What do you think of the pairing "Dale Cooper x Audrey Horne"?
I’ve heard–and I’m not sure how true it is–that the show was originally written intending for Cooper/Audrey to be canon, but that Kyle MacLachlan refused to go along with it. I believe (again, just working off my shoddy memory here) that he argued that it was OOC–not to mention inappropriate–for a character like Coop to get romantically involved with Audrey who, despite acting older than her real age*, is still in high school.
If that story has any truth behind it, I’m very glad he did that and I agree with him 100%. It doesn’t fit the character at all. (Especially if you want to dig into some of the symbolism behind BOB, and how you can argue that he’s meant to represent the cycle of abuse and how it’s passed on from generation to generation–Leland was abused as a child and went on to abuse Laura–and Cooper getting possessed by BOB at the end of S2 is kind of a red flag implying that Coop is himself an abuse survivor. IIRC there’s some canon outside of the show–in My Life, My Tapes I think?–that backs this theory up as well. So the idea that he’d be cool with turning around and getting involved with an 18 year old girl is KINDA QUESTIONABLE.)
I mean, don’t get me wrong, I do still see a lot of chemistry between the actors involved, but…listen. This scene is everything to me. It’s so spot on. Audrey doesn’t need yet another older man hypersexualizing her and taking advantage of her when she’s vulnerable. What she needs is the one thing she, up until that moment in the story, didn’t have: a friend.
I love and adore Coop and Audrey as friends / one of the show’s many great brotps. That’s a healthy relationship for them both IMHO, not to mention great to watch. As a romantic pairing, though? Y’all gonna see me run screaming in the other direction as fast as I can.
* There’s also a discussion to be had about why Audrey acts like this, but I’ll just leave this here. And also this. It’s so, so obvious her femme fatale act is just there to protect herself. It’s not a power fantasy. Audrey is lonely and isolated and constantly sexualized by older men and she adopts the femme fatale persona because that way it’s easy to pretend she’s in control of the situation when, as storylines like the One Eyed Jack’s plot show, she is very much not.