“It's a place you look at and you think you would love to
live in. The people are very charming. A little quirky,” said Lara Flynn Boyle,
who played Donna Hayward, Laura’s best friend. “And then the more time you
spend looking at the town and being in the town, being around the people, you
see that everything isn't what it looks like.”
It became clear that while the series began as a murder
mystery, learning more about the characters became a fan priority. “The
characters are so, so intriguing. So bizarre. Do such strange things.
Unexpected things in situations that are very odd. It's just the nature of the
show. The unknown factor keeps people on the edge of their seat,” said
MacLachlan. Wondering about what’s in Laura’s diary is easy to put on hold as
you pause to witness the magic of the late Miguel Ferrer deliver a monologue as
FBI forensic pathologist Albert Rosenfield that ends with “I love you, Sheriff
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“It kind of cracks me up how much people want an answer to
who killed Laura Palmer thing, because that murder was kind of the ball that
got everything rolling,” Sheryl Lee said later, after the show had become a hit
among fans. The actress played Laura as well as her cousin, Maddy Ferguson, in
“I just keep hearing that question over and over again, and
there's so much other great stuff going on,” Lee continued. She believed that
while Laura’s death was the pilot’s crucial catalyst, the show’s essence lay in
the many secrets and relationships that were subsequently uncovered.
Of course, that didn’t mean the show’s producers were in any
hurry to reveal her murderer. “We have our number on every page of the script.
If that gets out anywhere, they know it's your number. You're in trouble,” Madchen
Amick (Shelly Johnson) explained. One week, the future Riverdale -- a show very much inspired by Twin Peaks -- actor received a script that contained the answer to
who killed Laura, but later discovered it was a trick from the writers.