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"The White Devil" is the seventh episode of Season 2 of Dark. It premiered on June 21, 2019, and is the 17th episode overall.

Summary[]

Martha meets the Stranger and learns his true identity. Claudia tries to prevent Egon's death in 1987. Hannah travels back to 1954 to see Ulrich.

Plot[]

Prologue[]

We see Adam sitting in his lair, imagining his boyhood love, Martha Nielsen, sitting across from him. As the narrator Adam says:

"People are peculiar creatures. All their actions are driven by desire, their characters forged by pain. As much as they might try to suppress the pain, to repress desire, they cannot liberate themselves from eternal servitude to their feelings. As long as the storm rages within them they can find no peace. Not in life, not in death. And so, day after day, they will do all that must be done. Pain is their ship, desire their compass. All that humankind is capable of."

During this time we see Hannah Kahnwald in her Jonas's room, taking the time machine while imagining Ulrich Nielsen watching her do it; Martha looking at the St. Christopher medal while imagining Jonas in her room after the fight between him and Bartosz ("Alpha and Omega"); and Katharina Nielsen imagining her son Mikkel, in his room and dressed in his "work clothes".

1 day until the apocalypse (June 26, 1954)[]

It’s June 26. Egon Tiedemann and his coworkers inspect the unidentified old woman's corpse (the elderly Claudia Tiedemann) found near the Doppler cabin in the station's morgue. Egon immediately recognizes her, saying that she came into the police station before, apologizing profusely to him but making little sense otherwise, on the same day that the missing Helge Doppler returned ("Ghosts"). She is shown to have unusually high levels of radiation. Chief of Police Daniel Kahnwald suggests that Egon show a photo of the woman to Helge, to see if he can shed some light on the mysterious dead woman.

June 26, 1987[]

Middle-aged Claudia is sitting at her desk in her office at the nuclear power plant, recording her research findings from the tests she had performed on the Cs-137 sample the day before ("Lost and Found"). When she realizes that it's the day her father Egon is supposed to die, she hurriedly rushes out to see him.

June 26, 2020[]

The middle-aged Jonas wakes up in his bed and looks for Hannah. She is no where to be found.

Hannah stands at the entrance to the caves with the machine in her hand and stares into the darkness. She walks into the caves.

Katharina stares at the tattoo on her arm (K+U) and the documents on the floor in Mikkel's room.

Charlotte Doppler shows her husband Peter the photo of her as a baby that Noah gave her ("Lost and Found") and repeats what the false priest told her about the world ending tomorrow. She tells him that her mother is alive.

Inspector Clausen is looking at a photo of Aleksander Tiedemann when he is interrupted with new information about him.

Martha, having found the St. Christopher medal (left by the adult Jonas ("Lost and Found")), thinks Jonas has returned, as Bartosz Tiedemann predicted. She mentions this to her friends and she and Bartosz argue. She makes it clear their relationship is over.

June 26, 1954[]

Egon shows Helge the photo of the old Claudia and asks if he knows who she is. Helge says that he's heard about her. They call her the "White Devil" and while he doesn't reveal his source for this information, he claims that Claudia wants to "kill us all." Egon points out that Claudia is dead, so she can't hurt anyone any longer. Helge responds, "But she hasn’t even started yet."

June 26, 1987[]

Claudia continues to push Egon to move in with her. Egon shows increasing reluctance to leave his comfortable apartment. Claudia, disheartened, then asks if she can come with him to his first chemotherapy appointment that day, to which Egon responds with heartfelt joy.

June 26, 2020[]

Clausen closes in on Aleksander, stating he is being charged for identity theft and obstruction. He says he is looking for Aleksander Köhler, who is his brother. He says he believes his height is different from what his documents state. Clausen proceeds to arrest him for identity theft.

Martha heads off on her own to the Kahnwald house. While Hannah isn’t there, the adult Jonas is and lets her in. Martha asks who he is. She looks at him strangely and he asks if she is scared of him. She says she is experiencing deja-vu. As he did previously ("Secrets"), he responds "A glitch in the matrix." He asks whether she found the St. Christopher medal he left for her. She then realizes that he is Jonas.

