LateReg wrote:This is one of the main paradoxes that drive me nuts. I think that's a very good theory, but if it is the case that Laura disappears from Cooper in 1989 at the same moment that she disappears from him in the Black Lodge (as you say, the scream is the same so it makes sense), and if we say that happens for the reasons you state (the past dictating the future) and that therefore Cooper would never come to investigate her murder, then how come Cooper doesn't also disappear from the lodge at that same moment? Can that be chalked up to the lodge not adhering to linear time? Did Cooper get there again eventually and therefore he remains?
Yeah this baffles me a lot too. I think Laura disappearing from the Red Room exists concurrently with her disappearing from the woods w/ Cooper, but Cooper's exit from the Red Room in episode 2 doesn't really match up with his exit from the Red Room in episode 18. Laura also isn't around during his brief Red Room session in 18, but Coop stares at her chair to acknowledge her absence. Cooper is also able to leave without all the complications encountered during his escape in episode 2 (and 3). He uneventfully strolls through the red curtains back into Glastonberry Grove, where Diane awaits him. I'm starting to read this as a Diane who was never assaulted by Mr. C, and who was never imprisoned as Naido. Because if Laura was never murdered and sent to the Red Room, then Cooper couldn't have ever been trapped there either..? And if that is the case, he wouldn't have to exit the Red Room 25 years later. He might be meeting Diane in 1995, 2003, who knows. But if none of the events of the original series or The Return really happened, Coop and the other characters might be able to recall them as strange, vivid dreams.
Also: Frost's Secret History does mention that Cooper still comes to TP in 1989 to investigate her disappearance, and that he himself mysteriously disappears some time afterward.