Netflix dark has officially ended, but not before we have turned everything we've ever learned about the season three show upside down. During the first two seasons, we see how event loops form a chain of cause and effect that spans several decades. In season three we learn that a second reality – that Martha (with pony!) Comes from at the end of season two – exists parallel to this world and similarly experiences endless cycles of the same events. If this first world is Adam's world – Adam is the creepy man that Jonas is said to become with age – this second reality is controlled by Eva, the woman Martha alternates with.
During the eight episodes of season three, I asked quietly that the movers and shakers wouldn't pull any Lost and ask more questions than they answered, and while a few finer details remain a mystery, they answered the one question that every viewer asked: what in the damn world is the origin of all these time loops ?!
The end of episode seven and episode eight shows us all why wind dwellers are stuck in endless time cycles destined to relive the same moments over and over again. Keep scrolling to find out where the loops actually came from (note: it's not what you will believe in the first three quarters of season three!).
Attention: There are MAJOR spoilers of the third season. If you haven't finished watching and don't want the end to spoil, bookmark it after your head explodes during the last episode!
What is the origin of the time loops in Netflix & # 39; darkness?
In both Adam's and Eva's worlds, the origin is hinted at every season, but only when we find out that Eva's world Martha is pregnant with Adam's world Jonas & # 39; baby, do we get some concrete clues as to what that origin is. Is the origin Martha's and Jonah's son, the young man, the man and the eldest, who all have the same lip scar? The authors have made us all believe that it was him; that it was the "bridge between the worlds" – represented by an infinity symbol that connects the family trees in both realities – and thus the reason for the loops.
That is, until Claudia – who, according to all reports, should be dead, as we have all seen – approaches Adam at the end of the seventh episode and says, "Hey, Adam, I found out everything that caused our garbage existence, don't worry ! "Their timing is remarkable since Adam was just trying to destroy a pregnant Martha with the dark matter to prevent the birth of her son, and when Martha disappears before his eyes, Adam assumes that he too is changing somehow becomes. But nothing happens and Claudia knows why.
"Every journey has a beginning, but yours has no end. It goes on forever and ever. I'm here to finally end your journey," says Claudia Adam in episode eight. "You want to destroy the knot, but every action you take remains the same. Both your world and Eve's world should never have existed. You thought that the origin was in the bonding of both worlds, but in reality it is outside of Both worlds. Our thinking is shaped by dualities – black, white, light and shadow, your world and Eve's world – but that is wrong. You need a third dimension to fulfill everything. "
"They thought that the origin was in the bonding of both worlds, but in reality it was outside of both worlds."
Here Adam refers to the triquetra or the never-ending three-point knot depicted on the cover of the leather-bound book that goes through the hands of Claudia, Adam, Noah and others in all three seasons. (Editor's note: At this revelation, I was right to stand up and shouted, "Of course, everything comes in three.")
Claudia continues to blow Adam's evil mind: "The world that created this knot, where everything arises, where one mistake was made. Tannhaus in the original world has lost someone like you. And like you he tried to bring the person back from the dead. Instead, he divided and destroyed his world and created our two worlds. But there is a way to destroy the knot – by preventing the invention of travel through space and time at all in the original world. ""
At the beginning of the season we learn that HG Tannhaus lost his son Merrick, daughter-in-law and granddaughter in a car accident in 1971. Claudia reveals that HG primarily created a time machine, hoping that he could travel first to prevent Merrick's death. Instead, his attempt splits his world into the two realities that we've been following for a long time.
Although things repeat themselves infinitely often in both worlds, this is the first time that Claudia has had this conversation with Adam, since she reveals that she was able to access a gap – this is how she lives even after Adam she was killed (and how Martha travels to Jonas & # 39; Reality at the end of season two!). She informs him that he has to use the gap to send Jonas on a new path, to stop the loops once and for all and to restore the world of origin.
