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THE BLACK LODGE . . . What Happened to Agent Cooper?

Windom Earle (Episode 26) : Once upon a time, there was a place of great goodness, called the White Lodge. Gentle fawns gamboled there amidst happy, laughing spirits. The sounds of innocence and joy filled the air. And when it rained, it rained sweet nectar that infused one's heart with a desire to live life in truth and beauty.

Generally speaking, a ghastly place, reeking of virtue's sour smell. Engorged with the whispered prayers of kneeling mothers, mewling newborns, and fools, young and old, compelled to do good without reason. Heh-heh!

But, I am happy to point out that our story does not end in this wretched place of saccharine excess. For there's another place, its opposite: a place of almost unimaginable power, chock full of dark forces and vicious secrets. No prayers dare enter this frightful maw. Spirits there care not for good deeds or priestly invocations; they are as like to rip the flesh from your bone as greet you with a happy "Good day!"

And if harnessed, these spirits in this hidden land of unmuffled screams and broken hearts would offer up a power so vast that its bearer might reorder the earth itself--to his liking! Now! This place I speak of--is known as the Black Lodge. And I intend to find it.

When Cooper entered the Waiting Room, he was able to pass through the gateway because of his love for Annie. However, he did so with imperfect courage. When he saw Annie lying bleeding on the floor, he allowed the fear to creep in. Therefore, his doppleganger was able to escape from the lodge and into the world. Fortunately, the presence of the good Cooper in the Waiting Room is beneficial, as seen in "Fire Walk With Me" because Cooper helps Laura pass from her purgatory into The White Lodge/Heaven.

We see Cooper's soul annihilated as BOB steals Windom AND Cooper's souls from Windom's body. However, Cooper remains the moral hero of the series. He was willing to make the ultimate sacrifice of his soul for his love of Annie. For more information, visit the link to the FAQ page listed on my Great Northern links page.

Hawk (Episode 18): But it is said, if you confront the Black Lodge with imperfect courage, it will utterly annihilate your soul.

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