The Gazebo wrote:I don't know if this has been discussed before, but could Cooper's mental state actually be an advantage in a new Lodge visit? I mean, the last time he had imperfect courage. Too much thinking and fear.
Now, take a look at how he reacts when Mitchum points the gun at him. Nothing. The attack from Ike the spike. Calm and efficient. "You're lying". Complete disregard for potential fallout.
Is there a chance that EvilCoop can be overcome inside the Lodge simply by turning up in this frame of mind? Maybe a stretch, but who knows.
This has occurred to me as well. Not that I have any idea if it will happen. I don't even know whether Coop will regain his awareness simply by reentering the lodge. The gold Dougie sphere, which could be a part of Coop, is (or was) with Gerard in the black lodge. The shoes (and presumably the pin) are in the "mauve room" (or at least they were). I don't know where we can consider the mauve room to be, although it seems to be on the same ocean (the unified field?) as the home of ???????. Then again, the "mauve room" also seems to be out in space, so thinking about it too literally is surely to misunderstand its nature. (Same goes for the black and white lodges, generally.) The question is whether Coop needs the things from both places (the sphere in the black lodge, the shoes and pin in the mauve room), or just the stuff from one place, or none of it.
Another question is whether the doppelganger needs to be reintegrated with Coop's psyche for him to be whole. Since the black lodge seems to represent the unconscious (at least part of the time, or from one perspective), perhaps killing the doppelganger on earth would send it back to the lodge, and thus to Coop's unconscious, where it belongs, leaving us with a whole Cooper.
Fun to think about, anyway.