So the big question at the end of Gravity Falls episode: “Not what he seems”.
Lets take a look at it.
At first, it connects into space. Which explains why the gravity started getting messed up.
But when it connects into the side the author is located in, it goes blue, but then starts to clear and we can’t see feint boards of wood like from the inside of a house.
Now it could just be the blue flare that is causing a color distortion, but to me that looks like a grey inner shack of some sort. But wait… grey scenery? That happens every time a particular demon appears.
But wait- what else is grey?
What’s interesting here, is that a grey scenery so far has something to do with a mind-scape dimension that Bill seems to be trapped in. The only way he can appear is that if everything around him freezes in time, bringing the person/people he is talking to into HIS dimension, like with Gideon and Dipper.
Something also notable, is that there is a strange rubix-cube scene in the attic where Dipper and Bill make a deal.
That rubix-cube suddenly appears when Bill brings Dipper into his plane of dimension. What could this mean?
Was the author not trapped on another world, but rather in another dimension?
Its highly likely.
Now I’m going to bring to attention this:
“Reality’s an illusion, the universe is a hologram, buy gold, bye.” - Bill
Reality is an illusion? Is reality actually the mind-scape? And if the portal brought us from space and then suddenly turned into a portal to the mind-scape, would the universe technically be the hologram of the true dimensional mind?
It may seem like a stretch, but I can’t help but feel that all of this connects somehow.
Found this amazing video on youtube, posted by Trey the Explainer and I wanted to cover what he said here and add something to it.
The Powers of Bill Cipher and The Mindscape
As seen in the series, we see that the laws of physics obviously does not apply to Bill. He is able to change and alter not only someone’s mind, but also the physical world. So what IS Bill that allows him to do such things?
In Sock Opera, Bill as Bipper says he’s from a place called the Mindscape, most likely some other dimension. According to Einstein, there are four dimensions: the first dimension, where only length exists, the second dimension, where length and width exists, the third dimension (our dimension), where length, width, and height exists, and finally the fourth dimension, where length, width, height AND time exists.
Gravity Falls has made a reference to Einstein’s theory at least once before, in which during the first episode where we see Bill, Bill says “Reality is an illusion, the universe is a hologram, buy gold, BYEEE”. This is a reference to Einstein’s quote in which he says, “Reality is merely and illusion, albeit a very persistent one.”
We can assume Bill is from the fourth dimension and not the second or first because the fourth includes time, and part of Bill’s abilities to the power to slow down or speed up time, as displayed in Dreamscapers.
It isn’t too far of a stretch to assume Bill is from the fourth dimension either rather than some other world created by Alex Hirsch either because the show DOES make a ton of references about theories and things in real life, (the entire show is based on Alex’s childhood), and its very likely that the world where Bill is from might have to do with Einstein’s theory of the fourth dimension, considering the evidence above.
Now if this is correct and Bill is from the fourth dimension, how we are seeing Bill might not be how he actually looks like. There is something called “difference in dimensional perception”.
As you can see in the picture above, how you perceive something in one dimension might now be how it looks in another. If this is true, then in the fourth dimension Bill might look completely different and we are only seeing him in his third dimension form. His true form could be something completely different, something our limited third dimensional minds cannot even comprehend.
We actually see an example of this in Sock Opera, where an out of body Dipper cannot be seen by his family because he was truly somewhere in between the Mindscape and the third dimension, (I might also add that because he was not truly IN the Mindscape he was able to communicate with Mabel through his puppet).
Bill’s powers that appear magical in our dimension could be completely normal to his world, which is why he has the powers. In addition these powers transfer to our dimension because he is from a place higher and more advanced than our own, and therefore can control anything lower.
Now, again in Sock Opera, Bill says he’s inhabited a body once before. Now we’ve all have assumed this means he’s taken over someone else’s body before, however this theorist suggest takes a different approach and suggests that this means Bill himself was once human who somehow ascended into the four dimension, which would be a reference to the movie Interstellar, in which humans from the 3rd dimension travel to the four dimension. Then Bill may have changed his form there which is why we see him as a triangle now. If this is true, not only do we know its possible for a human to travel to the fourth dimension, it also means all those human!Bill pictures have some accuracy towards them (which I think would be really cool).
