Inside Invitation to Love: Twin Peaks's Show-Within-A-Show You May Have Missed

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Netflix

Twin Peaks is the show that keeps on giving. Nearly 30 years after the cult classic first debuted, fans and critics alike are still discussing the multilayered messages hidden within the "groundbreaking" series.

One new analysis comes courtesy of Dazed, which outlined the history of Invitation To Love, the show-within-a-show that casual viewers of Twin Peaks may have overlooked upon first viewing. The use of this device—a nod to Shakespeare's play-within-a-play—serves as a "meta-exploration of the medium of TV itself," according to Dazed.

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The characters of Twin Peaks can be seen watching snippets of the soap opera Invitation to Love throughout the first and second seasons, but it does not appear in the 2017 reboot. The soap shows up for the first time in season one, episode three, in a scene where waitress Shelly Johnson is watching television. After watching the show's opening, which has been compared to Days of Our Lives, Shelly glances at a photo of her abusive husband Leo and then turns to the doorway where her secret lover, Bobby Briggs, stands.

"Her own invitation to love, indeed her only possibility for love, has arrived, so Shelly abandons the television romance for one of her own," Mark J. Charney wrote in a 1991 essay published in the journal Studies in Popular Culture. In this way, the soap opera serves to mirror and parody the events happening in Twin Peaks while also providing insight into the characters' thoughts and motivations. At times, the soap opera is also used to foreshadow future developments in Twin Peaks.

An analysis by Slate further developed the theory that Invitation to Love is a meta commentary on television itself, stressing that Twin Peaks draws from diverse sources to create a "twisted pastiche of network TV." When series co-creator Mark Frost was asked why they chose to include the soap opera sequences, he replied, "I think that watching television is a big part of people's lives in this country and you very rarely see that treated in television."

Some people—including Frost's fellow co-creator, David Lynch—have even argued that Twin Peaks itself can be labeled a soap opera. But Charney disagreed, stating that the series "is neither a conventional soap opera nor a parody of the genre." Rather, he argued, it combines elements of slapstick, horror, and melodrama to create a surreal series that spans several genres.

Check out the video below to see a compilation of all the Invitation to Love clips that appear in Twin Peaks.

[h/t Dazed]

Peter Dinklage Just Hinted That Tyrion Will Die in Game of Thrones

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HBO

​If there's one thing HBO's Game of Thrones has done in the seven seasons it's been on the air, it's ​completely disrupt fan expectations. Tropes that worked in the original books, like killing off major characters almost randomly, were assumed not to translate well to television until the first season of the show killed off presumed series protagonist Ned Stark.

And now star Peter Dinklage has horrified fans by just suggesting that his character, ​Tyrion Lannister, might not make it out of the upcoming eighth and final season of the show alive. In an interview with ​Vulture, Dinklage stated, "I think [Tyrion] was given a very good conclusion. No matter what that is. Death can be a great way out."

Though he could be indulging in the traditional Game of Thrones style of answering interview questions, a.k.a. keep everything vague and leave as many possible interpretations as possible, it's completely within the realm of possibility that ​Tyrion will leave the show at the end of a blade. If that's the case, many fans agree it will no doubt be held by his sister and apparent rival, Cersei, who currently sits on the Iron Throne.

Cersei has always been cautions and resentful of Tyrion due to a prophecy that stated she would die by the hand of a "little brother," whom she believes to be her dwarf younger sibling. A prominent fan theory states that Cersei will kill Tyrion, which will in turn give their brother and Cersei's twin Jaime the motivation to overcome his love of Cersei and slay her.

Dinklage, for his part, doesn't seem too torn up about the prospect of Tyrion dying, saying he felt the character had a good trajectory over the seasons. "He used his position as the outcast of his family like an adolescent would," the actor shared. "The beauty of Tyrion is that he grew out of that mode in a couple of seasons and developed a strong sense of responsibility."

HBO Releases First Watchmen TV Series Teaser

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HBO

​Once it airs the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones, ​HBO will be temporarily left without a real signature show. Sure, it has some big series like Westworld, Barry, and Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, but Game of Thrones has been its major tent pole for the better part of a decade and losing it will be a big hit for the cable network.

It's currently making a prequel series to the show, but until that starts airing, HBO is subtly shifting its attention to the Watchmen series the network has been planning for some time. Based on the legendary graphic novel by Alan Moore of the same name, HBO recently created an Instagram account for the show and posted the first image from the production.

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Captioned with the quote "​Who Watches the Watchmen?," the short, soundless video has sent the internet into a fury trying to decipher who it depicts. The most popular theories are that it is either Rorschach, the masked protagonist of the original comic, or the Comedian, the jingoistic and militant hero whose death is the driving mystery behind the graphic novel.

While neither Rorschach or the Comedian are police officers and neither wears a yellow mask, Rorschach's famously morphing mask is similar in style and the yellow color evokes imagery of the Comedian's iconic smiley face pin. Though the show shares a name and is based on Moore's graphic novel, showrunner ​Damon Lindelof has revealed that his series will take place in an alternate timeline that loosely follows the events of the story.

While not much is known about the details of the series, the announced cast list includes the likes of Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Andrew Howard, Tom Mison, Frances Fisher, Jacob Ming-Trent, Sara Vickers, and Dylan Schombing.

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