Dark season 3 explained: Why did Silja travel back to the past?

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Netflix series Dark came to an end recently with season three dropping on the platform. The show has gained a huge global if cult following with viewers captivated by the intricate plotting. Nonetheless, viewers still have questions about the show including about some of the characters and the decisions they made.

Why did Silja travel back to the past in Dark?

WARNING: This article contains spoilers from all seasons of Dark

Season three of Dark revealed the identity of the woman with the scar from the future as Silja (played by Lea van Acken).

Fans may remember, she was the one who knocked out Jonas Kahnwald (Louis Hofmann) after he accidentally ended up 33 years later in Winden at the end of season one.

The woman, who was also an interpreter for Elisabeth Doppler (Sandra Borgman), appeared to be in the dark initially about the chain of events.

However, in season three it seemed she was now working for Adam (Dietrich Hollinderbaumer) and he sent her off on a mission.

Much like chess pieces, Adam lined up his disciples, who blindly followed him and sent them in various directions through time.

He believed he could break the cycle by getting them to align in a certain way and ultimately stop Eva (Barbara Nüsse) from maintaining the Knot.

However, his machinations were ultimately fruitless as he was locked in an endless pattern of behaviour, a slave to determinism despite his belief in freewill.

Silja went back in time after she was instructed to do so by Adam, but it was unclear if she realised her true purpose was to fall in love with Bartosz Tiedemann (Paul Lux).

Either way, the two fell for each other and ended up welcoming two children Hanno Tauber (Max Schimmelpfennig) and Agnes Nielsen (Antje Traue).

As fans finally understood, Hanno would go on to become Noah (Mark Waschke) who had his own role to play in the cycle.

So, it seems Silja had to go back in time to have children with Bartosz as these two would be significant in the cycle.

What Silja is unlikely to have realised is Adam was also sending her to die after she didn’t survive the labour of her second child.

Nonetheless, Adam and Eva’s actions were futile. The Knot remained infinitely bound with all of those inside it locked in their actions forever more.

Instead, Claudia Tiedemann (Julika Jenkins) was the one who figured out how to stop events from repeating themselves.

Over time, she realised the Knot didn’t make sense and there were tiny clues suggesting there were inconsistencies with the Bootstrap Paradox being the big one.

Also, there were questions over Charlotte Doppler (Karoline Eichhorn) and the identity of her parents, which all pointed to other things at work.

Claudia figured out the Knot wasn’t reality and discovered an Origin World from which everything was born.

She managed to find out a way to break the Knot and sent Jonas and Martha Kahnwald (Lisa Vicari) to the Origin World and together they succeeded.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter about the end of the series, co-creators Baran Bo Odar said: “I definitely view it as a happy ending, though you can also interpret it as a suicide mission, of course.

“I always liked the idea that there are two components who are opponents, fighting each other all of the time, actually having to realize that they are not important.

“They have to realize that, yes, we suffer and we have pain and desires, but we two are not so important that we must exist so someone else can’t be happy.

“For me, it’s a very happy ending, realizing it’s not just about you all of the time. You can actually do something good by not being there so someone else can be lucky and happy. It gives this other world a huge chance. I always loved that idea. That’s why, for me, it’s a very happy ending, even though it feels very sad.”

Dark seasons 1 to 3 are streaming on Netflix now

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