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Twin Peaks is many things: a soap opera, a murder mystery, a supernatural thriller, and a cult classic. The murder of popular high school student Laura Palmer rocks a small town in Washington, and FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper is called into investigate the bizarre circumstances surrounding the homecoming queen’s death. For two seasons, fans were enraptured in the lives of the strange residents of Twin Peaks. The Mark Frost and David Lynch creation spawned a movie, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, and next year, the show will return for a limited series on Showtime. Grab some coffee and a slice of cherry pie, and get ready for the final installment in the Twin Peaks saga with these 17 things you didn’t know about this bizarre show.

1. The Who Killed Laura Palmer Mystery Was Not Supposed to Get Solved

The soap opera begins with the dead body of Laura Palmer wrapped in plastic on the rocky shore of a Pacific Northwest riverbed. While viewers eventually discover who killed Laura Palmer, the showrunners did not want to reveal the identity of the murderer. “The murder of Laura Palmer was the center of the story, the thing around which all the show’s other elements revolved — like a sun in a little solar system,” David Lynch commented. “It was not supposed to get solved. The idea was for it to recede a bit into the background, and the foreground would be that week’s show. But the mystery of the death of Laura Palmer would stay alive.”

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2. The Origin of Agent Cooper’s Marilyn Monroe References

Laura Palmer was killed right before plans to go public about the powerful man she was having an affair with, which draws some parallels to Marilyn Monroe. Twin Peaks co-creators Mark Frost and David Lynch wrote a biopic titled Goddess about Marilyn Monroe that was never produced. However, Frost and Lynch repurposed their work on the biopic into one of Special Agent Dale Cooper’s monologues, seen in the series premiere. “There are two things that continue to trouble me, and I’m speaking now not only as an agent of the bureau but also as a human being,” Agent Cooper dictates into his recorder. “What really went on between Marilyn Monroe and the Kennedys, and who really pulled the trigger on JFK.”

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