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"Between the Time" is the seventh episode of Season 3 of Dark. It premiered on June 27, 2020, and is the 25th episode overall.


Across three centuries, Winden's residents continue their desperate quest to alter their fate and save their loved ones.



Schroedinger's cat

Schroedinger's cat.

Schroedinger's cat - The vial of poison is broken

Schroedinger's cat - The vial of poison is broken.

A young H.G. Tannhaus poses the question: "What is reality? And is there only one of them? Or do several realities coexist?" He goes on to explain how Erwin Schroedinger addressed this question by devising an extremely interesting thought experiment, Schroedinger's cat. A cat is locked in a steel chamber with a tiny amount of radioactive substance, a Geiger counter, a vial of poison, and a hammer. As soon as a radioactive atom decays inside the steel chamber, the Geiger counter releases the hammer, which smashes the vial of poison, and the cat is dead.

Schroedinger's cat - The cat is dead

Schroedinger's cat - The cat is dead.

However, due to the wave characteristics of the quantum world, the atom is both decayed and intact. Both states are true until we view it in a definitive state. It continues to exist in two superimposed states until the moment we look and see whether the cat is dead or alive. Therefore, the attributes "dead" and "alive", exist in the microcosm simultaneously.


H.G. Tannhaus explaining Schroedinger's cat.

But what if the simultaneous existence of life and death is also applied to the macrocosmic world? Could two different realities potentially exist side by side? Could we split time and allow it to run in two different directions and induce a state of death and life simultaneously? How many different realities could exist side by side?

Outside, two versions of alternate world Martha approach the Kahnwald House in two different realities. In one reality, alternate world Martha enters the house to save Jonas and take him to her world (where he will eventually be killed). While in the second reality, Bartosz calls out to her to not go in, as Adam and the others lied to her, that Adam is going to kill her in the future and doesn't want to stop the apocalypse. He tells her he knows what the origin is and how it's all connected and to trust him. He takes out an orb, Martha goes to him and they disappear, just before the apocalypse hits. At the same time, Jonas escapes by running down to the basement, just before the apocalypse “shock wave” hits his house.



H.G. Tannhaus working on the beginning stages of his time machine in his clock shop in 1974.

H.G. Tannhaus looks at a picture of his son and family and visits their graves. The narrator explains how it's hard for people to accept their mortality. We long to reverse death. With time being relative and simultaneous overlapping of realities is possible, it should also be possible to bring back something that's been dead for a long time by creating a new reality. If our life exists in infinite versions between life and death, couldn't we succeed in cheating death by finding a way, between time, to bring back life?


Young Noah tells young Elisabeth about paradise

Noah tells Elisabeth about paradise.

In the caves, young Noah and Elisabeth crawl around and find the Sic Mundus door that served as an entrance to the wormhole. Elisabeth looks at the pocket watch engraved "For Charlotte." Elisabeth then signs to Noah to tell her about paradise. He tells her that Paradise is free of pain and suffering and everything we've ever done is forgotten there. Any pain we've ever felt is erased and all the dead live. He says Adam will keep his promise and the passage will open. Elisabeth closes the pocket watch.


The Stranger working on the God's Particle 1890 Adam's World

The Stranger working on the God Particle.

At the Tannhaus factory, The Stranger/Jonas works on the God Particle. He sends electrical current from towers to it to try to stabilize it. He climbs one of the towers that is not working but gets electrocuted, sustaining a deep burn to his arm.

The Stranger gets struck by electricity

The Stranger gets struck by electricity.

The Stranger's arm is badly burned and scarred

The Stranger's arm is badly burned and scarred.

Later, Bartosz tells him that he has promised them a way out of there for ages and of stopping the apocalypse but he still does not know how the portal works. The Stranger assures him that it will work, as he saw it work in the future. Bartosz tells him he does not want to go back or stop the apocalypse.

The Stranger answers that this is larger than they are and the apocalypse, that if the portal works they can use it to find the origin: "the one moment that started all this" and then destroy it and everything that resulted from it: "That is paradise." Bartosz tells him that after being stuck in the late 1800s for two years, he doesn't want his paradise, he just wants to get out of there.

