How About that Reconciliation
Before the finale aired, I was worried that the GF crew wouldn’t resolve the Stan twins’ conflict in a satisfying way–and I will gladly admit to being wrong about that. Yes, it was a little fast, but the content of how it was accomplished really blows me away–and there’s enough left open that we can fill in the gaps anyway with fanon. So of course, I had to write an essay about it.
This is just another interpretation to add to the ever-expanding library, but this still means a lot to me, so I’m gonna toss my thoughts out into the ether anyway.
(This is the first part of a two-part essay–the second part is here)
Part 1: Stanley
It’s always best to believe in oneself, but a little help from others can be a great blessing.
If you want to know the assumptions I’m making about Stan’s psyche with regards to his brother, I wrote an analysis post a while back about why I felt that Ford’s refusal to reconcile with him after NWHS may have been to Stan’s benefit. (Just to be clear, this does not give Ford a free pass or mean that his behavior was not hurtful–just that reconciliation at that time in that way probably wouldn’t have lasted long.)
The short version is that Stan has serious codependency issues, and if his sense of self-worth is still riding on his relationship with his brother/ability to accomplish things, getting rewarded right after reactivating the portal would only reinforce those thoughts instead of help him to break free.
Stan has grown a lot since Ford left. He’s built a successful business, he has a place in the town of Gravity Falls. He’s a father figure to Soos. And he’s grown tremendously just since the kids showed up. But his issues with Ford, and his father, are still lurking in his heart waiting to get set off again when Ford shows up.