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"Crossroads" is the seventh episode of Season 1 of Dark. It premiered on December 1, 2017.

SummaryEdit

Ulrich questions a frail and frightened Helge in the nursing home. Jonas searches for Mikkel, but the stranger warns him about meddling with the past.

PlotEdit

November 9, 2019 Edit

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Helge's dream as a child.

Helge Doppler has a nightmare from a memory of when he was a child, waking up on the floor of the room decorated like a nursery, with bright blue cartoonish wallpaper - the torture bunker. The left side of his is face bloodied and battered, with his left ear already crushed. In the dream, Helge 1953 touches the headpiece of the electric chair. The old man wakes up and cries out "I remember, I remember everything.".

November 9, 1986 Edit

Egon Tiedemann 1986 looks in on Ulrich Nielsen 1986, being held on the charge of raping Katharina 1986. Mikkel Nielsen is at the hospital, staring at a framed photo of the Emerald Tablet, mainly the Triquetra symbol. Jonas Kahnwald (who has traveled from 2019 in the previous day) awakens in an elevated watchtower and strolls across a field.

November 9, 2019 Edit

After visiting his brother's empty grave, Ulrich goes to see Pathologist Edda Heimann and asks her what's going to happen to the dead boy. Edda states that if the identity isn't discovered in time, then the body would be cremated and buried under an anonymous grave. Ulrich (wondering if the boy really is Mads) then asks if the body might have been dead longer, as if it were preserved. She says that there would've been traces in the tissue. He openly hypothesizes that the body was preserved for 33 years, but Edda find it impossible.

November 9, 1986 Edit

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Jonas asks Regina 1986 for the date.

Jonas arrives at the high school, where there are different students and flyers for the missing Mads. In the hallway, he encounters Regina Tiedemann 1986, sitting by herself with headphones on. He asks her what the day was, and later the year. That's when he understands that he's in 1986, but the day is the same. When leaving, Regina 1986 asks if he was looking for someone, and he responds "Michael Kahnwald", the son of Nurse Ines Kahnwald 1986. She tells him that Ines doesn't have any kids, but he can find her in the hospital. He briefly witnesses her being shoved by another student.

At his office in the police station, Egon 1986 draws a question mark on Ulrich 1986 in the photo of him and Mads. Police Chief Martin Döhring enters and tells Egon 1986 to interview the Winden Nuclear Power Plant workers to determine their routes and times, in order to find clues for Mads' disappearance. Egon 1986 suggests that Ulrich 1986 may have something to do with the disappearance, but Martin says that this isn't the 1950s—investigations are to be based on evidence, not hunches. Martin reminds him that he has 3 months left until he retires—then he can do whatever he wants, but for now, he must do what he is told. Egon 1986 expresses discontent.

November 9, 2019 Edit

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Ulrich's circle of evidence.

Ulrich is in Mikkel's room, where he surrounded himself with files and information related to his brother. At the police station, Charlotte Doppler reports to someone that the ground shook in the previous day, even though Winden isn't a earthquake zone. Torben Wöller enters the room to present the search warrant for the Nuclear Plant that they've been after. When Wöller asks if he should inform Ulrich, he is ignored, much to his frustration.

Ulrich is leafing through Egon's 1986 calendar. He finds the meeting with Helge 1986 scheduled for November 11 at 10:30 with the remark "Why not forest road?". Meanwhile, it was already raining. The police force are outside the Nuclear Plant, and Charlotte shows Aleksander the search warrant through the gate bars. He decides to open the gate and give them access.

November 9, 1986 Edit

Egon 1986 goes to the Nuclear Plant and is greeted by Helge Doppler 1986, the security guard he wanted to see. He explains that Martin wants to document the routes and times of everyone working at the plant the night of Mads' disappearance. Helge 1986 appears uncomfortable and says he needs to do his rounds soon. Egon offers to arrange a time to meet with him later at the station. He puts this in his calendar for the day after tomorrow, Tuesday, at 10:30 AM. The nervous Helge 1986 then adds that everything was normal that night; he had finished his shift at 6:00 PM, then driven home in his car using the state road. Egon 1986 quizzes as to why he wouldn't have taken the forest road, which would have been faster. Helge 1986 answers that he needed to pick something up for his father. Egon 1986 then asks if he saw Ulrich 1986 that day, which he denies. Egon 1986 starts jotting down notes in his Police Calendar 1986.

