Twin Peaks Season 3 is off to a crookedly delicious start, and the questions are just rolling in from all sides. From the mysterious creature in the New York glass box to Blue Rose, the new season of #TwinPeaks is giving us plenty of new material to work with. Some of these new puzzles have arrived in number form, and needless to say, we may never understand their full significance. We've so far been given six episodes, and we've seen plenty of numbers mentioned — in characteristically cryptic form — but, in the words of Gordon Cole, "what the hell" can we make of them?
Spoilers for Twin Peaks Season 3 abound below!
430. Richard And Linda
In the very first new-footage sequence of Twin Peaks Season 3, we see Agent Cooper talking with the Giant (or ???????, as he's credited) in what many speculate to be the White Lodge. During their exchange, ??????? says to Cooper:
"Remember 430. Richard and Linda."
As much as I'd like to write that I've cracked this case, I'm afraid the evidence hasn't appeared to us yet. There was one possibility floated after Episode 9 that could have some merit: The Trinity Nuclear Test was performed at 5:30 a.m. in New Mexico, meaning the time would be 4:30 a.m. in Twin Peaks. Coincidence? Red herring?
253 = 2:53
In Episode 1, Cooper first meets the Arm, a sort of nerve-like tree with a talking mush of flesh on top that's meant to be a replacement for the Man From Another Place. The Arm tells Coop:
"253. Time and time again."
Luckily for us, it seems these numbers represent the scheduled time for Good Cooper and his doppelgänger (doppelCoop) to exchange places. In Episode 2, we see the American Girl (coincidentally/not so coincidentally played by Ronette Pulaski actress Phoebe Augustine) check her watch just before Cooper leaves the room through the socket. The time is 2:53. Case closed!
Update: Curiously, in Episode 9 we see on the note Major Briggs left for Truman and co. that something will happen 253 yards east from Jack Rabbit Palace on 10/1 and 10/2 at 2:53. Looks like this number isn't quite done being significant yet!
15 And 3 = Room 315
In Episode 2, when Cooper arrives in the Purple Room, he sees the socket in the wall with a number 15 on it. The blind woman, Naido, discourages him from going near the socket and instead beckons him to the roof, and he follows. When he comes back down to a changed room, we see that the number above the socket has also changed to a 3.
As we know — and was later confirmed when Jade takes Cooper's keys out of his pocket — his room at the Great Northern in Twin Peaks was number 315. And poor Jade had to give Dougie two rides.
119 = Call For Help?
After Dougie leaves the house with Jade, the man following them plants something on Dougie's car, which he'd left behind. There's a cut to a child peering at the action from behind the blinds of a neighboring house. His drug-addled mother cries out behind him, "One one nine! One one nine!" But what do these numbers mean? Is her brain confusing dialing 911 with 119? Does she want to "call for help"?
There's been a lot of speculation on whether or not these two are Black Lodge entities (akin to the grandmother and little boy who appear in Season 2), or whether or not they are even somehow the non-manufactured copies of Janey-E and Sonny Jim. However, if they do in fact come from the Black Lodge, speaking backward wouldn't be that strange.
Another interesting point comes from intrepid Redditor FarSoun, who noticed that the number 119 crops up again on the police car that shows up outside Bill Hastings's house (pictured above) in South Dakota, and it's also curious to note that the number of the police car that arrives to investigate the smell coming from Ruth Davenport's apartment is 116 (911 upside down). Interesting, but the likely conclusion seems to be that she either mixed up the number for calling the police in her state or is from the Black Lodge.
324810 And 6
This last set of numbers appears on a utility pole in Episode 6 as the last thing we see before cutting away from the scene of the mother grieving over her little boy who was killed by Richard Horne's hit and run. But where have we seen these numbers before? The left-hand picture is from Episode 6 and the right-hand one is from #FireWalkWithMe. While the Season 3 pole is located near a familiar intersection in Twin Peaks, and the FWWM one is seen outside the Fat Trout Trailer Park in Deer Meadow, Oregon, it's no coincidence the numbers are exactly the same.
So far, the numbers themselves don't seem to have as much significance as the fact that they've been seen multiple times in multiple locations. However, without a doubt there's a reference here to the fact that spirits seem to travel through electric currents, as we saw when Agent Cooper left the Lodge.
Do you have any other insights into the numbers in Twin Peaks Season 3?