WMG: Gravity Falls

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The fair was a fixed point in time.
Notice how hard it was to keep Wendy from getting the black eye? And how the only way to get it to work is to keep Mabel from her pig? The universe NEEDS Mabel to have that pig and for Dipper to fail at that date. When Dipper went around it, that's when bad things started to happen.
  • Fits in with the "Stan is a Time Lord" theory above.
  • Dipper may still have altered the outcome in a different way. When Robbie originally asked Wendy out, he was nervous and a lot more sympathetic character than at any time before. In the final version of the timeline, he walks up to her right after she's been hit in the eye and says, "Hey, this is a perfect time for me to ask you about something..." And then Mabel sics Waddles on him, because now she realizes what Dipper sacrificed for her.

One Vignette Episode will be a parody/homage to Are You Afraid of the Dark?

Some theories about this guy in "Irrational Treasure".
  • His name's Quinn Trembley.
  • He's Sir Lord Quentin Trembley III's great-great-great-great-great nephew.
  • He works for the government, investigating the mysteries of Gravity Falls.
  • He owns a company called Trembley Inc.
  • He has Book "1". Jossed
  • He'll be the series' Big Bad.
  • He's Dipper and Mabel's father and the writer of the books. Jossed, at least for the latter half.
  • He's Stan's twin brother, Stanley. They look almost the same from behind, except the hair... Jossed.
  • He's Tad Strange.

Dipper, Mabel, Soos, and Stan are in a different dimension.
They traveled to a whole different dimension when they went through the hole in "Bottomless Pit".
  • That would mean that the Stan who's with them now is not the real Stan, as he fell twice through the hole.

The Quentin Trembley cover-up was a cover-up.
Trembley was actually sent to Gravity Falls to research all the supernatural happenings there. He eventually discovered something groundbreaking that couldn't be taken advantage of with the technology of the time. Writing down whatever he discovered risked the possibility of the information falling into enemy hands, so instead he preserved himself to pass on the information to the future. They came up with the president story as a lie to the people sent to retrieve him so that they wouldn't be suspicious of the true nature of their mission.
  • Also, peanut brittle reduces Bill's abilities and is the opposite of gold, which amplifies them. Stan advises people to bury gold so that Bill will be at full power when the apocalypse comes. His confusion at the end of Dreamscaperers when Bill is mentioned is confusion over why Bill would betray him.

Quentin Trembley's peanut brittle is made with the same sap that preserved the dinosaurs.
He learned of the sap's life-preserving qualities and reasoned that if it could keep dinosaurs alive for over a hundred million years, it could keep him alive for long enough to return when he would be needed. He included some of the sap in the peanut brittle he used to freeze himself in, relying on his reputation as a nutcase to keep people from testing if it really worked.

The main characters will all take on some kind of magic to fight whatever Big Bad comes along.
One character might practice witchcraft, another might opt for becoming a werewolf, etc.

Season 2's first episode will lampshade the long gap between season 1 and 2.
Stan: "It took a while, but the Mystery Shack is back open!"

Theories for season 2:
  • A new Big Bad will emerge, possibly connected to the portal that Stan has.
  • Bill Cipher will have a more fleshed-out role, either as a Chaotic Neutral semi-antagonist, or a Stealth Mentor for Dipper.
  • Gideon will still be prominent, and a large part of his story is escaping prison.
  • Mabel will have a more pronounced role. (since Season 1 was mainly about Dipper.)

The US Government and Secret Order of the Holy Mackerel are not working together
Not a lot of evidence to support this one yet, but I'm predicting that Stan's order and the government have different purposes for the device. The government will try and destroy it, while the order probably thinks it can somehow control what comes out of it. Both answers are wrong, forcing Dipper to Take a Third Option.

The Royal Order of the Holy Mackerel originally got its name thanks to an Astonishingly Appropriate Interruption.
As the founding members of the secret society were brainstorming names, one started saying, "royal order of the..." when something crazy made them scream, "HOLY MACKEREL!" And it ended up sticking.

