All of that, plus the prequel movie Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, and the upcoming Showtime series, will hopefully make for a more fitting ending, considering David Lynch's original idea for the series had it continued the first time around. Lynch had never wanted the mystery of Laura Palmer to be solved. Eventually, he believed, audiences would be so enamored with the pies and quirkiness and magic that the show's central question would slip away into irrelevance. That kind of thinking is just as untrue today as it was then, and as it will always be.
Makes you appreciate the ending we got the first time. What better way to cap off a show that was ripped from your grasp than by directing an above-average finale that left more questions than it answered? A long, meandering, cocktease of wacky David Lynch-ism, or a big final explosion of Lynchian what-the-fuckness? You take the latter and brace yourself -- shit's about to get weird.
My Name Is Earl Never Needed To Finish The List
The eponymous Earl from My Name Is Earl was a dimwit on an epic quest to collect good karma. He had a list of every person that he'd wronged. He'd find them and fumble his way into doing something nice for them to atone, hoping to wipe clean his spiritual slate.
As My Name Is Earl went on, Earl became a better person, and doing nice things for the people around him became easier. He was less concerned with the -1/+1 karma equation, and more concerned with trying not to ruin anyone else's life. Finishing the list doesn't matter in the long term, because it eventually becomes unnecessary. By the end of it, the show wasn't about a list as much as it was about Earl's journey towards positive morality. The final episode ends with a "To Be Continued ..." because the showrunners thought they were a lock for another season. But it doesn't matter. The show's dangling central question, it turns out, didn't need to be answered. Can Earl, in a moment of self-reflection of his accomplishments, look at his path of goodwill and feel redeemed? No, and that's fine.
Not that the character could have come to that conclusion on his own, anyway.
Being kind rarely counts when you get all quantitative about it, and it's not something that you do with the singular hope that it will pay off later. The world has far too many variables to worry about leaning luck on the side of those who open doors for people. You just do it because it comes naturally to you. For it to become a habit, you have to work at it a bit, as Earl did. Waiting for it to loop back around is a waste of time. Be good because the act is the reward itself. That's the ending to a show Siddhartha would love.
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