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  • Dipper: Good night Mabel. Mabel: Good night dipper

  • [Evil Laughter]

  • Bill: Oh, Gravity Falls, it is good to be back!

  • [Film Theory theme plays]

  • Hello Internet! Welcome to yroehT mliF.

  • Destroying your favorite show's perfect endings one by one.

  • And today is gonna be no exception.

  • Partly because Gravity Falls is a show that I never want to end,

  • but mostly because when you look at how this show

  • actually ended, the evidence points to there being much more to this story

  • than we saw play out on screen. Now the show's final

  • trilogy of episodes at first glance

  • does pretty much everything that a great series finale is supposed to:

  • Family grudges are forgiven, loved ones are saved and evil is finally defeated.

  • But rewatching the finale, there was one thing that just didn't quite sit right with me.

  • In the finale, Bill Cipher, Evil Dorito of Gravity Falls,

  • travels to our world to create the apocalypse he calls "Weirdmageddon".

  • However once here on earth he realizes that he's trapped in Gravity Falls due to the town's

  • Ford: "Natural law of weirdness magnetism"

  • in order to escape and spread his reign of Weirdness to the rest of the world, Bill has to get inside the mind of one man:

  • Ford Pines; resident genius,

  • paranormal investigator and great-uncle to our heroes Dipper and Mabel.

  • However, this requires that Bill make a deal with Ford by shaking his hand.

  • To defeat Bill once and for all

  • Ford and his twin brother Stanley switched clothes to trick Bill

  • into making the deal with the much less able minded Stan.

  • With the deal made and Bill now

  • trapped inside Stan's head, Ford uses a gun that can erase memories on Stanley,

  • wiping out everything in his mind,

  • including Bill Cipher himself.

  • Stan, in a moment of pure heroism, makes the ultimate sacrifice;

  • losing himself,

  • losing his identity, and losing all memories of the loved ones he left behind...

  • ...for about three minutes.

  • Yeah, it's not all that much of a sacrifice as it turns out,

  • as Stan's memories come back in less time than it takes to mix up a blender full of Mabel Juice.

  • So what's going on here?

  • Well,

  • Thankfully Journal No. 3 gives us a little more context on how all this happened:

  • Quote: "It turns out that the memory rays effects can be undone

  • through exposure to important images and people from your past.

  • The reason Stan recovered so much faster

  • is that we began recovery while the eraser was still fresh-less than an hour or after contact." end quote.

  • But at this point you've probably figured out where I'm going with all this.

  • If all of grunkle Stan's memories weren't permanently wiped out,

  • would that also mean that Bill Cipher wasn't permanently wiped out?

  • It's a question that fans have been asking for the past two years. Is Bill Cipher, the main

  • antagonist of Gravity Falls, really dead?!

  • And I am here today to tell you NO!

  • Bill Cipher is alive and well and living in

  • Paris...

  • with Jacques Brel.

  • Sorry! Sorry, never mind that last bit,

  • it's a really obscure musical theater reference

  • that no one and I mean no one will get.

  • In all seriousness though looking at all the evidence

  • from the end of the show, as well as content

  • that's been released after the series ended,

  • points to Bill Cipher still kicking around.

  • And not just kicking around!

  • What we unearthed today will not only change your thoughts about the end of the series,

  • but also everything you thought you knew about one of your favorite characters.

  • Intrigued?

  • Excellent! Grappling hook away!

  • First, we can absolutely prove that Bill isn't dead.

  • During the finale, when Bill was trapped inside Stan's mind,

  • Bill decides to make these strange noises:

  • !nruter yam i taht rewop tneicna eht ekovni I !nrub ot emoc sah emit yM !L-T-O-L-O-X-A

  • These are his last words of the series,

  • so you'd think he would have chosen his words a little more carefully. Or, you know, just chosen words.

  • But here's the thing, he actually did choose those words very specifically,

  • the only reason why it sounds like gibberish to us

  • is because he's talking backwards.

  • Just reverse the clip and you get this:

  • "Invoke the ancient power that I may return".

  • Okay.

  • That makes it pretty clear that he ain't planning on leaving this mortal coil anytime soon,

  • but what's all this about an axolotl?

  • Well, it turns out that the answer is given to us in a book

  • titled "Dipper and Mabel And the Curse of the Time Pirates' Treasure!".

  • Now, this book was confirmed to be non-canon,

  • except Alex Hirsch, the creator of the show, tweeted that it does contain "one ENORMOUS *canon* secret". So in the book Dipper and Mabel end up face-to-face with this all powerful cosmic axolotl,

  • and are each granted one question.

