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Kyle MacLachlan talks about the Twin Peaks finale

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As with the end of season two, David Lynch left us on a cliffhanger full of horror, confusion and intrigue. I won’t say anymore, but if you saw the last couple of episodes of Twin Peaks you know what I mean. It was never going to be a clear cut ending, but the Fireman did give us some hints in the very first episode – “430” and “Richard and Linda. Two birds with one stone.”

Mark Frost’s Twin Peaks: The Final Dossier may hold some answers, but I doubt it.

Personally, I loved the ending and I will be thinking about it for a long time. Minor spoilers ahead.

Kyle MacLachlan did an incredible job all season as Agent Cooper, Mr. C, Dougie and Final Coop/ Richard. He spoke with Variety about the finale and it appears he was watching it the same way we did.

The ending is — I’m still — just having seen it, I’m still processing that, to be honest.

Every episode I’ve watched as it’s aired. I didn’t see anything beforehand. Which I enjoy doing, I look forward to it. Though I’m kinda like, ah yeah, what does that mean? I got nothing. I have no answers.

He also spoke about the final scenes.

I had a sense, filming that sequence. It’s always interesting to film with David, and then to watch it. Because his edits — he always changes things a little bit for the tempo, the rhythms he chooses to have. Although I will say that he shot very economically, very precisely. So oftentimes we would do a couple takes from a couple different angles and that was it. And he said that’s it, and we’d move on. He’s fully in control as a director, I think that’s absolutely in control. Precisely what he wanted. He’s pretty impressive.

I had a feeling that the final thing was going to be one of those, sort of, hair on the back-of-your-neck-goes-up moments, and people are going to like — if they’re in the middle of a bite of pie, the pie’s going to drop off the fork. It was just unexpected and what, and your mind sort of spins backwards, it was one of those kinds of moments. I felt like that was what was going to happen. And indeed, that was my experience. I was like whoa. Just like, whoa.

I pretty much concentrate on the reality of the scene in the moment — what is happening, what I need to know. If there’s something that I feel like I need to know that I’m not getting from the script, I’ll ask David. But by and large, it’s there, and if it’s not there I can intuit what I think it is. And so far, that seems to be working. So much of it is also — it’s open to interpretation, and intentionally. So as long as I know what I’m doing, then I feel like it’s okay, because I don’t need to know everything. I just need to know I’m making sense of what I’m doing. Everything else will be what David decides it will be.

He would also love to keep on playing Cooper, but there have been no discussions for any more Twin Peaks.

I would love playing Cooper forever and ever. It’s just one of those characters who seems to fit . . . I hate saying goodbye. I hate not seeing him every week on the television. In terms of ‘What year is this?’ I think it just asks more questions. He’s left us with the direction to go back through and watch and absorb and take in what we’ve just seen again. But apart from that? I am still processing it myself. I’m still processing what I saw. I know I filmed it. I filmed it a long time ago, actually. But I had no idea how it was going to fall into the context of everything. I’m still reeling. Reeling, I think, is the word about what it all means.

There have been numerous theories about the show – different timelines, parallel universes and more. This video shows that some scenes (these are from episode 15) may have been happening at the same time or make more sense when seen together. Where the events in the Roadhouse representing us, the viewer, as we waited for things we thought we wanted to happen? I wonder what happens if you take scenes from the beginning and end of the season and sync them up?

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