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Egon 1986 gives Jonas a ride.

It was raining, so Jonas puts on the hood of his yellow raincoat. He was walking through the street, until Egon 1986's police car stops by him. Egon 1986 asks if he should be at school, and Jonas claims that he hurt his arm and is heading for the hospital. Egon insists he gets in his car and he will drive him. During the drive, Egon 1986 asks Jonas why his parents weren't driving him. He answers that his mom is working at the Nuclear Plant and his dad is dead. Egon 1986 briefly talks about how the Plant has changed Winden. He then notices the pads in Jonas' pocket, and he says that they are earphones, much to Egon 1986's amusement. When Jonas was about to demonstrate them, Egon 1986 says that now he has "seen it all". He takes the forest road as a shortcut.

November 9, 2019 Edit

By the time it stopped raining, Ulrich looks through the notes related to certain Nuclear Plant employees (write down the known names in observations). There are pages showcasing the transcripts for the interrogations of each employee, but Helge 1986's page is blank. He calls Charlotte, who was still searching the Nuclear Plant grounds with her team. He informs her that in November 11, 1986, Helge didn't show up for an interview on Mads' case. They argue about Ulrich's accusation of Helge being involved in the disappearances. Charlotte warns him that he's mistaken, but he trusts his instincts. In the field near the Nuclear Plant, Charlotte notices tire tracks that lead to the forest, so she decides to follow the path.

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Charlotte ventures in the empty hollow.

Charlotte follows the tracks until finding inconsistent crossroads in the dirt. She manages to find the large hole leading into the Nuclear Plant's cave that was surrounded by a chain link fence. Charlotte rappels down into the cavern behind the metal gate using her hooked rope, and roves deeper. She reached an empty, lifeless volume, where she finds a scrape of dried yellow paint on a rock. This mean that the yellow barrels have been moved, but Charlotte doesn't know that. She presses deep into the cave and spies a large steel door with a burnt marks running along the jamb. She is at the other side of the door that Ulrich found in the caves on November 5.

November 9, 1986 Edit

On arriving at the hospital, Egon asks Jonas whether, among teenagers, Satanism is popular. Jonas laughs at this at first, then says he doesn't think it is. He tells Jonas he should call his mother to pick him up as it isn't safe to walk through the forest alone right now, likely due to Mads. In a corridor, he encounter Nurse Donata, and asks where he could find Ines 1986. She answers that she's outside with "the boy", and Jonas could tell what boy she's referring to.

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The Stranger in Jonas' face.

Outside, he hides behind a truck and notices Ines 1986 sitting with Mikkel on a bench. Just then, The Stranger appears from behind, saying how little understand people have of the world. Jonas asks if he were hallucinating this entire scenario, but The Stranger assures him otherwise. He remarks that it's hard to undertake truths that contradict what they used to believe in, just like Jonas finding out Michael's identity. Jonas asks how could there be a wormhole in the caves, and if it's just there to transform Mikkel into his father. The Stranger asserts him that even if he refuses to accept it, Mikkel is Michael. Jonas calculates that Ulrich is his grandfather—and Martha is his aunt. When Jonas attempted to bring Mikkel back in order to make things right, The Stranger grabs him and pins him to the van. He warns Jonas that if he takes Mikkel back, he'll change history and prevent his own existence. He also says that he has a much bigger role than he expects. The Stranger releases the stunned Jonas, and affirms that every decision made is always against something else, so Jonas should decide wisely. After succeeding in exhorting Jonas, The Stranger departs.

November 9, 2019 Edit

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Ulrich assaults Helge.

