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Time travel is the process of travelling to a point in the past or future.

Rules Edit

We think we're free, but we're not. We follow the same old path. Again and again.― Adult Jonas Kahnwald to teenage Jonas Kahnwald[source]
The past, present and future are all connected and affect each other. Whether it is possible to change the future through changing the past is unclear, but appears to be impossible.

Seemingly, changes to the past made through time travel are already accounted for in the future and thus, it is impossible to change the future. This means that whatever happens has already happened. Examples:

  • Ulrich traveled from 2019 to 1953 and tried to kill young Helge to prevent the future abduction of children, but only caused the injuries to his face which Helge "already" had in the future.
  • Jonas traveled from 1921 to 2019 to prevent his father's suicide, only to be the trigger of the tragedy.
  • Mikkel traveled from 2019 to 1986, a change in the past which has already happened since his adult self existed during the 2019.

On the other hand, some characters, like Noah, Claudia and Jonas, go to great lengths to ensure that every step will be repeated exactly as it was before, implying that things would change without their intervention and thus, changes to the past affect the future. However, they might have other motives than keeping the timeline consistent. Examples:

  • Claudia instructed Tronte and Peter to place Mads' body in the forest where it would be found by the police.
  • Future Jonas prevented his younger self from bringing Mikkel (his future father) back from 1986 to 2019, as he believed that doing so would erase his own existence.
  • Future Jonas did not release his younger self from the bunker when he was kidnapped by Noah and Helge,

A misconception of the series is, time travel is only possible between points in time that are exactly 33 years apart. There is an example where this is not the case, but they are normally between 33 year increments:

  • The cave wormhole is limited to travel between exactly 3 years: 1953, 1986, & 2019:
    • Old Helge travels from 2019 to 1986, via the cave wormhole right passage...33 years earlier
    • Ulrich travels from 2019 to 1953, via the cave wormhole left passage...66 years earlier
  • The apparatus is limited to travel in 33 year increments:
    • The teens use it to go from 2020 to 1987 bus stop...33 years earlier
    • Hannah steals the apparatus and goes from 2020 to 1954 (presumably via a double hop)...66 years earlier
  • The bunker rift:
    • Peter witnesses Mads from 1986 Chair through a rift in the 2019 bunker...33 years later
    • Erik & Yasin from 1986 Chair through a rift in the 1953 bunker...33 years earlier
  • The bunker portal at the end of Season 1:
    • Jonas and Young Helge touch through the portal
      • Young Helge is transported from 1953 to 1986...33 years later
      • Jonas is transported from 1986 to 2052...66 years later
  • The God Particle stabilized portal in 2053 plant:
    • Jonas in transported to 1921...132 years earlier
  • The God Particle Twin stabilized portal in 1921:
    • Jonas is transported to 2019...98 years later**
    • Teen Noah is transported to 2020...99 years later
    • Adam is transported to 2020...99 years later
  • The plant portal at the end of Season 2:
    • Charlotte and Elisabeth touch through the portal
      • Elisabeth is transported from 2053 to (2119, following the Jonas/Helge example)? or ?
      • Charlotte is transported from 2020 to (2053, following Jonas/Helge example)? or died in Apocalypse?

**Only known non-33 year increment travel to have occurred through Season 2

Methods Edit

Season 1 Edit

Wormhole or "Passage" in Caves Edit

A wormhole in the Winden Caves opened during an incident in the Winden Nuclear Power Plant in the summer of 1986. A man-made passage behind a heavy metal door created by Sic Mundus, connects three points in time 33 years apart: 1953, 1986, & 2019.

Cave Doors

All other known methods of time travel utilize the same method of the original wormhole. Although it seems Mikkel Nielsen get transported 33 years into the past outside the caves while running away, actually it was a younger Jonas back from 2053 via 1921 who took him to the passage in Winden Caves after he was lost, as revealed by Michael Kahnwald (older Mikkel) later in Season 2. Similar thing happened with Claudia Tiedemann's dog Gretchen.

Bunker Chair (Apparatus Alpha) Edit

The Chair was a prototype time machine, built in the Bunker behind the Doppler Shack by Noah & Helge in 1986.

Dark 1x01 - Erik in the chair

Apparatus / Clockwork Box Edit

Using the prototypes of the Bunker Chair, a portable device was created by H.G. Tannhaus with plans given to him by Claudia. Originally seen in use by The Stranger at the end of Season 1 and used by several people in Season 2. The Apparatus requires the use of the "God Particle," found in the nuclear waste barrels from 1986, and (initially) the handphone that Ulrich leaves behind in Tannhaus's shop in 1953. It is seen in Season 2 that Claudia is able to operate the Apparatus without the use of the cell phone.
Dark 1x09 - Apparatus 3

Bunker Portal Edit

In 2019 while Peter is in the bunker seeking solitude and reciting the serenity prayer, Mads falls through a time portal. This portal is the exit point of the wormhole created by the Bunker Chair in 1986.

Jonas is in the 1986 Bunker after being kidnapped by Helge and Noah. Young Helge is in the 1953 bunker after being bashed by Ulrich. When The Stranger activates the apparatus in attempts to close the wormhole at the end of Season 1, a time portal opens in the bunker. Jonas and Helge touch and Jonas is transported to 2052 and Helge to 1986.

