what i said was, remember how Alex wants us to keep asking who the true villain of Gravity Falls is? Okay i can't speak for everyone, but I think a lot of us knew Bill was going to be a bad guy in the end, so why would Alex want us to keep asking that? Gravity falls, at it's core, is about family. You know who's currently getting in the way of that the most? Ford. Ford is destroying the key familial relationships in this show. Bill never would've succeeded in bringing the apocalypse if the (1)
family had not been separated, especially the twins. Ford is the rift in this family. His NAME literally translates in the caesar code to RIFT. idk i just..i’ve got my eye on Ford. I really wouldn’t be surprised at all if he ended up being one of the true bad guys in this show, intentional or not. (2)
(Phew, Tumblr didn’t eat your message this time so I shall respond!)
Oh boy, I agree with you on this a whole lot; and I am SO ready to point out things that have made me more worried about this possibility recently!
Same as you, I’ve always had my eye on Ford and have been suspicious of him. Lately, though, that feeling of suspicion and concern has grown tenfold after D&MVtF.
A couple of days ago, I posted an interesting quote from Alex that’s been on my mind since then. It could be literal, or it could be figurative, but I initially imagined it to be figurative:
“Is Ford hiding anything under his sweater?” - Interviewer
“(Laughs) Yeah! Yes he is. That’s all I can say.” - Alex Hirsch
Figuratively speaking, I imagine this to mean Ford’s just plain hiding some big stuff under his demeanor. Sorta like the “tricks up my sleeve” sort of phrase? Instead, it’s his sweater or something hiding whatever’s so off about the guy. I have no other way to explain that feeling but just off-ness, haha… It may not even be something HE’S aware of himself.
Literally speaking, I’ve seen some intriguing (and amusing) responses by other fans speculating on there being some Bill worship tattoos hidden under the sweater - or some weird mechanical alterations to his body. Whatever’s been come up with, I saw some ideas circulate in peoples’ responses to the post!
Then there was that past interview (post-NWHS) that I forgot about for a while? But it comes back more now. As you also pointed out, Alex wants us to keep questioning who the true villain is. He also wants us to ask ourselves, “Who is Ford really?”
I mean, if that’s not enough to raise suspicion of him I don’t know what will…
Shapeshifter: “That six-fingered nerd hasn’t been himself in 30 years!”
(If that’s something to go by, how would the Shapeshifter know that? Did he see Ford change that much before he got trapped in the portal?)
Ducktective: -has an evil twin who was the plot twist of its finale episode-
Alex also tells us that Ford being on the other side of the portal DID affect him in ways that we would see at least in The Last Mabelcorn.
So, despite this guy seeming “sane” and “brave” (in an unsettling way), he just… He’s “not what he seems,” y’know?
Plus, an important reminder from Dipper’s and Mabel’s Guide to Mystery and Nonstop Fun:
“Never let Bill into your mind. He’ll wreck the place!” - Dipper
And Ford, 30+ years ago, let Bill enter and exit his mind repeatedly and that makes me REALLY concerned just how messed up he really is if Bill could’ve done serious damage from all those times he was able to possess the guy and stuff.