Ulrich goes to Helge's room in the nursing home, where the latter was sleeping. He wakes him up, and Helge was immediately terrified at the sight of him. Ulrich was patiently asking as to why he didn't show up for his meeting in 1986, but Helge was having a massive panic attack, to the point where the numbers on his heart rate monitor were increasing rapidly. Nurse Clara Schrage enters and asks Ulrich to leave, but the latter still questioned the old man. Helge babbles "It was him!", "I know you." and quotes "I can change it. I can change the past. And the future.". Orderlies were grabbing Ulrich's shoulders, prompting him to shout his questions, including where Mikkel is. The orderlies gained the upper hand and Ulrich was dragged away. Helge manages to calm down, and proceeds to chant "Tick-tock.".

In her office, Charlotte scolds an embarrassed Ulrich for his reckless behaviour. He doesn't back down from his hunch about Helge. She tells him that she understands his desperation, but the end doesn't justify all means. Charlotte openly regrets having him on the case from the start. No matter what Ulrich said, she always notes that Helge has dementia. Before leaving, Ulrich references the fact that Egon 1986 wanted to interrogate him. Charlotte, disappointed, glances at the sketch of Noah.

November 9, 1986 Edit

It was evening, and the anxious Helge 1986 leaves while munching on a Raider bar. At the police station, Ulrich 1986 is sitting in his cell with gloom while Egon 1986 is conversing with Katharina 1986 in his office. She assures him that Ulrich 1986 didn't rape her; they both wanted to have sex and he would never hurt her. Noticing her black eye, Egon 1986 assumes she's lying for Ulrich 1986 out of fear. She claims it was from a fall. He states that the "rape" was witnessed by someone (Hannah 1986), but he's obliged not to reveal who it was. Katharina 1986 continues to persuade him about her boyfriend's innocence.

November 9, 2019 Edit

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Ulrich and Katharina talk in the dim light.

Ulrich returns home to find Katharina, sitting solemnly in a dim-lit area near the stairs. He sits next to her, informing that he's been suspended. He questions about where their kids are, but she doesn't even know. He apologises and says he is here now, but she sharply replies that he hasn't been here for a long time. Katharina says that as long as she's known him, he always wanted to leave Winden. She asks if he was ever happy; he answers positively in a somewhat diffident manner. She reveals that she knows about his affair, and Ulrich doesn't deny it, sighing in defeat. She peculiarly adds that she probably knew it all along but didn't want to believe it. When Ulrich tries to explain, she tells him not to. Before leaving, Katharina bitterly tells him that his mother Jana called earlier, but only wanted to talk about Mads, despite Mikkel's disappearance–Katharina makes a remark about how her birth family was not the only one full of "assholes".

November 9, 1986 Edit

In the sky blue hallways of the hospital, Jonas observes Mikkel from a distance. The boy is walking on a crutch due to his broken leg. Suddenly, Hannah 1986 arrives to meet Mikkel, and they strike up a friendly conversation. Jonas contemplates The Stranger's warnings, and stares at Michael's suicide letter. After one last emotional glimpse at his future parents, he decides to leave Mikkel and go.

November 9, 2019 Edit

At the apartment, Ulrich asks his mother whether she would want to know if Mads is dead. Jana responds that she wouldn't, and always loved to dream that he was still alive and happy. Tronte, on the other hand, requested for the empty grave, hoping it would give her closure. She caresses Ulrich's hand, and encourages him to never give up hope (quote). Jana proceeds to say what she wanted to tell him on the phone. She imparts that one week before Mads disappeared, she saw a priest arguing with a man outside their house; this morning, she saw that same man.

Elsewhen Edit

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It was Helge 1986.

The cloaked kidnapper is going to the Doppler bunker. Jana narrates that the man's ear was scarred and disfigured, but the odd aspect is that he hasn't aged at all after 33 years. The kidnapper takes off his hood, and is revealed to be Helge 1986. He takes a gander at his surroundings before descending the stairs.

