A re-watch of Gideon Falls: “You gotta quit reading this fantasy nonsense for your own good!”
Stan to Dipper after getting Journal #3.
That wasn’t an old man playing around. That was a grandfather sending a grave warning to his grandson in the form of an affectionate joke.
He’s witnessed this happen to another loved one. The brother he didn’t save; lost in the portal,
He’s been trying to protect them all this time, and still failed at that.
Darn those stubborn Pines genes and thirst for knowledge.