I think it makes extra sense when you consider this in the context of the Stans Twin theory! The theory that stan, too had a twin, who went missing in the 1970s, who was also investigating the paranormal in the town. (Evidence to back up- that was him in the time travel episode bc we’ve seen flashbacks of Grunkle Stan at that age looking very different, the room they found was his, the glasses grunkle stan swiped out of said room were his, his intense emotional reaction to the wax stan figure, etc etc).
Reverse engineering that info suggests that Stan has a fear of Dippers curiosity about the town because it was what made his brother go *missing*. He’s worried Dipper will find out too much and just vanish, too.
MIND it would TOTALLY go way better for both him and dipper to be HONEST with each other, but well. Suspicious old jerk that he is, it’s gonna take a while.
Yeah, I saw something you said before I started catching up about that theory, and I quite like it. And after googling and finding pics of comparisons between the two young potential Stan and twin, yeah, that’s a shitload of difference (that completely went over my head even marathoning the entire show in a day, yup).
It makes perfect sense and from the evidence it does look like that’s what the show is going for, but that doesn’t make it less frustrating.
On top of being a suspicious old jerk, I don’t think Stan’s got a lot of prolonged experience with kids, because just telling them they’re wrong and there’s not a thing? Isn’t a good way to get most kids to stop from poking the thing.
YES exactly. He has like zero experience with kids and it’s super obvious he barely knows how to relate to people he likes. And I think he discounts dippers stubborn-ness; they’re a lot alike in that respect. It seems like a Pines family THING. Intense stubborn focus.
AND DUDE ITS HONESTLY SO SUBTLE but well set up! Dont worry for not noticing it. Its really tricky! Theres a lot of super subtle stuff in the show that takes forever to notice and put together and its SO GOOD.