What do you think the black turtles in Over the Garden Wall represent? I've debated it back and forth with myself but I'd love to hear your interpretation because your cartoon analysis is always interesting. :)
Ah yes, the dreaded black turtle question. I knew this day would come sooner or later. (Spoilers follow.)
In his interview last week with The Dot and Line, Patrick McHale responded to the question “What’s with the turtles?” thus: “It’s an imperfection in the quilt.” At first, when I read this, I thought he was just admitting that he didn’t know himself. (Poets, am I right?) But my second thought was that he might perhaps have intended it more literally. That the turtles might be little fractures–cracks between the spiritual plane of the Unknown and the reality which Wirt and Greg inhabit. There have to be rips in the fabric somewhere or they would never have been able to fall through. And it’s fitting somehow to consider the Unknown as a quilt, stitched together as it is out of a hundred eras into something eerily coherent. But you can’t hem a world like that together and expect it to lack a tear in the seams here and there.
I don’t have much in the way of concrete evidence to back this up, but it’s nice to think about.