Dark season 2: everything we know so far about the return of Germany’s answer to ‘Stranger Things’

It's been confirmed that the Netflix show has been renewed

When Germany’s first Netflix Original, Dark, arrived in December 2017, it earned comparisons to hugely popular franchises such as Stranger Things to Twin Peaks. As writing begins on season 2, here’s what you need to know about the return of the sci-fi thriller.

Has season 2 of Dark been confirmed?


Season 2 of Dark was confirmed just before Christmas. The first season became an international success. Showrunners Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese said: “We are overwhelmed by the response to Dark and are thrilled that our story has been a success with a global audience”.

When will season 2 be out?

Nothing’s confirmed yet.

Following Netflix’s normal release patterns, it could be out a year after season 1 – as early as December 2018 – but failing that, it’ll be sometime in 2019.

Where will it begin?

At the end of the final episode, Jonas wakes up in a post-apocalyptic Winden. A teenage girl tells him “Welcome to the future”, which could be the year 2052.

Writer Jantje Friese says season two won’t just follow old versions of the characters, though.

Speaking to IndieWire, Friese and Odar explained their plans for the next series. They said: “We’ve done our thinking, and the second season would put more light on other people in the character structures we haven’t been through that much, while not losing some of the ones that you kind of came closer to. But also introducing new ones, while maybe killing some other ones. We actually have a lot of ideas where to take it.”

Will there be any new cast members?

Yes, says bo Odar: “We will definitely, for example, follow Jonas. He is one of the main characters where most of the stuff actually happens. So we will truly stay close to him, but shift some of the storylines to other characters. It’s just like creating this world with all these different children. You like some of them more, some less.”

Has filming begun for season 2?

No – in fact, writing for season 2 has only just begun.

Will there be a third season?

There’s no mention of it yet, but if the second season is as successful as the first, who’s to say there won’t be! It is Netflix’s most-watched entirely non-English show after all.

Words: Abigail Firth