I watched the Netflix Dark series. There are many unanswered questions, but indications are given to speculate. But I did not understand painting story.

Many times, Jonas' father appears with paint flowing over his face and paint coming out of Jonas' ears.

What does it mean?

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It seems that Michael Kahnwald (Jonas' father) was a painter - or at least he did some paintings, as we can see multiple painted canvases in their attic. No more is explained in the series about that.

P.S.: if you did not finish the series do not go searching for characters' stories or plot explanations, there are many twists that might spoil the whole mystery! Be warned!


Personally, I interpreted this as blood all over Micheal Kahnwald's face indicating that Jonas was seeing a ghost/dead person/he wasn't real etc.

I saw the blood as also representing Jonas' fear of his father's death. It's mentioned a couple of times throughout the series that Jonas spent a few months in a Psychiatric hospital after his father's suicide, the bloodied visions of his father could be a 'physical' embodiment of the psychiatric issues that he was having.

I never noticed it on Jonas so couldn't comment on that.

That's just my interpretation, I could be completely wrong and it is just related to his father being a painter!

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