The final mystifying chronological loop of Netflix’s Dark is quickly approaching, signifying the end of the worldwide-popular German sci-fi series.
Indeed, the ordeal of the time-trapped Jonas (Louis Hofmann)—and love interest Martha (Lisa Vicari)—will come to a colossal coda against the threat of quantum doom. The first season of Dark—after initially teasing the story of disappeared children—focused on seemingly supernatural secrets in its German small-town setting, eventually revealing the existence of three wormholes beneath its nuclear power plant, each connected to time periods in 2019, 1986 and 1953, respectively. As time progressed in Season 2, the three time periods became 2020, 1987 and 1954. The phenomenon was a game-changing revelation, proving that the series had ambitions beyond the morose whodunnit murder mystery it first appeared to be, successfully shaking off early comparisons to Netflix’s Stranger Things juggernaut.
With apocalyptic implications in mind, here’s what you need to know for Dark Season 3!
Dark Season 3 Trailer
The full trailer for Dark‘s third and final season has arrived!
Just below you’ll find the Dark Season 3 teaser trailer, which initially revealed the release date.
Dark Season 3 Release Date
Dark Season 3 hits Netflix on Saturday, June 27.
While the streaming giant doesn’t make a habit of Saturday premieres (it typically uses Fridays), this particular date was poetically apropos, since June 27 is the date on which the plot-driven apocalypse of the series is to take place. Indeed, the haunting time-travel driven show has manifested a chronological loop, one that seems destined to be altered and/or outright destroyed.
Dark Season 3 Finale
It’s already clear that Dark has existential philosophical designs behind its premise, especially with the show’s time-loop-fixated themes focused on the apparent futility of fighting the fateful tragic events that shaped and defined the primary characters across the three time periods. Yet, in a thought that might resonate with fans of the similarly time-looped Lost upon the tenth anniversary of its controversially-vexing finale, don’t expect Dark to indulge in an ending that’s too ambiguous, since creators/showrunners Baran bo Odar and Jante Friese promised definitive answers, stating last year upon the announcement of Season 3 and the show’s endgame:
“We will offer answers to the questions that our viewers have been asking and help untangle the story through time. It will be hard for us to walk away from those characters we have really grown fond of, but the beginning is the end, and the end is the beginning.”
As for why Dark is ending just as events seem to be kicking into overdrive, it was an artistic choice in following the initially-conceived trajectory of the story. Consequently, rather than diluting their original plan, the creators—and Netflix—apparently operated from the beginning on the idea that the series—which debuted on December 1, 2017—was destined to stand as a three-season affair.
Of course, we’ll have to wait and see if the short-and-sweet strategy pays off when Dark debuts its third and final season.