Please provide specific citations from reputable—canonical—sources and not just idle speculation.
Yes, I know… David Lynch is obtuse in his storytelling and it’s hard to tell what is “real” and what is imagination. Especially in the context of the finale of the recent Twin Peaks: The Return (2017).
But after finally watching all of the original Twin Peaks TV series (1990-91), Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992) and Twin Peaks: The Return (2017), the whole concept of what the “Black Lodge” and “White Lodge” actually are still confuses me. Are these real places? Or are they psychological places/states where characters simply—and coincidentally—share some common dream?
In season 1, when Agent Cooper enters a dream-like state—related to his idioyncratic “Tibetan Method” take on crime solved—he goes to a red room with a zig-zag floor pattern that we later learn is the “Black Lodge.” We only really learn about this during season 2 and this seems to be hammered home in Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me. But in season 3, the concept of what is real or not is made to be even more abstract and confusing even in light of the conclusion.
So are the “Black Lodge” and “White Lodge” actual places? Is it still really the case in light of everything? Or maybe I am missing something that might have been alluded to in the official “canon” books such as The Secret History of Twin Peaks: A Novel or Twin Peaks: The Final Dossier?