by Merlin Joseph
Dark Season 3

Author’s Note: The following contains spoilers from Dark 

Dark Series is one of very few series, which keeps getting better as each season goes down. This series was just unpredictable in every sense and as complicated as it is, it would be impossible to comprehend a character who gives birth to her own mother. Though confusing due to the vast web of interconnected characters and storylines, linked with a plot focused around time travel and parallel worlds, the series is masterfully filmed. The Dark series slowly and grippingly travels through the labyrinth of mysteries in a deeply disturbed town called Winden. The Dark Season 3 is now streaming on Netflix.  

What really happened in the final season of Dark Season 3?

Three Worlds

In Dark Season 3, the viewers finally realized that there are three worlds out there, i.e., Adam’s World and Eve’s World (teenage lovers Jonas and Martha respectively) and the origin world. In one reality, alt-Martha protects Jonas from the apocalypse; she ends up having sex with him and getting pregnant. As the child of Adam and Eve, who belongs to both worlds, becomes the root of Winden’s extremely knotty family tree.

The adult version of the child (The Unknown) tells Doris (wife of Egon) that he was a priest a long time ago, which acts as a shred of evidence to the fact that he is Agnes Nielsen’s husband (Agnes also tells Doris that he was a priest). It becomes more clear in the final season as Tronte meets The Unknown near the caves. Tronte then grows up to become the father of Ulrich, which means that Jonas and alt-Martha’s child is also their ancestor. 

Origin of the knot

Adam and Eve, in their older selves, understand that their son is the origin point of the knot. Adam wants to stop his son from being born so that he can terminate the knot and end the cycles of tragedy. Martha, however, desires to protect her son, thus she believes she must preserve the knot and the endless cycles at any cost. Adam and Eve are continually striving to defeat one another to get what they want. In one actuality, Adam murders pregnant Martha. In another, their child is born, and we see him creeping as a child, an adult, and an old man doing Eve’s commands for murdering and manipulating people to save the knot. 

“The beginning is the end, and the end is the beginning” is the recurring dialogue in every season. This wraps up the whole concept of the series. A line with no start or end, an unending circle that starts from Adam and Eve’s child The Unknown and ends up with him! 

Family Tree of Dark Series
Family Tree of Dark Series

Eve’s Plans

In the final season of Dark Series, most of Eve’s actions are depicted in such a way that it challenges the viewers’ intelligence and cognitive & critical aptitudes. Eve executes her masterplan with the help of her ultimate powerful pawn i.e., her own son. She makes certain alternatives in Adam’s world in order to preserve her son’s existence. She instructs The Unknown to kill three people in Adam’s world. They are old Bernd (Helge’s father), Jasmin (a pregnant woman), and blind Tannhaus.

Eve wanted old Bernd to get killed to get hold of the master plan of the nuclear plant, which later was received by the younger self of Bernd. The Unknown then kills Jasmin, who interrupts him while he was checking the details of the nuclear plant in Claudia’s room. Therefore he kills her to secure his identity. This also shows his violent nature. In the earlier seasons, Agnes reveals that he is a bad person and the cigarette marks on Tronte’s hand proves that. 

The Unknown kills blind Tannhaus because he was about to reveal the truth of their existence to the world, and it is also from this scene, we understand that Clausen got the letter from The Unknown. The lines uttered by The Unknown to blind Tannhaus is the same as the content of the letter “He that has eyes to see and ears to hear may convince himself that no mortal can keep a secret. If his lips are silent, he chatters with his fingertips. Betrayal oozes out of him at every pore.” The Unknown also manipulates Doris to leave her husband Egon and manipulates Tronte and thus creates an atmosphere for him and Jana to get to know each other. 

What happens in that final scene?

Dark’s final scene shows us the present-day Winden, how it looks like in the origin universe. In the final scene, one finds Regina, Woller, Hannah, Kathrine, Peter, and Benni in Regina’s house having a dinner party. These characters are not much entwined in the loop, thus surviving while others who got tangled in the endless loop couldn’t make it. Nielsen’s family has the beginning with The Unknown and ends with The Unknown similar to the Doppler family, where Elizabeth and Charlotte are the mother as well as daughter to each other, resulting in both families erased in the origin world. The final scene is really interesting because it sums up all concepts that have been mentioned in the series so far. 

The Cycle of 33 years- Everything is repeating itself

We are always in the search for Ariadne’s thread; the one meant to guide us along the right path. A beacon in the darkness, we would love to know our fate where we are headed. But the veracity is that there is only a single path. We all share the same path in different angles. Consider the character Hannah, in three of the worlds; she is destined to be pregnant. In Adam’s world, she is the mother of Michael’s and Egon’s child; in Eve’s world, mother of Ulrich’s child and in the origin world, mother of Woller’s child. Now consider another character Woller, who is destined to get injured. If it is an injured eye in both Adam’s world and origin world, then its lost hand in Eve’s world. 

Everything is connected

We trust that time is linear that it proceeds eternally, uniformly into infinity. But the distinction between the past, present, and the future is nothing but an illusion. Yesterday, today and tomorrow were not consecutive; they are connected in a never-ending circle. Predetermined by the beginning and by the end, which is also the beginning. Consider the character Woller again, when he was about to tell Clausen about the injured eye (most probably got injured while helping Aleksander to remove the nuclear waste materials from the other side of the cave) his car merely escaped from the accident.

Thus, he couldn’t tell it. If he had told Clausen about the nuclear manipulation he had done, Clausen would never have forced the authorities to open the containers, and the apocalypse would never have happened! In the origin world also as Woller began to tell the story about his eye injury, which healed up nicely in the origin universe got interrupted by a blackout. This shows the brilliance of the screenplay to emphasize the fact that everything is connected. Everything is connected. This is also explained in the earlier seasons when Noah tried to kill Adams; the gun doesn’t work, indicating some force will also be there to make this all happen.

Deja vu- A glitch in the matrix

After the power goes off at the dinner party, Hannah gets a glimpse of a yellow raincoat that triggers Deja Vu. She tells others about a dream she had about darkness. Even in this origin universe, characters remain interconnected with past, present, and future. That’s why Hannah says, “I always thought Jonas was a good name.”

How many of these details did you catch when watching Dark season 3? Let us know in the comments below!


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Alinta July 14, 2020 - 12:17 am

Hello Merlin. This is by far the best Review I read about ‘Dark’. Hope it reaches many. 🙂

PS : Woller’s case didn’t really cross my mind.

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Very well written!!

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