'Dark' Season 3: Release date, plot, cast, trailer and all you need to know about Netflix's German sci-fi thriller

'Dark' Season 3: Release date, plot, cast, trailer and all you need to know about Netflix's German sci-fi thriller

The "final cycle has begun". Netflix's hit German original 'Dark' is returning to the streaming giant for its final third season. Just as fans predicted, the third season is releasing on Netflix on June 27. Netflix's first-ever German-language original series, 'Dark' premiered on the service on December 1, 2017, to positive audience reception and critical acclaim. Since then, the time-twisting series has become a favorite among science fiction fanatics. But here's the thing, 'Dark' is a murky fusion of science and religion that unfolds its secrets slowly with each episode. 


In Season 3, some things are familiar, others are not. Here is everything you need to know about Season 3 of 'Dark'.  

Release date

'Dark' Season 3 premieres on Netflix on June 27.


The official synopsis for Season 3 reads, "the time-twisting madness reaches its conclusion in a strange new world, where some things are quite familiar and others are disturbingly not." As vague as these synopses read, ardent fans of the show know exactly — or at least somewhat — where the show is headed: to the final cycle where all the questions will be answered.


The concluding series is expected to shed light on the mend-bending physics behind the time-twisting. However, on the way there, we are expecting a lot more time-bending twists this time around. At the same time, 'Dark' is praised for its deep delving themes of human nature — each character on the series is undergoing an existential conundrum. 


'Dark' boasts of a massive star cast — each actor of brilliance and each character of utmost importance to the show's storyline. Spanning three generations of four closely-knit families, several characters are portrayed by multiple actors at various stages. 


Cast attend the premiere of the first German Netflix series 'Dark' at Zoo Palast on November 20, 2017, in Berlin, Germany (Getty Images)

Louis Hofmann returns as Jonas Kahnwald, Oliver Masucci as Ulrich Nielsen, Jördis Triebel as as Ulrich's wife Katharina Nielsen, Maja Schöne as Jonas' mother and Ulrich's lover Hannah Kahnwald, Karoline Eichhorn as Charlotte Doppler, Sebastian Rudolph  as Michael Kahnwald. 


Anatole Taubman is set to reprise his role as 1953 Bernd Doppler alongside Mark Waschke as Noah, Stephan Kampwirth as Peter Doppler, Anne Ratte-Polle as 1986 Ines Kahnwald, Andreas Pietschmann as The Stranger/ Jonas Kahnwald, Lisa Vicari as Jonas' love interest Martha Nielsen, Michael Mendl as 1986 Bernd Doppler, and Angela Winkler as Bernd Doppler. 



Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese created 'Dark'. Odar has directed all 18 Dark episodes till date, while Friese is a writer on each episode. In 2018, she won the  Grimme-Preis, Germany's most prestigious television award. In the same year, for directing Season 1, Odar was honoured with a Grimme-Preis, Germany's most prestigious television award, in 2018.


Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese attend the Netflix Content Cocktail during the 70th Berlinale International Film Festival Berlin at Borchardt Restaurant on February 23, 2020, in Berlin, Germany (Getty Images)

The show was one of the streamer's first big international successes, receiving critical acclaim and reportedly major viewership outside of its native Germany (though Netflix has not confirmed numbers). It is produced by local outfit Wiedemann & Berg Television.



Netflix released a two-minute 26-second video captioned as: "The end is the beginning. And the beginning is the end. Dark comes full circle on June 27." Catch a glimpse of the gripping trailer of the third season below:




Before that, the streamer dropped a teaser announcing the release date. You can watch it below:



"You must have many questions. Shall we begin?" a creepy voice, presumably Adam says in the trailer. Followed by the show's motto, "The end is the beginning. And the beginning is the end." Only this time, "it will be the last cycle". The release date is essential to the events in the show — it is the day of the apocalypse, which was shown in the very overwhelming season 2 finale.


Where to watch

All 10 episodes of 'Dark' Season 3 will be available to stream on Netflix on June 27. It will be the final installment of the sci-fi time-bending thriller. 

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