The darkness to change everything has already come.
Remember the shadow cast over everything (in Dipper's dream) at the beginning of "Gideon Rising"? And the first three episodes of season two have just happened to deal with changing relationships between characters. First the twins found out Grunkle Stan knew more than he ever admitted, then Dipper revealed his crush to Wendy, and finally Mabel's rivalry with Patricia cooled. Of course, just because the darkness is here doesn't mean it's fully settled in yet. Day doesn't turn to night in an instant after all. Still, the sun may be setting on Gravity Falls...

There will be a time skip
It's unlikely Dipper can solve the mysteries of the journals in one summer
  • Supposedly there are two seasons to each summer, i.e. Season 3 & 4 will cover the twins' second summer in Gravity Falls. Dipper outright states in the second season premiere that it's been half a summer by that point.

The show will continue beyond the summer... But it will then be set After the End.
I'd imagine after the "Apocalypse" happens in "Not What He Seems". The show will be a bit of "The X-Files meets The Walking Dead".
  • Nope, the world doesn't end. Do you really think they would let that happen in a kids' cartoon?
    • Maybe they'll show the world ending, but since time travel exists here, it would likely be easily reversed.
    • The world may not have ended, but the whole town was literally ripped from the ground and fell back down. There's now way we're getting a Reset Button on that.
    • Well what if the end of the world were shown in a way similar to Homestuck or Battleborn except they can actually save Earth in here?
    • After the End part partly confirmed, with Weirdmaggedon. The apocalypse is here. On a kid's cartoon.
      • Well, it's more like an almost-apocalypse, as we all know that the world will be saved at the end of the season anyways.

The 30 years thing has something to do with Hoo-Ha Owl's Pizzamatronic Jamboree.
If Gravity Falls DOES take place in Summer 2012, then 30 years - 2012 = 1982. The Rock-afire Explosion was in its final years during that time, which Hoo-Ha's Jamboree is clearly based on.

The show is taking place in a Stable Time Loop.
Stan is putting all this effort into saving his past self from the . The past self disappears into the portal in the summer of 1982, but is rescued and returned to the past after he disappears so that he can ensure his own success in rescuing himself by becoming Gruncle Stan. Stan does have a twin, though: Dipper and Mabel's grandfather. Gruncle Stan's just borrowing his car.
  • completely Jossed. It was his brother.

Being a badass is a hereditary trait in the show's universe.
Dipper jumped in into the Gideon bot and kicked Gideon's ass, Mabel beat a shit load of gnomes with a leaf blower, and Stan punched a pterodactyl in the face. And that was just the first season! Clearly, the badass gene runs in the Pines family.
  • Well they are already classed as a Badass Family by this very website.

The show doesn't actually take place in 2012.
It takes place in 2015. I have some pretty simple proof for this. In one old Gravity Falls game (I don't remember what it was called, but it was made in 2012 or 2013) there is a calender in the shack that probably happens to be an aztec calender for some reason. Something comes up if you observe it, and says something around the lines of "According to this calender, the world ended 3 years ago." So if you assume 3 years after 2012 as in 2015, the evidence makes sense.

Whatever's going to happen, Dipper, Mable and Soos are the key players.
Bill refers to them as Pine Tree, Shooting Star and Question Mark. Looking at these images on the wheel, note where they are in relation to each other. They make a perfect triangle. More specifically, a sideways triangle, with Dipper and Soos at the base and Mable at the top. This may or may not be in relation to the ending of Not What He Seems.
  • Well, duh. They're the most central protagonists.

Bill's coming back.
The Author has returned, Dipper is probably angry at both Mabel and Stan, and Gravity Falls itself has been torn to pieces. I can't think of a better opportunity for him to take over/turn everything to chaos/turn everyone into perpetually screaming heads/whatever bizarre and sadistic things he has planned.
  • Judging by the preview for "The Last Mabelcorn", I think we can safely say this confirmed.

