The series finale of Gravity Falls aired just last week. Recently, series creator Alex Hirsch spoke with TVInsider about the end of the popular Disney XD animated show.
Created by Hirsch in 2012, the series chronicled the adventures of twins Dipper and Mabel Pines in the mysterious town of Gravity Falls, Oregon. Kristen Schaal, Jason Ritter, and Linda Cardellini provided voices.
Speaking to TVInsider, Hirsch said he felt “very good” about how the series ended. He said he envisioned the last three episodes more “like a movie”:
We saw Weirdmageddon as essentially one big story, almost like a movie. We wanted to address the majority of our main characters’ innermost conflict. In Weirdmageddon part 1, we address the folly of Ford’s arrogance and Dipper really losing faith in himself and needing the realization that he can’t go it alone. In Weirdmageddon 2, we addressed Dipper and Mabel’s big fight about what growing up means, should Dipper stay or go, and did Mabel even want to grow up? After Weirdmageddon 2, Dipper and Mabel have, for the most part, completed their character arcs. Dipper, as a character who wants to grow up too fast, agreeing to slow down. Mabel, as a character who’s scared of growing up, agreeing to enter reality. Once those conflicts were resolved, Dipper and Mabel are now united. Their only conflict is physical. They have to save the town, but emotionally, they have grown. The only remaining emotional wound is the rift between Stan and his brother by Weirdmageddon 3. And so, now was the time to address it.”
Hirsch also said that not all the characters got the ending he wished for, but more will be explored when Dipper’s Journal No. 3 is published later this year:
I wanted to say goodbye to all the main characters, and essentially, for the most part, we did that. Unfortunately, the reality of it is, in television your episodes have length limitations. If I could have added an extra 20 minutes to this episode, I would have said goodbye to a number of other characters and had more important roles for some of them. I will say, we are making Dipper’s actual canon Journal No. 3 from the series. Some of the lingering mysteries and threads are things that I’m very excited to explore in journal number three; all those things we couldn’t fit into this finale, into the run of the series, there will be nods and explanations and stories about many of those. They’re going to be selling the journal in bookstores later this year.”
Earlier, we also reported that Hirsch said the characters from Gravity Falls could always return at a later time.
What do you think? Are you a Gravity Falls fan? Did you watch the series finale? Was it satisfying?