He leaves in anger and goes out into the woods. There he meets Silja (arriving from 2053), who hides the hazmat suit she was wearing under some branches.

Bartosz meets Silja - they shake hands

Bartosz meets Silja.


Jonas and Claudia working on the God's Particle 2023

Jonas and Claudia working on the God Particle.

The God's Particle is covered by an invisible energy field(3)

The God Particle is covered by some sort of invisible energy field.

Young Jonas and Claudia (similar to the stranger in 1890) try to activate the God particle with electric currents inside the ruins of the nuclear power plant, without success. Claudia tells Jonas they can try again tomorrow and he should not lose faith but Jonas tells her he can't do this anymore.

Jonas leaves Claudia in the ruins of the nuclear power plant

Jonas leaves.

He returns to his house, goes upstairs to his father's partially destroyed studio and places one end of a rope over the rafter, the other end around his neck, steps onto a stool, kicks it away, and tries to hang himself.

Jonas tries to hang himself

Jonas tries to hang himself.

While he's struggling, young Noah enters, takes out a knife and cuts the end of the rope, causing Jonas to fall to the ground. He loosens the rope from Jonas' neck. Jonas gasps and gets up. He looks at Noah and asks him what he is doing there; if he is following him. Noah tells him that Adam promised him that the apocalypse must happen so that all of them will be saved. Jonas cannot die.

Noah saves Jonas's life

Noah saves Jonas's life.

Jonas tries to shoot himself

Jonas tries to shoot himself.

He hands Jonas a gun and places it in his hand. Jonas aims it at his head and pulls the trigger several times but it does not fire. Noah takes the gun and aims it at a wall. It fires. He tells Jonas he can't take his own life because his older self already exists, time won't permit it, no matter what he tries, a force will always stop him. Elisabeth and he have found the passage. Jonas must keep his promise.

Noah takes Jonas to show him the sealed portal

Noah takes Jonas to the caves to show him the sealed portal.

Noah takes Jonas to the caves to show him the portal he and Elisabeth have uncovered, which is now sealed. Noah tells him the portal will open up again and then Adam will lead them to paradise. Noah tells Jonas that Adam told him they will become friends before he betrays him.


Bartosz and Silja with their newborn son Hanno (Noah) 1902

Bartosz and Silja with their newborn son Hanno (Noah).

Silja is with Bartosz and gives birth to a boy, who they will name Hanno.


Tannhaus assembles a time machine in the bunker.


Noah, Claudia and Jonas (now all older), continue to work on the dark matter portal, but cannot get it to work. Noah says to Jonas that maybe Claudia does not want it to work, why does he trust her? Jonas asks Noah why does he trust Adam, who lied that there was a paradise or another world. He tells him he is not going to become Adam, the portal will work: he has seen it in the future, he can travel back and change everything. Noah asks why Claudia knows what she knows. She is hiding something from them and cannot be trusted. Elisabeth appears: she is now pregnant.

Claudia continues to meet with her alternate world self, who asks whether Jonas suspects anything. She tells him he knows nothing of the alternate world. She must ensure the matter does not yet function. Claudia from this world asks how Eva knows what will happen and whether alternate Claudia has met her older self, which she denies. If all this works, Regina will live but her suffering will repeat endlessly. She points a gun at her alternate self and says there must be a way for Regina to really live, which neither Eva nor Adam know but she will find it. She shoots alternate Claudia dead.

2040 (alternate world)[]

Claudia takes alternate Claudia's time-travel orb, disguises herself as her, and travels to see Eva, who asks where (non-alternate) Claudia is. She tells her Noah is watching her. Eva rolls the blueprints up and hands them to Claudia, telling her to give to her other self, who should give them to Tannhaus, so everything happens again.


Bartosz arrives to find that Silja has passed away during childbirth, but the baby, who she wanted to name Agnes, was born successfully, as young Hanno looks on.


Elisabeth and Noah are outside hanging washing. Adult (2053) Elisabeth and Charlotte watch them, then go inside and find the newborn Charlotte sleeping. Elisabeth is overjoyed to see her daughter again and takes her. Charlotte takes the pocket watch.

