BUT CAN WE TAKE A MOMENT TO TALK ABOUT SOOS?
You know, Gravity Falls really has a way of taking their comic relief and using them to rip out my heart. And Soos is no exception.
Do you remember how sad Mabel was in this episode?
Do you remember know angry Dipper was?
Well, here’s the thing:
They’ve only known Stan for ten weeks.
(Give or take. The timeline’s a bit flexible.)
Soos has known Stan for ten years.
Ever since he was twelve years old. (As a side note, I always thought that Soos was a lot older but he’s only a year older than I am. Go figure.) Anyway, Soos has known Stan since he was twelve-years-old. And in that time, he has essentially seen Stan as a father-figure (seeing as how his own father abandoned him). This was always hinted at throughout the entire show but this last episode confirms it when Soos proudly stands in front of the vending machine and says, “Alright Soos, remember the plan. Protect the machine, earn Stan’s trust, legally get adopted by Stan, change name to Stan Junior.”
So, clearly, Soos’ relationship with Stan was a lot bigger than the kids’.
And what happens?
It’s revealed that the man that he’s known, trusted, and loved for ten years is not what he seems.
And what does Soos do?
He tackles Stan in order to protect the kids.
And this is just so amazing to me - Soos essentially lost everything and his immediate reaction was to still protect the kids.
(As a side note, we saw major foreshadowing to this in the final scene of Blendin’s Game when Soos used his all-powerful wish to help heal/clean up the kids. This was just a darker, more painful, version of that scene.)