"We are not all part of the knot," says Claudia. "Both worlds are an ulcer that must have grown out of something else. If you remove it, you destroy everything that was born from it, but you keep alive everything that already existed in the original world … I finally know how I know where the gap you have been looking for all these years is. Time. During the apocalypse, time stood still for a fraction of a second at that point, and that got everything out of balance. But if time stands still, it also briefly breaks the chain of cause and effect. "
How do Jonas and Martha stop the time loops and restore the original world in the third dark season?
Once Adam knows how the loops actually work and what needs to be done to end them, we see a third iteration of this final scene from season two. After Adam shot Jonah & # 39; Martha instead of the alternative Martha coming to bring Jonas into Eva's world or Jonas seeking shelter in his basement, the current Adam appears thanks to the gap and tells Jonas that he will go with him got to. Nobody knows why Jonas would trust his hideous older self, but luckily he agrees, and Adam says there is a way that Jonas could avoid becoming him, that nothing of what happened is necessary is.
He takes Jonas into the caves on the day of Eve's World Apocalypse and gives him the golden, snitch-like time machine in the world. He sends him on the way to intercept Martha before everything happens again, as has happened infinitely often. "You are two parts of the same whole, only together can you return to the original world," says Adam, adding dramatically: "You two are our last hope."
After traveling with Martha until June 21, 1986 – the day Tannhaus divided his world into two parts – he shared his mission with her. "You and me, we are the reason why all of this happens again and again because you can't let go of what you want and I can't let go of what I want. But we are the glitch, the glitch in the matrix." Martha assumes that if they manage to restore the original world, neither she nor Jonah will exist, but together they go to the caves.
"We are the glitch, the glitch in the matrix."
Jonas and Martha sit in the tunnels of the cave, where the passage is opened as soon as Tannhaus triggers the destruction of his world. When it happens there is a bridge to all three worlds – a glitchy third dimension with three paths in which both Martha and Jonas seem to be trapped for a moment. Together they take the third route to the world of origin and then take the time machine to August 8, 1971; the day that H.G.'s son, Merrick, will die.
Meanwhile, Adam visits Eve at Sic Mundus headquarters. She expects him to kill her, as he has repeatedly done, which she knows because her younger self finds her body. Instead, he tells her what her younger self and Jonas are doing and how they will finally stop the loops. "You will die, I will die and everything that has grown out of us," he says. "We are responsible for this infinite Deja Vu and we are the ones who have to end it. We are the mistake. You and I. Our two destinies are bound together in eternal damnation."
As early as 1971, Merrick and H.G. quarreled when Merrick decided to leave his father's watch shop with his wife and little daughter instead of spending the night. The family should continue to drive through the rain and crash on the city bridge. But this time Jonas and Martha appear in the middle of the street while Merrick drives past, which almost causes another accident. Jonas tells Merrick that the bridge is closed, Martha tells him that her father loves him, and Merrick turns around and returns to HG's store to avoid the possible death of his family.
A short time later, beyond the time when Merrick and his family died in the crash, Jonas and Martha begin to disappear, and Jonas repeats a famous series for the last time: "You and I are perfect for one another, never believe anything else "An haunting reproduction of" What a Wonderful World "by Soap & Skin starts out as a montage of a hugging Adam and Eve, and the Jonases and Marthas dissolve in every period of time that all officially cease to exist.
Before the last credits roll, we see Regina's home in the world of origin, where she hosts a dinner party with Katharina, Peter and Benni as well as a pregnant Hannah and her partner Torben Wöller. It is a stormy night and when the lights flicker they joke about an apocalypse. Hannah mentions that she had Deja Vu for a moment. The night before, she dreamed that the world was going to end, "that it felt really good when it was all over. As if suddenly it was free of everything. No wishes, no needs, endless darkness. No yesterday, no today, No tomorrow. Nothing. "" She accuses hormones, the group drinks "a world without winds" and Hannah asks what she thinks she will call the baby: "I always thought Jonas was a good name."