That’s what I have loved about this show: It doesn’t offer any direct explanation for itself.
In any other Hollywood TV series or movie, you would have a massive information dump/exposition that explains everything. The truths would revealed and the secrets exposed.
Not Twin Peaks. The viewer is left to interpret what they have experienced. They must do the mental legwork themselves to figure things out. There are no easy paths. This show is very smart and demands intelligence form its viewers.
It is also Art in that it can be interpreted in many ways be the viewer. There are so many aspects of the show that let the viewer project their own views on it.
I can see viewers and critics hating the ending because it did not wrap up neatly. It could have stopped with Episode 17 and have had a relatively “happy” ending. And yet, Lynch and Frost pushed forward to give it a true and honest conclusion. Twin Peaks has never been about embracing convention. It’s mission is to subvert and dissect the standards and tropes of stories and storytelling.
I loved this series (Episode 8 will always be a high water mark for television) but hope they don’t do another series. It feels like we got a conclusion. It was not a happy one but due to the nature of the series, it was appropriate. To do another series to give us a “happy ending” would feel like a surrender to Hollywood convention. If it were to happen, I would hope Lynch would find a way to subvert expectations and give viewers what they need, not what they want.
Regardless of the show’s future, I enjoyed it tremendously and am satisfied with what we got.