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(@audrey-horne)
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As "The Return" ends in another cliffhanger with Laura's scream and Cooper's new mysterious identity (he's FBI agent Richard now), the fate of numerous secondary characters featured both in the "Original Series" and "The Return" were also left hanging at the end. Just to mention some of them:

1) The last we saw Audrey in Part 16 ending, she was screaming while looking at a mirror. She's seemingly just awoken from her dream which ends while she was dancing at the Roadhouse and all her dialogues about her being afraid to go out with her "husband" Charlie. Was she institutionalized in a mental institution somewhere? Why no members of her family (other than a short reference by Richard in Episode 15) ever mention her? How's her story connected to the main plotline involving Coop and his search for Laura? Who is Billy and is he her partner/lover in an Alternate Universe? Why did we never see him?

2) What happened to Steven and Becky Briggs? Did Steven kill himself in the woods? Was the "bad deed" he confessed to Gretchen before shooting himself was him killing Becky?  If Becky is killed, how would it affect Shelley and Bobby? If she is not, where is she now? Becky is supposed to play a major role later in the series? Would she or was her story just a plot diversion?

3) Shelley and Bobby: They're separated at the end of the series and Shelley is dating Red, which made Bobby really jealous. What's going to happen to the Shelley-Red relations and what's Bobby going to do about it? Who is Red anyway apart from him being a drug dealer? Does he have some supernatural powers possibly obtained by some relations to the "Mother"/Judy? How would Becky's death affect Shelley and her relations with Red and Bobby?

4) The Hornes: What would happen with Ben and his relationship with Beverly (Ashley Judd's character)? Could his marriage to Sylvia be saved or is it really over for them? WTH is Jerry doing in  Wyoming's woods? Who/What brought him there? How would they react to Richard's demise? Is Audrey aware of all the situations affecting her family? How she would've reacted to Richard's death?

4) Harry S Truman: From his phone conversation with his brother Frank seems to have a terminal illness, possibly cancer. Would he play a role in solving the mystery later or would his story end with his demise? Would he be able to meet with Coop again?

5) Nadine: She finally agrees to a separation/divorce from Ed. What would she's going to do next? Would she continue to run her drape store? What's her relationship with Jacoby/Dr Amp and his "magic shovel"? How's the shovel related to the entire plot?

6) Ed and Norma: He finally proposed to her. Would they have a happy ending now?

7) Carl Rodd: What's exactly Carl's role in the entire plot? As one of the few survivors of a "Black Lodge" encounter (now that the Log Lady is dead), would he play a role later on? Or would he just happened to be present when something big (e.g., a murder or suicide) happened but he won't actually be doing anything?

8) James Hurley: What role he would've played later other than singing at the Roadhouse and be admired by other middle aged female characters like Shelley?

9) Donna Hayward: We saw her sister (cougar Gretchen) and father playing cameos in the show, but WTH is she now? Did she ever get re-connected with James in any way.

10) Annie Blackburn: How's ANNIE??

 

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Posted : 04/09/2017 8:16 pm
(@samxtherapy)
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I think that's the whole point... These characters carry on doing stuff we'll never know about.  Like after we die, people still do stuff and we'll never know.

Cooper is effectively dead to the world he knew.  If that world still exists, he's a devil of a job to find it again.  Assuming he does, Laura will still be dead and everything else will be happening just the same as when he left.

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Posted : 04/09/2017 8:29 pm
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Posted by: SamXTherapy

I think that's the whole point... These characters carry on doing stuff we'll never know about.  Like after we die, people still do stuff and we'll never know.

Cooper is effectively dead to the world he knew.  If that world still exists, he's a devil of a job to find it again.  Assuming he does, Laura will still be dead and everything else will be happening just the same as when he left.

Exactly and what happened to Jeffries he slipped to the point of no return....

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Posted : 04/09/2017 8:34 pm
(@danflannel)
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Have a feeling the new book will cover a fair amount of the smaller loose ends. As for the larger threads....

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Posted : 04/09/2017 8:41 pm
(@audrey-horne)
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Posted by: SamXTherapy

I think that's the whole point... These characters carry on doing stuff we'll never know about.  Like after we die, people still do stuff and we'll never know.

Cooper is effectively dead to the world he knew.  If that world still exists, he's a devil of a job to find it again.  Assuming he does, Laura will still be dead and everything else will be happening just the same as when he left.

This looks like a classic plot whenever time travel is involved in an attempt to change someone's fate: No matter how hard you try to change that character and the main storyline will always end up the same.

This plot was also featured most recently in "Game of Thrones" where Bran tries to prevent the Night King and the While Walkers from invading Westeros by going back in time, only to have his legs marked by the NK. The latter then uses it to break the magic that protects the Wall, enabling his living dead army to invade Westeros.

Or the tagline of the rebooted "Battlestar Gallactica":  "All Of This Has Happened Before And Will Happen Again." Humanity and the Cylons/AI will always have enmities against one another and the latter will end up nuking us out of existence.

These are all I think about as I watch "The Return" final scenes 🙁 🙁

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Posted : 04/09/2017 8:55 pm
(@matthew_gladney)
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Audrey wasn't screaming at the end of Part 16, she was just freaking out.

An interpretation we can have of the finale is that none of the questions you've posed matter anymore, because the scenarios no longer exist.

Instead of 'Who Killed Laura Palmer?' it is now the story of what happened to Laura Palmer? She disappeared. Likely no FBI in Twin Peaks. Events did not unfold as we knew them.

So.... much of what we saw in The Return -- especially in the town of Twin Peaks -- may not be the way it is now.

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Posted : 04/09/2017 10:06 pm
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