You know what’s great? How Cooper wasn’t that important to me in s1 and how much that has changed. It’s not that I disliked him, but he was definitely on the periphery. I felt bad when he was garroted because of Tom and definitely didn’t want him to die but still he was just there on the edges. Then s2 comes along with all its issues and suddenly Director Cooper became “my Coop” from limping back into the post office when all he wanted to do was stay home to his struggle with his illness to throwing those pills in Connolly’s face. My Coop!
And he is such an honorable man, but also isn’t afraid to step outside the law when it’s warranted. Telling Liz to run after she shot Connolly for example. He could have arrested her right there but he knew the Cabal would kill her and he let her go risking his own arrest and career. He was offered early retirement but chose that tiny cubicle just to stay in the game and help where he could.
And those times Red and Coop showed their grudging respect for one another were really wonderful. How that respect built over time and didn’t ignore their obvious differences but it grew despite the odds. These two old war dogs that have seen too many battles and meet occasionally when they find common ground. Truly amazing and I imagine something that sort of happened during the course of the series without a real plan.
I’ll never forget Red nudging (or pushing) Coop back into the PO after he was almost killed. Or Coop’s kindness to Red when he saw him that first time after Lizzy’s death. Their break up scene in 3.23 when Red told Coop his plan to kill Kirk. There was no deception because Red respected him enough to tell him Before the act. It was “Raymond” and “Harold” that met that day with gratitude for the work that had been done. It was also Director Cooper that allowed Red to walk out of his office after confessing to his premeditated plan to avenge Elizabeth’s death and protect Agnes. That’s my Coop!
And I cannot for the life of me figure out why over 3 seasons of building this relationship and this character should be destroyed to further this Red is the root of all evil mindset. We’ve already had to endure Cooper’s OOC Tom amnesia but apparently that isn’t enough. To have Red come to his office in the hopes of repairing the damage, to show kindness regarding his daughter and see Coop meet that with hostility that is completely out of proportion to what is happening on the show is honestly a heartbreaker. My Coop is unrecognizable and has been since 3b. I miss that guy and I honestly don’t understand why tptb have taken him away. What was once great is now just really sad.