The next episode will be something of a Breather Episode.
Stan will be tracked down by the the government guys and thrown back in jail. Either the 'old' Stan will spend the remainder of the series in jail, or the 'new' Stan will make bail (in which case we may learn that Stan's penny-pinching is not from greed, but as a plan B if the cops ever caught up to him). Depending on this, a sideplot for the rest of the series might focus on getting to know New!Stan, or regaining trust for Old!Stan.

The series and/or possible movie will end with a Sequel Hook.
Remember, the kids are only there for the summer. After saying goodbye to their friends in Gravity Falls, they look out the bus window, seeing supernatural creatures from past episodes (for example, a couple of gnomes, a tiny deer, a miniature, and a multi-bear). Tearing up seeing this, Mable asks Dipper, who's excitedly looking over a calendar, when they can come back. He replies that he's already counting down the days until next summer.

The character who "will not survive the season" as stated by Alex Hirsch is-
  • Mayor Befufftlefumpter, who has been revealed through cryptogram and simple observation to be "not long for this world" which is why the position of Mayor is up for grabs in The Stanchurian Candidate.
    • Confirmed as of "The Stanchurian Candidate".
  • Big Henry. It already happened.

The US Government will be back to investigate Stan again.
The government agents couldn't have possibly stored all of their data in a single flash drive. Perhaps they'll stumble on a copy of the data back at their headquarters and restart their investigation.

Gideon had something to do with Mayor Befufftlefumpter's untimely demise
Yeah he was old, BUT Bud's running for mayor, as well as his contact with Gideon, quickly being able to campaign is a tad suspicious. I wouldn't put it past him.
  • Heck, Gideon might have known nobody would suspect anything BECAUSE he was so old!

The Last Mabelcorn will contain a My Little Pony reference.
Aside from the obvious unicorn connection, Alex Hirsch is friends with Lauren Faust, who rebooted My Little Pony G3 into [1]. Also, The Friendship is Magic comic book series had a dream sequence featuring a sweater-clad, shooting-star themed pony named May Belle. The references could come full circle.
  • Confirmed. The main unicorn that Mabel dealt with was named Celesaibellebethabelle, similar to Celestia, and she had a rainbow colored flowing main, as well as a visible "cutie mark". (though not Celetia's cutie mark)
    • It is, however, very similar to Rarity's.

We saw things a bit out of order. "The Last Mabelcorn" takes place before The Stinger of "The Stanchurian Candidate."
After Bill witnessed Ford "Bill-proofing" the Mystery Shack and realized he'd need a pawn outside of it, he began cycling through potential candidates. That would presumably lead up to him catching a glimpse of Gideon through the image of him he drew saying he wants to make a deal.

Their will be an episode that features the Fountain Of Youth
It will most likely be a Breather Episode, perhaps featuring the light hearted premise of a brief role-reversal in the main cast, with the others accidentally being made younger than Dipper and Mabel, and them having to look after them. The water will prove not to be permanent and wear off after a while.

However it will later prove to be a Chekhov's Gun for a more serious episode, where the Stan and Ford will find themselves facing odds they can not beat (say Gideon's army of criminals or such) and they resort to using the water to give them back their youth long enough to save the others. Most likely including an exchange along these lines:

Stan: Come on Pointdexter, he's got our family.

Ford: Its no good Stan, their are just to many of them. Maybe when we were in are prime we would have had a chance, but we're both to old to take them all on.

Stan: Well then, lets go back to our prime.

Stan has met the Manotaurs before.
When Dipper's explaining the Manotaur adventure in the diner, Stan is calmly supportive of Dipper's decision to do what he thought was right instead of being influenced by the crowd. In addition, Mantestaur's name doesn't get anything from Stan but when Dipper mentions Pituitaur Stan looks up from his pie. Perhaps Stan went through something much like what Dipper went through with Chutzpah, but his guide was Pituitaur?

