'Dark' Season 3: Regina's real father is revealed and shocked fans say 'that's some pedo s**t'
The utilization of incestuous relationships by the show has had both shocked its audience and blown their minds away
Spoilers for 'Dark' Season 3
With its mind-bending, marvelous final season, 'Dark' has set a new standard for the time travel genre altogether. The Netflix series which began as a story about the mysterious, seemingly supernatural disappearance of kids in the small town of Winden, concluded itself with an epic tale that fused genres and narratives. Throughout its course, 'Dark' had left its viewers in a purgatory of sorts, never disclosing more than what is required. Much like the older versions of the characters on the show, the audiences were also told the bare minimum up until the very end.
The utilization of incestuous relationships by the show has had both shocked its audience and blown their minds away. Especially since these relationships are formed in the most unpredictable of ways. And now, with all of Winden's secrets out, fans of the show only find themselves in awe. The finale presented a big surprise for 'Dark' viewers. Despite closing all stray ends, there was one big question on the minds of many fans: who really was Regina Tiedemann's father?
For the longest time, it was assumed by characters on the show and by extension, the audience, that Regina was born out of Tronte Nielsen (Felix Kramer) and Claudia Tiedemann's (Julika Jenkins) affair. This had also left Tronte's marriage with Jana Nielsen (Anne Lebinsky) on the rocks, especially after the disappearance of Mads (Valentin Oppermann), for that is also when Claudia disappears leaving Tronte broken.
While it is not explicitly revealed, the show graces us with a particular scene answering this question. In the end, during the dinner table scene, a photo shows Regina, Claudia and - none other than - Bernd Doppler (Michael Mendl) posing for the camera as a family. Doppler is Regina's father. This is now also confirmed on the show's official website.
After fans of show recovered from the initial shock of this discovery, they were irked. "That's some pedo sh*t, bro," said a fan. "So sweet he becomes a pedophile for Claudia," added another viewer.
Interactions the two had over the course of the show were also recalled. "I just remembered the scene where he gave her money when she was a child. He said to her, 'Let me give you advice. A life lesson. If you really want something, then take it'. Pretty dark," pointed out another. "There was a scene, can’t remember which episode of season 3, which Bernd was talking to a young Claudia and I felt creep vibes coming from him," concurred another.
This comment hasn't fared all that well for Bernd. "Yeah, I'd say he kind of mentored her and gave her the "take what I want attitude" that both he (as her boss who wanted to have sex with her) and her (as an employee who wanted to run the nuclear plant) possibly used to achieve their goals and led to Regina existing," said another fan.
At the same time, many argue that this wouldn't matter because if you do the math, Regina would be of consenting age by the time they'd begin their affair. Everything aside, however, one cannot excuse the fact that the show tied itself up pretty neatly. We, for one, cannot get enough of the simple conclusion to this mind-bending marvel.
All episodes of 'Dark' are currently streaming on Netflix.