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7 questions Netflix’s Dark still needs to answer

Spoilers ahead for Dark season one.

Netflix’s German sci-fi Dark takes a while to make sense — and then as soon as you start thinking you have it down, the show throws out even more questions to befuddle you yet again.

While some of these questions were answered throughout the course of Dark‘s first season, others were left hanging in the air, with some throwaway lines offering more suspense than entire seasons of Desperate Housewives (okay, that’s an exaggeration).

So while we wait for word on a second season, here are some of the questions Dark has left unanswered.

Who is Noah?

dark noah

This is a big one. Almost every character in Dark has been linked to another, but Noah, perhaps the most pivotal character in the show, remains a floating entity, somehow separate from the rest of Winden’s residents.

All we know about the creepy man is that he dresses like a priest, and that Noah isn’t his real name.

So could he be Bartosz, the 2019 character he’s currently grooming? One of the random missing kids who survived whatever the hell that eye-melting machine is meant to be (hey, there’s another question)?

Or is he someone from a completely different time than the main three? Perhaps he is one of the teenagers’ sons, back from the ghastly future to end the grievous loop?

All I know for certain is that he is linked somehow, by blood, to these events.

Why did Mikkel kill himself?

dark mikkel

Here’s what we know of Mikkel: As a boy, he travels to 1986, where he eventually lives out his life. He falls in love with Hannah, and they have a son, Jonas. Then, a few years before the young Mikkel goes missing (maybe?), he kills himself. All he leaves behind is a note for Jonas, explaining the time situation.

So why did Mikkel kill himself? Was he avoiding the date he went missing? Was he not ready for the emotional toll, or was it something more sinister?

Perhaps Mikkel didn’t kill himself; perhaps he was murdered and, knowing his time was coming, left the note for Jonas. Did he even leave the note for Jonas? We’ve seen no proof of handwriting and I am running down a rabbit hole now, so let’s move on.

What is Claudia up to?

dark claudia

Claudia 2019 showed up late into the second half of the season as a greying old woman who left her lavish life behind for an over-sized pair of cargo pants. But why? What does she know?

We know she’s important — Noah implies she’s the shadow to his light — but her motives are elusive. She’s working hard, like the rest of us, to keep up with who is who (her wall of linked images), and she actively moves Mads’ body out to the woods where it can be found.

She also employs Jonas to ostensibly help her destroy the loop. In a world of obscure motives, Claudia’s is yet another. But hers lead (as Noah reveals in the finale) to the creation of the loop itself. And that’s pretty damning.

Who (and when) is the woman who finds Jonas?

dark future girl

First I had to check IMDb to make sure I hadn’t forgotten the face of one of the very many characters in the show. But when I saw an actress listed as “Girl from the future”, I knew I wasn’t being forgetful and she was entirely new. And then I allowed myself the room to speculate.

Assuming the woman is from the same unknown time as future Jonas (another question ding ding ding), she can’t be that much younger than Jonas in 2019. But that’s assuming that Jonas goes back and grows up in his proper time, so scratch that, that seems implausible.

Is she another potential child of one of the teenagers? She looks a lot like young Hannah, which could be coincidence, or (with this show’s impeccable casting) it could be a hint at her being Jonas’ child.

This isn’t a question that can be properly answered until we know when she is, but hey, this article is all about loosely-evidenced speculation.

Who is Agnes Nielsen’s grandmother?

dark agnes

I only care about this question, because of the haphazard way the question was thrown into the mix and then forgotten.

In episode eight, Egon Teidemann 1953 asks Agnes who her grandmother, a former Winden resident, was. But as he does, Claudia runs into the room upset about her missing dog, and the question is left open.

There are two possibilities here: either this is an important point, or the writers know how much mystery shrouds the show and are purposely baiting viewers with a red herring.

I like to think that Agnes’s grandmother is a teenager from 2019 — Martha, perhaps? — because it creates the symmetry that Dark loves so much. And it would be really, really twisted.

Was Hannah lying about the rape?

dark katharina ulrich

Dark is obsessed with moral ambiguity — and nowhere is that clearer than in Ulrich. The character is set up just like any other protagonist, but as the season progresses the cop makes some terrifying decisions (like affairs and, you know, killing children).

But while we know he’s awful, what we don’t know is if he is a rapist or not.

In the fifth episode, Hannah 1986 accuses him of rape, but the viewer is led to believe she’s lying to split up him and Katharina. That is, until the closing montage shows Katharina lying on a bed with a bloodied face.

Netflix’s ‘Dark’ is shrouded in mysteries; these are just seven questions it’s yet to answer

There are a few pointers as to the story being a lie: Katharina denies it. She says her mom hit her. She ends up marrying him. Hannah doesn’t let the alleged rape stop her from pursuing Ulrich. She never asks Katharina why she lied.

