Yeah he seemed to swing somewhat subtly between Cooper (“leave her alone”), Mr. C (his interactions with the waitress herself), and even Dougie (I think I noticed him sometimes moving in that tottering Dougie style - might’ve been imagining that as I groped for meaning, though). He gave me an incoherent and/or empty vibe that really depressed me.
Definitely need to re-watch (duh - but I mean these two specifically) soon. I spent most of it getting sadder and more confused (for some reason I thought we might get a somewhat happy ending - whoops!) and being vaguely disappointed (for whatever reason this particular blend of Lynchian sadness and confusion wasn’t quite doing it for me). But that final moment was incredible - captured and gave shape to my muddled feelings (kinda “unlocked” what I’d been missing or refusing to see up to that point). A better cut to black than The Sopranos, imo.
The last ep brought to mind this thing David Thomas (of Pere Ubu - a band that also relishes twisting American tropes into nightmares) said on stage once:
“That’s the heritage to be passed on, from generation to generation—an echo of pain through time. It’ll be too late, because your parents will be long dead, and no one will understand you.”
Through time and across the multiverse, presumably.
(Full song, if you’re curious: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5W-GH7xulvM)