Miraculously, it all makes sense somehow. The creators don’t hold up a sign that reads, “Hey, this is Earth-2,” or anything so obvious. But the purposeful way scenes transition from character to character, from year to year, from earth to earth, all track in a way that’s easy to follow. Well, not easy per se, but at least doable for us mere mortals that don’t possess Odar and Friese’s brain capacity.
While the number of point-of-view characters continues to grow in Season 3, Hofmann’s Jonas is still at the center of it all. Continuing in the same vein as Season 2, Jonas is a more proactive character who’s not afraid to show his rage and frustration with all of the unending talk of the apocalypse and time loops. In one exhilarating scene, Jonas bares his teeth when he says, “I’m tired of having all these obligations.” It’s a simple phrase, but as a viewer, watching Jonas’ vulnerability here makes it easier to empathize with him. How much does one guy have to go through to save the world(s)?And speaking of saving, Jonas and Martha’s struggle to find a solution to preserve both of their worlds has less to do with confronting an actual villain in Season 3, and more about battling ideologies between Adam’s (Dietrich Hollinderbäumer) Sic Mundus organization and some new players that you’ll discover throughout your binge. These philosophical debates do get a bit tiresome after the third or fourth time you hear about “ends” and “beginnings” and “free will,” but it all culminates in a satisfying hour and thirteen-minute finale that doesn’t disappoint.
Without getting into specifics, the finale is able to explain (in great detail) what in the hell has actually been going on these past three seasons. And what’s even more admirable is that Odar and Friese leave enough ambiguity that there’s room for the viewer to use their own imagination for certain unexplained parts of the story. It’s a delicate balance that is handled expertly. In fact, the finale does such a thorough job of explaining itself, that you could just skip to the end. Of course, we don’t recommend that since you would miss out on all of the other mind-bending events in Season 3.