November 9, 2019 Edit

At the police station, Charlotte asks for a map of the cave system, intending to see if it extends under the forest road. Wöller enters to hand it to her, reporting that the system only broadens underneath the south part of the road. At night, Charlotte drives to the family cabin and calls Peter Doppler. She asks if he knew that Helge was meant to be interrogated in 1986, and he denies it. She wonders why he would keep the cabin after "all that happened to him there". Charlotte then asks Peter if he first came to Winden in 1986, and if his father was already living in the cabin. Peter clarifies that he moved to town in 1987, which was after Helge's "accident" on November 12, 1986. He asks her to come home, since he and their kids are worried, but she hangs up. She decides to go down to the bunker.

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Ulrich remembers the "when" statement.

Ulrich stops his car in the middle of the road to pick up a yellow pawn from the mat. It was the same one Mikkel used for his magic trick in the morning before he disappeared. He remembers his son saying "the question isn't how, the question is when". He decides to turn his car towards the forest road.

November 9, 1986 Edit

Jonas opens the heavy door marked "Sic Mundus Creatus Est", and proceeds through the intersection. This initiates a series of flashing lights: in Egon 1986's office while he was drinking, in Ulrich 1986's cell while he was trying to sleep, and in Mikkel's ward while he was looking at the framed Emerald Tablet.

November 9, 2019 Edit

Jonas traveling through the cave's wormhole initiates a series of flashing lights: in Helge's room while he was sneaking out, and in the bunker while Charlotte is investigating. When it stopped, she kneels underneath the bench and finds a torn piece of blue wallpaper, which had cartoon foxes, hedgehogs, and rabbits. This makes her suspicious.

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Jonas burns the letter.

Jonas emerges from the cave and heads back home to wake up Hannah. She asks him where he was, but he doesn't answer. Jonas asks if she believes in fate. She replies that hers is to have men that leave her. He tells her that he thinks Dad loved her very much and they embrace each other. In the attic, he sets the letter on fire and tearfully watches as it crumbles into ashes.

Ulrich returns to Helge's room, only to find it empty. On further inspection, he notices a wooden stick figure and the book A Journey Through Time with a pfennig coin on a red cord inside, serving as a book mark. He recognised it to be the same necklace found on Mads' body. He goes out through the open sliding door and finds Helge walking through the forest. Ulrich walks behind him, and he quietly calls Charlotte, but her phone is set to voicemail. He says that the question isn't who abducted the children, but when. He then affirms that his intuition about Helge was correct, but it was done in 1986. Ulrich follows Helge into the dark caves. He stealthily watches the old man taking out a lantern from a hidden crate, and progresses deeper.

Elsewhen Edit

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The 2 dates on the bunker wall.

Helge 1986 exits the bunker and stares at something lying by his feet in a human-sized bag. It was the corpse of Yasin Friese, with charred eyes just like Mads and Erik Obendorf. He even has the same penny-on-a-cord around his neck. Helge 1986 is devastated and at the brink of tears, but he puts his hood back on and drags the body bag. Inside the bunker a shirtless and muscular man is scrubbing the floors, likely washing away blood. He has the Emerald Tablet tattooed across his entire back. He turns around – he is Noah. On the wall, the date "5.11.1953" is written in chalk. Underneath, Noah writes "9.11.1953".

