NEWS TMZ: 'Twin Peaks' Director David Lynch's Wife Files for Divorce

Mr. Reindeer

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Looks like poor lynch is going through a divorce
Sad, but not a massive shock, honestly. Fourth marriage, 32-year age difference. He’s always been open about the fact that marriage is not something he aspires to, just something that he falls into, and that the Art Life will always come first. This has been his longest marriage, and maybe even his longest relationship? A passage from Room to Dream struck me as rather telling and a bit sad. Quoted from Emily in 2017, discussing how she tried to accommodate Lynch during the grueling shoot of The Return: “[…] I turned one of the guest rooms in the gray house into a room for him with blackout curtains stapled over the windows and he loved it. When he came back from shooting in Washington, he moved over there, and one night I visited him and he was watching TV and smoking, and I thought, This is permanent. Because of the smoking. For two years he’d been complaining about having to smoke outside and he was able to smoke inside there. Smoking is a big piece of this puzzle.” I also remember back in early covid when he said that his only real interaction with Emily and Lula was to wave to them from the next yard over.

We can’t possibly know what any of the parties are going through, but Lynch’s past breakups have always seemed fairly drama-free (e.g., him marrying Mary Sweeney for a month to make sure that she and Riley were properly cared for legally). I wish everyone involved the best, especially Lula since these types of changes are always toughest on the kids. Putting on my “selfish fan” hat, I doubt this will have any real impact on potential new work from Lynch one way or the other. I’m guessing this was more of a sad inevitability that has been building for awhile, not some dramatic upheaval.
 
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This hypothetical season 4 will likely lean even more into the “nagging wife” archetype so frequently used in season 3.
 

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Any time drama of any kind happens, TMZ is unfortunately suddenly interested in something they'd otherwise find of no value whatsoever, and it's always weird to see their name come up in relation to any bonafide artist.

Anyway...

I feel a bit intrusive in a weird fan way for thinking of it like this, but it's where my mind goes... I know Lynch has gone through a couple relationships, but were the gaps in between ever of any sizable length? Might be interesting to compare work during these gaps as compared to his output during relationships. He seems to have overall more often been in a relationship than not.

This hypothetical season 4 will likely lean even more into the “nagging wife” archetype so frequently used in season 3.
Ha. I've often wondered what basis in autobiography that was and if it came more from Frost or Lynch, or why they felt it was coherent and essential for TP as a narrative. And I don't say that glibly, as I'm sure a good faith essay can be written on that topic and I don't feel it myself to be irrelevant in a "forms of psychological response to trauma dynamics" way.

What I'm saying is, I feel it's just as likely Emily wasn't a nag and that it wasn't coming from some kind of venting "my perspective on wives" kind of place.

EDIT: Also worth noting that other outlets have now reported on this and it seems real.
 

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TMZ are sleazy in their methods, but they’re reliably accurate. Their article cites to court filings, and there’s no reason for them to lie about that.

I think the “nagging wife” trope is just Lynch and Frost’s old-timey comic sensibilities, honestly. They both grew up on 1950s and 1960s stuff like The Honeymooners. We see those old-school comedy stereotypes throughout Twin Peaks and On the Air. I don’t think there’s anything deeper beyond that.

As to gaps between Lynch’s long-term relationships…there really aren’t any. For someone who professes to not be a big fan of marriage, Lynch has really been a serial monogamist (albeit probably with some detours along the way, as he himself confesses in Room to Dream). From Mary Fisk to Isabella Rossellini to Mary Sweeney to Emily Stofle, there really haven’t been any significant gaps since the early ‘80s where he hasn’t been in a steady relationship. So I don’t think there’s any discernible pattern to be found there in regards to film work.
 
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I grew up watching the harridans in Laurel and Hardy films. The ones in The Return were cute and cuddly in comparison! Sad that David Lynch is getting divorced again; I feel sorry for all the children. Then again, the media is notorious for offbeat behaviour and broken marriages. Even in my small role in the media, I've been surrounded by people in odd relationships and multiple divorces. Every time I feel lonely, I remind myself of the screwed up relationships I've seen media friends tied up in. Then I feel relieved. I couldn't afford all that alimony!! :D
 

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This hypothetical season 4 will likely lean even more into the “nagging wife” archetype so frequently used in season 3.
I've seen The Return three times, but I have no idea who were the nagging wives everyone seems to be talking about?

I certainly wouldn't count Janey-E, because she was wonderful - I fell in love with her each time I watched the third season - not to mention she had every right to be angry at her husband. And you could maybe say that Audrey was nagging, but her whole story felt like an existentialist allegory to me, so that kind of thinking wouldn't even apply.

I'm obviously forgetting or missing something?
 

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I've seen The Return three times, but I have no idea who were the nagging wives everyone seems to be talking about?

I certainly wouldn't count Janey-E, because she was wonderful - I fell in love with her each time I watched the third season - not to mention she had every right to be angry at her husband. And you could maybe say that Audrey was nagging, but her whole story felt like an existentialist allegory to me, so that kind of thinking wouldn't even apply.

I'm obviously forgetting or missing something?
Frank’s wife? Although I find her exasperation kind of reasonable as well. Frank doesn’t seem very emotionally available. (Plus we get the backstory about their son.)
 

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Yeah, if anything I'd say The Return subverts the concept of the nagging by adding more and more context. It ends up feeling more like a statement about the weight we carry around.
 

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I've seen The Return three times, but I have no idea who were the nagging wives everyone seems to be talking about?

I certainly wouldn't count Janey-E, because she was wonderful - I fell in love with her each time I watched the third season - not to mention she had every right to be angry at her husband. And you could maybe say that Audrey was nagging, but her whole story felt like an existentialist allegory to me, so that kind of thinking wouldn't even apply.

I'm obviously forgetting or missing something?

Whatever it may mean, there IS a strange recurring theme of a wife yelling at her husband while he just sort of sits there. It happens with Frank's wife, it happens with Audrey, it happens with Janey-E, and it happens with Beverly Paige.

It may be a hint about Sarah Palmer being the active evil presence in the house when we all thought the big one was Leland/Bob?
 

Mr. Reindeer

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Whatever it may mean, there IS a strange recurring theme of a wife yelling at her husband while he just sort of sits there. It happens with Frank's wife, it happens with Audrey, it happens with Janey-E, and it happens with Beverly Paige.

It may be a hint about Sarah Palmer being the active evil presence in the house when we all thought the big one was Leland/Bob?
Arguably Sylvia too, although it’s over the phone.
 

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Yes, and I think these scenes all reflect each other and finally build up to Audrey lunging at Charlie and choking him. Like all of these angry women's frustration got funneled into her in that one scene.
 

Stavrogyn

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Yes, and I think these scenes all reflect each other and finally build up to Audrey lunging at Charlie and choking him. Like all of these angry women's frustration got funneled into her in that one scene.
Interesting way of looking at it. Definitely something to keep in mind during my next rewatch.
 

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Even if you like the characters or think it's justified, it's still nagging wives yelling at their put-upon hapless husbands over and over. I remember from the dugpa days, when the show was on, men taking it that way along the lines of "women are so unreasonable sometimes you just have to wait for them to take a breath and then give them the facts", and then all such discussion was banished to outside the episode threads as "off topic", I'll never get over it.
 
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