  • Dipper asks the very responsible and very logical question of

  • "What do you know about Bill Cipher?"

  • To which the axolotl replies

  • quote: "Sixty degrees that come in threes.

  • Watches from within birch trees.

  • Saw his own dimension burn.

  • Misses home and can't return.

  • Says he's happy. He's a liar.

  • Blame the arson for the fire.

  • If he wants to shirk the blame,

  • He'll have to invoke my name.

  • One way to absolve his crime.

  • A different form, a different time."

  • End quote.

  • Gotta love those classic rhyming couplets. Now look at those last few lines:

  • "Invoke my name, to absolve the crimes as a different form in a different time."

  • Yeah, this is pretty obvious why Bill was chanting in Reverse

  • right before he was literally brainwashed away,

  • and presumably the axolotl granted his wish,

  • preserving him in a different form and a different time.

  • That's a pretty strong case for Bill still being alive,

  • but if that's truly the case, then that begs the question of what new form could he possibly be in?

  • Well, why not the form that he was already trapped in?

  • Grunkle Stan!

  • And that isn't just speculation! Most of the post-show content

  • that's come out, and believe me,

  • there's been a lot for a show that's been gone for two years, has signaled pretty heavily that Bill Cipher

  • continues to exist within Stan's mind.

  • Case in point: the Cipher Statue Hunt.

  • Shortly after Gravity Falls ended, Alex Hirsch made it very clear that there was a

  • real-life Bill Cipher statue hidden somewhere in the US,

  • and that in order to find it, fans would have to solve a worldwide

  • treasure hunt. And while that is

  • absolutely cool in and of itself, the most

  • interesting part of this whole thing was that it appeared to be led by

  • Grunkle Stan. One of the very first clues to the hunt was a phone number. When you called it,

  • you would be greeted by this answering machine message:

  • Immediately you can recognize Stan's voice, but something's a bit off. It's in Reverse!

  • Now, this definitely could just be some attempt to make the quest slightly harder,

  • but it's worth noting that every time a character has ever spoken in Reverse during the series, it was because of Bill.

  • In the episode "Dreamscapers", Gideon speaks in Reverse after reading a chant that summons Bill:

  • Egassem sdrawkcab. egassem sdrawkcab. Egassem sdrawkcab! Egassem sdrawkcab!

  • In "A Tale of Two Stan's", Ford (It's McGucket MatPat -_-) speaks backwards after falling into a dimensional portal and seeing Bill:

  • VOTMZRIG IVSKRX OORY

  • Not to mention that every

  • single opening theme ends with whispers in reverse, before we're greeted with a flash of the Cipher Wheel.

  • Every time someone speaks in reverse on the show, it seems to be an association with Bill Cipher.

  • So the fact that we catch Stan Pines speaking in reverse over the phone is already incredibly suspicious,

  • but the evidence doesn't just end there.

  • All objects found throughout this treasure hunt tended to be related to either Bill or Grunkle Stan.

  • There were Stanbucks, a jigsaw puzzle of Bill Cipher,

  • a golden Stan head, and a few other recordings of Stan giving out clues.

  • It was always these two characters that the Cipher Hunt kept coming back to.

  • An odd choice when considering that there were so many other

  • characters that fans would have loved to hear from.

  • You know, like the heroes of the show Dipper and Mabel, or Soos,

  • or Wendy or literally anyone else associated in this series!

  • It's almost as if the creators were hinting towards a connection between Bill and Stan.

  • Eventually the fans found the Bill Cipher statue,

  • and beside it was a chest filled with some pretty interesting things.

  • There was a Journal No. 3 book that had a drawing of Stan, Ford, and Soos,

  • but if you hover a black light on this page,

  • you'll find Bill Cipher drawn in with invisible ink directly next to Stan's head,

  • once again indicating that he's alive and well and

  • suspiciously close to Grunkle Stan,

  • but there was something else in there that definitely caught my attention.

  • When I was researching this theory, in the chest there was a

  • USB Drive of Grunkle Stan singing "We'll meet again" by Vera Lynn. Don't know when

  • We'll meet again. Don't know where. Don't know wheeeeen

  • It's an important song choice to make note of since it's the exact same song that Bill Cipher sang to Ford Pines

  • in the Gravity Falls finale.

  • We'll meet again, Don't know where, Don't know when

  • Coincidence? In this show?! Yeah, right! Stan goes on to congratulate you on finding his statue:

  • Stan: Hey guys,

  • congratulations on finding my

  • mysterious treasure of the

  • statue in the forest!

