FlyingSquirrel wrote: writersblock wrote:
But wasn't Dopplecooper "created" when Cooper entered the lodge with "imperfect courage?
Cooper didn't enter the Lodge with imperfect courage.
If he did then the Lodge would have completely annihilated his soul.
I'm not sure we have to take that literally. It could have just been a metaphor for being used as a vessel for a Black Lodge spirit and/or having a doppelganger of yourself created.
It does seem like at least one of two things - agreeing to give his soul to Earle or running from the doppelganger - was the cause of what happened to Cooper. That's one thing I don't especially like about how all this has played out so far. I wanted to see him figure out what he did wrong and somehow atone for it, whereas it seems instead like he was always going to be released after 25 years no matter what.
I think completely overwhelm your soul would have fitted better. Annihilate is a pretty strong and final world.
I think that's what happened to Earle - he lost his courage and Bob destroyed him.
Cooper survived because he didn't. In fact, willing to give up his soul to save someone shows that.
I always saw it that Bob needed to unleash the Doppelganger that he clearly hitched a ride in because he couldn't get the real Cooper!
It was the only way I could personally rationalise the Doppelganger vs Possession concepts.