"As You Sow, so You Shall Reap" is the eighth episode of Season 1 of Dark. It premiered on December 1, 2017.


In 1953, the disfigured bodies of two boys are exhumed at a construction site, the future location of Winden's nuclear power plant.


Hell is empty and all the devils are here!― William Shakespeare

 November 10, 1953 Edit

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Discovery at the construction site.

Young Helge Doppler 1953 rides his bicycle down the path along the edge of the forest. A police car speeds past him, sirens ringing. It was officer Egon Tiedemann 1953. The boy decides to cycle after him. Egon 1953 arrives at a construction site, where the area is encrusted with policemen. Helge 1953 is spying over a hill. There were two dead bodies of children found in the pile of sand, and they both had charred eyes (they are the bodies of Erik Obendorf and Yasin Friese). The boys were dressed in clothing from the future, to which Police Chief Daniel Kahnwald refers to as "costumes". Egon 1953 and Daniel barely notices the boy atop the hill, prompting him to cycle away. Above the site stands a billboard, reading: "An important investment: Nuclear power for every household!". It was advertising the unbuilt Winden Nuclear Power Plant.

November 10, 1986 Edit

The Stranger arrives at the clockmaker's shop to see H.G. Tannhaus 1986. They continue their conversation about the Einstein-Rosen bridge, a passage linking a black hole, the entrance, and a white hole, the exit, which connects time and space. The Stranger adds that to pass through it is to travel through time. Tannhaus 1986 continues that their way of thinking is shaped by dualism—entrance and exit, good and evil—but that is wrong, He holds up a drawing of the triquetra, which The Stranger recognises as a trinity knot, to illustrate that there is a third dimension, not just up and down but also a centre. Tannhaus 1986 confirms that a wormhole doesn't connect two dimensions, but three: future, present and past.

November 9, 2019 Edit

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Ulrich travels through the passage.

Helge Doppler is deep inside the caves, chanting "Tick-tock". Ulrich Nielsen is already lost, and he uses his lighter to get through the pitch-black. He finds a long red cord connected to a metal ouroboros attached to the ground like a handle. Suddenly, Ulrich hears the sound of a loud wind roaring from the distance (likely Helge traveling through the cave's wormhole). He follows the source of the echoing through a rock-strewn crawl space and finds the metal door with the latin message "Sic Mundus Creatus Est". He opens it and is greeted with the strong wind, until the door closes itself. He reached the intersection that has two other pathways, and he chooses to turn left.

November 10, 1953 Edit

Helge 1953 eventually cycles back home, which is a stately manor within spacious gardens (the one that will become Waldhotel Winden in 2019). In the entrance hall, his mother, Greta Doppler 1953, calls out to him. She comes down the stairs and scolds him for his dirty clothes, telling him to take them off. Helge 1953 hesitates, which prompts her to seize him by the ear. He removes all his clothes in front of her, leaving him with his under-clothes. As she went upstairs to pick his new clothes, Bernd Doppler 1953 walks in, with the aid of a cane. Contrast to Helge 1953's mother, his father strokes him affectionately upon arrival. Helge 1953 tells Bernd 1953 that he was at the construction site and two dead bodies that looked like children were found. Hearing this, Bernd abruptly leaves. Greta 1953 hands Helge 1953 a clean pair of shorts and tells him he is late for his tuition with Claudia Tiedemann 1953.

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In the pathologist lab.

In the police coroner's room, Pathologist Udo Meier informs Egon 1953 and Daniel the status of the dead boys; their eyes were burnt, as if from a phosphorous grenade, and their ears are completely destroyed. They both had pfennig coins, dated 1986, strung around their neck with red cords, and their clothes were labeled "Made in China." Egon 1953 wonders whether the boys are from China, but Udo suggests otherwise. Meanwhile, Ulrich leaves the caves and notices a difference in ambiance.

Helge 1953 cycles to the bunker to play by himself. He takes sticks and pinecones, pretending they are rifles and grenades (observation: habit to pretend to be at war possibly came from aftermath of World War II). he goes down to the bunker to have more fun, and notices the two dates written on the wall: "5.11.1953" and "9.11.1953".

November 10, 1986 Edit

The Stranger asks Tannhaus 1986 about writings concerning Nietzsche's eternal recurrence, a universe that endlessly repeats itself. Tannhaus 1986 is surprised to see a copy of A Journey Through Time, as only 500 were ever printed. The Stranger presses on, asking about the lunar-solar cycle, in which everything repeats itself every 33 years. Tannhaus 1986 explains that every 33 years, the cycles of the sun and moon are synchronised again, but 33 has greater significance; Jesus performed 33 miracles, there are 33 litanies of angels, and Dante wrote 33 cantos each in the Purgatorio and Paradiso cycles of The Divine Comedy. The Stranger adds that 33 was also the age at which the Antichrist began his reign.

