Hey, I'm gonna repost a theory I had written back at the subreddit.
As I rewatched ep. 3 yesterday, I think it feels even more far fetched but, who knows, maybe something might come out of that.
I have this theory that, by now, has more holes than the NY couple combined, here it goes. It all starts with a look upon the structure of the narrative and how I feel that there's something not quite right.
The first couple episodes seem to build up to a special point in time where Bad Coop and Good Coop will be reunited at the Lodge. From Bad Coop's perspective that is the day after tomorrow (when he meets Darya, Ray and Jack at the diner) and then tomorrow (when he kills Darya).
After that we see him rushing down the highway, getting into an accident, being arrested and all that. Meanwhile we're led to believe that Dougie was manufactured in order to take Bad Coop's place in this "Black Lodge homecoming party".
The next episode also states that, on the day following Bad Cooper's arrest, he is visited by Gordon, Albert and Tamara "why am I so hyper-sexualized" Preston. (Remember Gordon mishearing Albert and saying something like: "I'm glad you're in a hurry, but we'll go tomorrow"?)
So, if we were to establish that the return of Bad Cooper to the Lodge is on day 0
, we can say that he killed darya on day -1, went to the diner on day -2, and met Gordon on day +1, therefore being able to escape the optimal date of return.
Ok, so what's the problem then? Well, I think the scene where Hawk goes to Glastonbury Grove actually takes place on day 0, and is the culmination of the show. I think that, at that time he finds the good Agent Cooper as he leaves the Lodge, but the whole show is edited to make us think otherwise.
I believe the police station scenes take place before day 0. Remember how it is presented to us?
Hawk gets a call from the Log Lady
Hawk gathers Lucy and Andy so they'll look through Laura Palmer's casefiles
Hawk says he'll get coffee and donuts
Hawk goes to Glasntonbury Grove already knowing something important is hapenning that night
Hawk goes back to the station with coffee and donuts, do not mention anything about his walk through the woods and leaves poor old log lady waiting for him with coffee and pie!!!!
In my opinion, the Hawk in the woods scene is suposed to be placed on the end of the list. I think it is the end of Hawk's search for Cooper, whereas, the Gordon/Bad Cooper timeline takes place days before what I'm calling day 0, coming before the murder of Darya, wich is supposed to happen on day -1 (Bad Coop says he's to go to the lodge "Tomorrow")Here are a few of the points I will use to support and also discredit this theory:
There's some clever editing in the Black Lodge Scenes. Starting with One Armed Man saying "Is it future or is it past" and then Laura saying Cooper could leave. Just a few minutes later, One Armed Man shows up again, repeats the "future or past" thing and brings Cooper to the arm who says "NOPE, for you to leave, the other one must come in". So why did Laura said he could leave already? Because the Laura Scene takes place after the encounter with the arm. I.E.: It was future. (pardon me for trying to factor time into the timelessness of the lodge)
There's a particular take in the lodge that intrigues me (yup, just one. Like I understood everything else): Cooper goes to the curtains corridor and opens the curtains to leave. There's a very harsh cut in the scene and we see him in a slightly different position hitting what looks like a wall, not beeing able to go through the curtains. In a linear time I think that, at first Coop tried to leave and hit that wall, but on the future we we'll see him repeat the first part of the scene where he was actually able to go through the curtains.
Maybe we're being led to believe that some important clues are non-sequiturs ("We'll go tomorrow, Albert)
I remember Mark Frost saying something like "it will be a completely different way to deliver episodes". Maybe he was talking about doing it subliminarly out of order? (Maybe he never watched that other show that also does that)
Is it ever revealed why Bad Coop switches cars? Maybe in the Buella scene he has the car he got after the crash. (Please refer below to another look at cars.)ON THE OTHER HAND
I'm not sure if Bad Cooper is driving the car Jack gets him in day -1 when he crashes. If so, then the car crash scene would have to take place in day 0 and the interview in day +1, therefore ruining this theory.If it's the same car, there's a chance the scene took place before day -1. Even before day -2. Maybe Jack went on to get Bad Coop another car and then got killed on day -1. I mean, maybe that rubbing face thing was nothing more than two adults sharing a tender moment, and Jack was killed off screen in another point in time.
All that being said, could we say that Good Cooper already left the Lodge? I mean, if that's really him on day 0, taking Dougie's place, then the whole theory crumbles as well, right?