Cast Edit

QuotesEdit

  • Egon 1986: I'm working on the case with his brother, a rape charge. I mean, we never did consider whether he may be involved in his brother's disappearance.
    Martin: Yes— Egon, this isn't the 1950s. We don't base investigations on hunches, but on evidence. You have three months until retirement. Then you can do whatever you want. Until then, you do what I want.
  • Jonas: Is this real? Or am I crazy, just like my father? Do you even exist? Or are you the hallucination of a lunatic?
    The Stranger: You're not crazy, neither was your father. Sometimes it's hard for us to grasp things that go against all we are conditioned to believe. How did people feel the first time they were told the Earth was round?
    Jonas: Yes, it is. It's totally insane.
    The Stranger: And if it's not?
    Jonas: How can that be? Is there a breach in time in the cave? So Mikkel hangs out here until he becomes my father?
    The Stranger: Even if you don't want to believe it, that is your father.
    Jonas: That means...that Ulrich is my grandfather and...
    The Stranger: Martha is your aunt.
    Jonas: That's bullshit. I'm taking him back and putting this right.
    The Stranger: *pins Jonas to the truck* Don't you get it? If you take Mikkel back, you'll be meddling in the course of events. Your father will never meet your mother, they won't fall in love or get married. And you won't be born! If you take him back now, you'll be erasing your own existence. The role you play in all of this is much bigger than you think. But every decision for something is a decision against something else. A life for a life. What will you decide?
  • Ulrich: Things are going on that make no sense. Maybe I'm going crazy. The dead boy—the boy we found in the forest. Helge has something to do with it all.
    Charlotte: I know you want to find Mikkel at all costs. But the end doesn't justify all means. I should have taken you off this on day one.
    Ulrich: Helge said he can change the past and the future. What's that mean? Why did he say that?
    Charlotte: Helge has dementia. He can't even tie his own shoes anymore. He's surely not responsible for the disappearance of three children. He doesn't have the strength.
    Ulrich: Maybe he's not alone.
  • Egon 1986: The only important thing is that you know that Ulrich can't harm you right now, and that he will be punished for what he did to you.
    Katharina 1986: Ulrich didn't do anything. If anything, I pressured him into it. I asked him to get condoms. But he'd never hurt me. He would never do that. Never.
  • Katharina: I know, Ulrich.
    Ulrich: What do you know?
    Katharina: About Hannah and you.
    Ulrich: *sighs in defeat* Did she tell you?
    Katharina: Does that matter?
    Ulrich: Katharina.
    Katharina: I think I've known it all along. I just didn't want to see it.
  • Katharina: Your mother called a while ago. Our son has disappeared and all she talks about is Mads. And I thought my family was the one full of assholes.
  • Jana: You can never give up hope. There's as much light out there as there is darkness.
  • Hannah: You startled me. Where were you? What's wrong?
    Jonas: Do you believe in fate?
    Hannah: I... I don't know. Maybe it's my fate that men leave me.
  • Ulrich: Charlotte, the question isn't who abducted the children, but when. I was right, Helge Doppler. Not now, but in 1986.

Trivia Edit

Mysteries Edit

  • What happened to Helge in 1953? Does it have something to do with the bunker?
  • What's the significance of the Emerald Tablet?
  • Where did the yellow barrels go?
  • What kind of role will Jonas play?
  • How does Helge know Ulrich already if this is the first time the latter is meeting him?
  • What accident did Helge get into in November 12, 1986?
  • What does Helge want to do in the cave?
  • What is the significance of the two dates?

Answers Edit

  • The cave with the yellow barrels was on the other side of the sealed metal door Ulrich found in "Lies".
  • Helge 1986 is the cloaked kidnapper working for Noah. That's how he knows him. He's likely time traveling through the caves.
  • The Doppler bunker was the torture room used by Noah and Helge 1986.
  • Helge was intending to go into the caves during "Double Lives".

Themes and Motifs Edit

Time Edit

  • November 9, 2019 and November 9, 1986 are happening at the same time.
  • Ulrich thinks that Mads' body was preserved for 33 years.
  • Jonas asks Regina 1986 for the date.
  • Martin orders Egon 1986 to investigate the timings for each Nuclear Plant employee during the moment of Mads' disappearance.
  • Egon 1986 is going to retire in 3 months.
  • During October 9, 1986, Helge 1986 finished his shift at 6:00 PM to go kidnap Mads.
  • Egon 1986 wanted to interrogate Helge 1986 on November 11, 1986 at 10:30 AM.
  • Ulrich searches through Egon 1986's notes from said-year.
  • Jana remembers exactly what Helge 1986 looks like even after 33 years.
  • Noah and Helge 1986 are imprisoning their victims in a different time.
  • Ulrich wanted to tell Charlotte that the question isn't who kidnapped the kids, but when.
  • Noah writes on the bunker wall ""5.11.1953" and "9.11.1953".

