The Rain (TV series)

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The Rain
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Psychological thriller
Science fiction
Created byJannik Tai Mosholt
Esben Toft Jacobsen
Christian Potalivo
Written byJannik Tai Mosholt
Lasse Kyed Rasmussen
Marie Østerbye
Poul Berg
Mette Heeno
Directed byKenneth Kainz
Natasha Arthy
Composer(s)Av Av Av
Country of originDenmark
Original language(s)Danish
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes20 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Peter Bose
  • Jonas Allen
Producer(s)Christian Potalivo
Production location(s)Denmark, Sweden
CinematographyJesper Tøffner
Rasmus Heise
Editor(s)My Thordal
Marlene Billie Andreasen
Morten Egholm
Benjamin Binderup
Esben Bay Grundsøe
Running time35–48 minutes
Production company(s)Miso Film
Original networkNetflix
Original release4 May 2018 (2018-05-04) –
6 August 2020 (2020-08-06)

The Rain is a Danish post-apocalyptic web television series created by Jannik Tai Mosholt, Esben Toft Jacobsen and Christian Potalivo.[1] It premiered on Netflix on 4 May 2018.[1] The show stars Alba August, Lucas Lynggaard Tønnesen, Mikkel Følsgaard, Lukas Løkken, Jessica Dinnage, Sonny Lindberg, and Angela Bundalovic, with Lars Simonsen, Bertil De Lorenhmad, Evin Ahmad, and Johannes Bah Kuhnke in recurring roles. The latter two become main characters in the second season.

On 30 May 2018, Netflix renewed The Rain for a second season,[2] which was released on 17 May 2019, with 6 episodes.[3] In June 2019, it was confirmed that the series was renewed for a third and final season, which was released on 6 August 2020.[4]


When a virus that is carried by rainfall wipes out almost all humans in Scandinavia, Danish siblings Simone and Rasmus take shelter in a bunker. Six years later, they emerge to search for their father, a scientist who left them in the bunker but never returned. Along the way, they join a group of young survivors and together they travel across Denmark and Sweden, searching for a safe place, and for the siblings' father, who may be able to provide answers and a cure.[5]




  • Lars Simonsen as Dr. Frederik Andersen, Simone and Rasmus' father (seasons 1–2)
  • Jacob Luhmann as Thomas, Apollon "stranger" (seasons 1–2)
  • Iben Hjejle as Ellen Andersen, Simone and Rasmus' mother (season 1)
  • Bertil De Lorenzi as Young Rasmus (seasons 1–2)
  • Anders Juul as Jakob, Sarah's older brother (season 2)


Series overview[edit]

SeriesEpisodesOriginally released
184 May 2018 (2018-05-04)
2617 May 2019 (2019-05-17)
366 August 2020 (2020-08-06)

Season 1 (2018)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
11"Stay Inside"Kenneth KainzJannik Tai Mosholt4 May 2018 (2018-05-04)

A deadly virus spread by rainfall forces siblings Simone and Rasmus and their parents to seek refuge in a well-equipped underground bunker. The siblings’ father, Dr. Frederik Andersen, is a scientist who works for Apollon, the company that crafted the bunkers. He leaves the siblings with their mother in the bunker, saying he'll be back. Before he leaves, he instructs Simone to protect Rasmus, as he is the key to curing the virus. On hearing someone attempting to get inside the bunker, Simone opens the bunker door, assuming it is her father. Her mother, knowing that it is not Frederick and that their family will be infected if anyone else comes in, runs outside the bunker and tackles the stranger before he can enter. She is exposed to the virus and quickly dies, leaving Simone and Rasmus alone. At first, the children are able to contact someone by radio, but the communication eventually stops. Simone has flashbacks to her parents' arguing about treating a sick Rasmus with some sort of virus. Six years pass. With their food supply dwindling, Rasmus wants to leave. Simone agrees, but first goes out alone in a contagion suit while Rasmus sleeps and finds only collapsed, desolate ruins. Later, back at the bunker, the air control alarms go off, signaling that oxygen is depleted. When Rasmus and Simone open the hatch to escape, they are confronted at gunpoint by other survivors who had covered the vents to force the siblings out.

