Dark season 3 explained: Who is Adam and is he really Jonas? Family tree identity revealed

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Netflix series Dark came to an intriguing conclusion recently. Season three was the last series and saw the story finishing with most of the loose ends tied up. Dark was a challenging watch, which forced its audience to really pay attention to the story, but fans still have questions about the German series.

Who is Adam in Dark?

WARNING: This article contains spoilers from all seasons of Dark

Season two of Dark introduced the mysterious and sinister figure of Adam (played by Dietrich Hollinderbäumer), who helped Jonas Kahnwald (Louis Hofmann) after he got stuck in the past.

Adam revealed to Jonas he was the future version of him – despite the two characters looking radically different.

The leader of Sic Mundus proved he was Jonas by revealing a scar around his neck after he was nearly executed by hanging in the future.

However, there was doubt over Adam’s story after he lied to Jonas and used him as a pawn.

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Adam convinced Jonas to travel back to his own time and stop his father Michael Kanhwald (Sebastian Rudolph) from taking his life and prevent the apocalypse.

However, the act of Jonas trying to avert tragedy put events in motion – just as Adam had wanted.

Adam later showed up in 2019 and shot Martha Nielsen (Lisa Vicari) dead, leading Jonas to believe it had all been lies.

Subsequently, many Dark fans thought Adam was a future version of Bartosz Tiedemann (Paul Lux), who was taking revenge on Jonas.

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These theories were later quashed in season three when viewers started to see Jonas becoming Adam with one chilling scene suggesting the transformation was complete after he killed his mother Hannah Kahnwald (Maja Schöne).

Future Jonas (Andreas Pietschmann) murdered Hannah after she showed up in the past, telling her she wasn’t supposed to be there.

At this point, adult Jonas had lost his hair and was beginning to exhibit Adam’s scars.

So, it looks like Adam wasn’t lying and Jonas did indeed become him later on down the line, despite the sweet-natured teen trying to defy this future incarnation.

Similarly, Martha’s transformation into Eve (Barbara Nüsse) seemed equally as plausible – with Jonas and Adam symbolising the other side of the coin.

Playing the part of Adam required actor Hollinderbäumer to sit in make-up for hours and have prosthetics applied to his face, completely changing his appearance.

However, it paid off in spades as fans were left guessing about his real identity which in the end was Jonas.

Speaking to The Guardian about the end of Dark, veteran German star Hollinderbäumer said: “I’m happy that the story is told now.”

He added: “[A]nd that the next part I do as an actor, I will not sit in makeup for five hours.”

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While Hofmann told the publication: “It’s a generational story about whether you are like your parents, whether you imitate them, whether you want to act exactly opposite of how they were acting in their youth.”

The star went on to say: “It’s also about free will, of course.”

The central conceit of Dark is the conflict between free will and determinism with Jonas trying desperately to change his future against the odds.

However, as season three illustrated, Jonas always became Adam despite himself and it was only something outside of the knot which could break the cycle.

Dark seasons 1 to 3 are streaming on Netflix now

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