That blue eye in "The Last Mabelcorn"
In Ford's dream, the six-fingered hand is obviously his, but the eye can't be his as the Pines' have brown eyes. The blue eye belongs to McGucket, who mentioned having blue eyes in the Ice Bag segment of McGucket's Conspiracy Corner.

A convenient cover-up.
The candidates for Bill possession shown at the end of "The Last Mabelcorn" will coincidentally all happen to be keeping their eyes covered for varying reasons so the viewers won't know which one is Bill until the reveal.

Bill Cipher's pawn will be someone that Dipper or Mabel is close to.

Bill is pretty familiar with the Pines family and knows how loyal they are to each other, he might see it as a way of causing the rift in the family if he can force one of them to choose between protecting a friend by betraying the rest of the family, or staying loyal to the family by forsaking a friend. This leaves a wide range of possibilities, but the more likely candidates are:
  • Wendy
    • Dipper's been trying to get over his feelings for her. It would be Bill's cup of tea to try to force those feeling to come back stronger than ever (or convince him that they have), or to tempt Dipper with the possibility that he might be able to have Wendy return his feelings if he saves her. However, she seems to be on the Wheel, suggesting she's either immune to, or destined to be against, Bill and his powers. She's also a scrapper, and it's unlikely Dipper could save her from anything she couldn't save herself from.
  • Candy
    • She's been getting more screen time lately, and Mabel mentions that having Candy and Dipper be together would be a dream come true for her, implying that she's always wanted Dipper to either be with one of her close friends, or at least to get along with any girlfriend Dipper chose. After Sock Opera, Bill might see Dipper and Mabel's bond as a significant threat to his plans, and seek to undermine it by forcing Mabel to choose between Dipper and Candy on some level.
  • Jossed. It was Blendin Blandin.

Emma Sue will appear again.
Out of all the tourist girls Dipper hit on, she was the only one named, and unlike all the other girls' contact details which were written on his body and later wiped off, Dipper has Emma Sue's e-mail address on paper. He may need to contact her if he's in need of a favor from someone in Canada.

Soos only made two episodes of Fixin' It With Soos because his Autografix Free Trial expired.
The intro to these shorts has an Autografix Free Trial watermark clearly visible in some shots. Soos didn't want to buy the full version, so the free trial expired and he had to cut the series after two episodes.

Bill will possess Grunkle Stan.
As of "Roadside Attraction" the end-of-credits images that go together to form his face haven't revealed his eyes yet.
  • It's worth noting that the episode to reveal that Bill can't possess Ford (anymore) was the one to end with the piece of the page showing his very normal eyes.

The present version of Crampelter will appear.
In an allusion to Biff Tannen, Crampelter will arrive in Gravity Falls as a middle-aged Corrupt Corporate Executive and try to buy out the Mystery Shack. He'll probably even torment Dipper and Mabel as well.

In "The Last Mabelcorn" Dipper rationalizing was actually Bill.
I think it's safe to say that telepathy is well within Bill's capabilities as well as disguising his presence given that his powers mostly have to do with secrets and manipulation. It's possible he was trying to get Dipper to see inside Stanford's mind to sow distrust and prevent him from protecting his mind.

The series will end in a Stable Time Loop.
As a result of battling Bill Cipher, the timeline is reset back to the beginning of summer, with everybody's memories erased. In a way, Mabel gets exactly what she wished for.

The finale and Season 3 will focus on Dipper and Mabel's relationship
Mabel unknowingly unleashed Bill Cipher on the world, and the events and the aftermath of that folly with have a huge impact on the Pines twins. There will likely be two scenarios.
  • Dipper and Mabel split up like Stan and Ford did: Dipper and Mabel both have good reasons to be angry with each other. Mabel opening the rift that give Bill his opening Dipper for abandoning Mabel to work with Ford and not telling her about the rift. The end result is they burn bridges with each other by the end. Season 3 will be set next summer, and it will focus on Dipper and Mabel reconciling.
  • Dipper and Mabel avoid making the same mistakes Stan and Ford did: I am sure that they would both be very angry with each other, but Bill's plans force them to work together, which is what Stan and Ford should have done long ago.
    • The second option is looking more likely. As Wendy said, "[They] just need to make up, team up, and save the universe."

