The Fate of Audrey Horne
As previously covered, Frost divulges that Audrey Horne was in a brief coma after the bank vault explosion shown in Season 2. During that coma, the Double raped Horne and impregnated her. She seemed to put the assault behind her for a time: Audrey got her degree in economics and business administration, opened a nail salon, and married her accountant, Charlie (out of “financial convenience,” according to friends). But eventually Audrey receded from public life. There were rumors of “verbal abuse, heavy drinking, and sexual infidelity” on her part, and she soon became the temperamental, discombobulated person we met in “The Return.”
The book does not address her final scene in the series — screaming in a white room while staring at herself in the mirror, presumably trapped somewhere — but it does give credence to the theory she’s suffering a psychotic break and is stuck in a mental hospital.
Hawk Is Listening to the Log Now
Referred to in Frost’s novel by her maiden name (and the late actress’ real-life last name), Margaret Coulson’s chapter is almost entirely made up of the speech she asked Hawk to read at her funeral. Held at the edge of Pearl Lake and so heavily attended “it seemed like the entire town showed up,” Margaret’s funeral was far from conventional and “many, many people shared their favorite Log Lady stories.”
She requested her ashes be scattered at Ghostwood Forest and that Hawk keep her beloved log. It sits on his mantel, and though it hasn’t said anything to him yet, he’s “keeping an ear open, just in case.”
Tammy Does Not Like Agent Cooper, But Digs Into His Past
There are multiple points in “The Final Dossier” where Tammy breaks her professional demeanor and divulges her complicated, negative-skewing feelings for Agent Cooper. In the file on Annie Blackburn, Tammy says she’s tempted to hold him responsible for what happened to her.
Because Cooper slept with Windom Earle’s ex-wife, Caroline, his “worst — and self-admitted — mistake,” Tammy argues Cooper could “never resist a bird with a broken wing.” She says it’s a central part of his makeup and that error in judgement coincided with Earle crossing over to the dark side and eventually kidnapping Annie.
Tammy argues Cooper’s attraction comes back to his mother, who he had a “troubled” relationship with and suffered throughout his childhood. He could not help her, though his devout efforts led him to a “moral conviction, if not an obligation toward ‘saving’ women,” Tammy says.
Soon after, again discussing Caroline’s death, Tammy acknowledges that Cooper was “100 percent sincere” in the tragic aftermath. He mourned the dead and tried to improve himself through self-reflection and counseling. “But that’s not quite the same thing as entirely purging an ingrained impulse to save a troubled woman from herself, is it Chief?”
Tammy argues this tendency played into his attraction to Annie, and she even wonders if she’s being too hard on Cooper. These emotional diversions are perhaps the book’s boldest forays into opinions that skew negative to fan preferences, as Agent Cooper is a bright and irreproachable beacon for most viewers. Tammy’s suspicions are put to good use, though, as we learn more about Cooper’s backstory throughout the book.
The Double, a.k.a. “Evil Cooper,” was the Head of a Multibillion-Dollar Crime Syndicate
Though exactly where he was or what he was up to during the 25-year gap between Season 2 and “The Return” remains a mystery, the FBI was able to determine that the Double established “an international criminal syndicate to rival any cartel or crime family in recent memory.” As the boss, all proceeds funneled to him, and though the FBI is still determining the extent of his organization’s reach, the “early and likely overly conservative estimates” set the Double’s personal payoff in the billions.
Yet with all that money, the Double wasn’t interested in material goods. He was conducting “research” in search of something. That’s why he built the glass box: in a an effort to capture the very thing that killed the two young lovers at the start of “The Return.” Basically, he was after BOB, or the essence of BOB, and needed his fortune to properly pursue it. (Still: How much did those tapes cost? The Double should have had a lot of leftover cash.)
In the book, Tammy speculates that the Double was looking for the ultimate portal to The Black Lodge — a “Grand Central Station” of access to and from the mysterious dimension.
Judy Is Looking for a Mate, and Their Union Could End the World
The mysterious Judy — an evil force introduced in “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me” — gets some clarity in the book thanks to Tammy’s research into Phillip Jeffries. He actually referred to her (and it is a she) as Joudy, which is the name of an ancient entity in Sumerian mythology, dating back to 3000 B.C. The name described “a species of wandering demon,” which were generally known as “utukku.” These demons escaped from the underworld and feasted on human flesh, but preferred to steal their souls (“which provided even more meaningful nourishment”).
Most importantly, especially to “Twin Peaks” future, is that Joudy isn’t acting alone. Joudy is the name of the female demon, and Ba’al — later referred to as Beelzebub, a.k.a. the devil — is the male demon. If the two “ever united while on earth […] the resulting ‘marriage’ would create something far more perilous: as in, the end of the world as we know it.”
So while “The Return” may have been dealing with alternate timelines and inter-dimensional travel, all orchestrated by Joudy, that’s only half the potential trouble Cooper will be fighting. Future installments of “Twin Peaks” may introduce another force of equal power (Ba’al), and together they could be even more dangerous.
Agent Cooper Has Not Been Seen Since Disappearing From the Sheriff’s Station
Viewers saw where he went, but whether or not anyone will see Cooper back in Twin Peaks — or “Twin Peaks” — remains a mystery for Season 4… if we get one.