Flashback: Simone & Rasmus
22"Stay Together"Kenneth KainzJannik Tai Mosholt4 May 2018 (2018-05-04)

Simone shows the group's leader, Martin, a map of other bunkers and promises them food. She then destroys the map, telling them they need to keep her alive to find it. In a flashback, Martin is revealed to have been a soldier tasked with holding the quarantine line at the onset of the virus. Unable to shoot a woman who is walking the highway holding an infant, Martin allows her to pass the checkpoint. He later finds his patrol dead, infected by the woman. In the present, the group encounter two men, referred to as "strangers", who are hunting survivors. Martin and Patrick (another member of Martin's group) kill the men. As the group travels, they struggle between doing what is needed to survive and holding on to their humanity. Finally, they arrive at the second bunker. Simone finds her father's phone in the bunker and learns, via information she finds on the device, that her father has likely traveled to Apollon headquarters in Sweden. Simone tells Martin that she and Rasmus are going to find their father.

Flashback: Martin
33"Avoid the City"Kenneth KainzJannik Tai Mosholt4 May 2018 (2018-05-04)

Simone and Rasmus venture into the city of Copenhagen as they travel toward Sweden. They are soon joined by Beatrice, Lea, and Jean, three members of Martin's group. Lea believes that Simone's search represents hope and calls Simone "their guiding star." Emotionally connected to Beatrice, Martin later follows along with a frustrated Patrick. Separated, each finds shelter during a rain storm. Simone helps a small child, only to later see him attacked and killed by a desperate group of starving scavengers. Beatrice and Rasmus take shelter in an expensive house, with Beatrice claiming that it is the house she was born in. Martin and Patrick take shelter inside a bus. Playing with a piece of tech he took off the dead "strangers", the device activates, revealing itself to be a map. Martin's group meets up after the storm, but a scavenger follows them and takes Rasmus hostage. The scavenger threatens to slit Rasmus's throat if the group doesn't give up their food supply to him. Martin and Patrick arrive and the scavenger stabs Rasmus before escaping with a bag of food supplies. The group arrives at a third bunker, only to find it stripped bare. In a flashback, Beatrice tells Martin a story about her family house, similar to the one she told Rasmus, revealing that she is not being truthful. In the present, Martin shows Simone the map and they determine it is of the quarantine zone. Because the map shows a wall to the north, Martin concludes the spread of the virus was stopped. The wall, he declares, is where they need to go.

Flashback: Beatrice
44"Trust No One"Kenneth KainzPoul Berg4 May 2018 (2018-05-04)

Rasmus, suffering from the stab wound he sustained earlier, is unable to walk, so Simone plans with the group to steal a car from one of the quarantine patrols run by the "strangers". The group manage to successfully intercept a quarantine patrol and incapacitate a group of "strangers". As Martin interrogates the captured "strangers" for information, Jean spots a snake tattoo on one of the men and recalls a memory that haunts him. He urges Martin to kill the men, and Patrick agrees. Martin seemingly does so, upsetting Simone. In a flashback, Jean stays with a kind family in the early days of the virus. One day, a quarantine patrol arrives and a group of "strangers" confront the father of the family, instructing him to come with them. When the father refuses, he is killed by a man with a snake tattoo and the mother is taken away. Trying to quiet the shocked daughter to protect them from discovery by the "strangers", Jean accidentally smothers her to death. After the "strangers" leave, Jean buries the family and is introduced to Beatrice and Lea, who had come upon him as he stood before the graves he had just dug. In the present, the group has moved north and meets a doctor who operates on Rasmus’ stab wound. After Simone reveals who their father is, the doctor tells them she, too, used to work for Apollon. The doctor lures Simone and Rasmus away from the rest of the group and to her own bunker, confessing that she blames Dr. Andersen, the siblings’ father, for the death of her children. The doctor attempts to inject Rasmus with a fatal poison. The "strangers" arrive and, seeing the man with the snake tattoo, Jean shoots him in the head and is then captured by the rest of the "strangers". The others flee to the bunker. Patrick goes in alone and shoots the doctor, declaring that this is how things will be done from now on. Later, Patrick asks Martin why he listens to Simone and not him. Martin tells Patrick that the latter made the choice not to help Jean, and so is partially responsible for his fate. Patrick breaks down in tears. The group takes shelter as the rain falls during the night.

