The Man in the High Castle (TV series)
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|The Man in the High Castle|
|Created by||Frank Spotnitz|
|Based on||The Man in the High Castle|
by Philip K. Dick
|Opening theme||"Edelweiss", performed by Jeanette Olsson|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||40 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||45–70 minutes|
|Original network||Amazon Prime Video|
|Original release||January 15, 2015 –|
November 15, 2019
The Man in the High Castle is an American dystopian alternate history television series created for streaming service Amazon Prime Video, depicting a parallel universe where the Axis powers of Nazi Germany and the Empire of Japan rule the world after their victory in World War II. It was created by Frank Spotnitz and is produced by Amazon Studios, Ridley Scott's Scott Free Productions (with Scott serving as executive producer), Headline Pictures, Electric Shepherd Productions, and Big Light Productions. The series is based on Philip K. Dick's 1962 novel of the same name.
In a parallel universe, Germany and Japan have divided the United States into the Greater Nazi Reich in the east, with New York City as its regional capital, and the Japanese Pacific States to the west, with San Francisco as the capital. These territories are separated by a neutral zone that encompasses the Rocky Mountains. The series starts in 1962 and follows characters whose destinies intertwine when they come into contact with newsreels and home movies that show Germany and Japan losing the war. The series title refers to the mysterious figure believed to have created the footage.
The pilot premiered in January 2015, and Amazon ordered a ten-episode season the following month which was released in November. A second season of ten episodes premiered in December 2016, and a third season was released on October 5, 2018. The fourth and final season premiered on November 15, 2019.
Set in 1962, the series' main setting is a parallel universe where the Axis powers have won World War II in 1946 after Giuseppe Zangara assassinated the United States President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933, which creates a series of developments that include the Germans dropping an atomic bomb on Washington, D.C. (now renamed "District of Contamination"). The German Reich extends to Europe and Africa and the Empire of Japan comprises Asia, but most of the series is set in the former US and in Germany proper.
Western North America, now part of the "Japanese Pacific States", is occupied by the technologically less-advanced Shōwa-period Empire of Japan, which has assimilated its formerly American citizens into Japanese culture, although high-class ethnic Japanese are extremely fascinated by pre-War American culture. Japan's Trade and Science ministers work in the Pacific States' capital, San Francisco. The Japanese rulers subject non-Japanese people to racial discrimination and grant them fewer rights.
Eastern and Midwestern North America is a colony controlled by the Greater Nazi Reich (GNR) under an aging Führer Adolf Hitler. The colony, headed by a "Reichsmarschall of North America", is commonly referred to as "Nazi America" or "the American Reich" and its capital is New York City. The Nazis continue to hunt minorities and euthanize the physically and mentally sick. The superior technology of the Germans is highlighted by the use of video phones and Concorde-like "rockets" for intercontinental travel.
A Neutral Zone, which encompasses the Rocky Mountains, serves as a buffer zone between the Japanese Pacific States and Nazi America due to Cold War–like tensions between the German and Japanese blocs. Another buffer zone is present in the Urals.
Films collected by the eponymous "Man in the High Castle" show views of numerous other Earths, including some where the Allies were victorious, some featuring executed Allied leaders (such as Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin), and some where an American resistance is doing well.
- Alexa Davalos as Juliana Crain, a young woman from San Francisco who is outwardly happy living under Japanese control. She is an expert in aikido and is friendly with the Japanese people who live in San Francisco. As Juliana learns of The Man in the High Castle and his films, she begins to rebel.
- Rupert Evans as Frank Frink (seasons 1–3), Juliana's boyfriend at the beginning of the series. He works in a factory creating replicas of prewar American pistols, and creates original jewelry and sketches on his own time. Frank's grandfather was Jewish, making him a target of discrimination. When Juliana vanishes just after the police kill her sister, Frank is taken into custody. Soon after, he turns against the state and works with the American Resistance.
- Luke Kleintank as Joe Blake (seasons 1–3), a new recruit to the underground American Resistance who is actually an agent working for the SS, under Obergruppenführer John Smith. He transports a reel of the forbidden film The Grasshopper Lies Heavy to the neutral Rocky Mountain States as part of his mission to infiltrate the Resistance. He meets Juliana and quickly falls in love with her, leading to him questioning his allegiance to the Reich.
- DJ Qualls as Ed McCarthy (seasons 1–3), Frank's co-worker and friend. He closely follows politics and cares very much about Juliana and Frank's well-being. It is revealed in season three that Ed is gay.
- Joel de la Fuente as Chief Inspector Takeshi Kido, the ruthless head of the Kempeitai stationed in San Francisco.
- Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa as Nobusuke Tagomi (seasons 1–3), the Trade Minister of the Pacific States of America. His true loyalties are ambiguous throughout the first season.
- Rufus Sewell as John Smith, an SS Obergruppenführer, later promoted to Oberst-Gruppenführer, and then to Reichsmarschall of the colony of North America (near series end becoming Reichsführer of a newly autonomous North American Reich) who is investigating the Resistance in New York. He is a natural-born American who had served in the US Army Signal Corps. He initially lives a comfortable suburban life with a wife and three children but subsequently moves the family to Manhattan.
- Brennan Brown as Robert Childan (seasons 2–4; recurring season 1), an antique store owner who makes secret deals with Frank.
- Callum Keith Rennie as Gary Connell (season 2), leader of the West Coast Resistance movement and enforcer for Abendsen.
- Bella Heathcote as Nicole Dörmer (seasons 2–3), a young Berlin-born filmmaker who crosses paths with Joe, and moves to the US in season three.
- Chelah Horsdal as Helen Smith (season 3–4; recurring seasons 1–2), John's wife
- Michael Gaston as Mark Sampson (season 3; recurring season 1; guest season 2), a Jewish friend of Frank's living in San Francisco, who later relocates to the Neutral Zone.
- Jason O'Mara as Wyatt Price, also known as Liam (season 3–4), an Irishman who is a black market supplier of information to Juliana.
- Frances Turner as Bell Mallory (season 4), the leader of the Black Communist Rebellion (BCR) in San Francisco.
- Aaron Blakely as Erich Raeder (seasons 1–3), an SS-Sturmbannführer working with Smith.
- Carsten Norgaard as Rudolph Wegener (season 1), a disillusioned high-ranking Nazi official who trades secrets with Tagomi.
- Rick Worthy as Lemuel "Lem" Washington, the owner of the Sunrise Diner in Canon City and member of the Resistance.
- Camille Sullivan as Karen Vecchione (seasons 1–2), a leader of the Pacific States branch of the Resistance, later killed in a Kempeitai shoot-out.
- Lee Shorten as Sergeant Hiroyuki Yoshida (seasons 1–2), Inspector Kido's right-hand man, killed in the bomb attack on Kempeitai headquarters.
- Arnold Chun as Kotomichi, Tagomi's aide-de-camp, who came from the parallel world after his hometown, Nagasaki, was destroyed by an American atomic bomb.
- Bernhard Forcher as Hugo Reiss (season 1), the German ambassador to the Japanese Pacific States.
- Christine Chatelain as Laura Crothers (season 1), Frank's sister, who is executed as a threat to force a confession from Frank.
- Hank Harris as Randall Becker (season 1), a member of the Pacific States branch of the Resistance.
- Allan Havey as the Origami Man (season 1), a Sicherheitsdienst (SD) operative sent to Canon City to eliminate members of the Resistance.
- Burn Gorman as the Marshal (season 1), a bounty hunter searching for concentration camp escapees.
- Shaun Ross as the Shoe Shine Boy (season 1), a young albino man living in Canon City.