But all of these arguments are flimsy at best. Katharina has been abused her whole life (using her mom as the excuse for her black eye and there’s her comment about her family being “assholes”), and it’s not uncommon for abused women to stick with their abusers — or to lie to protect themselves from future violence.

dark hannah

As for Hannah pursuing Ulrich: her character has proven that she has no standard human motives. She keeps stolen objects for decades in case she’ll need them for blackmail. She tries to make out with Ulrich the day his son goes missing. She shows up at his house when he ignores her. She plots to destroy him when he rejects her.

Hannah is not normal, and nothing she does makes sense. Is pursuing a rapist outside of her comfort zone? It seems unlikely.

This plot point is important because it affects not our view of Ulrich (we already know he’s awful), but our view of his and Katharina’s relationship — and subsequently their relationships with their children.

Personally, I’d like to see Dark tackle the subject of sexual abuse head-on, rather than present it as a case of a woman lying for her own gain. It would make its characters and their relations that much more interesting.

Do no Germans use hoods in the rain?

dark rain

This is probably the most important question I need answered: Why do these people stand in the rain, wearing perfectly good rain jackets, and refuse to put up their hoods?

No wonder Katharina says the whole town is sick. It is. With the flu. Because no one in Winden knows how to seek shelter from the rain.

Come on guys. You know what Winden’s climate is like by now. And you’ve got enough to worry about without having to deal with a running nose and a wet cough. Get it together.

Let me know which questions you’re dying to have resolved — and if I missed the actual answer to any of the ones above. It’s not impossible; this show is dense.

Author | Julia Breakey

Julia Breakey
Julia is a UCT film graduate with a passion for dogs, media, and dog-centric media. If she's not gushing about the new television show that you need to watch, she's rewatching The Good Place (which you need to watch). More
  • xxx

    i want to know if there is any chance for martha and jonas in the future and maybe the girl of the future is their child.

  • dimsum

    Why does Ulrich and Charlotte drive such nice cars…are Audis and BMWs cheaper in Germany?

  • RandomBlogger

    The Ulrich and Katharina question; In one of the beginning episodes (I believe it is the same episode that Hannah met Mikkel and saw Ulrich and Katharina having sex) it flashes to 1986, where Katharina and Ulrich are outside talking and Katharina clearly states, “If I had sex with anyone, it might as well be you.” (Or something along those lines.) And then the couple is seen undressing and having sex, so one could only assume it is consensual and Hannah made up the lie about it being rape, because she wanted to break up Ulrich and Katharina.

  • RandomBlogger

    P.S. Does anyone else notice that this town has a thing about marrying your high school sweetheart? lol

  • RandomBlogger

    Do you really want to see incest?

  • raikkonen

    Why does Bartosz Tiedermann have the same last name as his mother and grandmother (Regina and Claudia, respectively…the hotel manager and the first female director of the power plant) and not the last name of his father Aleksander (Kohler, the current director of the power plant)???

    I understand Aleksander got his name from the passport (he took an alias when he was running from the law in 1986), but still, the entire family uses the last name Tiedermann?????

    Can someone help clarify?

  • Amy Dawn

    I have a question…Peter is Helge’s son but who is Peter’s mother?

  • raikkonen

    We unfortunately don’t know yet….only Peter’s grandparents, Bernd and Greta.
    I say “unfortunately”, because I have a feeling her identity may tie into the overall story…somehow.

    Or, it may not play a role at all, just as we don’t know who Charlotte’s parents are, as we only see her alone in her youth, in the woods, putting birds in the freezer, etc.

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  • StrongAsMeat

    Why does that cop have a bandage over his eye?

  • Tree Fel

    I kept wondering this every time I saw him…I have the feeling there’s a story behind it…

  • Tree Fel

    I want to know why Martha felt the need to tell Bartosz about that night with Jonas, and then act surprised when a fight breaks out…

  • Scott Biggerstaff

    No, they are actually a little more expensive, but Audi and BMW are very common in Germany.

  • Mardito Diario

    Someone hasn’t Game of Thrones.

  • josef

    wouldn’t hannah recognize Mikkel growing up in 2019?

  • Kurt Gembolis

    You have a lot of things wrong in this! I don’t know where to start. Mikkel didn’t disappear “a few years” after Jonas dad committed suicide. It was only a few months. I suggest re-writing this article with further google research from you, as it it seems like you are asking the audience rather than finding consensus online or reporting facts. Opinions are based on facts, so be careful with creating false rumors!

  • Kurt Gembolis

    Maybe she knew.

