returns to your third season at Netflix. The series was considered one of the most complex on the entire platform and, perhaps, of all the series ever produced in recent times. With a fragmented narrative similar to and with a similar idea of time to the film, she confuses her fans in a positive way.
The coming and going of the story must be carefully analyzed, as each detail can make a difference in the understanding of the narrative, since we are working with several timelines that occur in the same period.
Remember the first season
THE first season as it resembles a stage, it presents us with time travel and the existing connections between her characters, who connect in the past and in the future throughout the 10 episodes.
The story focuses on the disappearance of boys in the city of Winden, Germany, something that has been going on for 66 years. In addition, we have Jonas, a boy who suffers from his father’s suicide. As the series unfolds, the possibility of time travel is presented to us, and we discover that one of the missing boys, Mikkel, is the father of Jonas, and that he would have disappeared in 2019 and reappeared in 1986.
The narrative is constructed in this way from the disappearance of Mikkel with several lapses in time. Ulrich, the father of the missing boy, travels in search of his son, but it ends in 1953, 33 years before the time the boy ended up. Jonas travels to 1986 and meets Mikkel, but is prevented from returning with him, as this would change the course of history.
Remember that everyone travels in time through a cave, located next to the Winden Nuclear Power Plant. What allows this trip is a wormhole that opened after the nuclear accident in 1986. The date of the accident corresponds to that of the Chernobyl Plant, and it is believed to be on purpose.
Another character that seems to be fundamental at that time is Noah, a supposed villain, who kidnaps boys at different times. In the series, he presents himself as a priest and several times the script suggests that he would be the antichrist.
At the end of the season, Ulrich remains in 1953, Mikkel in 1986 (the boy is adopted by nurse Inês Kahnwald and becomes Michael Kahnwald, Jonas’ father, who dies in the future) and Jonas, when passing through the cave door, is transported to 2052, a year that until then is unknown in the series.
All of these stories are connected in some way and at some point. Links are very important for understanding. The season reinforces the idea that time is not linear, but rather cyclical, and that past and future have a direct impact, the necessary message to understand what comes next.
The second season and its paradoxes
In the following season, the story begins to build and be explained, several relationships start to make sense to the public. We are introduced to new characters, like Adam, the real villain of the plot, and not Noah as we believed until then.
Jonas, who in the last episode of the first season will end in the year 2052, discovers that the future is catastrophic after an apocalypse in 2019, caused by the dark matter that formed with the waste from the nuclear accident at the Winden Plant. This post-apocalyptic world is controlled by Elisabeth Doppler, the 2019 deaf-dumb little girl, now an adult. The boy is captured by her, but with the help of a member of the Doppler group, Jonas runs away and finds the dark matter that is still in the wreckage of the Plant. Through it, it leaves the year 2052 and returns to 1921.
In that new year, Jonas meets the young version of Noah and Adam, leader of a group that he calls himself. Thus, the young man discovers that Noah (until then an alleged antichrist) worked for this group. The new villain explains to the young man about the existing cycles and that it is necessary to break these cycles to break free. He reveals that he created another dark matter that allows him to travel for any moment and, with that, create a new world. But the biggest revelation is that Adam is the older version of Jonas.
Another detail revealed is the reason why Noah works for Adam, supposedly the villain would have taken his daughter and taken the creation to another time. In the end, we discover that Charlotte Doppler is Noah’s lost daughter, and more, her mother is Elisabeth Doppler, that is, her daughter.
To understand this, it is necessary to keep in mind that Noah has been traveling through time for years and that, at some point, he found adult Elisabeth, who got pregnant and had a baby. This child was stolen from them by Adam, who left him in the past, in the hands of the inventor HG Tannhaus. Charlotte grew up in the past, married and had two daughters, one of whom is Elisabeth who grew up, had a relationship with Noah and had a daughter, who was stolen and taken to the past. The idea is similar to what happened to Mikkel Nilsen.