Flashback: Jean
55"Have Faith"Natasha Arthy, Kenneth KainzMette Heeno4 May 2018 (2018-05-04)

Lost in the woods, the survivors stumble upon a mansion where residents invite them to stay the night. Martin is distrustful of the residents, who appear very cult-like. The others enjoy the accommodations, including showers, fresh food, and clean clothes. They are asked to forget their past and live in the now. In a flashback, Lea, a devout Christian, goes to a teen party against her mother's wishes. As a prank, her school peers spike her drink, and Lea's drunken behavior is caught on video and shared. Her mother sees the video, which has gone viral, and disowns Lea. Inside the house of the party, Lea prays for God to save her, and moments later, the rain begins. Her partying peers die from the virus (having all gathered outside except for Lea herself). Lea’s mother dies from the virus also, having stepped outside during the rain in an attempt to pick Lea up. In the present, Lea bonds with an older woman, Karen, who teaches her to let go of the guilt she carries. Simone discovers that an Apollon employee is a resident of the mansion and seeks information from him. That night, all residents of the mansion are invited to a monthly "ceremony". It is revealed that every month, a member is randomly chosen to be killed and eaten for the next month's ceremony, allowing them to be one with the group. Lea is "chosen", but Karen takes her place and the survivors are allowed to leave. Because he will not let go of the past, the Apollon employee is forced out of the mansion against his will. When he catches up with the survivors, he tells them Apollon is responsible for ending the world, before injecting himself with the virus and dying. Simone collects the syringe and the group walks into the night.

Flashback: Lea
66"Keep Your Friends Close"Natasha Arthy, Kenneth KainzJannik Tai Mosholt4 May 2018 (2018-05-04)

As the group squats in a cabin, Patrick is hurt when Martin states the two are not friends during a casual conversation. Needing supplies, the group prepares to go to the next bunker, but Rasmus says he is too sick to move. Simone, Martin, Patrick, and Lea go, planning to return with supplies. In fact, Rasmus faked his illness to spend more time with Beatrice. It rains and the four are stuck in the bunker. They find videos of Apollon testing vaccines on random individuals. Depressed and alone, Patrick gets drunk. In a flashback to before the rain, Patrick is a loser who cannot hold a job or a girlfriend and his father disowns him. He is getting high in his car when the rain comes, sparing his life. In the present, a drunk Patrick tries to kiss Simone. When she rejects him they tussle and Patrick pushes her into the rain. Patrick tells Martin to shoot her, assuming she is infected. Martin hesitates, and Lea stands between the gun and Simone. Lea then backs up into the rain with Simone. When neither has a reaction, the group realizes the rain no longer causes infection. Back at the cabin, Beatrice and Rasmus enjoy their intimate day together, but a leaky roof causes Beatrice to be hit with a drop of water. Rasmus kisses her, assuming she's now infected, and they resign themselves to dying together. In the bunker, Martin tells Patrick he needs to leave and not come back, because he had pushed Simone into the rain. In a flashback, Patrick meets Martin for the first time, Martin telling him he's lucky they met when Patrick gives him a lighter. Patrick says it is the first time anyone has said that. In the present, Patrick returns to Rasmus and Beatrice, only to find Rasmus in a state of panic carrying Beatrice’s corpse—she had come into contact with a stray, infected dog seen earlier near the cabin. Patrick panics and runs away, only to trip and be captured by the "strangers".