June 26, 1987[]

Egon begins to tell Claudia that he knows time travel really exists, referencing the American film Back to the Future. Claudia looks in shock.

June 26, 1954[]

Hannah uses the time machine she stole from the adult Jonas to travel back in time to 1954. She goes to the police station to see Egon, stating she is looking for her husband who might be the man accused of murdering the children. She lies when asked about her name, saying that she is Katharina Nielsen.

June 26, 2020[]

Sitting at the kitchen table, Jonas starts to explain his absence to Martha. She says it all makes sense now. She takes his hand in hers and touches his forearm and face. They are interrupted by her mother Katharina who breaks into the house searching for Hannah. On seeing Martha and Jonas together she pulls them apart and asks Martha whether she knows who this man is. He is the son of her brother, her nephew. She tells Jonas to keep his dirty hands off her and takes Martha away.

Aleksander is sitting in an interrogation room when Clausen enters. Clausen places a gun on the table in between them and states that his brother vanished in 1986, similar to Mads Nielsen. His name was Aleksander Köhler, just like his. Clausen reveals a letter and passes it across the table and demands Aleksander read it out loud. The letter states that he would find answers about his brother in Winden. He knows Aleksander is not his brother and leaves the room.

June 26, 1954[]

Egon, slightly suspicious at the sudden appearance of a relative, takes her to visit Ulrich at the psychiatric institution, asking her to try to get a confession from him. He asks if she's ever heard of the White Devil, but she says no.

June 26, 2020[]

At the Doppler house, Franziska Doppler, Magnus Nielsen, and Franziska's younger sister Elisabeth share what they know with Charlotte and Peter, who are actually already aware of the time travel occurring. Once Franziska realizes that her parents are not surprised by the news about time travel, she gets angry that they kept this knowledge a secret, as well as her father's affair. Magnus receives a call from Martha, with the news that Jonas is back—as Bartosz had predicted—but is older. Mikkel and their father are alive but in another time.

June 26, 1954[]

Ulrich is taken to Hannah in his straitjacket. He asks if she is real. He asks about Katharina and his children. Hannah, sensing that he cares more about Katharina and his family, asks him who he would choose between her or Katharina, or if he ever loved her. He tells her he loves her and will leave Katharina if she can get him out of there. But his words sound hollow and desperate, just in the hope she will get him out. She tells Ulrich he does not need her now and turns around as Ulrich is brought back, yelling in desperation. She tells Egon that despite a slight resemblance, Ulrich is not her husband.

June 26, 2020[]

Martha hugs Katharina and assures her everything will be fine. Magnus enters with the machine and opens it. Katharina goes upstairs with it. Martha tells Magnus that Mikkel and Ulrich are alive.

June 26, 1987[]

When Egon and Claudia arrive at his apartment to get his medicine, Egon starts to put the facts together and realizes that Ulrich kept returning to the caves. Claudia grows increasingly hostile and defensive. He tells Claudia she knows about time travel too and it is connected to the power plant. He starts phoning the police to search the caves. Claudia stops him and says this is too important to be jeopardized. He tells Claudia she has no heart. They struggle over the phone and Egon falls backwards, cracking his head open on the table. Claudia calls an ambulance (which could have saved his life) but hangs up, remembering what her older self said about sacrifices and everything happening as it always has so Regina will live ("Dark Matter"). Egon speaks his last words to his daughter: "You are the White Devil."

June 26, 1954[]

Back in Egon's office, he apologizes to Hannah for not reacting sooner. He asks if she is leaving. Hannah states that she lost everything back where she came from and is looking for a fresh start.

June 26, 1987[]

After leaving her father to die, she heads home visibly distraught, and begins to wash the blood from her hands. She sobs uncontrollably. She is then startled as the teenaged Jonas enters with a key but she does not know who he is or how he has a key. She realizes he must have got it from her older self. He tells her that they have to go and don't have much time. He knows what she did, but it doesn't have to happen again. Next time. "Where are we going?" she asks, "To the future," he responds.

