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"Ghosts" is the third episode of Season 2 of Dark. It premiered on June 21, 2019, and is the 13th episode overall.

Summary[]

In 1954, a missing Helge returns, but he'll only speak to Noah. In 1987, Claudia brings the time machine to Tannhaus, and Egon questions Ulrich again.

Plot[]

June 23, 1987[]

In the bunker, which is decorated like a nursery, Noah straps young Helge Doppler into the chair, telling him that having seen what lies ahead for him, God has chosen him. He inserts a vial into the chair and pulls a lever. It is enveloped in a chamber. He utters, "Tick, tock." Helge repeats him.

4 days until the apocalypse (June 23, 1954)[]

Agnes Nielsen and Doris Tiedemann share oral sex and laugh. Young Claudia walks in on them, saying she forgot her milk money. Agnes gives her some money to buy a sweet. Doris worries Claudia will suspect but Agnes tells Doris every family has its secrets. They then kiss, Agnes tells Doris she is beautiful and says she has to leave. Doris then laughs uncontrollably.

On June 23, 1954, a scarred Helge suddenly walks into the Doppler mansion, otherwise unchanged, as if nothing happened. His mother Greta is overjoyed and thanks God for returning him.

At the police station, Egon Tiedemann and his chief Daniel Kahnwald are surprised to hear he is still alive. They wonder why, after seven months, they still have no clue as to the identity of the suspect (Ulrich) and why no one has come looking for him. Egon then asks the chief whether he and his wife are still intimate. He laughs and says once a couple has kids, the wife is preoccupied with them, and the husband should look elsewhere.

Claudia complains to Tronte Nielsen that her mother acts like she doesn't understand anything. She says when she becomes a mother she will be different. She asks him about his time before they came to Winden. He says his mother was sad all the time, and that she has a brother, but they seem to hate each other. She asks him if she is happy here, but he shrugs. She then asks Tronte if now is a good time and he pulls down his pants.

June 23, 1987[]

Thirty-three years later, Claudia looks at the time machine she dug up the night before. She suggests that Regina skip school so that they can spend the day together. Regina, however, says she has an exam and swimming. Claudia hugs her and compliments her hair. Regina says she has no time and has to go. This makes Claudia think of the book Helge gave her—A Journey Through Time—and takes it out.

Egon looks at Kreator's Pleasure to Kill album. He opens it up and sees the lyrics "My only aim is to take many lives, the more the better I feel."

June 23, 1954[]

Egon goes to the Doppler house to question Helge. Greta informs him that since returning he has not spoken. She allows Egon to question him but Helge remains silent. She yells at Helge to talk to the inspector.

June 23, 1987[]

Claudia takes the book and goes to visit Helge in the hospital to ask why he gave it to her. He replies that he thought she might be the only one who can understand him, saying, "Time is always with you." Claudia says she does not understand this. Helge tells her that Noah said there is a struggle between good and evil and that the travelers can undo everything. He grabs her tightly by the arm and tells her she must never trust him.

June 23, 1954[]

Agnes goes to the bunker where the elderly Claudia waits. Claudia tells her that they sent Helge back today and also that Noah has returned. Agnes tells her that she is not afraid of her brother Noah any more. Claudia then reports that Sic Mundus is preparing for the next cycle, which will begin in four days. She tells her that all the suffering that Noah causes will come to an end. She hands her a newspaper clipping. Claudia thanks her and tells her that her mother loves her. They hug.

June 23, 1987[]

Claudia takes the book and time machine to H.G. Tannhaus's shop, asking him whether he wrote the book. He observes that she has different colored eyes—heterochromia. He tells her he has been waiting to meet her again. Claudia is surprised to hear this. Claudia tells him that she doesn't know him. He tells her he knows her—an endless cycle.

Egon takes the record and goes to the closed psychiatric hospital, showing it to the elderly Ulrich. He asks him how he was able to say the lyrics in 1953 when the record was not released until many years later. And how he knew he was dying of cancer. He asks him who he is, and the Inspector at last reveals himself to be Ulrich Nielsen, and he comes from the future.

Tannhaus tells Claudia that some things have no origin, existing without ever being created. The book has traveled back in time before he even wrote it. A bootstrap paradox. Is there a beginning? He tells her that her older self told him she would come so that he could explain the device to her.

June 23, 1954[]

The younger Egon goes to visit the adult Ulrich, who is in a straight jacket, heavily medicated. His identity remains unknown. He tells him Helge has returned home and asks where Ulrich took him or if he has an accomplice. After Egon departs, Ulrich silently states his name.