- Rob LaBelle as Carl (season 1), a book store clerk in Canon City who is revealed to be a concentration camp escapee, David P. Frees, killed by the Marshal.
- Geoffrey Blake as Jason Meyer (season 1), a Jewish member of the Resistance.
- Daisuke Tsuji as the Crown Prince of Japan (season 1)
- Mayumi Yoshida as the Crown Princess of Japan (seasons 1, 4)
- Amy Okuda as Christine Tanaka (season 1), an office worker working in the Nippon Building.
- Neal Bledsoe as Captain Connolly (season 1), an American SS officer serving under John Smith, later revealed to be a spy working for Reinhard Heydrich.
- Hiro Kanagawa as Taishi Okamura (seasons 1–2), the leader of a Yakuza based in the Pacific States.
- Louis Ozawa Changchien as Paul Kasoura (seasons 1–2), a wealthy lawyer who collects prewar American memorabilia.
- Tao Okamoto as Betty Kasoura (season 1), Paul's wife.
- Stephen Root as Hawthorne Abendsen / The Man in the High Castle (seasons 2–4), the head of the American antifascist resistance, creating films set in other worlds.
- Sebastian Roché as Reichsminister Martin Heusmann (seasons 2–3), Joe's estranged father and a high-ranking member in the Nazi government.
- Cara Mitsuko as Sarah (season 2), a Japanese American Resistance member, Frank's confidante and a survivor of the Manzanar concentration camp.
- Tate Donovan as George Dixon (season 2), Trudy's biological father and a member of the resistance in New York City. He is killed by Juliana.
- Michael Hogan as Hagan (seasons 2–3), an ex-priest and leader in the San Francisco Resistance.
- Tzi Ma as General Hidehisa Onoda (season 2), a leading member of the Japanese Army.
- Giles Panton as Billy Turner (season 3–4), a Nazi Reich American advertising executive who is working with Nicole Dörmer to "erase" the memories of the former U.S. from the minds of the citizens in the Nazi Reich America.
- Ann Magnuson as Caroline Abendsen (season 3–4), the wife of Hawthorne Abendsen.
- Laura Mennell as Thelma Harris (season 3), a closeted lesbian gossip column reporter in New York City.
- Janet Kidder as Lila Jacobs (season 3), one of the many Jews protected in a Catholic commune in the Neutral Zone.
- Jeffrey Nordling as Dr. Daniel Ryan (season 3), a Jungian therapist employed to treat Helen Smith's grief following the death of her son Thomas.
- Akie Kotabe as Sergeant Nakamura (season 3), a Japanese-American of mixed ethnicity who works under Kido as Yoshida's replacement.
- Tamlyn Tomita as Tamiko Watanabe (season 3–4), an Okinawan-Hawaiian painter who befriends Tagomi.
- Eijiro Ozaki as Admiral Inokuchi (season 3–4), the head of the Imperial Japanese Navy fleet stationed in the San Francisco Bay.
- James Neate as Jack (season 3), a man in the Neutral Zone with whom Ed McCarthy becomes romantically involved.
- Sen Mitsuji as Toru Kido (season 4), Inspector Kido's son who suffers from PTSD.
- Chika Kanamoto as Yukiko (season 4), Childan's assistant and later wife.
- Clé Bennett as Elijah (season 4), Bell Mallory's lover and one of the members of the BCR.
- David Harewood as Equiano Hampton (season 4), the leader of the BCR.
- Rachel Nichols as Martha (season 4), Helen Smith's "wife-companion" assigned by the Reich to keep an eye on her.
- Michael Hagiwara as Okami (season 4), a Yakuza boss operating in the JPS.
- Bruce Locke as General Yamori (season 4), a hardline Japanese general in favour of continuing the occupation of the JPS.
- Eric Lange as General Whitcroft (season 4), John Smith's second-in-command.
- Marc Rissmann as Wilhelm Goertzmann (season 4), an Obergruppenführer from Berlin
- Rich Ting as Captain Iijima (season 4)
John Smith's family
- Quinn Lord as Thomas Smith, John and Helen's son and the eldest child. A member of the Hitler Youth, it is later revealed that he has inherited a form of muscular dystrophy (facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy) from his father's side of the family. Learning this, he turns himself in to the Reich Sanitation Services and is euthanized. In season four, Lord plays Thomas in an alternate universe where the Axis lost WWII.
- Gracyn Shinyei as Amy Smith, John and Helen's daughter.
- Genea Charpentier as Jennifer Smith, John and Helen's daughter.
Juliana Crain's family
- Daniel Roebuck as Arnold Walker (seasons 1–2), Juliana's stepfather and Trudy's father.
- Macall Gordon as Anne Crain Walker (seasons 1–2), Juliana's mother who is still bitter about losing her husband in World War II.
- Conor Leslie as Trudy Walker (seasons 1–3), Juliana's half-sister who is shot dead by the Kempeitai. However, she is shown alive at the end of the second season, revealed in the third season to be from an alternate timeline in which it was Juliana who died.
Nobusuke Tagomi's family
- Yukari Komatsu as Michiko Tagomi (season 2), Nobusuke's wife.
- Eddie Shin as Noriaki Tagomi (season 2), Nobusuke and Michiko's son.
- Wolf Muser as Adolf Hitler (seasons 1–2), the leader of the Greater Nazi Reich.
- Ray Proscia as SS-Oberst-Gruppenführer Reinhard Heydrich (seasons 1–2).
- Keone Young as Field Marshal Shunroku Hata (season 1).
- Kenneth Tigar as SS-Reichsführer, later Führer, Heinrich Himmler (seasons 2–4).
- Lisa Paxton as Eva Braun (season 2), Hitler's wife, at his side on his deathbed.
- David Furr as George Lincoln Rockwell (season 3), the Reichsmarschall of German-controlled America, plotting against John Smith.
- William Forsythe as J. Edgar Hoover (seasons 3–4), Director of the American Reich Bureau of Investigation (the Nazi counterpart of the real-life FBI), co-plotting with Rockwell.
- John Hans Tester as Dr. Josef Mengele (seasons 3–4), the head of the studies about trans-universe travel, realising an enormous traveling machine.
- Gwynyth Walsh as Margarete Himmler (season 4), Himmler's wife and the head of the Reich Red Cross.