Elisabeth and Noah later return inside to find the baby gone. Noah goes to Jonas, grabs him, and demands to know where Charlotte is, whether this is how he has betrayed him. Jonas says he does not know. Noah tells Jonas he wishes him endless suffering. He returns to Elisabeth and promises he will find her. He takes the Triquetra book with him and leaves.


Tannhaus, having assembled his time machine in the bunker, activates it.


Bartosz receives a visit from Hannah, accompanied by a young girl, who Bartosz realises is Silja (recognizing a scar across her face). She tells him she is looking for Jonas. Bartosz tells her he has changed, as travelling has taken its toll on him. He takes her to his study. Jonas is now scarred like Adam. Hannah introduces his sister. He asks how she found him. She tells him an old woman named Eva showed up at their door and said that he needed her. She tells him he is right, she ruined everything but now she is here. He tells Bartosz to get a room ready.

Later he enters their room while they are sleeping. He tells Hannah that Silja is not right here, that they are both in the wrong place. He grabs Hannah and smothers her to death. He goes to Silja and picks her up.


(Older) Noah enters a hotel and asks for a room. Erna calls out to Hanno to fix him a room. Noah looks at him- his younger self. He goes to see Adam, who tells him he did not take Charlotte but Claudia lied to all of them. He asks Noah if he has the book, which has the last pages missing. He tells him he must find them, which will lead him to Charlotte and his paradise. Helge will help him. He hands Noah a bible and tells him this will be his last cycle.


The elderly Claudia tells Stranger/Jonas that the dark matter can finally be stabilized, everything now needs to happen in exactly the same way: He must lead his younger self down the same path and must not act differently and he will then finally be able to change everything. She hands him Tannhaus' book and tells him he will repair the apparatus. He must destroy the passage, with the knot, this time he will get it. He must never give up hope. Claudia rips out the last pages of her diary and puts it in her jacket pocket.


Stranger/Jonas leaves to travel back to 2019 and returns to Winden, as police search for the missing Mikkel Nielsen. He visits teenage Jonas and marks his map so he knows how to find the caves to travel through time. Later he meets Hannah.

Noah asks Bartosz to get into his car. He later goes to Charlotte.

Claudia finds Regina.


Noah is in the wallpapered bunker, setting up the torture chair. Old Claudia goes to visit her younger self at the power plant. Later she goes to 1953 to visit Egon.

The events are all repeated. Noah shoots Claudia. Agnes shoots Noah. The Stranger takes Bartosz, Magnus and Fransiska with the time machine. Adam shoots Martha and young Jonas escapes.

Unknown date (alternate world)[]

Bartosz takes alternate world Martha to Eva's study and tells her that Eva and Adam will save them. Martha tells him that they are the ones that made all this happen but Bartosz says they are the light. Eva enters and tells Martha that she did not believe she could ever do what her older self did but 66 years later she can understand. Some pain is never forgotten. They both share the same pain and scars. She strikes Martha with a knife across the left eye so she never forgets which side she is on. Her side is life, Adam's is death.

September 26, 2053[]

A screaming time travelling Martha sits in front of Adam and is swallowed by the dark matter and disappears. Adam then realizes that destroying Martha and her child, the origin, did not erase all existence and wonders what went wrong, as the elderly Claudia enters.