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Tannhaus 1986 demonstrates a wormhole.

Tannhaus demonstrates how a wormhole works using a drawing. He asks The Stranger to imagine he was standing in a dark room, and flashes a light beam in the left direction. There was no way it could reach his right side, but a wormhole changes the topology of space-time. It will create a circle, and thus, nothing is where it belongs anymore.

November 10, 1953 Edit

Noah is standing outside the church as the bells rung. He carries the Triquetra notebook. Meanwhile, Egon 1953 and Daniel are smoking cigarettes in the former's office. Egon 1953, disturbed, asks the question as to why someone becomes a murderer–whether one is born that way or becomes that way. Daniel makes a remark that their jobs would be far easier if they knew that ahead of time, so they could lock them up when young, before they get on the wrong track.

As Helge 1953 was about to leave the cabin, he is ambushed by 2 teenage bullies. One pins him to the ground and steals his money, and then the other unzips his pants and urinates on him. Suddenly, they hear someone rustling through the trees: it is Ulrich. The 2 bullies run away and Ulrich goes over to Helge 1953, who was picking himself up. He asks if he saw an old man in pajamas (Helge) passing by, to which the boy shakes his head. Ulrich then advises Helge 1953 to defend himself, but the latter complains that they're stronger than him, so Ulrich suggests that he should bite them next time.

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Ulrich meets his father and grandmother.

Ulrich goes into the road, which wasn't made from cement like in 2019, but rather smooth dirt. He reaches the T–junction, but the Nuclear Plant was missing. A cuban car stops in front of him, and it was driven a woman wearing a fedora, a red sheath dress and gloves. She asks Ulrich as to where Killinger Strasse 61 is, which he notes as the address for where he lives. The Nielsen pair are planning to rent a room to stay in. After giving her the directions, she greets herself as Agnes Nielsen. She then introduces her 12-year-old son Tronte (Ulrich's father), and reveals that they just moved into Winden. Ulrich eyes at the book A Journey Through Time before asking the pair for the year: 1953. He was extremely peculiar and confused, so he runs away to the left turn of the junction. Tannhaus 1986 narrates the idea of visiting your father as a child, and the wonder if this encounter would change history, or if time is truly unchangeable.  

November 10, 1986 Edit

The Stranger asks Tannhaus 1986 if it is possible to change the course of events, but Tannhaus 1986 replies that any scientist would say no, because determinism forbids it. He says that human nature, of course, requires that human beings believe that their actions can change things. He tells The Stranger that he used to dream about travelling to the past or the future, but then his dream changed, realising his place isn't in the past or future, but rather here and now. The Stranger continues that in the book, Tannhaus 1986 wrote that the number 33 might represent the difference between the planes of a three-dimensional wormhole. Tannhaus 1986 thinks that might be the crux of the matter.

November 10, 1953 Edit

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Clockmaker's shop of 1953.

Ulrich goes to a clockmaker's shop, which is owned by H.G. Tannhaus 1953. He shows the book to the clockmaker and asks if he's that same author. Since there's a photo of his 1986 self, Tannhaus 1953 denies. Ulrich repeats his strange question as to what year it is, and he receives the same answer. Tannhaus presses on that Stalin is dead, England has a Queen, and Nanga Parbat has been conquered. Ulrich finds this impossible.

In the Tiedemann home (which would be owned by the Nielsens from the 1980s to 2010s), young Claudia Tiedemann 1953 is playing with her poodle Gretchen. The door bell rang, and when she answered it, it was Helge 1953. Claudia tells him that he's late, and extends her hand for the payment. Helge pitifully claims that he left his money at home (it was taken by the bullies) and promises to pay her soon. During the tuition in the dining room, Helge 1953 was doing multiplication, while his young tutor was bored. The door bell rang, and Claudia 1953 ran to the entrance room. Helge 1953 peeks through the door to see Mrs. Doris Tiedemann greeting Agnes and Tronte 1953. Doris was outspoken when saying that her husband (Egon 1953) is an officer who's faithfully dedicated to the town's safety. When she asks Agnes as to where her husband was, she answers that he's dead. Doris apologises, and after an awkward silence, she begins the tour. Claudia 1953 decides to hangout with Tronte 1953 around town.

Back at the clockmaker's shop, Ulrich was trying to process his situation while sitting on a chair in the back area. Tannhaus 1953 hands him a glass of water, but he didn't speak a word. The hanging doorbell rang, and in came Ines Kahnwald 1953 and her friend Jana 1953, intending to pick up the watch for the father of the former. Ulrich realises that the girl Jana is his soon-to-be mother. He overhears them gossiping about the two dead boys being found at Bernd 1953's construction site. This immediately alarms Ulrich, and when Ines 1953 was joking about the boys being abducted by aliens, he shakes her and tells her to repeat what she said about the 2 bodies. He rushes out of the shop, leaving the three puzzled. Ulrich forgot his jacket, which is propped on the backrest of the chair.

