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The Giant appears to FBI agent Dale Cooper in visions, first right after Cooper has been shot in his hotel room. The Giant provides Cooper with clues about the murder of Laura Palmer and actually confirms the identity of the murderer during a vision in the Roadhouse. Later on, he also warns Cooper that his love-interest Annie Blackburn should not enter the Miss Twin Peaks pageant (her winning the contest is a key element leading to Cooper's entering the Black Lodge and subsequently his downfall).
The Giant apparently inhabits an elderly Room Service Waiter of the Great Northern Hotel. Also, the Giant wears a similar outfit to the Waiter (who in himself is a ghostly semi-conscious entity who almost never appears in a crowd or within the guests rooms of the Great Northern). In the final episode, when Cooper has entered the Black Lodge, both the Waiter and the Giant appear and the latter confirms their identity, stating: "One and the same".
Though the Giant's actions seem to be benevolent, he seems to be part of the evil Black Lodge, as he appears alongside of the Man from Another Place in the Lodge's waiting room. However, some have opined that the waiting room actually is a neutral location between the Black and the White Lodge. In his first appearance, the Giant refused Cooper's question of his whereabouts.
Twin Peaks (1990-1991)Edit
The Giant appears at the Great Northern Hotel in FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper's room to tell him three things that he says will come true: "there's a man in a smiling bag," "the owls are not what they seem," and "without chemicals, he points." He then takes Cooper's ring and says he will give it back when these things come true. He also says "Leo locked inside hungry horse" and there is a clue at his home. After telling the special agent he will require medical attention, he disappears.
The next night, he appears to Cooper again to tell him that he forgot to tell him something. Cooper mentions the smiling bag to be true. The Giant then says that one person has seen the "third man" and that three people have seen him, but not his body. He then tells Cooper he forgot something and disappears.
He appears to Cooper onstage at the Roadhouse, and says "It is happening again, it is happening again."
When Cooper remembers that in his dream, Laura told him her father killed her, the Giant appears to him and returns his ring.
Twin Peaks (2017)Edit
Cultural references Edit
- The Finnish Doom metal band Swallow the Sun's song The Giant refers to this character. Their album Ghosts of Loss also mentions Laura Palmer in another song.
- The outro track Transmission 3 after the song What Does Your Soul Look Like (Part 1 - Blue Sky Revisit) on the album Endtroducing..... by DJ Shadow samples the voice of the Giant.
- The Giant's words to Cooper in the hotel bedroom are sampled on the classic ambient album Substrata by Biosphere. The phrase "Sorry to wake you... I forgot to tell you something... The things I tell you will not be wrong..." appears in the song 'The Things I Tell You'.
- In the Simpson's episode, Lisa's Sax, Homer is seen watching Twin Peaks in which The Giant is dancing with a white horse. Homer's response to this is "Brilliant, heheh!...I have absolutely no idea what's going on.".