Great Job, Internet!: Prepare for Gravity Falls’ return with some whacked-out fan theories

(This post discusses specific plot points from the first one-and-a-half seasons of Gravity Falls. Viewers who haven’t seen the midseason finale “Not What He Seems” should turn back now. No refunds.)

When Gravity Falls went into its spring hiatus this March, it did so after the biggest cliffhanger in the animated series’ history. (The show returns to Disney XD Monday, July 13 at 8:30 p.m.) It was a cliffhanger that also vindicated the work of countless online sleuths: As theorized by fans on Reddit and YouTube (and suggested onscreen since the beginning of the show), local crank/tourist-trap operator “Grunkle” Stanley Pines isn’t the only Stan Pines in Gravity Falls. At the end of “Not What He Seems,” long-lost researcher and journal-keeper Stanford Pines emerges from interdimensional limbo, bearing six fingers on his left hand and the voice of J.K. Simmons.

But a second pair …

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