Time Travel Edit

  • Helge 1986 has been traveling through time to kidnap both Erik and Yasin.
  • Jonas traveled back to November 9, 2019 using the caves.
  • Helge quotes a statement about changing the course of events.

Determinism Edit

  • Egon 1986's hatred for Ulrich 1986 leads him with the idea that teenagers perform Satanism.
  • Katharina's love for Ulrich prevented her from believing that he was cheating on her.
  • The Stranger's warning motivated Jonas to change his mind about saving Mikkel.
  • Katharina's depression prevents her from looking after her other children, to which she didn't know where they were during the evening.
  • Ulrich's hunch on Helge is leading him deeper into the mysteries.
  • Jana's grief prevents her from moving on.
  • Jonas and Hannah talk about the belief in fate.

Colors Edit

  • Helge 1953 woke up in the torture room with bright blue carpeting and wallpaper.
  • Jonas still wears his yellow raincoat.
  • The students at the 1986 high school wear clothing that vary from different flashy colors.
  • Charlotte finds scrapes of yellow paint.
  • The sealed metal door belonging in the Nuclear Plant's cave is red.
  • The orderlies that dragged Ulrich away were wearing blue.
  • Jana still wears her long blue coat.
  • Ulrich found the yellow pawn used by Mikkel for his magic trick.
  • Ulrich finds the same pfennig coin on a red cord in Helge's room.

Historic Recurrences Edit

  • Jana saw Helge 1986 in both 1986 and 2019.

Religion and Mythology Edit

  • The Emerald Tablet (a piece of the Hermetica (Egyptian-Greek wisdom texts from the 2nd century AD), reputed to contain the secret of the prima materia – the essence of all matter) recurs throughout the episode

Observations Edit

  • This episode centres more around the mystery behind Helge.
  • Helge 1986's secret has been hinted throughout the episode before the reveal. He was awfully nervous around Egon 1986 and had been munching on a Raider bar, a chocolate bar dropped by the kidnapper in 2019.
  • Katharina 1986 states that Ulrich would never hurt her, exactly 33 years before she has a weighty conversation with him about his affair.
  • Regina 1986 is a bully victim.
  • Katharina seems to have an abusive birth family, judging by the fact she referred to them as "assholes". It's later confirmed that her original last name is "Albers", which means that she's the daughter of Farmer Hermann Albers.
  • According to Egon 1986's calendar notes, Jana 1986's interrogation with him (as shown in "Sic Mundus Creatus Est") was on October 28 .
  • 16 of the employees interrogated in 1986 are: Otto Bosch, Johanna Teller, Andras Voigt, Sandra Fleischer, Joseph Brandt, Paul Dresen, Helge Doppler, Doreen Fuchs, Doris Ziesak, Christoph Dierks, Stephan Schubert, Johanna Voigt, Doris Fuchs, Joseph Günther, Alexandra Jasper, and Katharina Wrede.
  • Ulrich applies Mikkel's statement about the question being when for investigating Helge.
  • It's possible that the reason why Aleksander refused the search warrant at first was so that he could remove something.
  • Ulrich believed he is a failure but is the only one to solve the case
  • Charlotte is too close to Peter to pursue Helge.
  • Egon 1986 is desperate to have Ulrich 1986 sent to prison.
  • Jonas' visit to the 1986 high school is similar to Mikkel's in "Past and Present". They both also meet Egon 1986.
  • Egon 1986 asks Jonas whether, among teenagers, is Satanism a thing, thinking of Ulrich.

Soundtrack Edit

  • "Goodbye" by Apparat
    The opening song.
  • "I Ran (So Far Away)" by A Flock Of Seagulls
    Jonas enters the 1986 high school, as well as the song Regina 1986 was listening to.
  • "Gisela" by Detlev Lais
    The song Egon 1986 was listening on his radio.
  • "Cow Song" by Meredith Monk & Collin Walcott
    Helge 1986 finishes his shift, and Egon 1986 is trying to get a testimony from Katharina 1986.

GalleryEdit

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