The Hidden message in Twin Peaks
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Posted by PostMortemCreamPi on: 12:52 AM, 12/26/18
The phrase "Who killed Laura Palmer?" is one the American public knows quite well, at least to those familiar with the TV show "Twin Peaks".  For the uncultured few either to young or uninterested in cinematic arts, the show was an American soap-opera with a unique plot. It centered around an FBI agent Dale Cooper, assigned to a strange murder in the forests of the American north-west. The murder of Laura Palmer was the greatest question of the early 90's ever proposed on the small screen. The show itself was the brain child of David Lynch; for those who don't recognize the name you might know him as the director of many Nine Inch Nails music videos.
   It's well known by film analysis that Lynch's earlier work "Eraser Head" was influenced by his life. To be exact it's a metaphor for the feelings he had when reluctantly becoming a father  nearly a decade earlier.  The reason this is important is because it plays into the reason I believe Lynch created "Twin Peaks". When Lynch was younger, despite what he may tell you, he once attended a party on the outskirts of Philadelphia; where he was living at the time. From the second hand accounts I could gather from the lucky few who knew parts of the story; the party had considerable amounts of drugs and booze. Lynch was in  attendance because of his friends in the local independent film and art community. Needless to say Lynch partook in the festivities, it being the late 60's early 70's from what my sources could guess.
   It was after this party when Lynch, now intoxicated on cheap scotch and cocaine, that he made the decision to drive back home. From what my main source, who I'll refer to as "Uncle Jerry" Lynch wasn't in his right set of mind. Uncle Jerry was another eccentric artist in the Philadelphia area, who was in attendance at the party and knew the man well. He claims he was inspiration for the strange brother of Mr. Horne in the series. I met Jerry at a local film and television event in Omaha, Nebraska; where he settled doing work with Alexander Payne from time to time. We had gotten to talking at a bar in the hotel and Lynch came up, more importantly Twin Peaks came up. Jerry ordered himself another whiskey and began to tell me the story; as he heard it many years ago from Lynch himself.
   When Lynch made his decision to leave the party, he did so without making much of a fuss. He simply slipped out of the main room the party was at, then made is way to his car. He had gotten behind his wheel and made his way back home into the city. Jerry said Lynch described the ride as "Anguishing" his mind racing and jumping between focal points. One moment focusing dead ahead in the road, the other at the needle in the speedometer. A needle that gradually climbed it's way up the numbers, as Lynch was gripping the wheel white-knuckled. He didn't even notice the woman in the middle of the road until after the loud crack, as she was flung over the car. Lynch supposedly described that moment as "Sobering", slowing the car to a stop to see what had just happened.
   Lynch is said to have stood there in shock and awe of the whole situation, not quite believing it all. He couldn't believe that he just hit a woman with his car, or why she would have been in the middle of a highway this late at night. There was no sign of another car that could have broken down, or a house nearby that she could have lived in. More important was that she seemed to be a high-school student, she looked fairly young and had the shirt of a school in Philly on. Lynch still effected by the cocaine was in a frantic panic when he realized she wasn't moving. Despite his better judgement he dragged her off the road and into the woods at the side of the road. Later retelling these details to Jerry, expressing his guilt and shame for not doing the right thing that night.
   It was this guilt that lead him to eventually write "Twin Peaks". He used it as a form of therapy, using Laura as a stand in for the nameless girl he accidently killed. This is the reason Laura seemed to have lived a life so unbelievable of a teenager in a small north-eastern town. Her extravagant behavior a mirror of the night and life style Lynch wanted to put far behind himself. Laura's reckless behavior also helped Lynch rationalize why the girl he hit was ever in the middle of the road in the first place. Far out of the city limits late at night, with no sign of a vehicle or residence to justify it. Lynch attempted to place partial blame on the corpse he left on the roadside, but found he wasn't able to. Even when he tried to give response to why she was out there, his mind could only feel remorse and even pity. For all he knows she could have been dragged out there by a classmate and ran from him when unwanted advances persisted. Only to get run down by the first car that came across her as she attempted to make her way home. The other most uttered phrase from the work I s "Fire walk with me." a phrase associated with the death of Laura Palmer. A phrase that Lynch must have came up with from the guilt he held onto for all those years. Using the phrase and show to admit a sin he didn't mean to commit. Much like how the killer of Laura never could have knowingly caused her harm, but in the end was the very person to end her life.





 

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