- Timothy V. Murphy as SS-Oberst-Gruppenführer Adolf Eichmann (season 4)
- Hiromoto Ida as the Japanese emperor Hirohito (season 4)
|1||10||1||January 15, 2015|
|9||November 20, 2015|
|2||10||December 16, 2016|
|3||10||October 5, 2018|
|4||10||November 15, 2019|
Season 1 (2015)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date|
|1||1||"The New World"||David Semel||Frank Spotnitz||January 15, 2015|
|In 1962 Nazi-occupied New York, Joe Blake volunteers to serve the resistance by driving a truck to the Neutral Zone in the Rockies. In Japan-occupied San Francisco, Juliana Crain receives a package from her sister, Trudy, only to later see her shot by the Japanese police. Juliana discovers the package contains impossible footage of the Allies winning World War II. Her boyfriend, Frank, urges her to go to the police to plead her innocence. However, Juliana lies to him and instead heads to the Neutral Zone to deliver the film in Trudy's place. A woman attempts to steal the film but escapes only with decoys. The Japanese trade minister, Nobusuke Tagomi, meets the Nazi ambassador Hugo Reiss to finalize the details of a visit to San Francisco by the Japanese Crown Prince. Later Tagomi meets Rudolph Wegener, a high-ranking Nazi official pretending to be a Swedish businessman. Joe and Juliana meet and become friends in Canon City in the Neutral Zone. In San Francisco, the Kempeitai begin searching for Juliana because of her connection to Trudy. Blake calls SS Obergruppenführer Smith, revealing that Blake is an agent of the SS.|
|2||2||"Sunrise"||Daniel Percival||Frank Spotnitz||November 20, 2015|
|In San Francisco, the Kempeitai arrest Frank to find out the whereabouts of Juliana. In prison, Frank meets a resistance fighter who convinces him not to inform on Juliana. The Kempeitai kill Frank's sister and her children for his refusal to help them, but stop the planned execution of Frank when the woman who stole Juliana's bag is found with fake film reels. Working in a Canon City diner, Juliana meets a man who she assumes is her contact. Smith tells Joe that this contact is actually an undercover SD agent working against the resistance and orders him not to intervene. However, when Juliana goes to meet the agent, Joe drives up behind her to help her. The agent tries to kill Juliana, but she is able to throw the Origami Man over a railing to his death. In New York, Smith is ambushed by resistance fighters in an assassination attempt; he survives, but his aide Raeder is seriously wounded.|
|3||3||"The Illustrated Woman"||Ken Olin||Thomas Schnauz and Evan Wright||November 20, 2015|
|Joe encounters a Nazi-allied bounty hunter known as the Marshal, who is looking for the SD agent Juliana killed. Joe and Juliana go to dispose of the dead agent's body and car and, while doing this, find a map which leads them to a cave where they find a dead woman and a list of names. The list reveals that Juliana's boss from the diner was her actual contact. The Marshal realizes Juliana's true identity and tries to kill her. In San Francisco, the Japanese Crown Prince arrives in the city. Tagomi tells Wegener to secretly contact Japanese Science Minister Shimura, during the Crown Prince's speech at the Nazi Embassy. Frank breaks the news of his sister and her children's deaths to his brother-in-law. Frank also returns to work, where he makes a real gun.|
|4||4||"Revelations"||Michael Rymer||Thomas Schnauz and Jace Richdale||November 20, 2015|
|Joe saves Juliana from the Marshal. Joe and Juliana confront Lemuel (Lem), who leads them into the woods, where they are surrounded by resistance fighters. Lem forces them to give up the films and leave. Joe and Juliana are attacked again by the Marshal, causing Joe to reveal to the Marshal that he is a Nazi agent. The Marshal pursues Juliana on the highway. When Juliana gets far enough away, she burns her car and hides. When the Marshal reaches the car, he assumes that she has died. Back in New York, after he is attacked on the way to work, Smith suspects SS Hauptmann Connolly is the informant supplying information about his movements to the resistance. In the Pacific States, Frank heads to the Crown Prince's speech with a gun to assassinate him but hesitates. The Crown Prince is then shot by an unseen sniper. Wegener is not able to leave a microfilm capsule in the Science Minister's pocket and is detained as a foreigner due to the shooting.|
|5||5||"The New Normal"||Bryan Spicer||Rob Williams||November 20, 2015|
|The Crown Prince is rushed to the hospital after the attack, and the captain of the Imperial Guard is ordered to commit seppuku for failing to protect the Crown Prince. Kido then states that if he cannot find the gunman, he will do the same. Juliana returns home to find an angry Frank, who alludes to his time in prison. Juliana visits her parents and learns that the Japanese killed Frank's sister and children. When she later reports to the Japanese military, she is interrogated and asked about Trudy's partner, Randall, but is ultimately let go. Joe returns to New York from the Neutral Zone and is kidnapped by Gestapo agents and brought to Smith's office. He reports to Smith on the events in Canon City, though his report is contradicted by the Marshal's. Smith tells Joe he has failed in his mission because the leader of the resistance escaped. Smith believes that Joe is being truthful and invites him home to celebrate Victory in America (VA) Day.|
|6||6||"Three Monkeys"||Nelson McCormick||Rob Williams||November 20, 2015|
|Joe celebrates VA Day at Smith's house. Wegener, transferring through New York on his way back from the Pacific States, is intercepted by Smith; the two are old friends, but Smith has received intelligence about Wegener's treasonous activities. Juliana accepts a job working for Tagomi as she continues her search for answers, later discovering that her stepfather Arnold is working for the Japanese. Smith has Wegener arrested at the end of the evening after he fails to confess or even allude to his mission. Joe attempts to look through Smith's private files, but is caught in the act.|
|7||7||"Truth"||Brad Anderson||Emma Frost||November 20, 2015|
|Juliana makes a startling discovery about her sister's death. Frank reflects on recent events and makes an important decision about his future, and Tagomi gains greater insight into Juliana's past. Smith, having caught Joe in his home office, interrogates him further about Juliana and Canon City and threatens him with execution if he does not recover a newly-discovered film from the Man in the High Castle.|
|8||8||"End of the World"||Karyn Kusama||Walon Green||November 20, 2015|
Juliana and Frank make plans to escape the Pacific States, only to be dragged back into danger by Joe, who tries to retrieve a new film and walks directly into a Kempeitai ambush. Smith is informed by Dr. Adler, his family physician, that Thomas has been diagnosed with a rare type of muscular dystrophy and must be euthanized to conform to Nazi health laws. Reinhard Heydrich, now an Oberst-Gruppenführer in the Reich, visits Smith and takes Wegener from Smith's custody for his own purposes.Note: The episode is named after the song of the same name, which is performed by Lini Evans during the episode with Japanese lyrics that she cowrote.
|9||9||"Kindness"||Michael Slovis||Jace Richdale||November 20, 2015|
|With time running out, a desperate Frank is forced to put his life on the line to help Joe. Smith discovers that Heydrich was behind the attempt on his life and kills Connolly, who had arranged the ambush on Heydrich's orders. Tagomi is devastated when he is confronted with the consequences of his scheming, and Kido's investigation takes a dramatic turn when he makes an important discovery. Frank and Juliana, after taking possession of the new film, decide to watch it, but they are shocked to find out that the film depicts, apparently in the near future, a nuclear-bombed San Francisco in which the SS round up and execute survivors. Frank is shown being executed by Joe, who is wearing an SS uniform. Heydrich coerces Wegener into an assassination attempt on Hitler, promising him that his family's lives will be spared if he co-operates.|
|10||10||"A Way Out"||Daniel Percival||Rob Williams||November 20, 2015|
