food appetizer before being served the best entrée of your life.