‘The Man in the High Castle’: A quick recap and what’s in store for season 3

Amazon’s original series The Man in the High Castle returns on Oct. 5th with the third season. The show has always been about revolution and change, but this year, Juliana Crain’s at the front, leading the charge.

The show is based off of Philip K. Dick’s novel of the same name. It’s about what the US would’ve been like in the 1960s if the Axis powers had won World War II. The book was published in 1962 and won the Hugo Award for Best Novel the next year. His daughter, Isa Dick Hackett, is one of the show’s producers.

Here’s a quick recap:

Season 1

In the first season, Juliana Crain (Alexa Davalos) and Frank Frink (Rupert Evans) are living in San Francisco where the Japanese have control of the West. Juliana’s sister, Trudy, is killed after she gives her a strange film reel. The films show alternate realities, and someone called “The Man in the High Castle” is collecting them. Her sister was planning on going to the neutral zone, in between the Japanese and Nazi territories, to deliver it to the Resistance. So Juliana decides to take up her mission.

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While in the neutral zone, Juliana meets Joe Blake (Luke Kleintank), a double agent working for the Nazis under John Smith (Rufus Sewell). Joe pretends that he wants to join the Resistance and follows Juliana on her quest. She finds the Resistance, but they won’t let her deliver the film reel herself, so Juliana takes it and goes off to find “The Man in the High Castle” with Joe.

Nobusuke Tagomi is the Trade Minister of the Japanese Empire, a high-ranking member of their government. He starts secretly meeting with a member of the Nazi party to discuss who will take over after Hitler (who has Parkinson’s Disease) dies. The Japanese and the Reich are at odds, and Tagomi expects whoever takes control to try to bomb and conquer them.

At the end of season 1, Juliana and Frank find each other again and watch the film reel. In it, they see a reality where Nazi officers are killing the survivors of a bomb. One of the officers is Joe, and they see him kill Frank. They then confront him, but when the resistance wants Juliana to kill Joe, she won’t, and she lets him escape. Elsewhere, Tagomi, a very moral man, is having trouble stopping the coming war. While meditating one day, he finds himself transported to another reality: ours.

Season 2

In Season 2, Juliana is running from the Japanese and claims asylum with the Nazis. John Smith takes charge of her and brings her to New York without telling Joe. At the same time, Joe discovers that he was a part of the Lebensborn program that had the goal of breeding “Aryan” children, and he is the only child of a high-ranking officer. He forgives his father, Martin Heusmann, and becomes second-in-command after Hitler names him Acting Chancellor.

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Heusmann and the others blame Hitler’s death on the Japanese, and try to manipulate the situation to allow for a war that they can win. John Smith begins to fight against this, and he has Joe and his father arrested, with him taking over leadership.

While all this is happening, Tagomi is able to come back to his own timeline, and is thoroughly investigating the films. When he travels to the other reality again, he sees his family embracing the American culture, and he finds his son married to an alternate Juliana.

John Smith begins to understand how horrible the Reich’s beliefs can be. After his son, Thomas, is diagnosed with muscular dystrophy, he tries to hide it, because the Nazis deem that as harmful to society and euthanize those individuals.

To save him, he kills his son’s doctor and stages a trip so that he can disappear and live a normal life. But Thomas, determined to be an honest and loyal member of his society, turns himself in. He is assumed to have been killed by the Nazis. For both John and Thomas, the nationalistic ideals of their party overpower anything else. Even after what happens with his son, John still supports the Reich.

By the end of the season, Juliana is heavily involved with both the Nazis, having earned their favor, and “The Man in the High Castle,” who believes she is very important to the war. She also finds out that her sister, Trudy, may be still alive.

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What we know about season 3

The show is really embracing the sci-fi elements. The Nazis are finally learning about the parallel universes and trying to build a gateway. Historical figures such as Rockwell and Hoover will appear, and John Smith will face a moral dilemma when he discovers a new Nazi program. Also, Juliana and Tagomi are going to start working together to discover more about the different realities.

As for Joe, who was arrested last season, and Frank, who was seemingly killed, there’s nothing in the trailers. But Evans is credited as appearing.

This season will also explore the movement to liberate African-Americans, featuring two new cast members, Frances Turner and Clé Bennett. Other new cast include Rich Ting and Jason O’Mara (Agents of Shield), and the latter’s character will become close with Juliana.

The Man in the High Castle season 3 will be released on Amazon on October 5th. It has already been renewed for a fourth season.

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Devon Forward

Devon is an artist, writer, and current student of film/television development. She loves anything science fiction or fantasy, and her favorite show is Charmed, which kick-started her obsession with powerful yet imperfect female characters. You can usually find her somewhere analyzing a tv show or reading a good book. On Twitter @dev4wrd

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