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Bernd 1953 holds a press conference.

At the construction site, Bernd 1953 holds a press conference, below a banner which says "The Energy of the Future". He gives a speech about how uranium fission can be harnessed by nuclear reactors in order to provide power among the town. He declares that the Winden Nuclear Plant might be the first German Nuclear Plant. The audience, however, is distracted by police hammering "Crime Scene" signs and taping the surroundings of the sand pile.

Afterwards, Bernd 1953 asks Egon 1953 for a list of workers who have been on the site. He states that he wants to know who has a problem with the Nuclear Plant being built and how two dead bodies could suddenly appear on the site, just as he had spoken with the town council about the building permit. He suspects that his rivals, the coal plant operators, planted the bodies there to sabotage the project. Bernd 1953 tells the philosophy of how there are people who can't accept new ages and revolutions like the Nuclear Plant. He insists Egon 1953 to provide a list of the coal plant operators, saying the whole thing is a conspiracy.

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Gretchen runs into the caves.

Claudia 1953, Tronte 1953, Helge 1953, and Gretchen are walking through the forest. Unlike the others, Helge 1953 is trailing from far behind in a rather moody manner, scarcely hearing the other two talk. They pause near the entrance of the caves; Claudia 1953 says that they're not allowed to enter but sometimes do anyway, as a dare. Tronte 1953 seems determined. She then turns to Helge 1953, telling him to head home. As she and Tronte 1953 walk away, Helge 1953 hears her saying "We're rid of him.". With his frustration of being neglected, Helge 1953 eyes the barking Gretchen by his feet. He throws a stick into the pitch-black mouth of the caves, and Gretchen chases after it. The barking was fading away into the depths. Claudia 1953 calls for her dog, prompting Helge 1953 to run off.

At the police station, Ulrich alarmingly asks 2 officers if one of the 2 bodies was his son. Egon 1953 arrives and asks Ulrich about his situation, to which the latter repeats his question. He describes Mikkel Nielsen as a brown-haired 11-year-old with blue eyes. Ulrich wants to show a picture, but realises that he left his jacket. One officer thinks he's drunk, but Egon 1953 tells Ulrich one boy is dark, brown eyed and looks foreign, while the other is a redhead. Ulrich then questions whether Egon 1953 knows Helge Doppler, a 70-year-old man but he states that Helge 1953 is Bernd Doppler 1953's young son. Hearing this, Ulrich dashes out again.

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Egon 1953 meets Agnes.

Egon 1953 finally returns home, where Doris whispers to him that Agnes and her son have arrived. She refers to her as odd but nice. Egon 1953, however, was still ruffled by the dead children. He goes to the living room to meet Agnes herself. Egon 1953 asks why she would move to Winden of all places, and Agnes replies that her grandmother was from Winden and always spoke highly of it. When he asks her as to who her grandmother was, Claudia 1953 and Tronte 1953 charge inside. They were panicked and out of breath, reporting that Gretchen has gone missing. Doris asks where Helge 1953 is, and Claudia 1953 wonders whether Gretchen is with him. Before Egon 1953 goes out to visit the Doppler family, Doris pleads him to come home early for dinner with the Nielsens.

November 10, 1986 Edit

When asked why he's so interested in time, The Stranger explains that he wants to know if he could change things. He wonders if everything has a purpose, and if they were decided by coincidence, God, or themselves. The Stranger states the idea that human beings are slaves to time and that everything recurs in an eternal cycle. Tannhaus 1986 tells The Stranger that as long as a wormhole exists, there will be closed time loops. Everything inside is mutually dependent. The past doesn't just influence the future, the future influences the past. He compares it to the chicken-and-egg question, where no one can say which came first, because everything is connected.

November 10, 1953 Edit

Ulrich goes to the Doppler manor and finds Helge 1953 outside, sitting on the wildly vast stone stairs at the backside and playing with a box of dead birds he has collected. When Ulrich calls out to him, he closes the box shut. He asks the boy if he is Helge Doppler, and he responds positively. When he sits next to the boy, Ulrich shows Helge 1953 the pfennig coin, asking him whether he has seen it before; he denies. Helge 1953 asks him if he found the man he was looking for, and Ulrich–somewhat ominously–replies "Yes". Ulrich then asks as to what was in his box, and Helge 1953 opened it up to him. He grilled the boy about whether he killed them, and after he dithered, he shakes his head and clarifies that he collected the birds after they plopped from the sky. When Helge 1953 says "They're so beautiful when they're dead", Ulrich gets the implication that he really is a murderer.