  • This episode fills in the gaps between the 33 year time intervals and shows how the characters evolved, how Stranger/Jonas becomes Adam from 1888 to 1920, as well as Teenage Jonas becoming Stranger/Jonas from 2019 to 2052 (when he returns to 2019 to guide teenage Jonas and will tell him how he was once in his position: Alpha and Omega). Stranger/Jonas electrocutes himself and we presume that he does this many times trying to get the dark matter to work, the scars turning him into Adam.
  • 1974 at the beginning of the episode: Tannhaus is not working on the time machine but on another object. The bunker he is in is neither the bunker from Adam's, nor from Eva's world (the doors of both of those have hinges on a side; this door has hinges at the top). We are therefore in some other world. But which?
  • 1974 When Tannhaus looks at his family's grave, we reconnect to when Tannhaus reveals to Charlotte about when he lost his entire family in a car accident in the episode Life and Death. We note that his daughter was also called Charlotte but it is just a coincidence.
  • 1890: Now We understand how exactly the Stranger in the past becomes Adam, he goes through all the attempts to travel in time that cause him injuries as he already told Jonas in The Travelers.
  • 1890 : Silja wears the clothes she made Martha take off in 2053 in Light and Shadow.
  • 1904: Bartosz's face after Silia chooses the name is because he somehow already knows part of Hanno / Noah's future.
  • 1910 : Now we know exactly who is the man who digs the tunnels with the young Noah in 1921 in the episode Beginning and Ending and who is killed with the pickaxe. He is Bartosz who is Hanno / Noah's father, changed in appearance since 1904 when Noah was born. We understand better where his skepticism towards Adam comes from, about heaven and prophecy: it derives from the lack of confidence he had since 1890 in what the Stranger was obtaining with his experiments.
  • 1911: we had left Hanna in the episode The Origin when on 24 September 1954 she decided not to have an abortion and to leave with the time machine. Not being able to return in 2020 where she has nothing, let's assume that she went in 1987 where she gave birth to Silia and raised her a few years, let's say until 1993 (since Silia in tihs episode seems to have 6 years age). Since it is not possible, however, to travel from 1993 to 1911 with the time machine why not are multiples of 33 years, Eva helped Hanna travel in 1911 with the Orb. It is not clear how Eva knows that Adam is in the past since the version of Martha with the scar dying in 2053 was in 1888 (the year from which the transformation of the Stranger into Adam starts) but she has not spoken to Eva anymore. We have to assume that Eva knows exactly this by talking to the version of Jonas dying in the world of her.
  • 1911: Hanna repeats what she told the Stranger in Lost and Found that she ruined everything
  • 1920: In a sense, Adam doesn't lie to Noah. He tells him to find the last pages of the book that Claudia has and so he will find out where Charlotte is. In fact, he found it in 1987, in the episode Lost and Found
  • 1920: Now we understand that Adam is the one who gave Noah the role of priest, telling him about heaven and the fact that he will have to get help from Helge.
  • 1920 : Adam officially gives Hanno's name Noah
  • 2021 (Adam's World): 2021 Noah and Elizabeth try to reopen galleries like Noah alone did from 1921 onwards in Beginning and Ending
  • 2023: Jonas continues to look to the ground where his Martha was killed by Adam on June 27, 2020
  • In this episode Charlotte asks Noah twice to tell her what heaven is like, in 2023 and 2041
  • 2040: The Stranger trusts Claudia because Noah trusted Adam and saved him from suicide in 2023. But he says that there is no paradise but that he changed the components in the passage in the Ending and Beginning episode and this time (e.g. this cycle) will be different and he will not become like Adam.
  • 2040 : Claudia knows the future and what she has to do because she has read the Triquetra and because she is informed by Claudia from the other world and therefore by Eve. Claudia of this world asks the other of her if she has ever met the oldest woman who has always told her that if all goes well, Regina will live. But Regina dies in both worlds in different but always suffering ways, so Claudia of this world understands that even in the other world, Eva has no interest in saving Regina and wonders if there is no way to make her survive.
  • 2040 : Claudia must understand Eva's plan and therefore the Orb is essential
  • 2040 alternate world. Maybe a GOOFS : Adult Martha is asking to Claudia if she brought Claudia with her, this means that Claudia has been in Eva's world other times even if it doesn't seem from the speech she just made with the other Claudia in 2040, before killing her and taking the Orb.
  • The Stranger tells Bartosz in 1890 of finding the origin and paradise, things that Adam will do, as he starts to evolve into Adam.
  • Jonas tries to hang himself (as his father did) but he cannot die as his future is determined.
