This article is about the episode. For the group, see Survivors.

"The Survivors" is the second episode of Season 3 of Dark. It premiered on June 27, 2020, and is the 20th episode overall.


Martha travels to 1888 to warn her friends about the 2020 disaster. Winden residents past and present search for their missing loved ones.

Plot Edit

September 22, 1888 Edit

Jonas suspicious of Martha

Jonas was having a hard time believing anything alternate reality Martha was saying.

Martha (2 from the alternate world with a scar under her eye) wakes up agitated, after a dream in which she is having sex with Jonas and has blood over her. The Stranger is observing her, holding an envelope marked ''Jonas."'. He tells her to get dressed and leaves. Clothes are neatly folded on a chair. She enters a room where Bartosz, Franziska, and Magnus are gathered. They are surprised to see that she is alive. Magnus hugs her, but The Stranger tells them that that is not Martha. Martha confirms that she is not the Martha they knew and that she is trying to fix everything so none of them dies.

September 22, 1987 Edit

Katharina wakes up at the Kahnwald home and looks at a picture of Ines with Mikkel. As she comes downstairs, the phone rings. It is the postal service, threatening to disconnect the phone if Ines doesn't pay the bill which is 3 months overdue. Katharina picks up flyers which mention that Mikkel has been missing for three months. She puts them into a bag and leaves the house.

At the cemetery, a grave is placed for Mads, even though the coffin is empty. Hermann Albers tells Jana Nielsen that she did the right thing, as it will help them get closure. Jana mocks him, then says loudly for her husband Tronte, to tell everyone where he was when Mads vanished: sleeping with Claudia Tiedemann. If only he had dedicated as much energy into finding their son as he did to his mistress, Mads might not have gone missing. Tronte responds he is not sure what she is saying. Jana gets up and empties her bag, which contains newspaper clippings that Claudia is missing, since the day her father was found dead.

September 22, 2020 Edit

Claudia cares for Regina

Claudia took care of the very weak Regina.

Middle-aged Claudia Tiedemann removes a wooden stick blocking the entrance to the ruins of the police station, as a radio mentions scientists are looking for an explanation for the catastrophe that took place on June 27, 2020, when scientists believe the world stood still for a fraction of a nano-second. She goes to an ailing Regina, who has lost most of her hair, asking how she is. She tells her she will return before the sun goes down.

Elisabeth Doppler leaves a trailer with her father. Someone follows them. They come to a section guarded by the military. They tell Peter that this area will be closed off in 5 days but let them enter.

September 22, 1888 Edit

Travelers talk to Martha

The group of travelers was confused as to what Martha really wanted.

Bartosz, Franziska, and Magnus tell Martha they do not believe that she comes from a parallel world. The Stranger asks her how she found them. Martha tells him that Jonas told her, which Franziska is quick to question when she had said there was no Jonas in her world. Martha explains that Jonas travelled from their world to hers, but The Stranger tells Martha that she is lying because he never went to her world. He grabs her and asks what she really wants, how she travelled there and if Adam sent her.

An old man enters and remarks that the machines aren't running yet. He observes they have a visitor. He touches Martha's face and tells her she has no reason to fear him: he can see more than those who have the gift of sight, while The Stranger storms out.

September 22, 1987 Edit

Mikkel missing poster

Katharina handed out posters asking people to look for Mikkel.

Katharina goes to the school and hands out flyers of Mikkel, asking if they know him. She recognizes (teenage) Ulrich but he does not recognize her. She asks him if he knows where Mikkel is. Ulrich says that maybe that lunatic got him. Katharina asks "what lunatic?" The teenage Katharina arrives with Hannah and she goes to Ulrich and they kiss, which her older self watches and begins to remember experiencing this 33 years ago, The teenage Katharina sees her staring and says "what's her deal?" Ulrich says she is probably crazy. Hannah tells the older Katharina that somebody escaped from the asylum last summer, grabbed "Michael" and took him to the cave. Katharina grabs the teenage Hannah and tells her to stay away from Mikkel and Ulrich.

Tronte talks to assistant

In hopes of finding Claudia, Tronte spoke to her assistant.

At the power plant, Tronte meets Claudia's assistant and asks her if there was anything unusual about Claudia the week before she vanished. She tells him that she didn't take as much care of her appearance as usual and forgot appointments. She thought it had something to do with that dog and the old woman who showed up, that after that she seemed to change.

September 22, 2020 Edit

Peter hugs Elisabeth

Peter hugged Elisabeth when they found out that Franziska and Charlotte's bodies were not found.