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Ulrich bludgeons Helge 1953 with a rock.

Ulrich is visibly saddened by his intuition about Helge Doppler. He prognosticates to Helge 1953 that he will kill children; the 2 boys at the construction site, his brother, and (in Ulrich's perspective) his son. Suddenly, Ulrich proclaims the idea that he can change it, and says "I can change the past. And the future.". He charges at Helge 1953, surmising that if he were to be killed in the past, then the children will be alive. Even though Ulrich manages to seize Helge 1953, the boy bites and kicks him, sprinting into the forest. Ulrich chases after him, and when Helge 1953 reaches the cabin, he grabs him and pins him to the ground. Helge 1953 finds a rock and tries to hit Ulrich with it but the latter takes it from him. Ulrich raises his armed hand, and after a moment of thought, he braces himself to bludgeon the left side of Helge 1953. He repeatedly beats him until he finally stops. Hyperventilating, he looks down on the seemingly deceased boy whose face on the left side is completely wounded, and his left ear crushed. 

Egon 1953 drives to the Doppler manor, where a maid presents him to Greta 1953. He says that he's looking for his family dog, wondering if Helge 1953 has taken her, but Greta affirms that no animals are allowed in their estate. When Egon 1953 wanted to say something about whether Gretchen shows up, Greta 1953 crosses her arms and gives an uncompromising expression, prompting him to leave. In the evening, Greta 1953 goes to the backside of manor to find Helge 1953. She finds the box of dead birds but there was no sign of him. Meanwhile, a mentally intricate Ulrich drags Helge 1953 into the bunker by his legs. He goes over to close the metal door and lock it, leaving the boy to decay.

While Doris and Agnes were preparing sheets, the latter caresses the former's hand in a soothing manner, which concerns Doris. A despondent Claudia 1953 is sitting in the porch, wondering where Gretchen. Tronte 1953 opens his left sleeve, looking at a number of cigarette burns on his forearm. Egon 1953 drives to the T-junction, where the Nuclear Plant would be built miles away from where he pauses his car.

Elsewhen Edit

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Claudia in the string wall.

In the Doppler bunker, there are rifles, hand grenades, and gasoline. There's the wall with photographs of people at different ages between the three interconnected time periods (1953, 1986, 2019), connected by strings. Those people are relatives of the four families (Kahnwald, Nielsen, Doppler, and Tiedemann). The people who are related in the same family are connected by string. The picture of Mikkel Nielsen is connected to a photo of Michael Kahnwald by red string, since they are one in the same person. Tannhaus 1986 narrates about how everyone's lives are connected; every action is a response to a previous action, cause and effect, nothing but an endless play. The bunker is inhabited by the old Claudia Tiedemann, who has unkempt waist-length grey hair and is dressed as an adventurer.

November 10, 1986 Edit

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The 2 time machines.

Tannhaus 1986 sees that whole statement as a theory. The Stranger asks Tannhaus 1986 how he would feel if time travel was actually real. He then reveals that there is a wormhole in Winden, and that he came from the future. The clockmaker gapes at him, as The Stranger shows the strange clockwork device that he's been carrying around, confirming that it's broken. Tannhaus 1986 is beyond bewildered, since it was the machine he was making at this point. The Stranger says that it's a time machine that can create a portal that allows the user to travel 33 years into the future or past. When asked if the device created the current wormhole, The Stranger clarifies that a few months ago, an incident happened at the Nuclear Plant, which triggered the hole's existence. He's planning to destroy the hole using the machine. In a state of shock, Tannhaus 1986 aggressively tells him to leave. Before exiting, and leaving his device behind, he tells him that he needs his help to fix the mess. After The Stranger left, Tannhaus 1986 brought out his roughly-complete device from a top shelf, and sets it next to the dustier version from the future.

November 10, 1953 Edit

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Ulrich sits outside the bunker.

It is already nighttime. At the clockmaker's shop, Tannhaus 1953 hangs Ulrich's forgotten jacket on a coat rack, believing that he'll come back for it. Out of curiosity, he checks the pockets, and takes out a smartphone, a device that hasn't been invented yet. He presses a button, and he was shocked to see the screen show a photo of the Nielsen family in 2019. Meanwhile, Ulrich sits in the dark staring at the bunker contemplating his decision.