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Season 2 Edit

Bunker Chair 2.0 (Apparatus Beta) Edit

Noah sends Helge back to 1953 after he has healed from being bashed by Ulrich. The Chair now has cylindrical doors that open and close around the traveler, as well as the ability to use a small amount of the "God Particle" from the 1986 nuclear incident. This removes the need for the device to operate directly over the wormhole in the tunnels, and brings it one iterative step close to becoming the Apparatus, which can be operated from anywhere.

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Nuclear Plant - God Particle (2053) Edit

Jonas has to find fuel for the equipment to stabilize the God Particle or Wormhole prior to travelling to 1921.
GodParticleChamber

Nuclear Plant - God Particle (2020) Edit

Prior to the Apocalypse a God Particle or Wormhole appears above the open yellow barrel.
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Nuclear Plant Portal (2020) Edit

Seemingly the cause of the apocalypse, when mother/daughter touch through the time portal.
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Sic Mundus Lab - God Particle Twin (1921) Edit

The God Particle or Wormhole in the Sic Mundus lab that connects with the wormhole in 2053.
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Other Martha's Trans-Dimensional Orb Edit

clockwork orb is used at the end of Season 2 by Martha and Jonas to escape the apocalypse. Since Martha states that she is from another world, it is assumed that this device bridges worlds, and not time periods (at least not demonstrated as of yet).
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Instances Edit

Also reference Timeline

Episode Traveler Departure Arrival Method Details
Helge Doppler (middle-aged) 22 Oct 1986 22 Oct 2019 Wormhole in Caves Helge comes to 2019 to kidnap Erik.
Helge Doppler (middle-aged) 22 Oct 2019 22 Oct 1986 Wormhole in Caves Helge kidnaps Erik and brings him back through the caves back to the 1986 Bunker.
Erik Obendorf 22 Oct 2019 22 Oct 1986 Wormhole in Caves Helge kidnaps Erik and brings him back through the caves back to the 1986 Bunker.


S1:E7

Noah Jana witnesses a Priest arguing with a man that had a disfigured ear 1 week before Mads disappearance on 9 Oct 1986.
S1:E1 Helge Doppler (middle-aged) 4 Nov 1986 4 Nov 2019 Wormhole in Caves Helge arrives in 2019. Likely a flashback to when Helge arrive to kidnapped Erik on 22 Oct 2019.
S1:E1 Mikkel Nielsen 4 Nov 2019 4 Nov 1986 Wormhole in Caves Jonas from 2053 takes Mikkel into the cave, through the passage, and back to 1986.
S2:E6 Jonas Kahnwald from 2053 4 Nov 2019 4 Nov 1986 Wormhole in Caves Michael reveals to Jonas that he took him into the cave, through the passage, and back to 1986.
S1:E2 Erik Obendorf 5 Nov 1986 5 Nov 1953 Bunker Chair Helge straps Erik to the chair and he is transported to 1953 bunker and dies in the process.
S1:10 Mads Nielsen 5 Nov 1986 5 Nov 2019 Bunker Chair Peter witnesses Mads (missing since 9 Oct 1986) body falling through the Bunker time rift. Claudia turns up and tells Peter and Tronte to move the body to the woods to be found by Police.
S1:E2 The Stranger 5 Nov 2019 The Stranger arrives in Winden and goes to Regina's Hotel for a shower.
Helge Doppler (middle-aged) 7 Nov

2019

7 Nov 1986 Wormhole in Caves Helge comes to 2019 to kidnap Yasin.
Helge Doppler (middle-aged) 7 Nov

2019

7 Nov 1986 Wormhole in Caves Helge kidnaps Erik and brings him back through the caves back to the 1986 Bunker.
Yasin Friese 7 Nov

2019

7 Nov 1986 Wormhole in Caves Helge kidnaps Yasin and brings him back through the caves back to the 1986 Bunker.
Yasin Friese 9 Nov 1986 9 Nov 1953 Bunker Chair Backward
Ulrich Nielsen 10 Nov 2019 10 Nov 1953 Wormhole in Caves Backward
Gretchen (dog) 10 Nov 1953 10 Nov 1986 Wormhole in Caves Forward
Claudia Tiedemann (old) 10 Nov 1953 10 Nov 1986 Wormhole in Caves Forward
Claudia Tiedemann (middle) 1986? 2052? ? Forward
Claudia Tiedemann (old) 2052? 11 Nov 1953 ? Apparatus Plans
Claudia Tiedemann (old) 2052? 4 Nov 2019 ? Mads in Bunker
Claudia Tiedemann (old) 2052? 11 Nov 2019 ? Visits Bartosz
Helge Doppler (middle-aged) several several Wormhole in Caves Forward & Backward
Helge Doppler (old) 9 Nov 2019 9 Nov 1986 Wormhole in Caves Backward
Helge Doppler (child) 12 Nov 1953 12 Nov 1986 Bunker Portal Forward
Jonas Kahnwald 8 Nov 2019 8 Nov 1986 Wormhole in Caves Backward
Jonas Kahnwald 9 Nov 1986 9 Nov 2019 Wormhole in Caves Forward
Jonas Kahnwald 12 Nov 2019 12 Nov 1986 Wormhole in Caves Backward
Jonas Kahnwald 12 Nov 1986 2052[1] Bunker Portal Forward*
The Stranger 7 Nov 2019? 7 Nov 1986 Wormhole in Caves Backward
Noah 2052?,several several ? Backward & Forward
*Known time travels span beyond 33 years.

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References Edit

  1. "Jonas Kahnwald" on Netflix Dark Website.
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