Claudia looks at photos of Tronte as a boy, a man and an old man, and Regina as a teenager and adult, on a wall.

Peter looks at pictures on a different wall of people who died in the apocalypse, such as Clausen and Torben. Peter asks a soldier if a blonde, middle-aged woman or red-headed, teenage girl have been found. She tells him that if their pictures are not on the wall, then their bodies have not been found. Peter tells Elisabeth that is a good thing if they are not there. Elisabeth adds, "Maybe they travelled." He hugs her.

September 22, 1987 Edit

At the police station, posters call for witnesses of Egon's murder and the missing Claudia. Katharina enters, demanding to know why she was not told about the man from the psych ward, which she remembers hearing about. The police officer says she won't be getting any information on the whereabouts of Michael Kahnwald, because Katharina cannot be identified, and has no proof she is his mother. Katharina says that Mikkel has not been to school, is not at home, and has not been seen in three months. The police officer tells her that Child Protective Services know where Mikkel and Ines are, so she does not need to worry. After the kidnapping, they decided the boy needed time off, and the lunatic was returned to the ward where he had been for 34 years. Katharina asks for his name, but the police officer tells her that if she comes there again, she will be put under protective custody.

Tronte gives Regina a ride

Tronte was sure to let Regina know he was there for her when he offered her a ride.

Tronte drives past the bus stop where Regina is sitting with Gretchen. Tronte asks if that is her dog, but Regina mentions it was her mother's. Tronte offers her a ride. He tells her the dog looks just like Gretchen. she asks if her mother and Mads' disappearance could be connected. Tronte asks if Claudia ever mentioned an old lady before she vanished or if she said anything about him, but she shakes her head. Regina then asks Tronte to let her out and walk the rest of the way. Tronte tells her that he will do anything that she needs.

September 22, 2020 Edit

Claudia begins a recording, mentioning she is one of the only survivors of the apocalypse that occurred three months ago. It is unclear what exactly had triggered the events, but she mentions that if the God Particle could be stabilized, then maybe everybody could be saved.

Elisabeth approached by young Noah

Elisabeth was approached by a young Noah, who was looking for food.

Elisabeth walks with Peter to the Kahnwald home. Peter goes upstairs. Young Noah walks in, telling Elisabeth he is looking for food. He asks Elisabeth if she is doing the same, and she writes that she is looking for her mom and sister. She asks Noah where he sleeps, and he writes down that he sleeps in a cave. Peter comes down, startled and asks if Noah had been following them, reiterating that he wants nothing to do with him. Noah gets that he wants to protect Elisabeth, but says he wants to do that too- after Peter is killed.

September 22, 1888 Edit

Bartosz talks to alternate reality Martha

Bartosz tried to comfort Martha and explained their current situation.

At the Tannhaus machine factory, Martha receives a knock on her door from Bartosz, who says he is sorry about Jonas, who has changed since they got there. Martha asks how they got there, and Bartosz says they travelled, just as everything was destroyed. It was not by choice but now, having travelled to 1888, nuclear energy was going to be hard to come by. Martha asks about the workshop and whether the blind man knew where they were from. Bartosz asks her to come with him so he can show her something.

Tannhaus asks Jonas if Martha is a traveller. like him, who he believed to be a sign of a miracle. He reminds Jonas that whatever Martha meant to him, it is important that they would be creating Paradise, where every calamity and suffering can be destroyed before it even exists: a perfect world. "Sic mundus creatus est".

September 22, 1987 Edit

Katharina (Albers) goes to the psych hospital. She enters and asks the nurse, who she observes has a name tag "Helene Albers" if she can visit someone who has been there for 34 years. "The Inspector?" she asks. "Are you related to him?" Katharina tells her he is her husband. The nurse thinks Katharina looks familiar. She notices the nurse is wearing a Saint Christopher medal, the patron saint of travellers, something her mother also had. She tells her she travelled a very long way to see him. The nurse reluctantly agrees to let her see him.

Katharina visits Ulrich at psych ward

Katharina was sure to pay Ulrich a visit at the psych ward when she heard someone had been there during 34 years.

The elderly Ulrich is playing chess by himself. Katharina sits down in front of him; at first, he is unaware of her. She calls him by name, he looks at her and realizes it is Katharina. He becomes emotional, his hands tremble Katharina steadies his hands and promises to get him out of there.

At the power plant, Claudia's assistant (Jasmin) is on her way out but notices three strange men- a boy, an adult and an old man, all with cleft palates (seen in Deja-vu) in an office. She tells them she will call security but the adult tells her she will not, that hell is empty and all the devils are here. He pulls out a wire and (as occurred with Bernd Doppler) strangles her to death.

