N. Needleman wrote:I would kill for a final, happier ending for Laura, at least (I do not, at this point, expect her to come back to life). And to get confirmation that folks like Audrey, Shelly and Bobby turned out okay. But I don't think Cooper will ever come back from this even if the show returns. I think one way or another, at the end of this story he's going in the woods and never coming back this time.
I also legitimately fear - not dislike, mind you, simply fear, because I really liked 18 - that should the show continue Lynch will deny any closed resolution at every turn. He came as close as he may ever with 17, then pivoted back to Cooper's once and future original sin - being the Special Agent who must solve everything. There were likely other ways to stop Judy, but the only one Cooper could conceive of involved him in the starring role of literally disembowling history to save Laura Palmer from her own choice on February 23rd, 1989. I'm not sure Lynch is interested in a final ending that does not plumb another human depth like that, give another sting in the tail. I hope so, but I am not convinced.
I also think he's done. Really, this is the most perfect ending. 17 gave some sort of resolution -- a modicum, at least -- and filled in the blanks of the ultimate mythology with Judy. And then 18 swept the rug from under Cooper's feet, and ended on the ultimate enigma. As with Picnic at Hanging Rock and Donnie Darko -- two films mentioned already in this thread -- providing an answer to this enigma is unthinkable.