Vulture have got their hands on Twin Peaks co-creator Mark Frost’s new book, and it appears to shed some light on the suburban scream that bellowed from deep within former corpse Laura Palmer.
What actually happened will always remain beautifully ambiguous, but the general consensus appears to be that Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) crossed into another dimension to intercept Laura Palmer before she got to her boxcar destination and plastic wrapped shoreline fate.
The book in question is Twin Peaks: The Finale Dossier, which is written in the form of classified FBI files, one of which picks up after the events of The Return’s finale, in which we find Chrysta Bell’s Agent Tammy Preston going through old editions of The Twin Peaks post in order to file her report.
The passage which has everyone’s interest piqued is the following:-
You know what else I discovered, Chief, in that same article, a few sentences later? This:
“Agent Cooper had come to town for a few months earlier, to aid in the investigation into the disappearance, still unsolved, of local teenage beauty queen, Laura Palmer.”
Let me repeat that phrase for you: “still unsolved.” No mention of “murder,” “wrapped in plastic,” or “father arrested for shocking crime eventually dies in police custody of self-inflicted wounds.”
It’s right there on the front page: Laura Palmer did not die. So, fairly certain I’ve not misplaced my own mind, I go back and check the corresponding police records. They tell me this: Laura Palmer disappeared from Twin Peaks without a trace — on the very same night when, in the world we thought we knew, it used to be said she died — but the police never found the girl or, if she had been killed elsewhere, her body or made a single arrest.
It goes on to mention that Leyland Palmer killed himself through depression and the case remains open to this day. So Palmer just vanished? Twin Peaks as we know it never happened, and Palmer was yanked into another dimension by Cooper, destined for the altogether more cruel fate of the eternal scream of Carrie Page?
What’s your reading of these revelations? Do you even want to know what happens? Or should we just wait another 25 years to find out? Grab a coffee and think it over.
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