Filicide in Season 3

Cappy

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The Ray Wise in S3 thread got me thinking — even though there is next to no Leland in The Return, there is still a depiction of filicide in Mr. C and Richard. I’m not entirely sure how to describe what transpires between Richard and C (zaps him on a rock?) but it seems to be very different than the filicide depicted in FWWM or even Eraserhead. While those two films showed it as a bloody and very intentional act, in Richard’s case it’s somehow passive and clean.

I do wonder if Cooper going by Richard in ep 18 is some Lynchian version of a parent attempting to live vicariously through a child.

Anywho, just thoughts.
 

Jasper

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I agree that’s it’s more or less passive in the case of Mr. C and Richard.

Mr. C is given fake coordinates leading to a trap meant to kill him. He doesn’t know that it’s a trap, but he’s cautious enough to send Richard up first as a guinea pig. Obviously, it doesn’t go so well for Richard. Upon losing the little monster that he’s created, Mr. C then displays about as much care as he seems able to feel or express for another individual, which isn’t much.
 

Jasper

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Interestingly, it does appear to be something.

I’m think it’s likely that Mr. C would have preferred to have kept Richard as his evil disciple, and perhaps for Richard to have helped spawn an entire wicked lineage.
 

Cappy

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I’m not entirely convinced that Mr. C didn’t get the “trap” coordinates. What if Richard got what C was looking for? After all, in 18 there is a “Richard” walking around as a version of Cooper.
 
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