RainingPostToasties wrote:I don't remember the last time a piece of televised entertainment made me say "Oh, shit," aloud as many times as tonight.
Cooper's return, Diane, Audrey, vaporized Richard, the botched hit. Every scene tonight was highly consequential.
I suppose Cooper doesn't plan on coming back since he's having another Dougie manufactured for Janey-E. Heartbreak!
Ooh, I hadn't thought of it that way.
I was already getting ready to fight people who were saying Cooper wanted to manufacture a tulpa to go live with Janey-E and Sunny Jim. After that touching scene in the casino, my thought was Cooper was planning to return himself after killing Evil Cooper and live out his days as Dougie. I don't know how plausible it would be to resume life as Dale Cooper, after Evil Coop has been putting his DNA and (admittedly, slightly different) fingerprints all over no doubt hundreds of crime scenes for 25 years. I doubt "I was trapped in another dimension while my doppleganger was commiting crimes" is going to go over with a jury, so ... if Cooper kills Evil Coop, lets the world think that is rogue FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper who's dead and then just go live as Dougie, that would be a beautiful ending to the series. A few people would now the truth: Gordon/Albert/Tammy, probably Truman and Hawk and maybe Bobby and Andy and Lucy, but they would all keep quiet about it. I hadn't really given much thought to why Cooper desperately wanted to create another tulpa.
But your theory, as much as it depresses me, does sound quite reasonable. Cooper expects to die and wants a duplicate to be there for Janey-E and Sunny Jim. The final shot, after we see Cooper's death, could be of tulpa Cooper walking through that red door. And while that would be ... sort of a happy ending? ... it's not the ending I want.