Cast Edit


  • Tannhaus 1986: Our thinking is shaped by dualism: entrance, exit; black, white; good, evil. Everything appears as opposite pairs. But that's wrong. Have you ever heard of the triquetra?
    The Stranger: The trinity knot.
    Tannhaus 1986: Nothing is complete without a third dimension. There isn't only up and down. There's a center, too. I think Einstein and Rosen overlooked something.… A wormhole connects not just two, but three different dimensions: future, present… and past.
  • The Stranger: You write about the lunar-solar cycle, in which everything repeats itself every 33 years.
    Tannhaus 1986: From a cosmic point of view, yes. Every 33 years, the cycle of the moon is synchronized with that of the sun. But the 33... is more than that. We encounter it everywhere. Jesus performed 33 miracles. There are 33 litanies of the angels. Dante's 33 cantos in purgatory, and 33 in paradise.
    The Stranger: And it is the age at which the Antichrist begins his rule.
  • Egon 1953: Why would someone do that?
    Daniel: What?
    Egon 1953: Kill. Why? What's inside them? Where does it come from?
    Daniel: Why someone becomes a murderer?
    Egon 1953: Yes. Are you born one or do you become one?
    Daniel: It would certainly make our work easier if we knew ahead of time. Lock them up while they're still little. Before they get on the wrong track. Why does someone become a murderer?
  • Tannhaus 1986: Imagine traveling back in time and meeting your father, before he had you. Would you have already changed things with this encounter? And is it even possible to change things? Or is time an eternal beast that can't be defeated?
    The Stranger: What do you think? Can we change the course of events?
    Tannhaus 1986: Any scientist would tell you no. Causal determinism forbids it. But it is human nature to believe that we play a role in our own lives. That our actions can change things. All my life, I've dreamed of traveling through time, to see what was and what will be.
    The Stranger: You don't dream that anymore?
    Tannhaus 1986: Dreams change. Other things became important. My place is not in the yesterday or tomorrow. Rather, it's right here. And now.
  • Doris: My husband isn't here much. He's with the police. Sometimes it seems like he thinks he alone is responsible for this town. And your husband is...?
    Agnes: He's dead.
    Doris: Oh. I didn't mean to... I talk without thinking. It... I'm truly sorry.
  • Ines 1953: They found two dead bodies on Doppler's construction site. Two little boys. They were abducted by aliens for experiments!
    Ulrich: What did you just say?
    Ines 1953: About the aliens?
    Ulrich: No, about the boys.
  • Bernd 1953: The discovery of uranium fission has heralded in a new era in the history of humankind. An era of reason, objectivity, and the dominance of man over nature. We can harness this phenomenon by economically utilizing neutron-induced fission in nuclear reactors. A minuscule atom... can change the world. And it is here that we will build the first German nuclear power plant, ensuring the local community's long-term stability and prosperity.
  • Egon 1953: And who put them there, in your opinion?
    Bernd 1953: The coal plant operators. You don't believe me. If this power plant gets built, it will be nothing short of a revolution. Not only will it change Winden. Nuclear energy will bring growth and wealth to the entire nation. But it means change. The old must give way to the new. Not everyone likes that. I'll send you a list with the names of the coal plant operators. You'll see. The whole thing is a conspiracy.
  • Tannhaus 1986: But you...Why are you so fascinated in time?
    The Stranger: I want to understand if I can change it. if everything has a purpose, and if so... who decides about this purpose? Coincidence? God? Or is it us? Are we actually free in our actions? Or is it all created anew, in an eternally recurring cycle? And we only obey the laws of nature and are nothing but slaves of space and time.
  • Tannhaus 1986: Time loops have a significant impact on the principle of casualty. On the relationship of cause and effect. As long as a wormhole exists, there is a closed time loop. Inside it, everything is mutually dependent. The past doesn't just influence the future. The future also influences the past. It's like the question of the chicken and the egg. We can no longer say which of the two came first. Everything is interconnected.
  • Helge 1953: They're so beautiful when they're dead.
    Ulrich: But you will kill something. The two boys at the construction site. My brother. My son. Not now, but in the future.
    *Ulrich takes a deep breathe*
    Ulrich: But I can change it, you know. I can change the past. And the future.
  • Tannhaus 1986: All our lives are connected. One fate bound to another. Every one of our deeds is merely a response to a previous deed. Cause and effect. Nothing but an endless dance. Everything is connected to everything else. But that's just a theory. I can't shake the feeling that you're actually here about something else.
    The Stranger: What if I told you that everything in your book was true? That time travel is possible. Your theory on the formation of wormholes through gravitational impulses is not just theory. There is such a hole. Here in Winden. I come from the future.
    *The Stranger takes something*
    The Stranger: I traveled through the wormhole to 1986.
    *The Stranger reveals the dusty portable time machine*
    Tannhaus 1986: Where... where did you get that?
    The Stranger: It's broken. You have to fix it.
    Tannhaus 1986: I can't do that.
    The Stranger: Aren't those your initials? You built it.
    Tannhaus 1986: This device enables one to travel through time and space? It can create a wormhole?
    The Stranger: It opens a portal through which one can travel 33 years into the past and 33 years into the future.
    Tannhaus 1986: And the wormhole you traveled through? Did that device create it?
    The Stranger: No. A few months ago, an incident at the nuclear power plant released a blast of energy. But the device is able to repeat that same process.
    Tannhaus 1986: And you want to create another wormhole?
    The Stranger: No, I want to destroy the one that exists.
    Tannhaus 1986: I want you to leave now.
    The Stranger: This town is like a festering wound, and we're all a part of it. But I can change it. Your device can change it.
    Tannhaus 1986: Leave. Leave now.
    *The Stranger prepares to depart*
    The Stranger: I've seen the future. I know what will happen. I have to set things right again. And you have to help me.