At the end of the second season, the vast majority of the characters found out somehow about time travel and even made a trip. Like, for example, brothers Nilsen, Magnus and Martha, who travel by the machine invented by Tannhaus. The brothers return to 1986, and even have a date with their older father. It is worth remembering that Ulrich Nilsen, father of the boys, returned to 1953 in an attempt to find his son, was arrested and aged at that time. Then, in 1986, we had two versions of Ulrich, the teenager from that time and the old man.
In the last episode, all the characters who have the knowledge of the approaching apocalypse go to 2019, to prevent or cause the accident to occur. The adult version of Jonas, who we know in the first season and who is responsible for revealing the truth to the teenager who tries to rescue Mikkel from 1986, tries to save the life of Martha and another by taking them to a bunker. Its older version is willing to prevent the catastrophe to come. Meanwhile, his newest version, who has already met Adam and who has teamed up with Claudia Tiedemann, tries to stop them from changing the weather and building a new world.
In the end, the adult version of Jonas fails to accomplish what he wanted, his younger version finds Martha and Adam kills the girl in front of Jonas, claiming that it is the pain of death that will transform Jonas into what Adam is. But something that does not seem to be planned happens, a version of Martha appears in the room, surprising both of them. Jonas questions what year it is, and the girl claims that it is not a year, but a world.
The end opens doors to the existence of multi-verses, that is, worlds that exist parallel to each other, with the same people living different versions of themselves. It also opens up the possibility that Adam’s plan worked, and he managed to create his other world.
Throughout the series, several scientific and biblical references are cited, such as Adam’s own name, which refers to Adam, a biblical character expelled from Paradise. The scientific part, on the other hand, belongs to the whole concept of time travel and multiple universes, which makes everything complex for those who follow.
The theories used for the construction of the script are all physical examples, theories such as the Boostrap Paradox and the Higgs Boson. Knowing them is the first step to make everything easier.
Also known as Ontological Paradox, is a time travel paradox in which information or objects can exist without having been created, that is, the object or information that is sent in time becomes the object / information at the beginning, which travels in time, connecting the past and future.
This paradox explains a recurring phenomenon in the series, a character from the future or past, who travel to another time and are responsible for specific events of that time. For example, Claudia, who returns to her time to save her father and ends up being responsible for his death. Charlotte Doppler being the mother of her mother, and Mikkel Nilsen existing at the same time as her future self, Michael Kahnwald, and her son Jonas Kahnwald.
To understand this theory is to understand that every character in the series has its relevance at another time, each trip that occurs being for the future or for the past influencing the narrative. This detail has been present since the first season, when we are introduced to the city of Winden, Germany, a place where past, present and future meet.
This theory is recent in the series. It was introduced to us by Adan, who calls it God’s Particle. THE Higgs’ Boson it is an elementary particle of the Standard Model of particles, which would have appeared after the Big Bang. It would explain the existence and lack of mass in the elementary particles. It was predicted by physicist Peter Higgs, who worked based on the ideas of Philip Anderson. It became popularly known as the God Particle, which would be an allusion to it allowing the existence or lack of mass in other particles. This name would have been attributed after the book by Leon Lederman, who after being frustrated with his studies on it, gave the name of his work as “the cursed particle”. However, for commercial reasons, the name has been changed.
In the plot, this supposed particle would be similar to a dark matter, which will allow time travel for any moment, thus breaking the 33-year cycle initially presented.
The first story is created with the accident at the Winden Nuclear Power Plant in 1986, the waste from the site formed this mass that was rushed underground, being released in 2019 and causing the cycle to end. The second would have been created by and would allow to travel beyond the time of 33 years. Theories claim that this dark mass is responsible for the functioning of the time machine used by Martha from the other world.
it is a complex series, but it is possible to understand. Paying attention is the key point for the layered narrative to make sense. The secret is to understand that there are different years and that all versions of a person can pass through them, and exist together at the same time.