Filled with surreal imagery and unanswered questions, David Lynch and Mark Frost’s Twin Peaks is the perfect show for hilarious fan theories.
Thirty years ago, in the small fictional town of Twin Peaks, Laura Palmer was murdered. There are only two individuals across both reality and fiction, creators David Lynch and Mark Frost, who could have imagined at that time what this event would lead to.
A two-season broadcast television phenomenon led to a feature film, a 2017 continuation series, several books, and more. This is not to mention the dwarfs, anthropomorphic doorknobs, atomic monsters, and dozens of bizarre characters, all of which are related to one another in a grand design which, once again, only two fully understand.
Basically, there is a world of theories out there regarding the plural-dimensional and often-surreal world of Twin Peaks. Some of them are worth a headfirst, all-afternoon dive into an internet wormhole; others not so much.
The Red Room Is Actually The Red Womb
The “Red Room” (or Black Lodge, as it’s properly deemed) appeared mysteriously in the third episode of Twin Peaks, did not return until the culmination of the original 1990s airing, but has since been the defining element of the cult series.
While that infinite red drapery is perfectly in line with the dreadful-classy aesthetic favored throughout the oeuvre of David Lynch, might it serve a more specifically-symbolic purpose? Its reminiscence of a uterine wall has led to speculation that the Black Lodge can be understood as the womb of Laura Palmer. This bizarre interior decoration theory, if anything, gained credence via the perplexing Twin Peaks: The Return.
Nadine Hit It Big With Her Drape Runners
Big Ed Hurley’s wife Nadine’s obsession with developing silent drape runners is a classic example of the masterful storytelling of Twin Peaks. In a town and television show full of kooky characters engaged in vapid ordeals, the shock of bloodshed is severe.
In Twin Peaks: The Return, red herring narratives abounded. Nadine spent most of the series tuning into Dr. Lawrence Jacoby’s inspirational sh*t-shoveling manifesto. Her sweet listening setup has led viewers to wonder whether that silent drape runner patent finally paid off.
Everyone Wants To Sleep With Everyone
Reddit’s Twin Peaks community is over 100,000 strong and the last post was made thirty-four minutes before the writing of this sentence. Whereas Lost has left fans scouring the internet for answers, amateur detectives of Twin Peaks are often enough attempting to understand the questions.
One strange site which asks users to vote on posted theories features almost exclusively predictions about various characters hooking up, often bizarrely paired with unrelated occurrences. It wouldn’t be worth a Twin Peaks diehard’s time if David Lynch and Mark Frost hadn’t taught viewers to look even deeper at the seemingly incomprehensible and incomplete.
Dale Cooper Is A Massive James Stewart Fan
One productive moment in the long, exhausting journey Dale Cooper takes from his Dougie Jones persona back to full consciousness is when he stands inspired by a statue of an authoritative gunman.
According to canon Twin Peaks lore, the 1959 James Stewart film The FBI Story was Cooper’s unsurprising personal favorite growing up. While some saw the likeness of late Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me star David Bowie (as he appears in The Man Who Fell to Earth), others figured catatonic cooper must be having a flashback to the poster of his favorite flick.
Season Two Protested The Gulf War
After Laura Palmer’s murder was solved, Twin Peaks’ second season meandered for a time and the series was then canceled just as larger mysteries emerged.
Amid such devastating cliffhangers, one frustrated viewer was convinced the programming decision was an inside government job – a response to the show’s undermining of American military efforts surrounding Saudi Arabia.
Twin Peaks Itself Has An Evil Doppelgänger
Snoqualmie, Washington is the real-life town where much of Twin Peaks was staged. Since 1992, it has even hosted an annual Twin Peaks festival. However, what can be made of the fact that Snoqualmie’s skyline is only adorned with a singular peak (the 4,167-foot Mount Si)?
While the exact parameters are unclear, in Twin Peaks, when a doppelgänger emerges, trouble is afoot. Thus, the identity discrepancy can be nothing but bad news for the Pacific Northwestern community.
Bob Is Pennywise From It
Both Twin Peaks’ terrifying Bob and Stephen King’s iconic creation Pennywise the Dancing Clown are malevolent shape-shifters who have terrorized small, podunk towns for generations.
Of course, that this description matches just about any immortal force of evil (like the devil) probably makes the theory (undoubtedly inspired by the months-apart releases of Twin Peaks: The Return and It: Chapter One) moot. However, one might be surprised by this wholly singular show’s malleability to crossover theories in general.
Bob Is Simply A Phallic Metaphor
That Laura Palmer was sexually assaulted by her father under the possession of demon force Bob makes one viewer’s contention that Bob is some kind of pet name for Leland Palmer’s junk somewhat straightforward. What a penis would be doing palling around with a one-armed man and living above a convenience store, however, is less apparent.
To be fair, nothing is outside the Twin Peaks realm of possibility. “The evolution of the arm” is a tree with a sort of lung-looking face that lives in The Black Lodge.
You Have To Watch The Last Two Episodes Simultaneously
This Medium user lays out in impressive detail clues and hidden meanings revealed by watching the final two episodes of Twin Peaks: The Return in tandem. A true child of the age of the second-screen, he makes a strong, even second-by-second case for an optimistic reading of the chilling and baffling finale.
But David Lynch himself found the theory laughable enough. His one-word response to the concept (maintaining a grand tradition of eluding Twin Peaks code-crackers): “Bullsh*t.”
Dale Cooper Is Feigning His Love For Coffee
One of the staples of Twin Peaks culture is coffee. It is prominent on Twin Peaks swag, it has fueled Agent Dale Cooper through over twenty-five years of Laura Palmer mysteries, and it has even made appearances in theories like these.
However, one sacrilegious fan dared to claim that Cooper only lovingly sips joe to build rapport with the servers and diner owners who serve it to him to gain trust and information. Cooper is a far more keen fed than he regularly lets on, but this just seems wrong.