Frank and Juliana angrily confront Joe as a Nazi agent. He goes to the Nazi embassy with the film. Smith learns that Heydrich is preparing a trap. Kido acts on information from the Yakuza and kills the Nazi sniper who shot the Crown Prince. Ed is caught with Frank's gun and is used as a scapegoat for the attempted assassination of the Crown Prince, to avoid the need for Kido to commit seppuku. Heydrich demands Smith's loyalty ahead of Wegener's assassination of Hitler. Wegener says goodbye to his family and travels to Hitler's alpine castle. However, after confronting Hitler, who informs him that Heydrich's cohort will attack Japan if he is assassinated – likely leading to the deaths of millions – Wegener kills himself instead. Smith captures the traitor Heydrich and reports him to Hitler. Tagomi goes to Union Square to meditate with Juliana's charm. He opens his eyes to find himself in an alternate 1962 in which the Allies won World War II and the United States is in the midst of the Cuban Missile Crisis.Note: Scenes at Hitler's alpine retreat were filmed at Hohenwerfen Castle
Season 2 (2016)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date|
|11||1||"The Tiger's Cave"||Daniel Percival||Frank Spotnitz||December 16, 2016|
|Joe returns to New York to hand over the film to Smith and submits his resignation, but Smith refuses to accept the resignation before he delivers the film to Hitler. Karen and Lem confront Juliana for not shooting Joe before she is tranquilized. She wakes up in the home of Hawthorne Abendsen, The Man in the High Castle, where he keeps his vast film collection. General Onoda reveals to Tagomi and his staff that the capsule that Science Minister Shimada found in his pocket contained plans for a nuclear weapon that the Empire intends to use to crush the Nazis, much to Tagomi's dismay. Frank confronts Arnold about spying on his own family. Then, desperate to save Ed, Frank goes to ask for Childan's help. Juliana attempts to get answers from an evasive Abendsen and receives a clue that may help avert the nuclear war. Gary Connell, the leader of the West Coast Resistance, goes against orders and tries to kill Juliana but she escapes at a Kempeitai checkpoint. A gunfight ensues between the Resistance members and the Japanese soldiers and Karen is killed in the crossfire.|
|12||2||"The Road Less Traveled"||Colin Bucksey||Rob Williams||December 16, 2016|
|Kido investigates the shootout at the checkpoint and suspects that Juliana is involved. Frank decides to get Paul Kasoura, a defense lawyer, to help Ed. In desperation, he reveals to Kasoura that the antique goods that he and Childan sold him are fake, leading the pair to be imprisoned by the Yakuza with whom Kasoura has a connection. Frank is almost killed by Okamura, the Yakuza leader, in the previous incident with Joe. However, he manages to convince Okamura to allow him to repay his debt for the forgery if Ed is allowed to work with him as his assistant. Kido is forced by Okamura to release Ed. He later pins the attempted assassination of the Crown Prince on the deceased Karen. Joe is ordered by Smith to visit his father, Reichsminister Heusmann in Berlin. Smith tells Joe that Juliana is possibly dead. Juliana evades Gary and Lem, then tries to convince her parents to leave San Francisco, to no avail. Using the clue about a mysterious man on whom Abendsen is fixated, Juliana discovers from her mother that the man thought to be a family friend, George Dixon, is her sister Trudy's real father. Learning that he may be in Brooklyn, Juliana risks her life to reach the Nazi embassy to request asylum and leaves a letter to Frank.|
|13||3||"Travelers"||Daniel Sackheim||Erik Oleson||December 16, 2016|
|Smith is warned by Dr. Adler that he cannot postpone Thomas' euthanization any further, and must do it himself to prevent Nazi authorities from doing it. Juliana makes it to New York and is questioned by Smith, who is notified of her arrival and arranges for her to stay. He keeps this a secret from Joe. Frank learns of Juliana's defection to the Nazi states but does not believe Gary about her betrayal. While he works with Ed and Childan to create forgeries for the Yakuza to repay his debt, Frank is convinced by the Resistance to help them liberate innocent citizens from the Kempeitai, in retaliation for the checkpoint murders. While saving Resistance member Sarah, Frank commits his first kill against the Japanese. Juliana looks for Joe but is told by his ex-lover that he has rejoined the Nazis, leading her to think he may have betrayed her. Joe travels to Berlin and meets with his father but is distant because of Heusmann's treatment of Joe's mother. Joe crosses paths with Nicole Dörmer, a filmmaker. Smith is unable to inject his son when he is given the chance to kill him; he instead meets with Dr. Adler and kills him with the lethal injection to ensure Adler's silence.|
|14||4||"Escalation"||David Petrarca||Wesley Strick||December 16, 2016|
|Juliana adjusts to life in the Reich, under the tutelage of Smith's wife Helen, and his son Thomas. While looking for Dixon at his old apartment, she is pursued by two unknown agents and nearly killed. General Onoda has the Kempeitai execute numerous citizens for the murder of the Japanese soldiers during the Resistance rescue. Enraged, Frank starts to neglect his debt with the Yakuza and accepts a risky assignment to siphon materials from an unexploded Japanese bomb for a Resistance mission, much to Ed's dismay. Frank begins to get close with Sarah during the assignment. Smith reveals to a suspecting Helen that he killed Dr. Adler to keep their son's illness a secret. Kido gets Onoda drunk and tricks him into approving an unknown order. After escaping from her pursuers, Juliana is approached by George Dixon. Tagomi travels to the alternate timeline once again and visits his wife, Michiko, who is deceased in his own timeline.|
|15||5||"Duck and Cover"||John Fawcett||Erik Oleson & Rick Cleveland||December 16, 2016|
|George Dixon is revealed to be a Resistance leader and meets up with Juliana after she tells him that the Man in the High Castle sent her. Juliana tells him he may be somehow involved in the possible San Francisco bombing, as he has appeared several times in the films. Dixon forces Juliana to spy on Smith and his family to redeem her perceived betrayal when she allowed Joe to escape with the film. Joe is upset when his father brings him to his place of birth and reveals that he is one of the Lebensborn, an experiment to perfect racial purity. However, he takes up his father's offer to remain in Berlin for a few more days. Kido attempts to use Onoda's approval to extradite Juliana from the Nazi states but fails and reveals his motive for visiting Smith for an unknown reason. Frank becomes further involved with the Resistance and Ed is revealed to be under the control of the Kempeitai to report on the Yakuza's counterfeiting activities in exchange for his and Frank's lives. Lem assists Abendsen with moving to a new location because the location of the High Castle may have been compromised. Abendsen destroys most of the films before he leaves. Tagomi reveals himself to his alternate wife Michiko and his son Noriyuke but discovers that the alternate Tagomi's relationship with them is estranged. He is shocked to see Noriyuke, married to an alternate Juliana with their son.|
|16||6||"Kintsugi"||Paul Holahan||Francesca Gardiner||December 16, 2016|
|Juliana starts to socialize with the Ladies Committee as planned, and gains the support of one of its members, Lucy. Helen discovers that Thomas has been selected by the Hitler Youth group to go for an expedition in South America. She forbids her son to go until she finds out that Smith arranged to have their son disappear from society by staging a fake abduction and living a life of anonymity. Joe starts to get closer to Nicole, who reveals herself as one of the Lebensborn and brings him to meet with some of the others. After spending the night with Nicole, Joe begins to embrace his real heritage. Tagomi attempts to mend his alternate self's relationship with his family and is dismayed by the alternate Noriyuke's forgoing of the Japanese culture. Kido is informed by his right-hand man Yoshida that Abendsen's burnt hideout has been found and learns that the Yakuza is also looking for the films.|
|17||7||"Land O' Smiles"||Karyn Kusama||Rob Williams||December 16, 2016|
|Ed and Childan go to Okamura to repay their debt with the sale from Frank's forgery but are locked up in a storage room when Kido and his men pay Okamura an unannounced visit. Kido shoots Okamura and the other Yakuza members present for treason, as he has deduced the Yakuza to be working with the Nazis. Yoshida discovers Ed and Childan but lets them go. Frank is tasked to plant a bomb at the harbor where General Onoda is visiting. However, Frank aborts the mission when he discovers that the Japanese are secretly building a nuclear bomb there. He informs the resistance of his findings. At Adler's funeral, Smith is alarmed when Adler's wife, Alice, raises her suspicion about her husband's sudden death and suggests an autopsy be performed. Juliana also attends the funeral and covers for Thomas when he has a brief seizure. Later, she promises Helen not to reveal Thomas' condition. Himmler informs Smith that Hitler has suffered a collapse.|