  • Silja is Hannah's daughter. Presumably, her father is Egon, as she was pregnant in The Origin. We first met Silja in Alpha and Omega as the woman who helps Jonas when he travels from 2053 to 1921. Adam needed to send her to the future to help Jonas. She later travels back to 1890, meets Bartosz, they marry and have two children: Hanno (who becomes Noah) and Agnes, the mother of Tronte and grandmother of Ulrich. She dies in childbirth in 1910.
  • We see how Elisabeth and young Noah become married and have a child: Charlotte.
  • Elisabeth and Charlotte from 2053 kidnaps Charlotte in 2041 and takes her to Tannhaus to raise in 1971, just on the same nihgt that Tannhaus's son and his wife and little Charlotte die in a collision with a truck on a bridge. This fact is also recalled in 1986 by same Tannhaus when he answers Charlotte's question about who her real parents were in the Episode Life and Death.
  • 2041 : When Adam told young Noah that he will be friends with Jonas but that he will later betray him he was not referring to the kidnapping of Charlotte, for which the Stranger is not responsible, but he is referring to when he will give the order to Agnes to kill him in 1921
  • 2041: Noah takes the Triquetra that exists thanks to quantum correlation even though it doesn't have all the pages. Noah can travel in time because Claudia and Jonas managed to stabilize the God particle between 2040 and 2041.
  • 2041: We now understand Elisabeth's character in the episodes of the second series Beginning and Ending and Dark Matter: it is due to the loss of her daughter and the fact that she is stuck there. He has the only hope that Noah will come back with Charlotte and that the passage opens and we understand why she wants to defend what is inside the Central.
  • 2052: maybe it's a GOOF but Claudia says that dark matter has finally been stabilized but in reality Noah used the God particle to travel from 2041 to 1920. Unless we say that again he traveled thanks to Martha as it happened to Hanna. Claudia says that eventually he will be able to change things.
  • 2052: Now we understand why the Stranger arrives on 05 November 2019 (episode Lies) with the non-functioning time machine that he will have to take to the old Tannhaus in 1986 which will be able to repair it because he built it for 33 years without knowing how it works starting from the drawings that old Claudia he gave him and the explanations that the Stranger will give him.
  • 2052: now we understand that Claudia has kept the last pages of the Triquetra for herself and on which there are written the information about Elisabeth and Charlotte that Noah will find after killing Claudia in 1954. We know that Claudia is preparing to travel into the past and also put she all the pieces in place.
  • 2052: We now know who is telling Jonas to destroy the passage. It's Claudia.
  • Claudia, guided by her alternate world self, has been sabotaging Jonas' efforts to make the God Particle work. She kills her alternate world self (after realizing that there is no elderly Claudia in the alternate world) and takes her place, meeting Eva. She tries to save Regina herself, going against both Eva and Adam. She visits Adam after he realizes his plan has failed.
  • Noah comes to the same hotel that Jonas came to in The Travelers a year later, where he also meets young Noah, Agnes and Adam.
  • Claudia tells Jonas twice not to lose hope: in 2023 and in 2052.
  • In 2019 Noah recruits Bartosz- his father.
  • Eva gives Claudia the blueprints for the time machine to give to Tannhaus, which she does in Everything Is Now. The blueprints are the ones stolen by the Uknown in the abandoned Adam's lair in 1987 in the Episode Déjà-vu. In this way Eva is creating the cycle of the Time Machine.
  • ALT World: Old Martha tells Martha she traveled with Bartosz and didn't save Jonas, the same line Adam says to Jonas when he wakes up in 1921 in the Lost and Found episode that we feel repulsed by those like us and this it's strange. The scar that old Martha makes to young Martha is to remind her who she is, that she stayed with Erit Lux, that she didn't go with Sic Mundus and that she will have to kill Jonas in this world.
  • 09-26-2053: Adam is amazed to be still alive after killing Martha pregnant along with matter because he thought he had destroyed the knot and therefore himself but this is not the case because in the other world the Martha who did not save Jonas is pregnant and will give birth to the origin.




  • "Pneumothorax" by Blueneck


→ See 6 images from Between the Time at Images from Between the Time.


Dark Episodes
Season 1 "Secrets" · "Lies" · "Past and Present" · "Double Lives" · "Truths" · "Sic Mundus Creatus Est" · "Crossroads" · "As You Sow, so You Shall Reap" · "Everything Is Now" · "Alpha and Omega"
Season 2 "Beginnings and Endings" · "Dark Matter" · "Ghosts" · "The Travelers" · "Lost and Found" · "An Endless Cycle" · "The White Devil" · "Endings and Beginnings"
Season 3 "Deja-vu" · "The Survivors" · "Adam and Eva" · "The Origin" · "Life and Death" · "Light and Shadow" · "Between the Time" · "The Paradise"