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Over the Garden Wall-Family Portrait by AMX-269 Over the Garden Wall-Family Portrait by AMX-269
Can we work it out?
Can we be a family?
I promise I'll be better.
Daddy, please don't leave...--P!nk

So yeah, I did watch "Over the Garden Wall" when it premiered on Cartoon Network earlier this month. I'd been wanting to do some kind of art about it, because it really was good. But it wasn't until in the last couple of days that inspiration truly struck me.

So, I was going through TV Tropes the other night, looking at the "Over the Garden Wall" page, and after going over some things, a theory began to form into my head. Throughout most of the series, Wirt seems pretty distant from Greg, and quick to blame him for the things that go wrong. Now, when I was watching this, I couldn't help but feel that something more was going on besides Wirt being embarrassed by his younger brother. But then, I found something I missed that I feel helps make things a lot more sense.

In the episode that takes place at the inn, Wirt briefly sings a song where he mentions that Greg is his brother because Wirt's mother "remarried and gave birth to [Greg] with [his] stepdad." This means that Wirt and Greg are technically half-brothers, even if it's never mentioned. So, that means Wirt's dad is different from Greg's dad; I'm going to assume there was a divorce involved (unless Wirt's dad just died, of course, but divorce makes more sense to me).

So, taking all that into consideration, I came up with this idea: what if Wirt blames himself for the divorce between his parents? This is why he has such low self-esteem, and why he's so hesitant to confess to his crush; he doesn't want history to repeat itself, and as far as he's concerned, it's his fault his parents split. Even worse for Wirt, he has Greg, a constant reminder of the fact that Wirt's mom married someone else, following him around constantly. In order to keep his mind off his "guilt," Wirt instead directs his anger towards something else he can blame: Greg (and by extension, the stepdad).

In the last episode, when Wirt finally admits that "everything's been my fault," he's not just talking about getting him and Greg lost in the Unknown; he's also admitting that it's supposedly his fault that his parents split, and he shouldn't blame Greg for his mother marrying another man. Now, of course, it's probably not Wirt's fault if his parents did divorce. But he thinks he's responsible, and he finally realizes that nothing good can come from trying to ignore these feelings.

Now, I'm not saying this theory is canon with the rest of the story. I could be completely wrong. But when you put it together with all the things the show does tell us, it helps a lot of things make a lot more sense. At least to me.

Over the Garden Wall (c) Pat McHale
SonicClone Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2016
That... that is perfect poetry =D
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