The Twin Peaks revival is nearing its end and although many questions remain unanswered, I can't help but wonder whether the series has revealed the truth about one of its most beloved characters, Audrey Horne. Are the events of this revival happening in their complex, abstract way because Audrey never really woke up from the coma she fell into 25 years ago, at the end of Season 2?
My own theory, which I will attempt to lay out here, unpacks some very meaningful moments from the revival's recent episodes to support the notion that Audrey never woke up from that coma. As such, this entire revival is actually tied together by a string of mysterious dreams where Audrey is the dreamer in question.
We Start With The Twin Peaks Season 2 Finale
As fans well know, the Season 2 finale of Twin Peaks left Audrey in a rather dangerous situation. During a protest of civil disobedience, Audrey handcuffed herself to the door of the safe deposit box room in the Twin Peaks Savings and Loan. Soon after, a bomb planted by Thomas Eckhardt was triggered.
Audrey's survival in the explosion was later confirmed in both the Twin Peaks tie-in novel, written by the show's co-creator Mark Frost, and in Episode 7 of the Twin Peaks revival. As such, we know that Audrey was comatose after the explosion and that Evil Cooper had paid her a visit before he vanished, although it was unclear what he did when he was with her. This opens up the floor for speculation that, in some way, Audrey's mind or being could have been infiltrated by Evil Cooper and she could possibly be the one who is dreaming the events of the revival.
Given the clues revealed in recent revival episodes along with earlier reports that Audrey would have a "major presence" in the show, this theory is beginning to feel somewhat corroborated. But let's continue to unpack it, shall we?
Nothing Made Sense Until Monica Bellucci Appeared
Episode 14 finally started to provide some clues to the answers of the revival. In one sequence, as Albert and Tammy divulge the secrets of the Blue Rose Task Force, Gordon Cole tells them of a recurring dream he had again the previous night. He spoke of a meeting with famed French actor, Monica Bellucci (played by the Belluci herself) who told him something that's both intriguing and confusing. She said to him,
"We are like the dreamer who dreams and then lives inside the dream."
It seemed so profound, so meaningful, like it must be crucial to what's happening. Based on the look on Gordon Cole's face, it seemed like he felt that way too. If that didn't raise our suspicions enough, Bellucci also then leaned in close and whispered,
"But who is the dreamer?"
It suddenly hit me: what if Audrey is the dreamer? Ever since the show began, one by one, more and more mysterious things kept happening, things that had no explanation whatsoever. It was almost like they were the kind of things that can only happen in dreams. Yes, the town of Twin Peaks has always experienced a fair amount of unusual activity, but this new season just seems so out there, even by Twin Peaks standards. Could all of it possibly be explained by the fact that everyone is trapped in the dream concocted by a comatose Audrey?
"I Want To Stay And I Want To Go. I Want To Do Both."
The next major piece of evidence came in a tense conversation that took place between Audrey and her husband, Charlie in Episodes 12 and 13. After arguing for some time, Audrey, stricken with panic, says,
"Well I'm not sure who I am but I'm not me. Who am I supposed to trust but myself? And I don't even know who I am. So what the f*ck am I supposed to do?"
Not sure who she is, but not herself — very interesting, to say the least. If Audrey's dream is beginning to crack after sustaining itself for 25 years, then it's only logical that she'd begin to question who she is. This would also tie back into Gordon Cole's unusual dream, where Bellucci is asking him similarly intriguing questions about the nature of his dreams and memories.
The clues continued to pile up as their conversation went on. Charlie reminded Audrey she needs to go to the Roadhouse. To which she asks,
"Is it far?"
Audrey's definitely been to the Roadhouse before because she's spent her entire life in Twin Peaks. Why would she suddenly be unable to recollect how far away the bar is? It could be that Audrey was in such a panic that she temporarily lost her train of thought, but it's what happened next that really amped up the suspicion. Charlie looked to her and asked,
"Now, are you gonna stop playing games or do I have to end your story too?"
What is that supposed to mean? This led me to believe that Charlie may in fact either be a manifestation of Audrey's conscience or possibly a physical manifestation of Death, aiding Audrey in trying to decide what she really wants to do.
The conversation continues with Audrey asking, "What story is that Charlie?" Charlie becomes unresponsive, clearly striking fear into Audrey as she sits defeatedly beside him. After Charlie once again asks her what she wants to do, she says,
"I want to stay and I want to go, I want to do both. Which will it be, Charlie? Which one would you be?"
Charlie once again remains unresponsive as Audrey breaks into tears. She's spent 25 years in a dream — one that seems so real — that it would be a difficult choice for anyone, especially if leaving means her last 25 years was spent living in a false reality. As a manifestation in her mind, Charlie knows that if Audrey wants to break free of her coma, she has to make that decision for herself.
So, Is This The Ultimate Truth Of Twin Peaks?
It's certainly possible that Audrey is indeed the dreamer of the Twin Peaks revival. With Frost and David Lynch, almost anything is possible. The explosion at the bank, Audrey's coma, and Evil Cooper's visit to her in the hospital could have been the very triggers that set all this in motion and everyone in Twin Peaks has been suffering for it ever since, trapped in the dream of a comatose Audrey Horne. Coincidentally, Audrey's awakening may also be the very thing that triggers the return of Good Cooper's memory because she and Cooper (in all his incarnations) have appeared to be inextricably linked from the very beginning.
Four episodes remain in the limited series and it's likely most questions won't be answered by the finale. But I, like many fans, hope this major one will be and what it'll take to bring an end to the unsettling mystery of Twin Peaks. Is Audrey the show's linchpin? We'll just have to wait and see.