Tronte returns home and sits next to Jana. She tells him he will have to decide what he really wants. Tronte mentions he saw Regina, who is now all grown up. Jana says she has always wondered who Regina's father is. Tronte says that Jana is right that he has to decide, as he takes her hand.

September 22, 2020 Edit

Tronte asphyxiates Regina

Having been told it was the only way, Tronte asphyxiated Regina.

Regina is startled awake by a loud noise. Someone is approaching her. She calls out "Mom?" Tronte removes his hood. Regina asks what brings him there. Tronte apologizes for what has to happen. Regina is confused, as Tronte takes Regina's pillow and tells her, "she said this is the only way to save you", and then smothers Regina to death with the pillow.

Peter is cooking dinner for Elisabeth and himself. Elisabeth asks him what Noah told him. He tells her to forget it. Elisabeth tells him she is not a little kid anymore. She picks up the triquetra book and asks him why he carries it around everywhere he goes, and where Charlotte and Franziska are. She pushes Peter and starts to cry. Peter tells her they will find them.

September 22, 2053 Edit

Charlotte looks at a picture of her mother, Noah, and herself as a baby. Adult Elisabeth sits next to her, but Charlotte gets up. Elisabeth tells her everything will be okay and they hug.

September 22, 1987 Edit

Teenage Katharina is studying at the kitchen table when her mother walks in and slaps her on the back of the head, unprovoked, and tells her to clear the table. Katharina looks at her with terror. Her mother asks her why she always has to repeat herself, as Katharina begins to clear the table.

September 22, 2020 Edit

Claudia returns home and discovers Regina's motionless body. She bursts into tears.

September 22, 1888 Edit

Bartosz and Martha in Adam's study

Wanting to find out more about what was going on, Bartosz took Martha to Adam's study.

Bartosz takes Martha into a building with the words "sic mundus creatus est" and into a decorated room that Bartosz tells her is the headquarters of a secret society, of which Tannhaus is the last one left. Tannhaus' father was convinced he could supersede the rules of time and space, and dedicated his life to that, which his son followed. Bartosz tells Martha that Jonas is trying to rebuild a time machine the way he saw one in the future. He asks Martha: who is Adam? Martha tells him that Jonas is Adam.

November 5, 2019 (alternate world) Edit

(Teenage) Jonas and the old woman from Deja-vu: Eva are in a grand room. "We don't know our end but our end knows us," she tells him. We cannot escape our ultimate destiny. The choices made in each world may be different, but they converge on the same moment, even if they do not occur in the same way or at the same time. But they always happen and everyone will die, whether Jonas is in that world or not. The apocalypse will occur in both worlds- in her world in 3 days. She shows him the family tree.

Analysis Edit

  • Most of this episode takes place in the original world.
  • The dream of Martha and Jonas having sex is again seen, this time by alternate world Martha (suggesting Jonas and alternate world Martha had sex at some stage).
  • Martha wakes up with The Stranger watching her, telling her to get dressed into neatly folded clothes-similar to Jonas and Adam in Lost and Found.
  • Why does The Stranger/ adult Jonas not remember going to the alternate world with Martha?
  • Katharina was in the caves in Endings and Beginnings and has traveled to 1987. She finds Ulrich but not Mikkel, who seems to have been taken away to protect him from Ulrich. Young Ulrich and Katharina treat the older Katharina in a similar way to Mikkel. She tries to warn young Hannah to stay away from Mikkel and Ulrich.
  • The teenage Ulrich tells Katharaina that maybe "that lunatic" got Mikkel- when "that lunatic" is his older self (having lived to 2019, travelled back to 1953 and then spent 33 years in an asylum). He wears a jacket that says "No Future" which he in fact does not have.
  • The Stranger took Bartosz, Franziska, and Magnus from the apocalypse in 2020 to 1888. He meets Tannhaus' grandfather, who believes in "sic mundus creatus est". This appears to be the origin of Adam's paradise. Travelling to 1888 was not by design and the Stranger will now have to build a time machine from memory and find a way to power it.
  • Claudia's recording is heard by Jonas in Dark Matter.
  • Why does Tronte kill Regina? Who told him it was the only way to save her? Who is her father?
  • The painting on the wall while Eva is talking to Jonas is Lucas Cranach the Elder's Adam and Eve (1510/20).


Trivia Edit

  • There's a scene in which Katharina is listening to "Is This Love" by Survivor. The choice of a song from this band, in this episode specifically, may be an easter egg related to the episode's title.
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