June 23, 1987[]

Egon returns home and picks up the file of Michael Kahnwald. He finds a transcript of an interview in which the boy claimed his father was Ulrich Nielsen.

June 23, 1954[]

Greta tells Noah that Helge still hasn't spoken and seems like a shell, which frightens her. Her husband Bernd is gone and she does not know how to handle the situation. She wonders if Helge is possessed by the devil. She calls Helge to come downstairs and when he sees Noah, he runs to him and embraces him. Noah tells him that "time is always with you… it sees and hears everything you do and say." He tells him to show his mother there is no reason for her to be worried about him. He tells him to read from the Bible, which he does. Greta is relieved to hear him finally speak. Noah tells her to give him time; he is surely choosing his words with great care. Noah tells Helge to keep the Bible and tells Greta that his return is a miracle. Later Helge prays.

June 23, 1987[]

Egon goes to visit Ines Kahnwald. He asks whether the boy has mentioned anything about his family or the name Ulrich or a white devil. She claims he wants to forget the past and has a new life now. He notices a packet of sleeping pills. He asks for a photo of the boy.

June 23, 1954[]

Agnes goes to the church. Noah enters and asks whether Claudia sent her. He tells her Adam will not take her back, and there is no salvation for her. Agnes tells him Claudia has the last pages, and that Adam is looking for them. She hands him the newspaper clipping. She tells him she wants Adam to take her back before the next cycle begins. Noah is surprised she would forsake Claudia; Agnes says it is a peace offering and that he should place his sister over her.

The older Claudia visits Egon at the police station. He observes she has different colored eyes, like his daughter. She tells him he is too good a person and the world doesn't deserve him. She asks for his forgiveness, saying he never deserved any of what happened. He will understand someday. He is unsettled by her remarks and orders her out.

June 23, 1987[]

Egon goes to visit Claudia at the nuclear power plant, telling her he has something important to discuss. She tells him she is too busy, he can't show up unannounced and should set up an appointment with the secretary next week. He tells her he has cancer. He didn't want to worry her but the cancer is spreading. Claudia is shocked and does not know what to say. He gets up to leave and she hugs him.

June 23, 1954[]

Egon goes home with flowers for Doris but she is not home. He tells his daughter Claudia that he believes he met a witch. She tells him he is too good a person and the world does not deserve him. Egon is shocked to hear these words for the second time coming from a person with different colored eyes. He tells her he is having déjà-vu. Later he observes Agnes and Doris sharing a moment.

June 23, 1987[]

Egon returns to visit Ulrich again at the psychiatric ward, telling him about the strange boy who turned up in Winden. He shows Ulrich the photo of Mikkel that Ines gave him. Ulrich is shocked, demanding to know where he is. He grabs him by the throat.

June 23, 1954[]

The younger Tannhaus is visited by the older Claudia. He tells her the time machine is not ready yet. She tells him it will take thirty-three years. He says he does not understand the blueprint. She hands him a copy of his book A Journey Through Time, saying she will be dead soon, and no longer needs it. Claudia says they will meet again, after she dies, which perplexes him. She then says that when he next sees her, he will have to show her how to use the time machine—and that someone else will explain it. Tannhaus is confused and has more questions to ask. She tells him everything will happen as it always does.

June 23, 1987[]

Claudia takes the time machine into the chamber containing the radioactive barrels from the 1986 incident and activates it. She travels to 2020.

June 23, 2020[]

Claudia goes to the Tiedemann house of 2020 and observes Regina remove her scarf, revealing her hair loss, causing Claudia to burst into tears.

June 23, 1954[]

The older Claudia is met by Noah at the Doppler cabin, who brandishes a shotgun. He says Agnes has betrayed her, that she took it all from him, and that she will die. Claudia responds that she knows she is going to die and meeting him is part of the game he still doesn't understand how to play. He says he is not one of her pawns anymore. Claudia says that Noah is himself being manipulated by Adam and the paradise promised is a lie. He is not free. He shoots her. Agnes pulls out the newspaper article, which is about the unidentified woman's body found in the woods with a drawing of the older Claudia.

Noah looks for the missing pages he has been seeking, which he finds on her. Looking through them, however, he is deeply disturbed, insisting: "That can't be. Charlotte? That's not... No, this isn't right. This isn't true."

June 23, 1921[]

At the Sic Mundus headquarters, Adam asks Noah if he found the missing pages. Noah shakes his head. Adam tells Noah that Claudia got exactly what she deserved, as will everyone.


