The Man in the High Castle is getting a third season. These are the facts we know about the upcoming season.
What we care about most is the return date, but, unfortunately, season 3 release date is not confirmed, but we can expect it to arrive in late 2017 since the first two seasons aired near the end of 2015 and 2016.
Season 3 showrunner
Midway through the production of The Man in the High Castle season 2, executive producer Frank Spotniz suddenly left. The second season production was completed without a showrunner. Now, at last, Amazon has found a replacement. Eric Overmyer will take over at the helm of this season. Overmyer was the executive producer of Amazon’s drama series Bosch, so we are hoping the quality of the show will remain the same.
What will it look like
Actors and producers gave glimpses of what the new season might look like. The mood seems hopeful that this original series coming from Amazon will be able to explore more of how a 1960 society under Japanese and Nazi occupation might look like. But, it would be an interesting twist, if we got to see how it looks not just in America and Germany, but in the rest of the world as well.
We might be rushing it a bit, since the season two was released on December 16th… But season 2 pushed so many boundaries, for each of the characters. They even sent Joe Blake (played by Luke Kleintank) to explore his past.
“We’re showing more of the world and slowly putting in pieces of that,” Kleintank says. “I’m surprised and intrigued to see how all that just opens up a whole new Pandora’s box.”
Bella Heathcote, who plays Joe Blake’s love interest in season 2 of The Man in the High Castle, stated that she has high hopes for her character in season 3 “I’d want my character to find a way to be a feminist under the regime, try and change the regime from within. That would be a great way to go.”
The actor playing the incomparable Trade Minister Tagomi, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa says it best while offering up the lessons of this show “Tell the truth, be responsible, it’s okay… if we put the best of what the east is and best of what the west is, we’re unstoppable.”
Another interesting statement came from Joe Lewis, Head of Comedy and Drama, Amazon Studios ““Eric and his team are doing an incredible job crafting stories about the inner lives of those who struggle to do good in a world that is not.”
What it is
American dystopian alternative history television series The Man in the High Castle is loosely based on the 1962 novel by Philip K. Dick. In this novel, the Axis powers won World War II and subdivided the world, splitting the US between the Japanese Pacific States and the Greater Nazi Reich. The series follow characters from each side whose destinies become intertwined after they came in contact with a series of propaganda films that show a history very different from their own.
We have so many questions for season 3
Will it go to other parts of the world? What happened to Frank in the end? What will happen to Ed and Childan? What has the Man in the High Castle planned for Julianna? Why was Lem on Tagomi’s doorstep?
And a bit of controversy
This show had interesting ideas about how an advertising campaign should look like from the very beginning. For the release of the first season, part of their campaign was an entire New York City Subway car covered with Nazi and imperial Japanese imagery as it is in the show. Included in this were multiple American flags with the Nazi eagle emblem replacing the 50 stars, as well as multiple flags of fictional Pacific States. As a reaction to this, state lawmakers and city leaders attacked the show as well as the Metropolitan Transportation Authority for allowing the campaign.
Seems they have liked the experience, and the turmoil they have caused back then, because their campaign for the upcoming season 3 is just as inflammatory, if not more. At SXSW in Austin, Amazon launched a fake radio station “Resistance radio” (based on a radio station broadcast by the fictional American “Resistance” from the show)
“Hijacking the airwaves, a secret network of DJs broadcast messages of hope to keep the memory of a former America alive,” said on the website. Soon, #ResistanceRadio spread on Twitter. And here is where it got a bit strange. Some Trump supporters mistook this stunt for an anti-Trump radio station and then started attacking it on Twitter.
Comment from Amazon? A spokeswoman said “Amazon Studios creates high-quality, provocative programming that spurs conversation. ‘The Man in the High Castle,’ based on an acclaimed novel, explores the impact to our freedoms if we had lost World War II. Like ‘Transparent’ and the movie ‘Chi-Raq,’ stories that society cares about often touch on important, thought-provoking topics. We will continue to bring this kind of storytelling to our customers.”
Well, for one, we cannot wait to see some more of that provocative programming!