|18||8||"Loose Lips"||Alex Zakrzewski||Rick Cleveland||December 16, 2016|
|Smith questions Juliana at her apartment about Joe's film and learns of San Francisco's impending destruction. Lucy tells Juliana that she knows that the supposedly live footage of Hitler is actually archival because her husband managed the television broadcast. Juliana shares with George Dixon her belief that Hitler may be dead. The Resistance decides that it is time to stage an uprising. Juliana is left concerned that she may have caused the nuclear catastrophe that she has been trying to prevent. Heusmann is made Acting Chancellor and Joe decides to support his father. Frank learns from Arnold that Juliana has warned them to leave San Francisco and has not betrayed him. Enraged, he confronts Gary Connell but the Resistance is determined to go ahead with the uprising. Armed with the knowledge from Juliana and Kido, Smith misleads an imprisoned Heydrich into thinking Germany and Japan are already at war, which leads Heydrich to confirm what Smith has suspected: a conspiracy to create a pretext for war with the Japanese exists among the Nazi ranks. Smith executes Heydrich after learning from him that it is someone else who is the mastermind behind the rush to war. Hitler dies. Now in charge is the new chancellor, Heusmann, who is revealed to be the one to have orchestrated the looming conflict.|
|19||9||"Detonation"||Chris Long||Wesley Strick||December 16, 2016|
|Tagomi watches a film with his alternate family on the recent test detonation of a hydrogen bomb at Bikini Atoll. Finally resolved to stop war between Japan and the Nazis, Tagomi takes the film and returns to his reality. When Thomas confronts Juliana to learn about his condition, their conversation is secretly being recorded. Smith later learns of the tape and takes it to protect Thomas' secret. In a televised address, Heusmann frames the Japanese for Hitler's death by poison and promises retaliation, much to Joe's horror. Frank decides to assist the Resistance in assassinating Onoda by using their homemade bombs. Before the operation, he convinces Ed and Childan to leave San Francisco. Frank and Sarah smuggle a car bomb into the underground parking garage of the Kempeitai. They set the bomb's timer and attempt to leave the building but they are spotted by Kido and shots are exchanged in the lobby. Just as Tagomi arrives, the bomb detonates, killing General Onoda and his staff and collapsing most of the building. The fates of Frank and Sarah are not shown.|
|20||10||"Fallout"||Daniel Percival||Erik Oleson||December 16, 2016|
|Tagomi and Kido, who survived the bombing, deal with the aftermath of the destruction of the Kempeitai headquarters. Afterwards, Kido travels to New York and plays the film (from an alternate Earth) for Smith that appears to provide evidence that the Japanese have a hydrogen bomb. The resistance attempts to avenge Karen's death by killing Juliana but she escapes. She then confronts and kills George Dixon who was threatening to expose Smith by broadcasting the tape of her conversation with Thomas. Smith travels to Berlin with the film to convince his Nazi superiors not to attack Japan so as to avoid nuclear retaliation. Smith meets privately with Himmler to expose Heusmann as a traitor. After arresting Heusmann and Joe, Himmler addresses the worldwide public from the Volkshalle, appearing to assume control of the Reich. He publicly praises Smith for his service. The recognition that Smith receives inspires Thomas to turn himself over to the Public Health Department to be euthanized. After traveling to the Neutral Zone, a bereft Juliana learns from Abendsen that hope remains and that her sister is alive. Finally, Lem hands over Abendsen's remaining films to Tagomi.|
Season 3 (2018)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date|
|21||1||"Now More Than Ever, We Care About You"||Daniel Percival||Wesley Strick||October 5, 2018|
|In Berlin, in the fall of 1962, Joe Blake and his father are imprisoned in solitary confinement. Both have been tortured and brainwashed. Himmler demands from Joe that he shoot his father. Trudy is in Jamestown, Colorado, with Hawthorne Abendsen and his wife, and is being cared for by Juliana. Abendsen tells Juliana that her destiny is to replace him. Juliana wants to know how she will die, but Abendsen still refuses to tell her. Later that night Abendsen and his wife are attacked by Nazis, prompting them to leave Jamestown. As they part ways, Abendsen tells Juliana to ask Tagomi how she dies because Abendsen sent Tagomi the remaining films. John Smith has been promoted to Oberst-Gruppenführer (Nazi equivalent of four-star general) and has just returned to New York City from Berlin. There is tension between him and his wife because of the death of their son, who is honored in a special public ceremony. Nicole Dörmer moves to New York to work in the Ministry of Propaganda and Joe Blake is posted by Himmler to the San Francisco embassy, as deputy trade attaché, Joseph Cinnadella. Joe Blake kills Erich Raeder.|
|22||2||"Imagine Manchuria"||Alex Zakrzewski||Eric Overmyer||October 5, 2018|
|Juliana realizes that Tagomi is a "traveler". Both Himmler and John Smith send spies to the neutral zone to find someone code-named "lotus eater". Admiral Inokuchi discusses with Tagomi that the GNR is covertly limiting access by the Japanese Pacific States to oil supplies, leading to significant fuel shortages. Tagomi meets Tamiko Watanabe for the first time. Hoover tells Rockwell that he knows of the hereditary health problem of Smith's son, that Smith violated rules by neither reporting nor acting on it, and that he suspects Smith killed Dr. Adler. Kido captures Juliana and Trudy and is perplexed because he killed the other Trudy. Kotomichi tells Tagomi of the arrest. Admiral Inokuchi tells Kido to release Trudy and Juliana into Tagomi's custody. Trudy returns to her own world. Helen Smith visits Mrs. Adler in her home, is attacked by her, and inadvertently kills her in self-defense. Joe Blake meets Ambassador Weber, who gives him his assignment. His task is to find Oberführer Diels, who had previously defected to San Francisco.|
|23||3||"Sensō Kōi"||Ernest Dickerson||Chris Collins||October 5, 2018|
|Juliana watches a film in which she is shot by Joe Blake, who kills himself immediately afterwards. This vision leads her to believe that the Lackawanna coal mine in Pennsylvania is the key to understanding the film. In San Francisco, Joe Blake kills Diels. His next targets are Howard Wexler, another defector from the Reich, and Nobusuke Tagomi. Joe re-encounters Juliana. John Smith learns of the travelers and alternative worlds, and of the research by Mengele on Project "Nebenwelt," which aims to enable movement between worlds. He later views some of Hitler's film archive and discovers Thomas alive in another world. Tamiko gives Tagomi a gift of one of her paintings. Hagan is captured and tortured by Kido, and reveals that Frank Frink is alive.|
|24||4||"Sabra"||John Fawcett||Eric Simonson||October 5, 2018|
|A disabled Frank Frink resurfaces in a Catholic enclave, St Theresa's, in the neutral zone. He is the source of the rising sun artwork that is being used by the Resistance across the Pacific States. Joe Blake finds Wexler, kills him, and steals his briefcase that contains details of the Nazis' Nebenwelt plans. John Smith learns that Erich Raeder has been killed. Kido asks the new Yakuza boss, Okami, to find Frank Frink. In return, Kido promises to ask the trade minister to reverse the empire's policy on black market oil. Childan wants to return to San Francisco, but Ed wants to stay with Jack. They get ambushed in their van by bikers and robbed. Nakamura leaves details for Joe Blake of Kido's monitoring of Tagomi, under a table in a café. Wyatt visits Juliana and tells her his name is Liam. He gives her a number to call to reach him. Nicole Dörmer and Thelma Harris begin an affair.|
|25||5||"The New Colossus"||Daniel Percival||Wesley Strick||October 5, 2018|
