Nah, don’t worry. It won’t end soon. If the episodes keep being released more slowly and we have another year’s long hiatus between S2 and the possible S3 (depends on whether or not Hirsch wants to make a movie rather than a third season), then I’ll estimate GF to end in about… maybe 2018?
That’s a very rough estimate, but that’s with assuming that each season plus the hiatuses between them take about two years each.
Even when it does end, the story will end well. There’s no way, with the superb writing that we’ve seen so far, that the series will end without satisfactory closure. And besides, that’s one of the charms of GF:
It’s not an endless Summer; it has a beginning (S1), middle (S2), and end (S3/movie). And it makes sense, too, given that Hirsch said the end of the Summer coincides with Dipper and Mabel’s birthday.
When you think about it, GF is actually a bildungsroman. A bildungsroman is typically a novel about “the growing up or “coming of age” of a sensitive person who goes in search of answers to life’s questions with the expectation that these will result from gaining experience of the world.”. - Wikipedia
Does that not describe Dipper (and Mabel, to an extent) to a ‘T’? Their birthday being at the end of the Summer is no accident. That’s when they’ll turn 13; technically a teen. Gravity Falls is about growing up. It’s about the characters and how they change for the better.
Dipper will change from an insecure, reckless young boy into a more confident, careful teen. Mabel will change from an insecure (Irrational Treasure plot), unsure young girl into a teenager that knows herself and is confident in her bizarre silliness. Even Stan will change; in the beginning, he was more selfish and stubborn, but now that the twins are in his life he’s becoming more loving and selfless.
And that’s the beauty of GF’s plot; it’s centered around how people change for the better. GF’s plot ends at the end of the Summer because, in reality, that’s the end of the twins’ childhood and that’s the end of their ‘coming-of-age’.
This is gonna sound way too corny and philosophical for a cartoon, but think about it this way: watching a series is like watching a life unfold. You see it be born, you’re with it as it grows, and you are sad when it dies. Because, like a friend or a family member, it’s become a part of you and you don’t want it to leave.
But think about how happy it made you when you were watching it unfold. It touched you in a way, and it that aspect, it lives forever.
That’s why, when shows literally draw on forever, they begin to lose their value in our hearts (god this post is getting cheesy as hell - forgive me). It’s something perpetual; something that will always be there, thus, we don’t see it/appreciate the way we used to.
GF will not draw on forever because, like they say, “All good things must come to an end.”. But it’s not good to worry about it ending. I’ll bring back the life metaphor: yeah, it sucks that we (and shows/games/stories) come to an end and die, but the point of it is to enjoy it while we’re/it’s here.
tl;dr: GF is a great show and, even though it’s saddens us that it’ll end, we need to enjoy it while it’s still going on and not worry about it ending.