ByEleanor Tremeer, writer at
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In Gravity Fallsseason 2, anything's possible. Live wax figures? Yep. Terrifying lake monsters? They got 'em! And when it comes to ultimate villains, nothing beats a conspiracy theory feeding, all powerful, trickster... triangle. (Because Illuminati?)

It seems goofy but trust me, Bill Cipher can be absolutely terrifying. From his first appearance in Dreamscaperers, Bill certainly made an impression on the characters and fans alike (though many among the audience predicted his arrival: the foreshadowing was pretty heavy right from the first episode). But Bill may have made a more lasting impression on Dipper than we first thought...

Bill is Dipper?!

Alex Hirsch, creator of Gravity Falls, is no stranger to pulling crazy plot twists out of his hat. He's also a master of Easter eggs and foreshadowing, peppering clues to future plot developments through multiple episodes in season 1 and season 2.

For many shows, fan theories and speculation are just something entertaining to pass the time, and have little bearing on the actual canon. This is definitely not the case with Gravity Falls. In fact, the twist that Stan had a brother was so well foreshadowed, that fan theories started predicting in from way back in season 1! And if you think we're reading too much into the show, just remember what Hirsch has said his aims are...

My goal with Gravity Falls is to make people as paranoid and insane as I was as a child, and I’m delighted to see it’s working! Haha. Gravity Falls has transformed the children of America into an army of Dippers. I couldn’t be more proud!

So let's dive into the theory that is terrifying many a fan, and may actually be next episode's big twist: Bill Cipher never stopped possessing Dipper!

"I'll be watching you..."

It's an idea that's been tossed around for a while, but credit must go to swiftwidget on Tumblr for explaining the theory. While many people suspect that Bill's expulsion from Dipper's body in Sock Opera was a fake out, it might be that Dipper was re-possessed later, without anyone noticing. Creepy! The theory is pretty complex, so I'll break it down a bit for you. Obviously, if you don't want spoilers, it's time to click away to something else.


Still here? Awesome. Ok, time to break out our journals, it's conspiracy time!

  • The last form Dipper will take: thus begins the theory. In the episode Into The Bunker, as they defeat him the shapeshifter screams that this is the final form Dipper will take. And then, in Northwest Mansion Mystery, Dipper looks pretty similar when he's turned into wood...
Into The Bunker (left) Northwest Mansion (right)
Into The Bunker (left) Northwest Mansion (right)
  • Sneaky possession: Of course, Dipper was returned to his normal fleshy form, but was it just Dipper? Could Bill have sneakily possessed Dipper while he was trapped in wood? If you were watching closely, you will have noticed that Bill was depicted in a tapestry in the mansion, and it seemed to show a link between the ghost's curse and Bill Cipher himself.
Could Bill's magic control the curse?
Could Bill's magic control the curse?
  • Pulling the strings: Dipper does seem to behave normally in the next two episodes, so a full possession is unlikely (unless Bill has got very good at mimicking). It could be that someone else is pulling Dipper's strings and manipulating his actions. But we need more evidence, right? Some clue that Bill is actually involved? Well, in Not What He Seems, Dipper seemed obsessed with preventing the portal from opening. He even yelled at Mabel, accusing her of being "crazy" for trusting Grunkle Stan (he may have been angry with her before, but he's never snapped like that). Then, right as the portal exploded, we caught a glimpse of Dipper with elongated pupils, just like when Bill possessed him the first time. None of the other characters' pupils changed (watch it here if you don't believe me!)
Bill/Dipper pupils NWHS (left) & Sock Opera (right)
Bill/Dipper pupils NWHS (left) & Sock Opera (right)

Coincidence? I think not!

Probably. Maybe. Ok, this might be one step too far as far as theories go BUT remember how Alex Hirsch wants us all to be paranoid? The clues aren't obvious, but a twist wouldn't be much of a twist if everyone saw it coming. So if this really does turn out to be the big reveal in the upcoming episodes, you heard it here first, folks!

Can't remember Not What He Seems? Read the recap for a quick breakdown of hints and Easter eggs, as well as predictions for the future of Gravity Falls! And don't forget...


Do you think Bill is manipulating Dipper?


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