The Topography of Twin Peaks

This is the original map David Lynch drew up of Twin Peaks to further sell his demented noir to ABC.  And much like the highly influential show, the demented topography really captures the show’s mysterious vibe. Strange Maps has a much more thorough examination of the show’s geography.

Twin Peaks was indeed shot less than an hour’s drive east of Seattle, in a picturesque slice of Washington state, around the towns of Snoqualmie and North Bend to be precise. The jagged profile of Mount Si, looming over the area, suggested the twin peaks that provided the town and the series with its name (1).

Ultimately, however, the series’ exact location is incidental, even obstructive to its narrative. Stories that require the suspension of disbelief benefit from a suitably vague, or entirely fictional setting (2). The same applies to morality tales, which are most effective when set in some kind of Anytown, a location average enough to signify: It could happen here (3).

As a fine balancing act between supernatural horror and small-town soap opera, Twin Peaks falls well within both categories. So when asked to reveal in which state of the Union the town was located, series creator David Lynch coyly – but understandably – sidestepped: Twin Peaks was in “a state of confusion.”

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