One of the best things about really good science fiction is the ability to tell a “what if” story in a new and exciting manner and for the last 2 seasons, Amazon’s ‘The Man in the High Castle’ has been doing just that. If you haven’t been watching this streaming series based on Philip K. Dick’s novel, then you are missing out – especially if you are one of the many suffering from television superhero overload. To tease fans for their upcoming season, Amazon has released this clip showing where the series will be taking Rufus Sewell’s character, Obergruppenfuhrer John Smith.
The clip is a bit unsettling as Mengele (John Hans Tester) is explaining to Smith (as he shows “records” of his research) that studying (experimenting) the sedated “film courier” from another universe is important to help the Third Reich in their attempts to “traverse the astral plane.”
During the ‘Man in the High Castle’ panel, the producers and cast did confirm Season 3 will deal significantly in alternate universes and how this will affect Smith. As Sewell explains:
“One of the interesting things that happens is that the world does start to crack open for John Smith… the worlds start to crack open…”
‘Man in the High Castle’ deals with what the world would be like had the Nazis won the war, and with the latest event and images of Neo-Nazis marching in Charlottesville still reverberating in people’s minds, Dick’s daughter, Isa Dick Hackett, minced no words on her feelings about the situation:
“It’s such a horrifying thing . [Philip K. Dick] said 40 years ago ‘The enemy is fascism wherever it exists,’ and that will be what we dive deep into with our storytelling.”
A reoccurring theme in Dick’s work is the questioning of reality and it looks like Season 3 of ‘The Man in the High Castle’ will be doing just that.
Season three of the Emmy award-winning ‘The Man in the High Castle’ finds Juliana Crain (Alexa Davalos) grappling with her destiny after seeking safety in the Neutral Zone. Realizing that their fates are intertwined, she works with Trade Minister Tagomi (Cary Tagawa) to interpret the mystery of the last remaining films. Meanwhile, as tensions between the Reich and the Empire continue to rise, Joe Blake (Luke Kleintank) returns from Berlin and is sent on a diplomatic mission to San Francisco, where he and Juliana reunite and come to a turning point in their relationship. Also in the new season, Obergruppenfuhrer John Smith (Rufus Sewell) finds himself celebrated by Nazi high society, but political forces are closing in as North American Reischsmarschall Lincoln Rockwell, and J. Edgar Hoover plot against him. Helen (Chelah Horsdal) takes drastic action to protect her family while they struggle with the aftermath of Thomas’ death, and Smith also learns of a shocking and ambitious new Nazi program that has personal and global ramifications.
Jason O’Mara (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) joins the cast as a series regular this season. O’Mara plays Wyatt Price who fled the war in Europe and whose family immigrated to New York from Ireland as refugees, then fled west again ahead of the Nazi invasion. Like most in the Neutral Zone, Wyatt has learned to survive as a hustler, trading in various black market goods and services, with his connections far-reaching. He’s more than just a survivor–he believes in what America was and what the Neutral Zone still is–a melting pot worth saving.
‘The Man in the High Castle’ will return to Amazon sometime in 2018.