There was already a name for "Weirdameggon."
Case Nightmare Green.

Everyone's role in everything in universe is as follows...

  • Dipper (Pine Tree) - Unspecified
  • Mabel (Shooting Star) Opens the rift.
  • Stan (Crescent-type thing) - Activates the portal and creates the rift.
  • Ford (Six-fingered Hand) Creates the portal.
  • McGucket? (Glasses) Helps with the portal, delivers the prophecy
  • Wendy? (Ice bag) –
  • Soos (Question Mark) - ???
  • Pacifica (Llama) - ???
  • Robbie (Stitched Heart) - ???
  • Gideon (Star with eye) - ???

Bill was responsible for Mabel hearing Dipper agreeing to be Ford's apprentice.
Walkie Talkies don't work unless you push the button to transfer your voice. Dipper was outside the shack's safe zone at the time and as Bill is, as he said, "A being of pure energy." it's not unthinkable that he could manipulate electricity and get the Talkie to broadcast so Mabel would get upset and be easier to manipulate.

At one point, Dipper and Mabel will sing a lyrical version of the Gravity Falls theme.
During a season finale, possibly the series finale, Dipper and Mabel will be about to fight the Big Bad (whether it be Bill in the upcoming Part 2 of Weirdmaggedon if that's the last episode, or possibly fighting a Greater Scope Villain if there's more seasons afterward). The two of them will then sing a lyrical, possibly extended version of their Theme Song, detailing all the things they've gone through together as they race against time to defeat whatever force they end up facing. The episode may also end with a reprise of the song, possibly as they leave Gravity Falls.

The Weirdmageddon will be resolved through Blendin's time travel watch
The universe is too badly damaged to be repairable except through Bill's own power and he's not likely to cooperate. But the timeline could be fixed as long as someone goes back in time three days and prevents the events, such as Dipper apologizing to Mabel, warning himself to leave the rift globe in Ford's lab or just swapping the backpack in his room so Mabel grabs the correct one when she runs out.
  • Two issues with this: "The Time Traveler's Pig" established that in the Gravity Falls universe, timelines don't easily change and the universe/time itself/something will try as hard as it can to conspire that major events stay the same. Dipper had to go through a lot of effort just to create a timeline where Wendy wasn't hit in the eye, so reversing something much larger may be just as hard if not harder (and since Weirdmageddon was prophesized, the show can't pull the "This wasn't supposed to happen"/"Bill already changed/tampered with the timeline so undoing it would be fixing it" card). The other, out-universe issue is that simply going back in time and undoing an action is almost never satisfying and often seen as a cheap Deus ex Machina (in contrast to seeing the characters struggle and fight it out without just reliving an event to follow a "would have"/"should have"/"if only"), especially since there has already been one whole episode about trying to find a way to fight off the apocalypse and a second part along the way.

The Real Third Volume will be used
If you remember, Stan gave Dipper a copy of the journal so he could continue using it. When Stan learns that Bill destroyed the Journals, he'll reveal that he had the real one and use it to defeat Bill.
  • Actually, I'm pretty sure Stan gave Dipper the original and kept the copy.

Mabel is going to die, but she'll get better.
She won't have the motivation to fight back against Bill while she feels completely alone in the world, and ultimately, Dipper will either do something (or pointedly neglect to do something) that results in Mabel being killed, or she just won't survive her imprisonment. This might also how we get Dipper's real first name (and it's probably something that rhymes with "Cain"), and season 3 will center on Dipper's attempts to get Mabel back by studying under Ford.
  • As this is a kid's show, they can't kill off a main character, especially if they're a child. If by some unlikely chance she were killed and then resurrected, it would be a non-graphic "death" that's instantly reversed in the same episode, not delayed for another season; something along the lines of Death Is Cheap or Disney Death (more likely the latter).

