Note: I am really regretting not posting some of these submissions, but still! This question was sent in before Society of the Blindeye aired, and this post was written prior to the episode as well. I'm posting this anyway because who knows, it may spark a theory of your own!
Ever since the series began, you could tell that Old Man McGucket was a strange man.
In The Legend of the Gobblewonker, it was shown that he built giant (evil?) robots:
Hey there Anony! Thank you for submitting! [I am so sorry for this late response, I intended to respond a lot sooner...]
Since usually I compile theories from other blogs, this will be my first time doing it on my own! Regardless of that, I hope you enjoy.~
*squeals from excitement* Let's get started!
"Hey! I was wondering if you'd do a post on the Old Man McGucket theory. You know, the one where he's the author. Please, please, please write one up!" - Anony Mous
It was this point where it was revealed that the "Gobblewonker" that Dipper and Mabel chased was actually just another one of his creations, and that it was all a lie...
But does that mean that the existence of the Gobblewonker itself was a lie as well? The answer is no.
At the end of the episode, for a mere five seconds, the (assumed to be) real Gobblewonker is shown eating a fallen camera. You can tell that this is the real Gobblewonker for it is more detailed than the robot, and its eyes are not glowing.
Well what point are you trying to make, Kimiko? I'm glad you asked!
Although the robot was not an exact replica of the monster, it was certainly realistic enough to pass as the legitimate thing.
Even Gideon himself knew of McGucket's abilities, and requested for him to create an enormous, high-tech robot replica of him in the episode Gideon Rises.
This leads me to believe that the 'Gobblewonker' Old Man McGucket created was not a spawn of his insanity, but based on something he has seen before. How else would he be able to create something so close to the real thing?
In Headhunters, Mabel creates a wax figurine of Grunkle Stan. As she takes questions after Grunkle Stan presents the 'Eighth Wonder of the World' at the reopening of the wax museum, Old Man McGucket is the first to stand up.
Here, he asks, "Old Man McGucket, local kook. Are the wax figures alive? And, follow-up question, can I survive the wax man uprising?"
A little weird, don't you think? Doesn't it seem like he knows?
After all, from this, it really seems like Old Man McGucket knows about the weird happenings in the town.
If this is true, then why isn't he serious about it? Why doesn't he try to pass off as a normal citizen of the town, like Stan is? He is so strange- completely mad and insane.
Almost as if he went mad and insane.
I mean, in Fight Fighters he was playing the arcade game when it wasn't on (for seven days straight, might I add!) and he does not even live in a house- his home is literally the dump (which is where Dipper finds out about his strange 'car science lab').
We don't know how long he has been like this, but since he calls himself the 'local kook' we can assume that it has been for a long time. Maybe even a good... 30 years.
'Thirty years' is a big part of the show and has been mentioned several times.
It is first mentioned in Scary-oke, where Stan says: "Thirty long years, and it's all led up to this: my greatest achievement! Probably should've worn pants."
It is also brought up by the Shape Shifter, who after Dipper asks what he did to the author, he responds, "You'll likely never find out. That six-fingered nerd hasn't been himself in thirty years! But I thank you for bringing me his journal. He used to write it while I was in my cage..."
'Hasn't been himself in thirty years'? This shows that something happened thirty years ago- the author was himself, before. Until what ever mysterious event took place that drove him mad.
What exactly could have happened? This might be a long-shot, but I have an idea... But before I tell you, let me remind you of the code from the end of season one.
To decipher this code, you use a Combined Cipher: a mix of two or more ciphers seen in the show. It's solved by switching the letters using A1Z26 cipher, then flipping it with the Atbash cryptogram, and finally by using the Caesar cryptogram.
Once it's been decoded, it says, "SEARCH FOR THE BLINDEYE".
After seeing the finale, I speculated that this 'Blindeye' may be Stan, because he wears an eye patch. But one day, I was on tumblr and someone noted that more often than not, Old Man McGucket's eyes aren't completely straight- which may be because one eye is glass.
Remember when Bill inhabited Dipper's body?
He said, "Man, it has been so long since I've inhabited a body... And two eyes? This thing's deluxe!"
What am I trying to get at here? I think Bill possessed Old Man McGucket at one point.
Thirty years ago (which is quite a long time ago, I might add), something happened- maybe something got taken too far, and Bill invaded his mind and took over his body. And if it's true that one of McGucket's eyes is glass... That would certainly explain the 'And two eyes? This thing's deluxe' thing he said.
If Bill possessed him, this may have been the root of his insanity. The author himself wrote to 'NEVER LET HIM INTO YOUR MIND', after all.
But there is something I haven't touched upon yet- Old Man McGucket's hand. Why is it bandaged?
McGucket is one of the several characters (along with Stan and Soos) that have five fingers. The author is assumed to have six. And let me just remind you that the pages mentioning Bill have blood on them...
Maybe he cut off one of his fingers, to hide his identity as the author.
Additionally, to further prove this theory, the laptop Dipper found had a certain initial on it:
...Old Man McGucket's full name is Fiddleford H. McGucket.
Aaaaand there may or may not also be a leaked photo (oh yeah there is a leaked photo). It leaked sometime in 2013, and shows that McGucket is the author, which is where a lot of Fallers originate the theory from!
Thank you for submitting, Anony! I had a ton of fun writing this up. If you ever need another theory, just send it in! :) // kimiko hope
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