Twin Peaks: Kyle MacLachlan on what he thinks the final scene means

As I remember, it was close to the end, actually. It was a sequence because the first [stage] was, of course, wrapping up the filming, and then knowing that was finished. Having seen it, I don’t know… First of all, I’m unable to say, “Oh, David meant this or David meant that” because I don’t know. What was your interpretation of Cooper’s final moments? When a bewildered Agent Cooper stepped back and asked “What year is this?” during the final few moments of the Twin Peaks finale, fans weren’t the only ones left in a state of confusion. To me, it felt like something had gone wrong. When I watched it, I said, “Yeah, that’s Cooper.” It’s been 25 years, he looks different and he’s maybe got a gravitas to him that might be a little bit more expected because of the passage of time. He made this amazing creation. It was such a shock at first but you convinced me completely. I know what I was thinking about and playing, but ultimately I’m not sure what David’s thoughts were. We’ll watch it! I’d love to talk about the finale and the climax to Cooper’s arc. It was something that was like a journey with these characters, and I hesitate to say too much or try to define it because I think so much of what we’ve seen over the past 18 hours has been open to people’s interpretation which has certainly created a lot of different thoughts and feelings from people. In a special bonus episode of EW’s A Twin Peaks Podcast: A Podcast About Twin Peaks, the actor joined Entertainment Weekly’s Twin Peaks scholar and podcast co-host Jeff Jensen to discuss his characters’ development and journeys throughout the 18-episode run of the David Lynch masterpiece. So I didn’t know what to make of it. I’d have to go back and [watch] a second viewing to really get what he is communicating there. I’m still sort of… I’m not sure, to be honest. So I’m still processing what I saw and what that journey is and means. There’s still enthusiasm there, it’s not quite as boyish but it’s still there. And then as you said, the finish-up of the series. To be honest, I think we just hit it somehow. C before. That particular sequence we filmed very early on in the whole series. Feel free to send your thoughts and theories on the new season to   twinpeaks@ew.com, or send a tweet to   @DarrenFranich   and   @EWDocJensen. It’s the belief that I could do that and it was a process that was helped a lot by David. To my knowledge, there have been no discussions as of yet so I don’t know. You realize that, oh my gosh, something just ripped open and what it is there are horrors somewhere. I’ll mention that to David for sure! It helped that that was [Mr. You were equally marvelous in the comic performance of playing the “Dougie” expression of Cooper and the protracted stay with this character in what was one of the most glorious moments of all the 18 hours: the awakening of Agent Cooper in the hospital. I was stunned, I was emotionally staggered, I was confused – but in good ways. And then there’s the belief that you have to have that you can do it. Most importantly, don’t forget to subscribe to EW’s   A Twin Peaks Podcast: A Podcast About Twin Peaks   – on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, or wherever you get your podcasts – to be the first to get the final episodes in your feed. I didn’t really know what to do, what to think. Subscribe to   A Twin Peaks Podcast: A Podcast About Twin Peaks   – on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts – to unwrap the mysteries of   the Showtime revival in EW’s after-show. The show is really not about answering things, it’s about asking questions. Can you talk about shooting that day, and was it easy for you to click right into that moment? So, for myself, I consider them more kind of meditations, other possibilities somehow. A couple things come to mind. How are you feeling about the end of this journey? C’s] state of being. There’s the understanding that I’m going to have to alter myself to do this character as an actor. C is the arm wrestling match and how you sold that confrontation and exertion of will and dominance over another evil man. What that understanding is, I’m not certain. KYLE MACLACHLAN: It’s been bittersweet. I don’t really know how to explain it but it did seem to be the right tone at the right time. I can’t recall seeing you play someone as evil and as menacing as Mr. That’s the primary feeling, and having such gratitude for that experience to return to working with David. I think the moment that staggered me the most was after Cooper and Laura leave the Palmer house and are standing in the street, and Cooper’s like, “Wait, what year is this?” I got this sense from that moment of this guy [being hit with the realization] that 25 years of his life had been robbed and he’s gotta deal with it. For the most part, he was very demanding and quiet and powerful. And then there was, of course, the excitement of what was to come. C? I remember not quite understanding where it was going to fit [in the story] even though I had read everything. Especially the stuff with Diane, how did you feel about that? Could you offer any insight into what you were feeling in playing that moment? We had this very surreal meditation on maybe what happily ever after is for this character, [and] for Laura, if that’s possible. That surprised me, actually. And that’s supported by the look, the wardrobe, the dialogue, and then there was the support from David that expected me to do that. But there was some kind of a flash of understanding. Which is frustrating to some, and to others kind of exhilarating. It was quite a journey watching the final defeat of Mr. I feel like David’s vision of Twin Peaks was realized with the help of all of us, and the folks at Showtime, and everybody. And maybe even some critique or reflection on certain heroic choices that he makes. I don’t know. I had been out of Cooper mode for a number of weeks so I didn’t know what was going to happen. It seemed to be the right balance. I’d love to know how you’re feeling now that the world has seen all of Twin Peaks and The Return is essentially over. I had a similar physical sensation when I saw the pilot and the last image of that was a hand that reaches in and takes the locket, and there’s a scream over it and you realize that there are darker forces at play here. [laughs] I hope there would be a lot of people who would do that. Kyle MacLachlan, the versatile actor who flawlessly executed the portrayals of three very different characters during the Showtime revival, was equally baffled. C and the destruction of BOB, but everything else after that was very unexpected. The moment I think of when I think of Mr. He asked me and then it was, “You’re going to do this.” Once I embraced it, there was a terrific sense of freedom and calm that came over me once I committed to the character what needed to be done. It’s a mix of having felt like I was involved in something monumental. ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: I’m still picking up the pieces of my obliterated brain that spilled all over my floor after watching the two-hour finale. What it was, I didn’t know. That’s what it left me feeling. Not because he asked me not to [say anything], but I don’t know. To hear an extended version of the   interview, listen to the episode embedded below, or subscribe to EW’s podcast here. I remember [while] filming it, you couldn’t help but feel the hair on the back of your neck raise up because of the scream that Sheryl Lee gave which was in the middle of the night and blood-curdling. We filmed it up in Seattle at the Palmer house where I’d never actually been before, which was interesting. What did you like about playing Mr. But I tell you, the writing is so critical to Cooper, and the delivery and the lines and the straightforwardness of what he does, that I just jumped in. Kyle, will there be more Twin Peaks? It felt like it was one of the purest nostalgia rushes of this experience. Show Full Article Below, MacLachlan shares what it was like to film some of The Return’s most memorable scenes, how he interprets that last haunting scene in front of the Palmer house, and if there are more seasons to come. So in the sequence of things, it was right where it should be.