Mysteries Edit

  • What year did Helge travel to?
  • How will Bernd 1953 earn the building permit for the Nuclear Plant?
  • Who is Agnes' grandmother?
  • What happened to Gretchen when she went into the caves?
  • What happened to Tronte 1953? Was he abused or performing self-mutilation like Regina Tiedemann 1986?
  • Why is Claudia in the future bunker? What year is she in?
  • What will Tannhaus 1953 do with Ulrich's smartphone?

Answers Edit

  • Noah and Helge 1986 has dumped the bodies of Erik and Yasin in 1953.
  • The 2 dates that Noah wrote on the bunker wall in "Crossroads" were the marking dates for when Erik and Yasin landed in 1953. They have an arrival difference of 4 days.
  • The passage in the caves connects three 33-year increments: 1953, 1986, and 2019. This is connected to some of the conspiracies that The Stranger and Tannhaus 1986 were conversing about.
  • Tannhaus 1986 is the narrator during certain previous episodes.
  • Unlike most characters who lived through the 3 time periods, Claudia's eldest self was introduced after the younger versions were.
  • Helge got his disfigured ear from an influence that originates in the future. Ulrich gave him those scars by trying to bludgeon him to death. This also explains as to why Helge was madly afraid of him in "Crossroads". This memory happens to be so traumatic, that Helge could even remember the words Ulrich said to him before the chase: "I can change the past. And the future.".
  • The passage in the caves was the result of the Nuclear Plant accident that happened in the summer of 1986. That was what Bernd 1986 was trying to cover up, and he doesn't seem to be aware of the damage that was caused by the wormhole.
  • The string wall from "Secrets" is in the Doppler bunker from the future. They included photos of the members within the four interconnected families, and the strings represent their connections. The wall seems to have been created by Claudia.
  • The whole course of time is trapped in an endless time cycle that repeats when everyone ages 33 years. Everything is connected because of this time loop. There are paradoxes that shouldn't even exist. Determinism is a major factor, since it revolves around the past influencing the future, and the future influencing the past; a time loop.
  • Tannhaus 1986 is the narrator that explained scientific conspiracies in previous episodes.
  • The device that The Stranger has been carrying (which was also what Tannhaus 1986 was inventing) is a time machine that allows the user to travel to 33-year increments, either through the past or future.
  • The Stranger is trying to break the endless time cycle. He wants to know everything that he could know about breaking free from the forces of time and determinism so that everyone is at their free will. He wants to do this by using the portable time machine to destroy the cave's wormhole and the paradoxes with it.

Themes and Motifs Edit

Time Edit

  • The dates featured are November 10, 1953 and November 10, 1986.
  • This episode introduces the 1950s timeline.
  • The Stranger and Tannhaus 1986 spend their entire conversation about time in the clockmaker's shop.
  • Bernd 1953 presents under a banner that says "The Energy of the Future".
  • By the time Helge 1953 returned home, he was already late for tuition with Claudia 1953.
  • The pfennig coins found by the 1953 police were labelled "1986".
  • Ulrich questions the year he has traveled to.
  • The Stranger appears to have been conversing with Tannhaus 1986 ever since November 7 ("Truths").
  • Daniel jokes around the idea of knowing ahead of time when someone would become a murderer.
  • Ines 1953 wanted to pick up a watch for her father.
  • Egon Tiedemann has always known Helge Doppler ever since the latter was a child.
  • Ulrich tells Helge 1953 about his future of killing the kids.
  • While Ulrich sat in the dark at the end, the sound of a clock ticking was played.