Mabel is trapped in her own mind, on top of being trapped inside the bubble Bill made.
In the thirty second preview that's been released, we are given two different shots of Mabel, one with her awake and interacting with things, and the other with her asleep and trapped inside a big black box. This could be because in reality (what's left of it), she's unconscious, and when Dipper, Wendy and Soos find her, they can't wake her up unless they go into her Mindscape and rescue her there. Plus, while she's trapped in her Mindscape, Mabel could be in a mind-generated reality where her wish of everything being fine, and summer lasting forever is true that Dipper has to snap her out of. And when she wakes up, she will feel extremely guilty about what she did.

Bill Cipher has been setting this up for eons.
To be concise this will be all in bullet points of the facts we know and then a brief sum up of how it all fits together.
  • Bill can see various possible futures.
  • Bill has existed for thousands of years.
  • Bill will exist in a time when Blendin Blandin the time traveler exists.
  • Long ago an alien space craft crashed in gravity falls creating it's distinctive mountain range.
  • One of the consistant symbols that appears everywhere including the alien space craft is a triangle
  • Bill Cipher is a triangle
  • Stanford Pines later used parts and technology from this alien space craft to build his inter-dimensional portal.
  • Stanford needed help from Bill to create said portal
  • Stanford only ended up in gravity falls because his perpetual motion device mysteriously stopped working. Stanley Pines damaged it but it was still working before he left, the next morning it had stopped.
  • Without Stanley the portal would never have activated because of an arguement between Bill and Stanford.
In short I believe that Bill Cipher guided the development of the alien race that crashed in Gravity Falls Oregon before causing them to crash by giving them some faulty piece of information. Why? Because with the level of intelligence they had come to possess they would not have been suitable candidates to build the portal and would likely have realized what Bill wanted. However Bill foresaw the rise of a man who, under the right circumstances, could properly build and another who could be persuaded activate the portal. By causing the Aliens to crash and then waiting he was eventually able to make contact with Blendin Blandin, and in return for a brief service as a puppet arranged for his release from the infinitentury in the future. This allowed him to break Stanford's perpetual motion device sending him down the path which would lead to there meeting as well as send Stanley down the path that would eventually result in his activating the portal.

However, now that Bill is in possession of a physical body bound to some of the laws of our Universe he no longer possesses his future vision. He is now limited to what he has already predicted and any variation he couldn't previously account for will lead to his down fall.

The living wax head of Larry King from
the episode "Headhunters" will come back as the Deus ex Machina that defeats Bill in the series finale.

The show will be renewed for one or more season(s).
Disney would have to be blind to just let a show that rakes in such high ratings to end after only two seasons.
  • Of course, that would explain the bizarre release schedule for both the episodes and merchandise. The Disney execs are all; 'To prolong the milking of this cash-cow, let's wait two to three weeks between episodes, only release DVDs as slow as a snail, and be sure to add in arbitrary hiatuses every so often.' Clever, though.
  • Or apparently not. It has been announced that Season 2 will finish the show, and Disney is okay with that decision, as they have not ordered a Season 3. Though who knows if they decide to change their minds later on?

In lieu of a third season, there will eventually be a sequel or spin-off show.
Soos, Wendy, and the twins are still in the bubble.
As soon as they get out they find Stan and a bunch of survivors. Things are looking up right? Nope! As soon as the group's main desire became "let's get the heck outta here" the bubble gave them what they wanted. Sort of. Now they're in a perfect copy of the world outside the bubble even though they never left. Weirdmageddon is still raging and now there's no one to stop it.

Venga Monjas will make a live-action spin-off with the cast of Da Suisa.