  • Kurt Gembolis

    The story is German film company could not afford rich actors so found someone off street

  • Kurt Gembolis

    View this diagram for what we know about the family tree. Thanks!


  • Cam

    Hi I have a theory that NOAH is Jonas ! That’s all

  • Julia Breakey

    I must have missed the months thing, there was a lot going on. When was that confirmed? I was struggling to figure out how long Jonas was away and just the general chronology of the events right before the pilot.

    As for suggesting Jonas is 33 years in the future, I don’t think that is as definite as you think. From what I understood, times were merely linked in three-era groupings, and I really like the idea of having trios of time loops scattered throughout history rather than an unhindered line of 33 year increments. It seems more chaotic my way — but maybe I’m overthinking it. You could certainly be right!

    Also — no such thing as false rumours when we’re all theorising about what MIGHT be happening in a fictional show ;)

  • Gabriel

    One question I am left with is what happens in Claudia’s house from 1953 onward. We see that is the place Tronte Nielsen lives at in 1986 and where Ulrich grew up, but in 1953 that home belonged to Claudia, Egon and his wife.

    What I think may have happened: for a while they lived together and (as implied by what happens in 1953) Egon’s wife asks for a divorce. Egon maybe moved out of the house then, but did he take Claudia with him? And what made Tronte, of all people, inherit the house? I think there’s some shady things going on with Agnes and the cigarrete burns on Tronte’s arms, among other bad stuff, may have been her doing.

    Another thing I wonder is about Jonas’ reaction when he sees Ulrich’s cell phone in 1986. He doesn’t even ask the man running the clock shop where or when he found that, as if he already knew what happened to Ulrich. He could have done something about that.

    And he knows about Noah, knows about Helge and the kidnappings (since he knew who kidnapped his 2019 self) but didn’t try to stop them. I think he took the “don’t mess the timeline” idea the wrong way and put too much confidence on the machine working how he wanted it to.

  • Elizabeth

    Why would you want them to… you do realise she’s his aunt? Creep.

  • Letícia Magalhães

    Peter tells Charlotte that came to Winden in 87 (is he telling her the truth?). Anyway… from where? Or from when? I think the link Helge – Peter is the same as Mikkel – Ines.

  • Letícia Magalhães

    Aleksander / Boris is a fugitive. We don’t know why he is running away, from whom, from where, from when… But I think he added his wife last name as another try to hide his identity.

  • Tree Fel

    Oh. that’s cool.

  • Dimitry

    My theory on the Ulrich rape: Ulrich didn’t bring condoms to the first time he was to have sex with Khristina — she was *very* adamant about not having kids (which they end up having), and so it’s very likely she was going along with it until she discovered there were no condoms, at which point it got violent and he rapes her.

  • Dimitry

    (see above, theory on Ulrich and condoms.)

  • Dagmara

    Sorry, but many of your questions can be answered. Watch the series one more time.

    1. Noah is probably husband of Agnes and dad of Tronte as she mentions being married to the priest who wasn’t really the man of faith. She said he died but I think she took her son (who has cigarette burns maybe from daddy) and ran away. I also don’t think he is Bartosz because they don’t look alike ;) I think that Bartosz is one of the two dead boys found in 1953 because he was “arabic looking” or something like that and he looks kinda egyptian to me :D the other boy, redhead, is probably the first missing boy from 1986.

    2. I also thought about this, but I think that Mikkel killed himself because without it his son Jonas wouldn’t have become what he became. He wouldn’t have searched the caves and found everything etc. And it was said in the series that many things are connected and there wouldn’t be one even without the other.
    4. Probably 2019+33=2052
    6. I don’t remember that scene with Katharina on the bed and I don’t think there was a rape. Ulrich is not an awful person, that’s such a simplification! He and Katharina were real assholes in high school, true, although I’d say Katharina was worse. Urlich didn’t kill any CHILDREN, he wanted to kill one to SAVE all the others with his brother and son. That’s a difference. Plus, we see him hesitating so he’s not a psycho. Whereas Hanna IS a psycho. She is pure evil. Unless we don’t know something like with policeman Egon from 1986. We see him as vindictive drunkard who hates Urlich God knows why. But later on it’s all clear. In 1986 he said that he saw the look on teenage Ulrich somewhere, that he knows that Ulrich is somehow connected to this whole situation. And he’s right because he knows old Ulrich that travelled in time in 1953. So here’s the reason why ha hates and distrusts him.

    7. I guess it’s more dramatic plus so that we can see their faces when they talk to each other and not look at us :P

  • Dagmara

    1. Sorry, it’s not Bartosz. It’s Yasin, I forgot about him ;P

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