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Nuclear power plant

It's hard to imagine Winden without its nuclear power plant. The plant is located on the edge of town near the Winden caves and is the area's largest employer.

Bernd Doppler was the driving force behind the construction of the power plant, which started in the 1950s. The discovery of two strangely-clad dead bodies on site wasn't even enough to halt construction. In 1986, the year of the Chernobyl disaster, Bernd Doppler retires as director of the plant. Claudia Tiedemann takes his place, becoming the first woman in charge of a German nuclear power plant. At the time, Bernd's son Helge is working there as a security guard.

In light of the nuclear phase-out, the Winden power plant is scheduled for decommission in 2020. Director Aleksander Tiedemann is managing the plant's shutdown. By 2052, the plant is in ruins and surrounded by a restricted zone. What happened here?

Accident and cover-up

In the summer of 1986, an accident occurs at the nuclear power plant. Bernd Doppler covers it up and puts the resulting radioactive waste in yellow barrels hidden in a cave. When Claudia Tiedemann discovers the accident in November 1986, Doppler pressures her not to go public with the information. She seals the cave with a welded iron door.

When the police search the nuclear power plant site in 2019 for signs of the missing children, the barrels are gone. Aleksander Tiedemann had them loaded onto a truck and driven elsewhere.

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Season 2 : episode 4

The secret time portal

In 2053, there is a pulsating black mass at the center of the ruins. Once stabilized, it can be used as a time portal. Jonas Kahnwald is hoping to use it to return to his life in the present.

Access to the power plant site is restricted. Elisabeth Doppler, leader of the people living in the forest around Winden, doesn't want word to get out about the time portal. Jonas barely escapes execution and with the help of Silja, he manages to travel back in time.

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Season 2 : episode 8

The heart of the apocalypse

In the summer of 2020, shortly before the power plant is scheduled to be shutdown, Aleksander Tiedemann returns the yellow barrels to the site. They are embedded in concrete in the former cooling basin in hopes they'll never be discovered.

However, Clausen, leader of a new special task force for the Winden missing persons cases, has singled out Aleksander Tiedemann as a suspect. He believes Tiedemann murdered his brother and wants to prove he committed a crime at any cost. Clausen obtains a search warrant for the nuclear power plant and demands the concrete be drilled into.

One of the barrels is opened and a mysterious black material rises out of it, causing a rift in time and linking them to Elisabeth Doppler in 2053. In 2020, a massive dark sphere forms above the nuclear power plant and the apocalypse irrupts in Winden.