|Hoover tells Reichsmarshall Rockwell that Smith was planning to stage an abduction of his son and hide him in South America. He also believes that he can provide evidence that Helen Smith killed Mrs. Adler. Hoover visits Helen Smith and tells her that the confession to Mrs. Adler's murder was coerced. Helen admits that she visited Mrs. Adler and argued with her. Smith visits Hoover, who tells him early retirement is the only way to avoid scandal. Smith then shows Hoover a file on him that is in Smith's possession, as leverage. Himmler orders Smith to a meeting with him, Hoover and Rockwell, who calls him out on the suspicious circumstances of the Adlers' deaths, as well as Smith's plan to move his son to South America. He accuses Smith of treason based on proof. However, Hoover then tells Rockwell his accusations are based on conjecture. Himmler says that it is treason to falsely accuse a Reich's officer. Rockwell is forced to stand down and go into exile; he is later murdered at Smith's behest. Himmler promotes Smith to Reichsmarshall. Juliana discovers Blake's files on Tagomi and Wexler's files on project "Nebenwelt" in Lackawanna. At gunpoint, Joe Blake tells her that project Nebenwelt will ensure that the Nazis take over every parallel world and he expects her to join him. She slashes his throat and absconds with the plans.|
|26||6||"History Ends"||Meera Menon||Elizabeth Benjamin and Kalen Egan||October 5, 2018|
|Mingus Jones and his men sell "Zed", an amphetamine, to Wyatt/Liam, who pays a meager price. Juliana asks Wyatt/Liam for help in getting the Nebenwelt files to Tagomi. Afterwards they set off for the neutral zone. Kido identifies Juliana as a suspect in Blake's death. Tagomi shows the stolen files to Kido, who identifies them as having originated within the Kempeitai. Kido confronts Nakamura, as he had passed them on to Joe. Reichsmarshall Smith interviews a woman from a parallel world who vanishes before his eyes. Himmler sends a Lebensborn marksman, Hans, to finish Blake's task with regard to Tagomi. Sampson runs into Ed McCarthy in a bar and tells him that Frank Frink is alive. Ed and Childan part ways. Ed is reunited with Frank and witnesses his bar mitzvah. Wyatt and Juliana reach Denver. Lem brings Juliana to the Abendsens.|
|27||7||"Excess Animus"||Steph Green||Dre Ryan||October 5, 2018|
|Nakamura is executed as a traitor. Juliana tells Abendsen about Lackawanna and the Nebenwelt project. She wants to return to the Reich to try and thwart their plans. Wyatt brings her to St Theresa's, where she discovers Frank and Ed. Childan returns to his store and finds that the locks have been changed. He overreacts and is arrested and interrogated by Kido. Smith speaks with Himmler and asks why the Reich wants to kill Tagomi. Himmler says this plan has been rescinded. Smith continues to watch Hitler's film archive and is increasingly disturbed by what he sees. Tagomi meets with Kido and tells him about the Nebenwelt project and that Juliana is trying to stop it from happening.|
|28||8||"Kasumi (Through the Mists)"||Jennifer Getzinger||William N. Fordes||October 5, 2018|
|The GNR continues to destroy all historical monuments related to US history. Juliana shows the film of the Allies' victory in WW2 to the residents of St. Theresa's. A physicist tells her that the Nebenwelt blueprint is for a quantum transfer device. If it fails, it will function like an atomic bomb. Juliana says in her memory there was an explosion in the tunnel and the device might have been blown up by someone. Helen Smith has developed feelings for her psychiatrist and makes a pass at him that is rebuffed. He informs Smith. Wyatt buys new papers for Juliana. He suspects that the seller is a Nazi informer and kills him. He brings the papers to Juliana and meets Frank, who is suspicious of his motives. Wyatt tells Juliana that the Nazis killed half his family in Ireland. Sampson confronts Wyatt for dealing with a Nazi informer. Juliana leaves with Wyatt for Lackawanna. Kido removes the squatters from Childan's store and allows him to move back in in recognition for his services to the Japanese Pacific States. Tagomi is attacked by the Lebensborn marksman and defends himself using aikido. Kido goes to the neutral zone to find Frank.|
|29||9||"Baku"||Deborah Chow||Chris Collins and Chris Wu||October 5, 2018|
|Smith watches a film of himself in civilian clothing with his wife and son watching a speech by Martin Luther King. Major Metzger reports to Smith that Wyatt and Juliana killed border guards at an entry point to the GNR. Tagomi phones Smith to request a meeting in the neutral zone to discuss the oil embargo and Nebenwelt. Himmler tells him to go. Smith chooses Highcastle's farm house as the meeting location. At the house, he finds a photo of Abendsen that he recognizes from a film. Tagomi tells him that he was the source of the H-bomb film that Smith used to prevent war in the previous year. He asks him to help him maintain peace. Helen Smith tells her friends Mary Dawson and Lucy Collins about Goebbels' foot deformity and says that those at the top in Berlin are protected. Jennifer's health tests are imminent. Wyatt and Juliana reach Chicago and show the film to Resistance operatives. She tells them about the Nebenwelt device. Ed and Frank paint the rising sun logo in highly visible locations in Denver. Kido finds and executes Frank. Wyatt and Juliana arrive in Lackawanna in the Poconos. Smith captures Abendsen's wife.|
|30||10||"Jahr Null"||Daniel Percival||Eric Overmyer and Wesley Strick||October 5, 2018|
|Smith arrests Abendsen and leaves for Poconos, where he meets Himmler. Juliana and resistance fighters enter the Lackawanna mine. Their presence is discovered. Juliana is captured. Mengele uses the Nebenwelt device to open the portal and send four captives into the anomaly. Three die, one vanishes. Himmler is delighted. He lifts the oil embargo so that Japan will not hinder the further development of the Nebenwelt device. Smith discovers that Abendsen's real name is Abe Hawkes. In WW2 they fought on the same side. Helen has gone into hiding with her daughters. Himmler announces the beginning of Jahr Null ('year zero') with the destruction of the Statue of Liberty. Pro and anti-Nazi youths rampage in the streets and Himmler proposes a purge. He is hit by a sniper, aided by Wyatt. Ed and Jack visit Childan and tell him about Frank. Together they hang a huge rising sun banner from Coit Tower in San Francisco. Abendsen tells Smith that the only way for a person to move to a parallel world is if their equivalent is already dead in the other place. Juliana travels to another world in front of Smith, who shoots her as she disappears.|
Season 4 (2019)
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|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date|
|31||1||"Hexagram 64"||Daniel Percival||Wesley Strick||November 15, 2019|
|As she is shot by John Smith, Juliana crosses to alt-world and collapses before the car of alt-Smith and Thomas. One year later, Helen Smith and her children are now living in the Neutral Zone with her brother, Hank McCrae, who is not a Nazi. During a visit, John Smith asks her to return to New York. When she refuses, he takes their daughters with him. In the months since the beginning of Jahr Null, Tagomi has been assassinated. Inspector Kido and General Yamori discuss the possibility that Reichsmarshall Smith was responsible for this. The Kempeitai are conducting violent reprisals through the Pacific States. The GNR besieges Denver. Wyatt has become the leader of the resistance fighters, but their munitions are running low. Juliana is alive and working as an aikido teacher in another world. She is friends with Russ Gilmore. Thomas Smith is her teaching assistant and Helen, his mother and John, his father are also present. During meditation she sees Tagomi in a vision. He leaves her a message by means of Wei-Chi. Mingus Jones is arrested under suspicion of assassinating Tagomi. The Kempeitai find a book by Equiano Hampton, the founder of the BCR – the Black Communist Rebellion – in Mingus' possession. They accuse Mingus of being a BCR member. Kido's son, Toru, witnesses the violence of the interrogation and is distressed by it. Wyatt meets with members of the BCR.|
|32||2||"Every Door Out..."||Nelson McCormick||Julie Hébert||November 15, 2019|
