Twin Peaks Part 8 & BOB's Origin Explained

Twin Peaks Birth of Laura Palmer

Elsewhere, we go to the same dark compound along the black ocean that Cooper landed in on Part 3 where he met the blind woman and Ronette Pulaski/American Girl. It’s possible that the “mother” that she warned Cooper about was the Mother entity who created BOB. We can also only speculate at this moment that the compound is actually the White Lodge that Windam Earle and Garland Briggs had mentioned in the original series, as the entities that reside there seem to be benevolent. The nature of BOB’s evil alerts them as he enters the world. Carel Struycken, who plays the Giant, is simply credited as “???????” here, so it’s unclear if these characters are meant to be related or not. Regardless of his identity, the Giant creates a life as well, using a similar method that the Mother used to make BOB. However, the energy the Giant releases is golden, and one golden orb appears bearing the face of Laura Palmer. Finally, the truth of the Twin Peaks mythology is laid bare.

The Giant created Laura Palmer as the good to oppose BOB’s evil. This explains BOB’s fixation upon Leland and Laura: why he tortured her for a decade and why he wanted to possess - and, when that failed - kill her. It also explains why Laura’s soul has torn apart in Part 1; she is the only person capable of destroying BOB. It’s likely that the latter half of the series will be Cooper’s journey to find Laura and stop BOB once and for all.

The energies created by the Giant are akin to a soul (a version of this energy was seen leaving the boy who was run over by Richard Horne in Part 6). The golden orb that contained Laura is a larger version of the one that the Mike recovered from Dougie Jones. Since Dougie was merely a vessel and Cooper is running around without his memory, it’s possible that the golden orb is his soul. Recovering that would make Cooper Cooper again.

Twin Peaks the Woodsman

In 1956, the BOB egg hatches in New Mexico where the bomb had gone off eleven years before. What emerges is a locust-frog hybrid, which is as Biblically ominous as you can get. It also ties this Biblical mythology with the American one. The dark power of God and the dark power of Man who was created by God. This Möbius Strip-like cyclicality figures perfectly into the series’ beliefs on evil, reflection, and duality. The locust-frog looks for a body to inhabit just as the Woodsmen arrive. One of them (played by a nightmare-inducing Robert Broski) repeatedly growls an incantation over the radio:

This is the water, and this is the well

Drink full, and descend

The horse is the white of the eyes and dark within

The chant seems to imply the corruption of the spirit (BOB trying to corrupt Laura, and succeeding in corrupting Leland and Cooper). The verse seems to reference the darkness within something that appears innocent but is not. The incantation causes those who hear it to pass out, including a young girl who just returned home from her first date with a boy. Now vulnerable, the locust-frog enters her body through her mouth. The identity of the girl is unclear, though the timeline does make it possible that the girl and her date are Sarah and Leland. It would explain Sarah’s vague second-sight (maybe it’s an ethereal residue) and her own visions of a pale horse, and Leland’s early encounters with BOB. After all, from what we learned through Laura, you can’t always see the host, only the true face. While the continuity gets murky here, we've seen through The Secret History of Twin Peaks and in the series itself, that Lynch and Frost have no problem playing fast and loose with time and canon.

It’s also not entirely unrelated to the desperation in Twin Peaks’ other favorite refrain:

Through the darkness of futures past

The Magician longs to see

One chance/chants out between two worlds:

Fire walk with me

Corruption, desperation and being stranded are common themes in Twin Peaks. They have not, until these most recent episodes, entwined themselves so completely. We’re just shy of the halfway point of the series, and while this episode is among the most baffling, it is the most rewarding. We wanted answers, and they came in the form of more questions. The puzzle pieces all match what Twin Peaks is about—this kaleidoscopic and undulating exploration of nature, and the duality of human frailty and evil. The answers to complicated questions shouldn’t be simple, but finally, they are here.

Next: Twin Peaks Part 8 Review & Discussion

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