Time Travel Edit

  • Ulrich travels from 2019 to 1953, meaning 66 years into the past.
  • Erik's body arrived from November 5, 1986 to November 5, 1953. Yasin's body arrived from November 9, 1986 to November 9, 1953.
  • A Journey Through Time centers around the ideas of time travel.
  • The Stranger and Tannhaus 1986 has been conferring about wormholes and how they work.
  • Tannhaus 1986 confirms that wormholes can connect 3 time periods. He also states that as long as a hole exists, there will be time loops.
  • Tannhaus 1986 describes the idea of going back in time to meet your father when he was young. This scenario has been applied to Jonas Kahnwald, Ulrich and Mikkel.
  • The Stranger describes the wormhole and the time machine as two separate mechanisms by which time travel is possible. He wants to close a chaotic loop.
  • A way for the future to influence the past is by time traveling backwards. Ulrich traveled back in time to inflict Helge's disfigured ear.

Determinism Edit

  • Egon wonders whether murderers are born that way, or become that way. Do they choose to murder or are they destined to do it? Could a murderer be prevented from murdering? It's in his heart of justice and goodwill that guides him in his thoughts.
  • The Stranger asks Tannhaus 1986 if things can be changed and if everything has a purpose, and who has determined that purpose. Tannhaus 1986 tells him that so long as a wormhole exists, everything inside of it is mutually dependent.
  • Helge 1953's insecurities drive him to cause Gretchen's disappearance.
  • The Stranger asks Tannhaus 1986 if it is possible to change the course of events, but Tannhaus 1986 says any scientist would say no. Human nature, of course, requires that we believe our actions can change things. Ulrich believes he can prevent the future by changing the past, that if he kills Helge this will stop the deaths of his brother in 1986 and Mikkel, Erik and Yasin in 2019 from happening. Did Ulrich, in fact, inflict brain damage on Helge 1953, turning him into what he became. Had it not been for this would the deaths never have happened? Was Ulrich's attempt to alter future events just what caused them all along? If past, present, and future actions all influence one another in a closed loop in which nothing can be said to have happened first, second, or third, then Ulrich’s attempt to prevent Helge 1953 from growing up and killing only helps ensure that he’ll do exactly that. It's all a chain of cause and effect.

Colors Edit

  • Agnes wears a red dress and red lipstick when she arrives in Winden
  • Helge 1953 wears a blue sweater when he meets Ulrich, and when he accompanies Claudia 1953 through the forest.
  • The road sign pointing the way to Winden is bright yellow.
  • Claudia 1953 wears a red blouse when tutoring Helge 1953, and when she meets Tronte 1953.
  • Tronte 1953 was wearing a blue jacket.
  • Ines 1953 wears a red coat when she visits the clockmaker's shop.

Paradoxes Edit

  • Ulrich traveled from 2019 to 1953 and tried to kill young Helge 1953, only to cause the scars that Helge already had in 1986 and 2019. He also influenced the permanent trauma that would drive Helge's actions throughout his life.
  • Agnes wouldn't have found Killinger Strasse 61 if it wasn't for Ulrich, who was already living there in his present.
  • Everything in time and space is trapped in a time cycle.

Historic Recurrences Edit

  • Helge collects dead birds which fall from the sky, much as his daughter-in-law Charlotte Doppler will do 33 years later.
  • The dead boys' ears are completely destroyed, as with the previous dead bodies, Mads and the birds in 2019 and the sheep in 1986. Egon was told the same thing in 1986, did he not make the connection?
  • Ulrich lights the way in the cave using his lighter. Similarly, his son Mikkel also used a lighter in 1986, taken from Egon's desk, to light the way through the cave.
  • The Stranger is aware that the forces of time and space are part of an eternal cycle that recurs in a 33-year span.
  • Friedrich Nietschze's writings are mentioned; Nietschze theorized "eternal recurrence," the possibility that one's life will repeat itself endlessly. Acceptance of this fate is a characteristic of the Übermensch.

Religion and Mythology Edit

  • The Stranger notes that 33 is the age when the Antichrist began. The Antichrist, in Christian tradition, is a figure who presents himself as Christ, but is actually working in opposition to Him; he is a central figure in the Book of Revelation, also known as the Apocalypse of St. John. In most traditions, he is not Satan, but a human whom Satan inhabits. Chapter 33 of Nietzsche's Thus Spoke Zarathustra is entitled Der Antichrist.
  • Noah is standing outside the church of 1953.