|The Nebenwelt device now enables movement of Nazi agents between worlds. They are extracting technological and cultural information from the different worlds. Mengele has created a map of the multiverse. The Nazi agents are sabotaging the nuclear defence program of the world where the allies won World War II. Smith learns of his other self and that Juliana lives in that world. Wyatt proposes to Elijah and Bell Mallory, BCR leaders, that the BCR join forces with his resistance group. Bell reports that Childan is planning to hold an auction of western memorabilia. General Masuda, the butcher of Manchuria, Inspector Kido and defence ministers Shimura and Nagasaki will attend the auction. The BCR sees them as targets. Bell suggests that Wyatt's team conduct the attack. In return the BCR will give him the weaponry that the resistance urgently needs. Wyatt arranges that he does the catering for Childan's auction. Childan is unaware of Wyatt's intentions. Childan meets the Crown Princess; his life's dream fulfilled when she describes him as a man of culture. Jennifer confesses to a school friend, Henry, that she was in the Neutral Zone rather than in Chicago. She plays for him a banned blues record. Amy hears it, walks in on them and takes the record to report it to their father. Smith protects Jennifer by telling Amy that the record was evidence in an investigation and that Amy should consider the incident reported. Jennifer contacts her mother, tearfully saying that she wants to return to the Neutral Zone and be with her.|
|33||3||"The Box"||John Fawcett||Kalen Egan||November 15, 2019|
|Helen Smith returns to the GNR. Juliana meets Russ and borrows a gun from him, having realised that she is being watched. Kido tells General Yamori that Mingus Jones had an alibi. Yamori tells him to announce Mingus as the killer of Tagomi and that the case is closed. Toru Kido is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder following his involvement in the Masuda campaign in Manchuria. He tells his father that the empire is losing in China and that they are both puppets. Kido throws him out and disowns him. Wyatt and his men start the ambush at the auction event, despite Kido arriving too late. The BCR pick up a radio warning that their cover is blown so they withdraw. Bell shoots Masuda, while Shimura and Nagasaki are also killed. Wyatt loses several men. Childan, having unwittingly been taken prisoner by the BCR, tells them that the Crown Princess was planning a full withdrawal from the JPS and that they have killed the wrong people. The auction was a cover for a summit meeting about the withdrawal. Juliana seeks advice from alt-Smith about his core drive. When leaving, Juliana is ambushed, but is saved by alt-Smith, who is killed in the process. His killer, a Nazi agent, recognizes him.|
|34||4||"Happy Trails"||Rachel Leiterman||Mark Richard||November 15, 2019|
|Abendsen is being coerced into hosting Tales from the High Castle, a Nazi propaganda anthology depicting an Allied victory dystopia. In return, they keep his wife safe. Juliana goes to the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC and travels back to her original world. She tries to pay for bread with US dollars in a bakery owned by Zina Parks. She takes refuge there while waiting for Wyatt. Obergruppenführer Goertzmann visits Reichsmarshall Smith and issues a veiled warning. Himmler, who survived the sniper attack, attends a dinner at Smith's home. Helen is treated with unmasked suspicion by his wife, Margarethe. Himmler's health is poor and he is cantankerous. Childan is in the custody of the BCR. He contacts the Crown Princess on their behalf and offers a temporary ceasefire in exchange for peace talks. General Yamori authorizes Kido to conduct reprisals in contradiction of Admiral Inokuchi's instructions. Kido tells Captain Iijima that he knows he murdered Tagomi. John Smith learns of his death in the other world and that Juliana is back.|
|35||5||"Mauvaise Foi"||Charlotte Brändström||David Scarpa||November 15, 2019|
|Equiano Hampton, Bell and Elijah meet with Admiral Inokuchi. Hampton tells him the BCR wants a free state. The meeting is ambushed by the Kempeitai. Hampton is killed and Inokuchi is arrested for high treason. The Kempeitai begin a raid on the ghettos where the BCR are hiding. Childan is allowed to escape. He returns home and finds his place has been ransacked and learns that the Kempeitai are looking for him. Wyatt and Juliana, who have become an item, start planning a new offensive with resistance members. Smith travels to the other world. He finds that the alt-Helen is still in love with him. He is overwhelmed to meet Thomas again, but Thomas accuses him of hypocrisy when he tries to convince him not to join the Marines. He is devastated when he discovers that his best friend in the alt-world is Daniel Levine, his former comrade and friend in his own world, whom he knowingly let be sent to his death along with other Jewish US soldiers after he joined the Nazis in 1946.|
|36||6||"All Serious Daring"||Julie Hébert||Lolis Eric Elie||November 15, 2019|
|Smith's 48 hours in the alt-world are nearly over. Before he leaves, he discovers that Thomas has signed up for the Marines and the war in Vietnam. Smith returns to his own world and seeks out Abendsen to find out what the repercussions would be of him intervening in the alt-world to save Thomas. Juliana believes that Abendsen's propaganda monologues contain hidden messages. She decides to approach Helen Smith for help in stopping Reichsmarshall Smith. Toru Kido has taken up residence in an opium house owned by the Yakuza. Inspector Kido interrogates Admiral Inokuchi, who keeps his promise to the Crown Princess not to reveal her involvement in the covert peace talks with the BCR. She subsequently demands his release. General Yamori places the Crown Princess under house arrest. Inokuchi is court-martialled and found guilty of killing Trade Minister Tagomi. Kido watches the proceedings in silence, but intervenes just before Inokuchi is shot. He arrests General Yamori for the murder of Tagomi. Bell Mallory starts planning new tactical operations to destroy the "crimson pipeline" that supplies oil to the JPS.|
|37||7||"No Masters But Ourselves"||Richard Heus||Wesley Strick||November 15, 2019|
|The BCR starts planting bombs along the crimson pipeline, oil tankers, and official JPS buildings. Smith's agent, Campbell, tells him that the war in Vietnam in the alt-world will be brief due to the martial and technological superiority of the USA. Campbell is ordered to monitor Thomas in the alt-world. Mrs. Himmler is back in town. She visits Helen and offers more veiled threats. Helen asks what she can do to regain the goodwill of the Reich. Helen subsequently appears on a live TV show for housewives. She switches on the charm and her appearance is a resounding success. Henry Iver kisses Jennifer Smith in the park. She is overheard telling him that her mother's perfect wife behavior is all an act. Childan is arrested by the Kempeitai. Kido wants him to provide the names of the members of the BCR. Childan reveals names, revealing his racism and pro-Japanese sentiments. Kido lets him leave. The BCR attacks cause major infrastructural damage. Bell claims responsibility in the name of the BCR and says they will not stop until they have their own homeland. Kido admits to the Crown Princess that he does not think that the JPS is worth fighting for.|
|38||8||"Hitler Has Only Got One Ball"||Frederick E.O. Toye||Jihan Crowther||November 15, 2019|
|The Japanese Emperor announces the withdrawal of his forces from the JPS. John Smith sees an opportunity to unite the entirety of the former USA under the authority of the Reich. The BCR will govern the Pacific States independently. Japanese citizens are being evacuated. Inokuchi wants Kido and the Kempeitai to leave on the last ships departing for Japan. Kido sends his men home but stays behind. Kido is kidnapped by American vigilantes but the BCR prevents the planned lynching. They unwittingly lock him up in the room he used to kill Frank Frink's sister and her children. The Crown Princess sends Childan a letter of transit to Japan. He proposes to his assistant/girlfriend Yukiko. She accepts. Hoover wants to implement universal surveillance to prevent the developing American nationalism. Smith agrees. Abendsen's wife kills herself. He attempts to do the same. Juliana approaches Helen Smith in a department store. She tells her that Thomas is alive and Smith knows where he is. Smith is summoned to Berlin, accompanied by Goertzmann. General Whitcroft tells Smith that Hoover is gathering information on John's family. He suggests that North America try to break free from Berlin. Smith rejects his suggestion.|
|39||9||"For Want of a Nail"||John Fawcett||Mark Richard and David Scarpa||November 15, 2019|
