Mystery Roach wrote:The thing is, I don't think it's a retcon. After going back and examining the film, I do believe this is exactly what Lynch intended. When you see her that first day, she's wearing the exact same outfit as on the day she died, and all the times we see her correspond to times that are missing from that last day.
like you're argument here, and if the film existed in a vacuum, I might even be ready to buy it.
But have you seen The Missing Pieces?
I feel kinda bad raining on your excellent post, but if Lynch's intent matters to you, The Missing Pieces does pretty much destroy your premise. The happy Palmer dinner in which Leland encourages them to learn to introduce themselves in Norwegian takes place on that first day. The dinner is placed quite undeniably on the same day you're saying is her last day by the scene in which Laura runs into Sarah with the groceries as she's on her way to see Harold and tells her she "forgot her books." Right before the family dinner/language lessons, Sarah confronts Laura about her lie regarding the books. There's no other way to read it but that it is on the same day as her visit to Harold.
Further, her actual last meal is also included in The Missing Pieces. Leland is at the Great Northern and Laura and Sarah sit mostly silently over asparagus before Laura heads to Bobby's.
I'm afraid, as far as Lynch's original intent goes, it's an open and shut case.
Now, I suppose you could argue that the reason Lynch cut out that fantastic dinner scene (and it is
absolutely fantastic) is that he intended
to create the impression that the first time we see Laura is on her last day. It's a bit of a stretch, but weirder things have happened.