I am going to have a chance the view the two last episodes simultanously in few months, and after that I will get back to matter of how Cooper managed the case of the two birds. But there is something about sinister about Cooper and birds that supports your theory:
When in season 1 they have the bird Waldo at the Sheriff's station, Cooper declines the suggestion to feed the bird by saying: "I don't like birds". So when Cooper uses that lovely turn of phrase of killing birds with a stone, he is at the heart of the New Testament symbolism of giving stone instead of the bread. And this has been for me one of the major things that speak against the theory of Cooper's success. (It's always these little things that get me).Nefastos wrote: ↑Thu May 02, 2019 7:30 pmI am even more convinced now of the first hypothesis I had about the problem in the series and its seeming protagonist Cooper, i.e. his (masculine) pride or inability to see past too much trying. He tries to "kill two birds with one stone", which is why the both go wrong: he will be unable to save Laura and the others in this world, and equally unable to face the other side (Judy the negative astral entity) in a way that would actually make peace with the powers that be.
I wonder if this relation has something to do with Max Ernst's influence on TP. Ernst has related that his interest in the occult had sparked after making a sort of intuitive connection between his pet bird dying at the same time as his sister was born. This dead bird, named Loplop, became Ernst's alter ego. But Ernst did some wonderfully sinister works on birds, one of my favourite being "Two children are thteatend by nightingale" (and David Holcomb's "Triumph of the Nightingale" is a great workd on the same theme).
I think there might be some initial reaction to such paintings incorporated into Cooper's character. Birds, after all, are a subtle presence in TP. There are especially ducks and gooses all around the interors. The whole show begins with a view to some waterbirds. And, of course, Big Ed's gas station has above it the image of the goose that lays the golden egg.