Flashback: Patrick
77"Don't Talk to Strangers"Natasha Arthy, Kenneth KainzPoul Berg4 May 2018 (2018-05-04)

A band of armed "strangers" torture Patrick in order to extract information from him. Patrick discloses to the "strangers" the location of the bunker, where Simone and Lea and Martin are, and about Rasmus not having been infected by Beatrice. Meanwhile, Rasmus arrives at the bunker, carrying Beatrice's corpse. In the bunker's quarantine room, Rasmus begins to unravel, refusing to leave Beatrice's side. Eventually he does, but he contacts the "strangers" and allows himself to be captured. In a flashback, Sten, the head of Apollon, briefs the mission to the "strangers", and then reveals to them that they have ingested nanocapsules of the virus which will be triggered if they leave the zone. Like the survivors, the "strangers" are trapped. In the present, the leader of the "strangers", Thomas, feels Rasmus is the one they are looking for. After burying Beatrice, Simone, Martin, and Lea capture a "stranger". They try to trade him for Rasmus, but a depressed Rasmus takes the syringe with the virus and injects himself. However, he does not die. Martin makes up with Patrick, setting him free. Everyone leaves for Apollon headquarters, hoping Rasmus is the cure. As they leave, a "stranger" kisses Rasmus on the forehead for good luck. He dies of the virus soon after the rest of the group is gone.

Flashback: Thomas
88"Trust Your Instincts"Natasha Arthy, Kenneth KainzJannik Tai Mosholt4 May 2018 (2018-05-04)

Arriving at Apollon headquarters, the group is separated. Rasmus and Simone meet their father while Martin, Patrick, and Lea wait in a bunker. There, they are reunited with Jean, much to Lea’s joy. Simone's father, Dr. Andersen, tells her that they need to get away. To get the antidote, he tells her, they will need to access Rasmus' brain and bone marrow, killing him. In a flashback, Dr. Andersen lies to Apollon, claiming his children are dead in order to save them. Dr. Andersen has been exposing people to the virus in an attempt to find someone to replace Rasmus, and brutally killed a colleague who found out the lie. In the present, a doctor taking a swab from Rasmus is infected and dies. Dr. Andersen realizes the virus has mutated and that Rasmus is now a carrier, needing to be stopped to save the world. As the lab goes on lockdown, Lea, Jean, Martin, and Patrick are reunited with Simone and Rasmus and plan to flee. However, Dr. Andersen shoots Martin in an attempt to stop the group from leaving with Rasmus. Patrick arrives with a stolen vehicle and the group reaches the wall. The "strangers" block their path, and Thomas tells them that the nutritional supplements Jean, Lea, Martin, and Patrick were given contain the virus nanocapsules. The four cannot leave, except Simone with Rasmus. The group encourages her to go. However, Simone cannot bear leaving her friends behind so the group back away from the wall and drive off. Thomas tells Simone that he'll be after her. In a final scene, Sten is making a sales pitch to a select group of investors, telling them the virus can be controlled and weaponized.

Flashback: Frederik

Season 2 (2019)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
91"Avoid Contact"Søren BalleJannik Tai Mosholt17 May 2019 (2019-05-17)
On the run from Apollon soldiers, the group is eventually captured and reunited with Simone's and Rasmus' father, who is shot and killed while giving them directions to a place that can help save Rasmus and find a cure. They escape after Rasmus, in his distress over the death of his father, somehow infects the soldiers near him, causing a distraction. The group follows a set of coordinates to a base where rebel scientists who defected from Apollon are working on a vaccine for the virus. Fie and Jakob help them get into the community. Jakob runs tests on Rasmus, including a risky spinal tap that reveals there is no fluid or blood but only virus in his body. Rasmus, distressed by the pain and the doctor's discovery, accidentally releases the virus, killing Jakob and everyone else in the lab.
102"The Truth Hurts"Søren BalleRune Schjøtt17 May 2019 (2019-05-17)

Following the lab disaster, Simone arrives and convinces Rasmus to lie and say someone dropped a sample, infecting them all. Unbeknownst to them, Jakob's sickly younger sister Sarah witnessed her brother's death and their coverup from outside the lab. Martin accompanies Simone on a journey to retrieve her father's computer. At the base, Patrick stumbles upon a hidden room filled with strange devices.

Flashback: Sarah
113"Stay in Control"Kasper GaardsøeJulie Budtz Sørensen17 May 2019 (2019-05-17)

As Apollon surrounds the base, Simone scrambles to find a cure. Rasmus's secret draws Sarah to him—but threatens to tear the group apart.

