Mr. Reindeer wrote:I’m with Needleman. I’m not embracing this as my definitive approach to the material, but it’s very well thought-out and interesing to think about. Great work.
My favorite aspect of The Return is that it generates so many well thought out theories by so many intelligent posters.
My own take is that questions like 'Is it future or is it past?' and 'who is the dreamer?' don't have a right or wrong answer. They are meant to be thought provoking, to answer deeper questions, not just about the show, but of the very nature of human existence itself.
Edit: But if I had to choose a character that was "the dreamer", I'd choose the one who does not appear in the show: Donna Hayward. Donna saw the girl running and screaming in the schoolyard (shown at the beginning and during Andy's meeting with The Fireman) and she saw Laura come to her front door crying, of which Gordon Cole enigmatically has a vision.