Cast[]

Quotes[]

"I've seen you grow up, become a man, the whole cycle of your life. Time chose you. God chose you. Don't forget that we are your home now, too. No harm will come to you. We're watching over you. Time is always with you, wherever you go. You carry it in you, and it carries you. It sees and hears everything that you do and say."
―Noah to the young Helge before sending him back to 1954
"Why did you never tell us what your name is? Who you are?"
"Ulrich. Ulrich Nielsen. And I come from the future."
―Ulrich at last reveals his identity in Egon in 1987
"I think I saw a witch today."
"There are no witches."
"There are! This one was very real."
"How did she look?"
"Long white hair. Like in books."
"And what did she say?"
"That she was sorry."
"That doesn't sound like a witch."
"How would you know? You've never seen one."
―Egon recounts his encounter with his elderly daughter with his eleven-year-old daughter
"The blueprint: I don't really understand what it is. I've seen this before."
"All our lives we wonder what our journey will be. This is yours. Keep it. I don't need it anymore."
"Why are you giving it to me?"
"I'll be dead soon."
"I don't understand."
:You will—one day. And then we'll meet again."
"Before you die."
"No. After that."
"How… How can that be possible?"
"Time is just an illusion. Then you'll have to explain the device to me."
"But I don't know what it's for. Why don't you tell me what it's for?"
"Because you told me someone else explained it to you. Things take their course, as they always have."
"No, I didn't tell you anything. No one explained anything to me."
"Not now, but in the future. All this will come to an end soon. But until then everything must remain as it always has been."
―Tannhaus and the elderly Claudia speak in 1954
"You took everything from me. You're going to die! And everything you stand for will die with you."
"I know that I am going to die. But am I going to lose this match? Or is this here, our meeting, you and your gun, only part of a game you still don't know how to play?"
"You think you can manipulate me with your words. I'm no longer one of your pawns."
"But you're still one of Adam's."
―Noah confronts Claudia at the Doppler cabin

Trivia[]

Mysteries[]

  • What has Helge been doing with Noah for the past seven months?
  • Are the sleeping pills truly for Ines?
  • Why does Noah hate Agnes?
  • What is Claudia sorry for?
  • What "everything" did Claudia take from Noah?
  • When was Noah a pawn of Claudia, during which he was "manipulated by her words"?
  • Why is Claudia so confident in the face of death? What does she know will happen after hers?
  • What from the final pages has Noah so disturbed: "That can't be. Charlotte? That's not... No, this isn't right. This isn't true."?

Answers[]

  • Helge returns to 1954 by the time travel chair, which has been upgraded so that it does not kill its riders.
  • Claudia and Tronte's sexual relationship began very young.
  • Helge ends up the care home immediately after his accident last November.
  • Agnes is working with Claudia. She was once a member of Sic Mundus, as is visible in the photograph that Elisabeth found in the first episode. By the end, however, she has defected back to Sic Mundus, "betraying" Claudia by giving the newspaper clipping foretelling her death to Noah. Claudia knew the whole time she would die, however.
  • Noah and Agnes are siblings. It was suggested in "Everything Is Now" that the two might be husband and wife, since Agnes said she had been married to a pastor who was no man of faith. However, for now this seems to have been a misdirect.
  • Ulrich ends up in a solitary cell in the psychiatric hospital in 1954, heavily sedated and bound in a straitjacket. He can barely speak.
  • Noah betrays Adam by lying about having found the final pages.

Themes and Motifs[]

Time[]

  • The dates featured in this episode are: June 23, 1954; June 23, 1987; and June 23, 2020 (briefly).
  • This episode continues the countdown to the apocalypse. It is now 4 days until the apocalypse.

Observations[]

  • This episode takes place mostly in 1954 and 1987, generally following the characters between each time period.
  • Helge was transported from 1953 to 1986 in Alpha and Omega. He is now returned successfully with Noah's time machine to 1954 and walks back home after being missing for 7 months, unharmed.
  • Claudia recognizes her daughter as an adult, and learns she has cancer.
  • H.G. Tannhaus' book “A Journey Through Time” was given to him from the future- by Ulrich in 1953 (As You Sow, so You Shall Reap) but he never wrote it. It has no point of origin. The time machine was completed in 1986 when The Stranger/ adult Jonas brings a completed version to fix (Alpha and Omega).
  • Old Claudia apologises to her father in 1954 about an event which is about to occur soon.
  • Claudia dies at Noah's hands due to the latter being extremely angry on Claudia regarding her manipulations.

Gallery[]

→ See 61 images from Ghosts at Images from Ghosts.

Navigation[]

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"