Flashback: Fie
124"Save Yourself"Kasper GaardsøeRune Schjøtt, Simon Oded Weil17 May 2019 (2019-05-17)
Simone, Martin, and Fie pursue Rasmus and Sarah, whose bond deepens while they're on the run. Sarah and Rasmus want to have one good day together. They go to an old amusement park. Sarah threatens to kill herself by jumping off the rollercoaster but is talked down by Rasmus. Patrick makes a discovery. There is an Apollon facility that can remove the capsules that keep them trapped inside the zone with the virus. Jean tries to console Lea.
135"Keep It Together"Josefine KirkeskovJulie Budtz Sørensen17 May 2019 (2019-05-17)
Plagued by frightening visions, Rasmus takes his fate into his own hands. He knows the virus is taking over but the cure isn't ready yet. He still injects himself with some of the solution. Sarah's health worsens. Jean and Lea share a tender moment. Simone and Fie may have discovered the cure. Lea sacrifices herself so that Simone can inject Rasmus with the cure.
146"Survival of the Fittest"Josefine KirkeskovSimon Oded Weil17 May 2019 (2019-05-17)
In the wake of their grim encounter, Martin and Patrick race back to the base. Meanwhile, a grief-stricken Jean plots revenge.

Season 3 (2020)[edit]

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
151"Don't Give Up"Josefine KirkeskovJulie Budtz Sørensen6 August 2020 (2020-08-06)
Haunted by nightmares and afraid of his newfound powers, Rasmus voluntarily confines himself at Apollon. Meanwhile, Simone ventures beyond the wall.
162"Never Let Go"Josefine KirkeskovAnna Bro6 August 2020 (2020-08-06)

Simone meets siblings Daniel and Luna and later their parents, living off the grid. Back at Apollon, Patrick and Fie weigh their options, and Rasmus makes a horrifying discovery.

Flashback: Daniel
173"Stay Strong"Kaspar MunkLasse Kyed Rasmussen6 August 2020 (2020-08-06)
Simone refuses to leave unless Daniel gives her the flower extract. Sten wants to test Fie's theory and threatens Rasmus to ensure his cooperation.
184"Be the Change You Want in the World"Kaspar MunkChristoffer Barfred Krustrup6 August 2020 (2020-08-06)
Simone's group approaches a camp of young survivors. Rasmus' thirst for power spirals out of control, and Martin leaves Apollon to search for Simone.
195"Love Yourself"Kasper GaardsøeLasse Kyed Rasmussen6 August 2020 (2020-08-06)
As Rasmus grows weaker, a worried Sarah asks Fie for help. Reunited, Martin and Simone begin the long trek back to Apollon. A sacrifice is made to save another.
206"And This Too Shall Pass"Kasper GaardsøeJulie Budtz Sørensen6 August 2020 (2020-08-06)
A surprising revelation sparks new hope, but Simone and the others must ready themselves for a dangerous confrontation as Rasmus closes in.


Production on Season 1 commenced in late June 2017 in Denmark and Sweden.[6]

Netflix announced on 30 May 2018 that the series would go into production for a second season at the end of 2018.[7] The second season premiered on Netflix on 17 May 2019.

Season 3 of The Rain premiered on Netflix on 6 August 2020.


  1. ^ a b "The Rain | Netflix Official Site". Retrieved 31 January 2018.
  2. ^ Otterson, Joe (30 May 2018). "'The Rain' Renewed for Season 2 at Netflix". Variety. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Netflix release dates 2019: all the major upcoming TV shows revealed". Radio Times. 3 April 2019. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  4. ^ The Rain (19 June 2019). "Survival Squad: We'll see you in 2020 for the third and final season". Retrieved 19 June 2019 – via Twitter.
  5. ^ "The Rain Trailer: Netflix Apocalyptic Danish Series".
  6. ^ "Netflix Plans Post-Apocalyptic Danish Series "Rain" - Dark Horizons".
  7. ^ "Netflix Renews Second Season of the Rain".

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