Cast[]

Deaths[]

Quotes[]

"People are peculiar creatures. All their actions are driven by desire, their characters forged by pain. As much as they might try to suppress the pain, to repress desire, they cannot liberate themselves from eternal servitude to their feelings. As long as the storm rages within them they can find no peace. Not in life, not in death. And so, day after day, they will do all that must be done. Pain is their ship, desire their compass. All that humankind is capable of."
―Adam philosophizes on mankind.
"Do you know this woman?"
"Answer the sergeant."
"Were you with her maybe? Did she lock you in?"
"He told me about her. The White Devil."
"Who? Who told you about her? The man who did that to you? The White Devil. Tell me about the White Devil."
"She wants to kill us. All of us."
"She's dead. She can't hurt anyone anymore."
"But she hasn't even started yet."
―Egon first hears of the "White Devil", from the young Helge.
"What is it?"
"A copy of a document from the Marburg Registry Office, the data on your last ID before you left Marburg."
"I've no idea how this is relevant."
"Nothing stands out?"
"No. What should stand out?"
"You're 5' 6", I bet. Tops. That document says 5' 8". So I'm wondering where it is?"
"Where is what?"
"The two inches missing."
―Clausen insinuates that Aleksander stole his identity.
"You were always different. You saw the world differently from the very start. Sometimes I think that that's my problem—that I can't see the world as it truly is."
―Egon to his daughter Claudia
"I have no idea what's going on in this town. But I'm very certain of one thing: You are definitely not my brother."
―Clausen to Aleksander after arresting him
"What's in the caves eclipses all scientific discovery. That substance turns all we know about the universe on its head. And you want to risk all of that? For nothing?"
"You haven't changed. It's still all about you. You have no heart."
―Claudia attempts to convince her father not to reveal the secret of the caves.
"I lost everything where I came from. All I want is a fresh start."
―Hannah to a younger Egon after traveling to 1954
"I know what you did. She told me. But she also said it didn't have to happen that way again, next time."
"Where are we going?"
"To the future."
―The young Jonas returns, to retrieve Claudia from 1987 in favor of the future.

Analysis[]

Mysteries[]

  • Who wrote the anonymous letter to Clausen?

Answers[]

Observations[]

  • Egon sees Claudia's corpse, not realizing then that this is his time traveling daughter, while 33 years later Claudia sees Egon die, as he finally realizes Claudia is that woman.
  • Among the items found on Claudia's body is a pocket sundial, which can be used to estimate time and provide direction. This is the first time such a device has been depicted on the show.
  • Aleksander Köhler's height is listed as 175 cm (almost 5'9"), and Clausen estimates Aleksander Tiedemann's height at 171 cm (a little over 5'7"). It is not clear why the subtitles use different measures.
  • The adult Jonas seems just as awkward around Martha as he was as a teenager.
  • Martha finds out she is Jonas's aunt.
  • Katharina breaks into the Kahnwald home, just as adult Jonas broke into her home.
  • Hannah had previously blackmailed Aleksander to destroy Ulrich and now does so herself.
  • Claudia wanted to prevent her father's death, as Jonas had but ironically, the events they were trying to prevent happened because of their actions trying to stop them.
  • In the preceding episode Jonas asks Claudia who she is. In this episode Claudia asks the same of Jonas.
  • Jonas has seemed to age a bit since the previous episode, due to spending a year with Claudia's older self learning about time travel. She probably informed him about her impending death.

Themes and Motifs[]

Time[]

  • The dates featured in this episode are: June 26, 1954; June 26, 1987 and June 26, 2020.
  • This episode continues the countdown to the apocalypse. It is now the day before the apocalypse.
  • Hannah decides to stay in 1954, now having nothing in 2020.

Cultural References[]

  • The White Devil - Der weiße Teufel is a 1930 German film adapted from the Tolstoy novella Hadji Murat, in which the titular character forms an alliance with his enemies in order to exact personal revenge.
  • The Matrix - In the 1999 science fiction film The Matrix, what humans perceive as reality is actually a massive computer simulation, and a feeling of déjà vu indicates a "glitch in the Matrix."

Gallery[]

→ See 33 images from The White Devil at Images from The White Devil.

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"
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