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'Dark' Season 1 Character Map

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Photos depicting the people of Winden are tacked to a wall in 'Dark' (2017), a Netflix Original Series.

Photos depicting the people of Winden are tacked to a wall in 'Dark' (2017), a Netflix Original Series.

What is 'Dark'?

'Dark' is a German-based Netflix Original Series that takes place in the fictional town of Winden, Germany in 2019. Throughout the season we get glimpses of some of the characters lives during their past and also as a few of them time-travel to 1986 and 1953.

This is one show that was recommended to me by Netflix because of my past viewing history of shows like Stranger Things and The Haunting of Hill House. To be honest, I wasn't sure about watching it simply because it's in German, but I'm so glad I did. If you enjoy science, time travel theories, murder, adultery and don't mind either reading subtitles or listening to dubbed audio, I highly recommend this series. If you'd like to see the little review I did on 'Dark' you can find the link at the bottom of this page under, 'My Reviews'.

The reason for making this character map is because there's a rather large cast of characters to remember and, in the beginning, it can be a bit overwhelming to remember who's who; couple that with many of them being depicted over the span of three timelines and several of them time-traveling, and it can give you a headache trying to keep them straight, or maybe that's just me.

Winden Families

There are four Winden families that are the primary focus in the first season. Although there are many supporting characters that play crucial roles, these four families will be the main focus for this character map and without giving too many spoilers, show how they connect to each other.

Nielsen Family

Nielsen family tree from 'Dark' (2017), a Netflix Original Series.

Nielsen family tree from 'Dark' (2017), a Netflix Original Series.

CharacterAppears in YearsSummary

Agnes Nielsen

1953

Widow. Mother to Tronte. Grandmother to Ulrich and Mads.

Tronte Nielsen

1953, 1986, 2019

Married to Jana. Father to Ulrich and Mads. Reporter in 1986.

Jana Nielsen

1953, 1986, 2019

Married to Tronte. Mother to Ulrich and Mads. Still heartbroken over Mad's disappearance 33 years later.

Ulrich Nielsen

1953 (time travel), 1986, 2019

Married to Katharina. Brother to Mads. Father to Magnus, Martha and Mikkel. Town cop. Having an affair with Hanna Kahnwald.

Mads Nielsen

1986

Son of Tronte and Jana. Brother to Ulrich. Disappeared in 1986.

Katharina Nielsen

1986, 2019

Married to Ulrich. Mother to Magnus, Martha and Mikkel.

Magnus Nielsen

2019

Son of Ulrich and Katharina. Secretely dating Franziska.

Martha Nielsen

2019

Daughter of Ulrich and Katharina. Has a crush history with Jonas Kahnwald. Dating Bartosz Tiedemann.

Mikkel Nielsen

1986 (time travel), 2019

Son of Ulrich and Katharina. Goes missing in 2019. Time travels to 1986.

Kahnwald Family

Kahnwald family tree from 'Dark' (2017), a Netflix Original Series.

Kahnwald family tree from 'Dark' (2017), a Netflix Original Series.

CharacterAppears in Years 

Daniel Kahnwald

1953

Father of Ines. Grandfather of Michael. Police Chief.

Ines Kahnwald

1953, 1986, 2019

Single. Adopted mother of Michael. Grandmother to Jonas. Nurse in Winden Hospital.

Michael Kahnwald

1986, 2019

Married to Hannah. Father of Jonas. Commits suicide in episode one.

Hannah Kahnwald

1986, 2019

Widow of Michael. Mother of Jonas. Having an affair with Ulrich Nielsen. Massage therapist.

Sebastian Krüger

1986

Father of Hannah. Owns a laundry service.

Jonas Kahnwald

1986 (time travel), 2019

Son of Michael and Hannah. Told people he was in boarding school in France after his father's death, but was in a mental hospital. Has a crush history with Martha Nielsen.

Doppler Family

Doppler family tree from 'Dark' (2017), a Netflix Original Series.

Doppler family tree from 'Dark' (2017), a Netflix Original Series.

CharacterAppears in YearsSummary

Bernd Doppler

1953, 1986

Married to Greta. Father of Helge. Founder of the Winden nuclear power plant.

Greta

1953

Married to Bernd. Mother of Helge.

H G Tannhaus

1953, 1986

Grandfather of Charlotte Doppler. Owns a clock shop. Builder of the time machine.

Helge Doppler

1953, 1986, 2019

Father of Peter. Works at the nuclear power plant.

Peter Doppler

2019

Married to Charlotte. Father of Franzika and Elisabeth. Jonas' therapist.Franziska

Charlotte Doppler

1986, 2019

Married to Peter. Granddaughter of H G Tannhaus. Mother of Franzika and Elisabeth. Town cop.Franziska

Franziska Doppler

2019

Daughter of Peter and Charlotte. In a secret relationship with Magnus Nielsen.

Elisabeth Doppler

2019

Daughter of Peter and Charlotte. Deaf.

Tiedemann Family

Tiedemann family tree from 'Dark' (2017), a Netflix Original Series.

Tiedemann family tree from 'Dark' (2017), a Netflix Original Series.

CharacterAppears in YearsSummary

Egon Tiedemann

1953, 1986

Married to Doris. Father of Claudia. Grandfather of Regina. Town cop.

Doris Tiedemann

1953

Married to Egon. Mother of Claudia. Leaves Egon sometime before 1986.

Claudia Tiedemann

1953, 1986, 2019

Mother of Regina. Becomes the Director of the nuclear power plant when Bernd steps down. Leaves Winden sometime after 1986 and returns in 2019.

Regina Tiedemann

1986, 2019

Married to Aleksander. Mother to Bartosz. Owner of the town hotel.

Aleksander Tiedemann

1986, 2019

Married to Regina. Father to Bartosz. Director of the nuclear power plant in 2019. Real name is Boris Niewald. Arrived in Winden with a bullet wound and a fake passport.

Bartosz

2019

Son of Regina and Aleksander. Dating Martha Nielsen.

My Reviews

© 2019 Veronica

What are your thoughts about 'Dark'?

Greg Heide on September 26, 2020:

Thank you! Very interesting series but a very convoluted plot. Your chart made it much easier to follow the labyrinth of characters, past & present.

Tajwer Shakir on September 25, 2020:

This is required to follow this show. Highly twisted plot I have ever come across in the TV shows.

Veronica (author) from USA on July 19, 2020:

Thank you! I started out making notes for myself and I was hoping it would help others. I really need to do season 2 now, because... holy cow!

shavinder on July 10, 2020:

Good work , hard to understand in show,

This chart and explanations are awesome