Netflix’s second season of “Dark” took concepts of time travel paradoxes to new depths, and threw in a last-minute twist of potential alternate realities and worlds.
From the confusing struggle between Jonas and his own older-self to the Biblical and mythological references planted in the characters’ story lines, let’s dive into everything revealed on “Dark” season two and what it means for the coming third and final season.
The revelation that Noah was a pawn of someone else all along
The first season of “Dark” set up Noah as the villain of the series, a man seemingly embattled in an eternal fight with Claudia for control of time travel. But season two revealed that Noah was a believer in a larger prophecy and a leader named Adam (who’s really an older and disfigured Jonas). More on Adam/Jonas in a bit, but first let’s explore what we know about Noah now that the second season is complete.
As we learn on the third episode of season two, “Ghosts,” Noah once worked under Claudia but something went horribly wrong in their relationship.
When Claudia then implies that this entire confrontation is just one more predetermined event, Noah tells her he’s no longer her “pawn.”
“But you’re still one of Adam’s,” Claudia says. “The paradise he’s promising you is nothing but a lie. He’s selling you the illusion of freedom. Ask yourself if you are really free. If you were really free, you’d have a choice. Do you have a choice?”
Noah then shoots and kills Claudia, though we see this Old-Claudia more later on the season because she was bouncing through time prior to her death. (At least, that’s our assumption. Is it possible there’s a second Claudia around, just as we saw a second Martha? Again more on that later.)
Noah finds something troubling in the pages of notes he finds on Claudia, and travels to 2020 to speak with his daughter, Charlotte. Despite his previous devotion to Adam and the prophecy, Noah is now breaking faith with Adam. He tells Charlotte that he only did the awful things (like kill children) “so that it will one day no longer happen.”
“So you’re not taken from me again and neither is your mother,” Noah says.
Noah is Charlotte’s father, and Charlotte’s mother is her own daughter Elizabeth. At the end of season two, we see that Young Noah and Young Elizabeth are in the bunker together when the Apocalypse happens. Presumably they grow older together and eventually Elizabeth got pregnant with Charlotte. Sometime after Charlotte was born, she was taken by an unknown person and brought back in time.
Charlotte was raised by H.G. Tannhaus, never knowing who (or where or when) her parents were. She then got together with Peter, and they had Franziska and Elisabeth — who’s both Charlotte’s daughter and mother.
“I promised her I’d bring you back,” Noah says. “I’ve looked for you all these years. But you were here the entire time. Adam knew it was you, he knew it the whole time. He is preparing for what comes afterwards. I read the last pages. The nuclear plant, Jonas — it’ll all happen again. The apocalypse … in two days. But I now know what I must do. I have to end Adam, so everyone lives. Not just those in the bunker.”
Noah realizing Adam had the answer to his search the entire time was the breaking point. But Noah failed to kill Adam, and was instead shot and killed by his sister Agnes.
Adam says he’s an older version of Jonas, and he’s trying to ‘create a new world’ outside the confines of time
While the first season of “Dark” left us believing Noah and Claudia were fighting for control of time travel, the second season shows us the much larger picture. Apparently Jonas and Claudia are waging a war against his older self “Adam.”
This Adam person has a face covered in scar tissue, making him unrecognizable as any character we had already met. But he says he’s Jonas, simply older and with a physical body that has been changed after time traveling many times.
The younger Jonas wishes to keep the people of Winden alive and break the cycle of awfulness plaguing their families. Adam says he wants to create a new world, one in which time — and therefore God — does not exist. Part of this plan for creating a new world, which he also refers to as “paradise” and seems to be touting as part of a prophecy to the Sic Mundus group, involves making sure all of the 33-year-cycle events from 1954 to 2019 happen.
“In the future there’s a prophecy about a new world. That Sic Mundus will lead people into paradise. Is this that? A religion?” Jonas asks on the fifth episode of season two.
“We are the exact opposite of that,” Adam says. “We’ve declared war on time. Declared war on God. We’re creating a new world, without time, without God.”