If you’re a Twin Peaks fan like I am, you might’ve found the third season a little lacking when it came to David Lynch and Mark Frost getting us up to speed on the happenings of our favorite Twin Peaks residents for the past 25+ years. Some characters were never shown or barely mentioned, while others were introduced, only to have them never reappear again in the series. In all honesty, I’m still trying to figure out what the point was of having James Hurley (James Marshall) and a grown up Gerty Hayward (Alicia Witt) involved in the storyline.
Perhaps the biggest head-scratcher this season was what exactly happened to Audrey Horne (Sherilyn Fenn), who we knew was in a coma stemming from the bank explosion at the end of Season 2 that claimed the lives of Pete Martell (Jack Nance) and Andrew Packard (Dan O’Herlihy). Making a sudden appearance about mid-way through Season 3, we were presented with an Audrey who spent most of her time have cryptic conversations with a man who I thought was her therapist but who turned out to be her husband. We watch Audrey recreate her “Audrey dance” before she’s jarred back to the reality of waking up in a mysterious bright room.
Was Audrey stuck in The Black Lodge? Was Audrey still in a coma? Was Audrey locked away in a mental institution? Theories ranged from the practical and the improbable to the downright absurd, but what else could fans do? Watching the end credits roll at the end of the 18th hour, it became painfully obvious that Lynch wasn’t going to jump back on the screen and go, “Oh, my bad, I almost forgot! So about Audrey…”
That’s where Frost’s new book, Twin Peaks: The Final Dossier, flies to the rescue when it comes to filling in some of the gaps in Audrey’s backstory…but from the “highlights” you’re about to read (and big thanks to our friends from Vulture for their hard work), maybe ignorance really is bliss:
● Audrey was only in a coma for three and a half weeks, giving birth to son, Richard, after she was raped in the hospital by Agent Cooper’s doppelgänger.
● The pregnancy results in Audrey dropping out of high school, earning her GED and opening a beauty salon in the Twin Peaks area.
● Aside from taking some community college courses, Audrey kept pretty much to herself and didn’t socialize within the town limits.
● When Richard turned 10, Audrey unexpectedly married her longtime accountant (most likely Charlie from Season 3); though the marriage was viewed as “more of a marriage of financial convenience than affection.” The marriage could best be described as a abusive, with“troubling accounts of public scenes, heavy drinking, verbal abuse, and sexual infidelity.”
● Four years ago, Audrey unexpectedly closed her salon and disappeared. Two lines that were excerpted serve as our final notes on Audrey’s past (and future): “[S]he seemed to vanish from public life, into agoraphobic seclusion, or, one troubling rumor suggests, a private care facility;” and “The Horne family spokesperson has refused to respond to all inquiries regarding her whereabouts.”
Audrey Horne deserved better.
Twin Peaks: The Final Dossier by Frost was published today by Flatiron Books.