Observations Edit

  • Ulrich asks Helge 1953 whether he has seen his older self, not realising it's 1953 and the boy is Helge. As previously, the question is when is Helge, not where.
  • Ulrich advises the child Helge to bite his attackers; later, Helge bites Ulrich when he attacks him.
  • When Ulrich raves at the police station, one of the officers says dismissively that he must be drunk. Ulrich, in turn, had always resented Egon as a drunk who mishandled Mads' case. The 1953 Egon is described as devoted to his job. The 1986 Egon was regarded as a drunk who could not wait to retire.
  • Ulrich drags the beaten Helge into the bunker, similar to the older Helge dragging the dead body in "Crossroads".
  • Ulrich tries to prevent a murderer by becoming a murderer himself, something he seems to be contemplating at the end of the episode.
  • Egon 1953 is shown to be curious about Agnes.
  • Bernd 1953 believed that the Winden Nuclear Plant would be the first German nuclear power plant. Although the full construction of the plant began after passage of the Atomic Energy Act ("Secrets"), the first real-life German nuclear plant was the Kahl Nuclear Power Plant, opened in 1969.
  • Bernd 1953's philosophy about one particle changing the whole world would be used in a couple of episodes in Season 2.
  • This episode establishes that all 4 families over time have someone working in Winden police. Daniel Kahnwald was Winden's chief of police and Egon Tiedemann's superior in 1953. Charlotte Doppler is Winden's chief of police and Ulrich Nielsen's superior in 2019.
  • Helge 1953 likes to pretend he is at war. This habit is probably inspired by the fact World War II previously happened.
  • Ulrich gave Helge 1953 advice to fight against bullies, which is ironic since he was a teenage bully himself.
  • The montage song can be related to Ulrich's situation, where he can't find his beloved son.
  • Egon 1953 appears to be afraid of Greta Doppler 1953 due to her stern attitude.
  • Claudia 1953 doesn't seem fond of Helge 1953. She immediately asked for the payment before the lesson, which she openly expresses boredom. She even wanted to leave him behind when talking to Tronte 1953.
  • Even though Greta 1953 told Helge 1953 that he's late for tuition, he decided to play around first.
  • We now move back another 33 years to 1953. This is not revealed until Ulrich asks what year it is. The older generation from 2019 (Helge, Jana, Tronte, Ines, Claudia) are seen as children. The old Egon from 1986 is seen here as a younger man.
  • Just as the previous time travellers did, Ulrich meets his parents and grandparent before he existed.
  • The elderly, demented Helge still remembers being beaten by Ulrich, which we saw in his nightmare/memory in "Crossroads". He told Ulrich in 2019: "I know you." and recounted his words: "I can change the past. And the future.". 
  • If one were to look closely at Agnes before she sees Egon 1953, she sighs before turning around.
  • The discussion between The Stranger and Tannhaus 1986 takes place in 1986, the Stranger telling him he comes from the future and travelled through a wormhole. Tannhaus 1953 meets Ulrich in 1953 (and does not recognize his future self from his book). 
  • This marks the first time Claudia Tiedemann has met Tronte Nielsen.
  • Ulrich took a left at the cave intersection to go back 66 years, whereas Jonas took a right at the intersection to go back 33 years.

Cultural References Edit

  • Einstein-Rosen bridge: The Stranger and Tannhaus 1986 continue their conversation about wormholes. The wormhole is sometimes referred to as an Einstein-Rosen bridge after Albert Einstein and Nathan Rosen, who developed its theory.
  • Lloyd 300: The Nielsens arrive in Winden in this car. Lloyd 300 was a car with a wooden frame manufactured between 1950 and 1953 and marketed to the middle class.
  • Queen Elizabeth II: One the references Tannhaus 1953 mentioned to Ulrich. Elizabeth II ascended the throne upon the death of her father in 1952, but was coronated on June 2, 1953.
  • Nanga Parbat: One the references Tannhaus 1953 mentioned to Ulrich. Nanga Parbat, the ninth tallest mountain in the world, was summited on July 3, 1953 by Austrian climber Hermann Buhl, covered in a famous documentary by German cinematographer Hans Ertl, himself a participant in the expedition.
  • Joseph Stalin: One the references Tannhaus 1953 mentioned to Ulrich. Stalin was a Georgian revolutionary and Soviet politician who ruled the Soviet Union from the mid-1920s until his death in March 5, 1953.
  • Invaders from Mars (1953 film): Ines 1953 jokes about the dead boys being abducted by aliens from outer space. Alien abduction as a theme in popular culture was popularized by the American film Invaders from Mars, released April 9, 1953, but that film was not released in West Germany until November 28.

Soundtrack Edit

  • "Goodbye" by Apparat
    The opening song.
  • "Es wird ja alles wieder gut" by Detlev Lais
    Helge 1953 returns home.
  • "Fridolin" by Nana Gualdi
    Egon 1953 pays the Greta 1953 a visit.
  • "Wishing Well" by  Stomper
    An evening at November 10, 1953. The string wall in the bunker of the future.

Goofs Edit

  • Ulrich assumed that the 1953 police discovered the body of Mikkel. He described his son as a brown-haired 11-year-old with blue eyes. However, Egon 1953 says that one of the 2 bodies (Yasin) has brown eyes. This doesn't make sense since the eyes of both bodies are charred.


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