After being visited by Bill in a dream, Ford begins looking for ways to protect the Pines family from Bill’s influence. Mabel goes on a quest to retrieve unicorn hair that will help them form a protective barrier around the Shack, while Dipper and Ford try encrypting their thoughts. In the process, Dipper learns about Ford’s history with Bill, and Mabel learns that unicorns are assholes.
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Easily one of the grandest events of season two was the Bill Cipher AMA. It actually took place somewhat before this episode aired, during the long hiatus between “Not What He Seems” and “A Tale of Two Stans,” but it felt most appropriate to bring it up here. Hirsch really went all out on the event, staging a “takeover” of his Twitter that left encrypted clues of when and where the event would be held, then hosting it completely in character. Extra weight was given to question askers who posted audio of them screaming, defaced dollar bills, or took pictures of themselves in tinfoil hats (by far the cutest case of this was a mom who’d stayed up to attend since her kid had school the next day).
Fortunately, the entire AMA still exists for anyone who wants to revisit the fun, but it really was something to experience firsthand. Hirsch was clearly having a grand time with a mix of in-character trolling, dropping hints in line with the show’s “some mysteries will never be answered” ethos, and offering a few genuine bits of foreshadowing (i.e. when asked about Stan he replied, “which one,” and in another post referenced the two season long Eerie, Indiana before the end of the show’s run was announced). Fans were also hard at work decoding offhand references to the novel Flatland and real-world military projects like MK-Ultra.
If I had to pick personal favorites, though, I’d definitely side with Bill’s fondness for margaritas–which fandom, being fandom, immediately turned into a spate of “Bill is a lush” jokes–and the revelation that Bill’s home dimension has thousands of genders, thus rendering the concept very confusing to him.( Read more... )