  • A very interesting choice of words to be sure.

  • Then shortly after he recommends that you shake the statues hand!

  • Stan: Shake his hand, that's kind of like a prize.

  • We've already gone over how Bill Cipher is notorious for making deals

  • that require shaking his hand and Stan knows this as much as anyone else!

  • So why would he be encouraging us to shake Bill Ciphers hand as if that's some sort of prize?!

  • Unless of course, this isn't Stanley talking,

  • It's Bill!

  • Bill talking through Stanley, encouraging people to shake his statues hand in the real world,

  • potentially as a means of trying to escape from the body

  • he's already trapped in. Trying to make a deal through the statue.

  • Seem like too much of a stretch?

  • Honestly, I thought so too at first.

  • But we already know that Bill can mimic someone else's voice

  • when he's in their body, because we've seen the exact same thing happen before on the show.

  • Specifically when he was controlling Blendin Blandin the time-traveling agent

  • in the episode "Mabel and Dipper VS The Future"

  • So it's definitely plausible that the person we're listening to isn't Stanley at all.

  • But I know, I know, there's still one big problem that I'm sure a lot of you'll be asking in the comments.

  • If Bill is still alive, and is somehow controlling

  • Stanley, then why in the finale aren't his eyes yellow with an

  • elongated pupil? The signature look of someone who's under Bill Cipher's control.

  • Well, it's because Bill only controls

  • Stan when he sleeps. Now, before you run down to the comments to tell me that that's a huge leap in logic,

  • hear me out here. It is canonically something Bill has done in the past,

  • specifically with Stan's brother Ford.

  • In the Official Journal No. 3 book, Ford describes a deal that he made with Bill

  • thirty years before the events of the show, a deal where he let Bill

  • enter his mind and control his body,

  • but during the terms of the deal, Bill could only control

  • Stanford's body when was sleeping.

  • Page 118 of the journal, quote:

  • "I awoke this morning to find that my muse was true to his word!

  • There in my notebook were 6 hours worth of beautifully written

  • calculations, perfectly sufficient to keep me on schedule."

  • End quote.

  • What starts as a mutually beneficial relationship though

  • quickly deteriorates as Ford starts to fear Bill's influence, and actively tries to stay awake

  • for fear that Bill will continue taking control of his body again when he falls asleep.

  • Page 142, quote again:

  • "I fell asleep on my cot only to awake sitting at my desk

  • staring at the strange symbols inscribed below...

  • he is taking advantage while I sleep."

  • End quote.

  • This tells us that it is very possible Bill is only

  • controlling Stan at night! Notice how in the Cipher hunt, we never actually see Stan's face,

  • only a bunch of pre-recorded audio files.

  • Audio files that could have been set up in the middle of the night.

  • So there you have it! A theory on Bill Cipher being alive, and trapped inside Stanley's mind.

  • I think there's a lot of evidence for it, but you know,

  • while I was researching this theory it struck me:

  • It's pretty crazy how close these two characters are with each other.

  • It's almost as if they've been connected on a deeper level since the very beginning.

  • I mean, they're the only two characters who both refer to Ford as "sixer".

  • Stan: Hey, what's the word 'sixer'?

  • Bill: A deal's a deal 'sixer'!

  • That's a pretty weird coincidence. They both tell people to buy gold before the impending apocalypse.

  • Bill: Buy gold!

  • Stan: You've been buying gold, right?

  • They even do that whole "Einie, Meanie, Minie, You" thing.

  • Stan: Einie, Meanie, Minie... you.

  • Bill: Einie, Meanie, Minie... YOU!

  • "One way to absolve his crime.

  • A different form, A different time."

  • In the episode "The Inconveniencing",

  • Mabel has a hallucination where a giant dog talks backwards.

  • He tells her to:

  • We've already established how backwards talk tends to relate to Bill,

  • and now we have someone speaking backwards

  • telling us not to trust Grunkle Stan?

  • I know he had a couple secrets within the show,

  • but none of them were so serious that it was caused to really distrust him.

  • This even puts a whole new meaning on the cryptogram found in the title sequence: "Stan is not what he seems."

  • All the Gravity Falls theorists just kind of brush that one off as a reference to him having this secret twin,

  • but what if it was referring to something else the entire time? Could it really be possible that these two

  • characters are actually one and the same?

  • Guess that's a theory for another day...

  • In the meantime remember!

  • Reality isn't real, the universe is a hologram, and that's just a theory...

  • A FILM THEORY!