Have you ever paid really close attention to the twins when they were in immediate danger or in a situation where they were getting nervous or a little freaked out?
Because if you look closely, you see this happening a lot:
Whenever they get freaked out it’s like their natural reaction to hold onto each other.
And it’s not just that. Oh no, the twins get even more adorable, because have you seen the way Dipper looks after his sister?
Even from episode one, he always taken the time to look back and grab Mabel by the hand just to make sure she’s with him.
It happens throughout the whole season.
And if you notice it’s always Dipper leading, pulling his sister out of danger.
Mabel has saved him before too, of course. I’m not saying that she hasn’t. But what I am saying is that Dipper actively looks after her on an almost moment-to-moment basis. It’s like, Dipper sees danger and his first reaction is to grab Mabel.
But this makes sense! They are twins, so no one is really the “older sibling,” to a significant amount. This isn’t the standard “I must protect my younger sibling”. If anything, Mabel is older than Dipper. However, if you know anything about Dipper you have at least a general idea of how his mind works. He’s much more cautious than Mabel. He likes to think things through, and put pieces together. He pays attention to people and the world around him, unlike his sister who often lives in her own world.
It makes sense that he would take it upon himself to keep the two of them safe on their adventures. After all, he likes to think of himself as a hero, and when it comes to protecting his sister, he often is.
Don’t fully believe me yet?
When danger approaches, who stands in from of whom?
I’m not saying Mabel isn’t a hero, or is weak, or needs her brothers help. I’m saying Dipper is a kid who takes protecting his sister very seriously.
He cares about her and loves her.
They need each other. Both to balance each other’s polarized views of the world, and for comfort and security.
And this is never more obvious than in the devastating looks on their faces, and the way they try desperately to cling to each other’s hands, as they are torn apart.