15. The Log Lady
The Log Lady is all things to all Peaks people. She's a walking sight gag with those big Sally Jesse Raphael glasses, that humorless face, and, well, the whole log thing. She's an instantly recognizable symbol of the show's "you either get it or you don't" weirdness. She's a voice for the supernatural forces at work behind the scenes, a prophet of the forest like something from a fairy tale. And, in her brief cameo in Fire Walk With Me, she's an unexpected angel of empathy and understanding for an isolated, frightened Laura Palmer. "When this kind of fire starts, it is very hard to put out," she tells Laura in a voice that aches with sadness. Nothing silly about it.