Erik Obendorf was a supporting character in Dark, portrayed by Paul Radom.


Erik was from a working-class Winden family, the son of Jürgen and Ulla Obendorf. He went missing on the evening of October 22, 2019 when he was 15. Erik had run away from home before, but had never being gone more than a few days, perhaps sleeping in the basement or wherever per his father.[1]

Erik and Jürgen were selling drugs at the high school. Erik kept a stash of drugs along with a mobile phone in an old armchair at the entrance to Winden Caves, and another stash at his father's junkyard, which Ulrich Nielsen finds and confronts Jürgen about. Erik was saving money to buy a scooter.[2]

Franziska Doppler overhears Bartosz Tiedemann and Jonas Kahnwald talking about finding Erik's drug stash near the Winden Caves, and beats them to finding it.[3]

They encounter each other, However, and Bartosz takes the drugs from her, Just then, they all hear the noises coming from the cave, birds falling from the sky, and branches breaking, and their flashlights start flickering, sending everyone to scatter in a panic. In the confusion, Mikkel Nielsen disappears.[4]

Bartosz unsuccessfully attempts to unlock his mobile phone.[5] Later, however, he receives a call on it, from someone he assumes must be Erik's supplier. The man on the line, Noah, seems to know who Bartosz is, and arranges to meet up with him.[6]


Erik's prison, later revealed to be the bunker

Erik is next seen in a mysterious room decorated with cyan wallpaper with cartoon animals, and full of children's toys, bunk beds, a television playing 1980s music videos, and a strange chair. On November 4, 1986, he is gagged and strapped down in the chair by a hooded figure, later revealed to be Helge Doppler.[7]

The chair is a primitive time travel device, and it transports Erik to 1953, but kills him in the process. Noah and Helge take his and Yasin Friese's corpses to 1953 and place them near the construction site for the nuclear plant to be discovered.[8]


  • Erik is the only male character with red hair.
  • Bartosz assumes it is Erik's supplier calling Erik's phone because he does not know that Erik and Jürgen are in business together. Likely, Jürgen obtains the drugs and Erik distributes them.
  • Erik and Mads may have been in captivity in the bunker during the same time:
    • Mads went missing on October 9, 1986
    • Erik went missing on October 22, 2019, but taken to 1986 by Helge
    • Mads dies in chair time travel the night of November 4th from 1986 to 2019
    • Erik dies in chair time travel on November 5th from 1986 to 1953
    • Almost 2 weeks between October 23rd & November 4th 1986 in the nightmarish bunker together perhaps sharing the bunk beds
    • No one saw Mads in the bunker, even tho he went missing before Erik




  1. Dark Season 1 Episode 1: "Secrets"
  2. Dark Season 1 Episode 2: "Lies"
  3. Dark Season 1 Episode 2: "Lies"
  4. Dark Season 1 Episode 1: "Secrets"
  5. Dark Season 1 Episode 2: "Lies"
  6. Dark Season 1 Episode 5: "Truths"
  7. Dark Season 1 Episode 1: "Secrets"
  8. Dark Season 1 Episode 8: "As You Sow, so You Shall Reap"
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