My Add On
I really like this theory and I think it could very much be accurate, (the only thing I think might not be so much true is the human Bill part, though I would be surprised if it was), and I have something to add that might explain more of this (note this video was before Not What He Seemed), but before I do that I want to establish:
Bill has Limitations!!!!!!
Bill cannot just transfer from one dimension, to another otherwise he would have done so without Gideon. He must be summoned.
Bill cannot take over one’s body at will otherwise he would have done so with Dipper without making a deal. He has to trick or getting said person to agree before he does so.
Bill has to leave loopholes to his deal, otherwise he would have never allowed Dipper to communicate through a vessel.
Bill is NOT perfect, and is NOT all powerful.
If all of the above is true, my theory is that maybe the portal Stan was working on, the portal that Stanley got stuck in, was a portal to Bill’s world, the fourth dimension or The Mindscape.
Bill was once trusted and a friend of Stanley, and he worked with him with his journals and quite possibly his portal. My theory is, Bill who was summoned by Stanley, helped him designed the portal from the third dimension to the fourth so that he could travel freely from one to another, or so he could trap Stanley in the fourth dimension. He tricked Stanley by promising him all the world’s knowledge, (which is not completely false because Bill DOES know a significant amount more than anyone in the third dimension could), and somewhere along the way Stanley realized how dangerous the portal could potentially be and tried to stop it, however for some reason he couldn’t and he ended up getting sucked in. Maybe this is because Bill possessed him or because his curiosity got the best of him, but bottom line is, Bill tricked Stanley into building a portal to the Mindscape and trusting Bill ended up getting Bill and himself sucked into the fourth dimension for at least 30 years.
(On an unrelated note might I also say if this is true, the people that Bill is making deals with is going from Stanley counterclockwise, making Stanford next).
Finally if everything I said is correct, Stanley might have gained some of the powers that Bill possesses from being in the Mindscape, (though I’m not completely sure because Bill has been in the Mindscape much longer judging by his bow tie and top hat look). We see evidence of this in Dipper and Mabel’s Guide to Mysteries and Nonstop Fun when he author somehow attempts to communicate to them through blots:
So to recap:
Bill is from the fourth dimension, the Mindscape.
Because Bill is from the Mindscape, he has power over the third dimension, but is not all-powerful and has his limits.
Bill looks differently in the third dimension than he truly does in the fourth dimension.
Bill tricked Stanley into building the portal, and ended up trapping him in the Mindscape.
Stanley being in the Mindscape may/ may not have allowed him to gained some of the powers the Bill has.
I know this is kinda of a crazy theory, and it could be very off, but I really think at least part of this could be very true, particularly the fourth dimension part. I encourage you to check out the video above, Trey the Explainer makes some amazing points, again all credit to him for the top part, and feel free to add any other evidence to support / debunk this theory, I’m interested in anything anyone has to say about this as long as theres some supported evidence to back it up.
REALITY IS AN ILLUSION THE UNIVERSE IS A HOLOGRAM BUY GOLD BYEEEEEEEEEEE!
Formerly known as MINDSCAPE, Vertical Entertainment’s recent horror acquisition has been given a small makeover in the form of a new title and poster.
John (Strong) is a recently widowed man with the ability to enter people’s memories. In the past John used his abilities to solve criminal cases, but after a stroke during a session gone wrong that left him incapacitated and financially broken, he is but a shell of his former self. Desperate for an assignment, John asks his superior, Sebastian, for a new job. The case he receives is that of a troubled girl, Anna (Farmiga), who has begun a hunger strike. While the parameters of the job seem quite simple, Anna proves to be much more challenging than John expected. She’s intelligent, insightful… and possibly one of the most conniving and manipulative people that he’s come across in his career. As John delves deeper into her memories to discover the reason for her hunger strike, everyone surrounding Anna’s life becomes a suspect - her family, her nurse, even his old mentor Sebastian himself. (source)