I was disappointed about Audrey until...
I realized I'm intrigued. I've had these great expectations for the return of a strong-willed, mischievous, confident hero, the adult version of the Audrey I knew, and here we're given a broken, frustrated, desperate soul who is not at all in control. And a whole slew of new unanswered questions and characters in her discussion with Charlie. It's really like dropping in on someone you haven't seen for 25 years. There are a whole roster of strong character's who haven't changed, pillars of society; Hawk, Cole, Carl, Norma, etc. But Sarah, Audrey, Dale, Bobby, Diane (I'm guessing) all changed in response to traumatic events and whatever came after. I think if Audrey came in, guns blazing, whippin everyone up old-school at this stage of the game, that wouldn't really make sense. She's laying low, and we walked in at a bad time.
I think it is really good to keep in mind that we are seeing everyone after 25 years and that kind of time is not kind to everyone. Harry, the Log Lady, Sarah Palmer, possibly James are all struggling... Shelly and Bobby got married, had a kid, and are now probably divorced or separated and we don't know why either. It's not really happy endings, it's just life. If you ever read Stephen King he does a really good job illustrating that sort of thing in his stories too. The ups and downs of getting older.
We know so little about what is going on in Audrey's life right now, but we do know that she grew up in essentially a broken family with a father who was a terrible role model as a human being. She fell in love with the BEST human being (Cooper) who was a wonderful friend to her, who inspired her to be better I think, and then disappeared from her life completely. She fell in love with John J Wheeler and gave herself to him completely and then HE disappeared from her life too. She was injured badly and we have no idea how long she was in a coma. I'm of the opinion that this is her real life now, that she woke up and everyone she loved was gone. Waking up with a broken body, a broken family, and a broken heart doesn't lend itself to staying young and fiesty. She probably went into full on survival mode.
I'm curious to know if that crazy Horne/Hayward drama carries over at all or if we're just going to disavow that ever happening. We also don't know if she even knows about Richard or how that has affected her (I am assuming he's hers, all the clues seem to point to it.)
We'll have to stay tune to see though! Happy to see the always lovely Sherilyn Fenn at long last. <3
I'm wondering if she still is in a coma. All these new characters she is referring to so late in the season, and there are weird parallels to other things we have seen, like the stolen truck, and the activities of her presumed son, Richard.
I also wonder that.
It seems very unreal. I have been surprised at the number of online commentators--on you tube, or Guardian and other such writers--who seem to be taking Audrey's scene at face value. They think she really is in or near Twin Peaks and married to Charley, perhaps in some kind of arranged marriage.
I am still haunted by the Skype scene in part 7 where Doc drops his head so sadly after he mentions Audrey. Frank goes quiet for a moment and then changes the subject to happier upbeat topics like fishing. Something is very wrong here.
I guess I just don't have any trouble believing that an odd, uncomfortable scene with exaggerated acting and stilted dialogue could be exactly what it appears to be in a David Lynch production. It's kind of what he does.
I'm sure there's more to the Charlie story...but I don't see a big Shutter Island twist coming. I strongly suspect that Audrey is a somewhat broken person with a crappy life, and that she's a fairly minor character in this season. It jibes completely with the themes and story we've seen to this point for most of the original characters. But ultimately people are free to believe whatever they want.