|Reich aircraft drop propaganda flyers over the Pacific states. In Berlin, Smith meets General Eichmann, who makes sure he learns that he is not included in strategic discussions hosted by Reichsführer Himmler about invading the Pacific States. Juliana dreams about a major event happening at the Nebenwelt portal. Childan is denied permission to board the ship for Japan and insists that Yukiko travel without him. Helen finds Smith's films of Thomas and herself in the alt-world. She contacts Juliana, who tells her that she will know when Smith is planning to go to the portal because he always travels there by train. Himmler's inner circle argues that a German should head the invasion of the Pacific States and the new North American Reich. Himmler questions Smith's true loyalties. Hoover gives his report on the Smith family and reveals their skepticism about the Reich. In private, Himmler tells Smith he regarded him as the son he never had. Smith tells him that he despises him and kills him in his chambers. With the support of Goertzmann, he kills the inner circle and Hoover. Goertzmann becomes Reichsführer of all GNR states outside of North America and Smith becomes Reichsführer of an autonomous North American Reich.|
|40||10||"Fire from the Gods"||Daniel Percival||David Scarpa||November 15, 2019|
|John Smith's family disintegrates as Amy and Jennifer, pro and anti-Nazi alike, are both sent to the Neutral Zone by Helen, who, discovering that John plans to continue extermination camps in the Pacific States, informs the Resistance of Smith's presence on a train to the Poconos base. At the same time, Kido, with his son being threatened by the Yakuza, agrees to cooperate with them in exchange for his son's safety. As the American Reich prepares for an invasion, Helen confronts her husband on board the train to the Poconos base; he, in turn, attempts to convince Helen to adopt the Thomas from the other reality to save him from conscription and eventual death in the Vietnam War. However, resistance members bomb the train and Helen is killed; Smith escapes alone and kills himself in the presence of Juliana. The erstwhile invasion of the Pacific States is immediately halted by Smith's second-in-command, General Whitcroft, just as North American Reich forces are about to begin the invasion, and Whitcroft symbolically throws away his Ritterkreuz. As Juliana arrives inside the Poconos base once again, the resistance members watch as, for unknown reasons, thousands of people begin to emerge from other worlds through the portal; Abendsen leaves through the portal for another life elsewhere.|
In 2010, it was announced that the BBC would co-produce a four-part TV adaptation of The Man in the High Castle for BBC One together with Headline Pictures, FremantleMedia Enterprises and Scott Free Films. Director Ridley Scott was to act as executive producer of the adaptation by Howard Brenton. On February 11, 2013, Variety reported that Syfy was producing the book as a four-part miniseries, with Frank Spotnitz and Scott as executive producers, co-produced with Scott Free Productions, Headline Pictures and Electric Shepherd Prods.
On October 1, 2014, Amazon Studios began filming the pilot episode for a potential television drama to be broadcast on their Prime web video streaming service. Adapted by Spotnitz, the project was produced for Amazon by Scott, David Zucker and Jordan Sheehan for Scott Free, Stewart Mackinnon and Christian Baute for Headline Pictures, Isa Hackett and Kalen Egan for Electric Shepherd and Spotnitz's Big Light Productions. The pilot was released by Amazon Studios on January 15, 2015. Amazon Studios' production process is somewhat different from those of other conventional television channels in that they produce pilot episodes of a number of different prospective programs, then release them and gather data on their success. The most promising shows are then picked up as regular series. On February 18, 2015, Amazon announced that The Man in the High Castle was greenlighted along with four other series, and a full season would be produced.
The pilot, which premiered in January 2015, was Amazon's "most-watched since the original series development program began". The next month, Amazon ordered a ten-episode season, which was released in November to positive reviews. A second season of ten episodes premiered in December 2016, and a third season was announced a few weeks later. Amazon announced in January 2017 that they were bringing on new executive producer and showrunner Eric Overmyer for the third season to replace Spotnitz, who had departed from the show during the second season. Season three was released on October 5, 2018. In July 2018, it was announced at San Diego Comic-Con that the series had been renewed for a fourth season, which was confirmed in February 2019 to be the last one of the series. Daniel Percival and David Scarpa took over as showrunners for the final season.
Principal filming for the pilot took place in Seattle, with the city standing in for San Francisco and locations in New York City. Filming also took place in Roslyn, Washington, with the town standing in for Canon City and other Neutral Zone locations. Sites used in Seattle include the Seattle Center Monorail, the Paramount Theatre, a newspaper office in the Pike Place Market area, as well as various buildings in the city's Capitol Hill, International District, and Georgetown neighborhoods. In Roslyn, the production used external shots of the Roslyn Cafe, along with several local businesses and scenery.
For the series, filming took place in Vancouver, British Columbia; on West Georgia Street in the city's downtown core; and along the promenade of the Coast Capital Savings building in April 2015. In May and June 2015, filming also took place at the University of British Columbia. Exterior shots of Hohenwerfen Castle in Werfen, Austria, were filmed in September 2015 for the tenth episode of the first season. The interior scene where Hitler and Rudolph Wegener meet was shot on the ground floor of the Bell Tower.
The pilot and the second episode were screened at a special Comic-Con event. The season premiered on November 20, 2015. The second season was released on December 16, 2016. The third season was released on October 5, 2018. The fourth season was released on November 15, 2019.
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The pilot was Amazon's "most-watched since the original series development program began". The first season received critical acclaim. Rotten Tomatoes gives it an approval rating of 95% based on reviews from 62 critics, with an average rating of 7.5 out of 10. The site's critical consensus states, "By executive producer Ridley Scott, The Man in the High Castle is unlike anything else on TV, with an immediately engrossing plot driven by quickly developed characters in a fully realized post-WWII dystopia." Metacritic gives the first season a score of 77 out of 100, based on reviews from 30 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". Meredith Woerner from io9 wrote, "I can honestly say I loved this pilot. It's an impressive, streamlined undertaking of a fairly complicated and very beloved novel." Matt Fowler from IGN gave it 9.2 out of 10 and described the series as "a superb, frightening experience filled with unexpected twists and (some sci-fi) turns". Brian Moylan of The Guardian was positive and praised the convincing depiction as well as the complex and gripping plot. The Los Angeles Times described the pilot as "provocative" and "smartly adapted by The X-Files' Frank Spotnitz". The Daily Telegraph said it was "absorbing", and Wired called it "must-see viewing". Entertainment Weekly said it was "engrossing" and "a triumph in world-building", cheering, "The Man in the High Castle is king." After the season, Rolling Stone included it on a list of the 40 best science fiction television shows of all time. Amazon subsequently announced it was the service's most-streamed original series and had been renewed for a second season.
The second season received mixed reviews. Rotten Tomatoes gives it an approval rating of 64%, based on reviews from 25 critics with an average rating of 7 out of 10. The site's critical consensus states, "Although its plot is admittedly unwieldy, The Man in the High Castle's second season expands its fascinating premise in powerful new directions, bolstered by stunning visuals, strong performances, and intriguing new possibilities." Metacritic gave season 2 a score of 62 out of 100, based on reviews from ten critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
The third season was met with positive reviews. Rotten Tomatoes gives it an approval rating of 86%, based on reviews from 21 critics with an average rating of 7.4 out of 10. The site's critical consensus states, "The crafty addition of minor sci-fi elements and a terrific William Forsythe to the show's already engrossing narrative make The Man in the High Castle's third season another worthy binge." Metacritic gives season 3 a score of 70 out of 100, based on reviews from five critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
The fourth season received positive reviews. Rotten Tomatoes gives it an approval rating of 92%, based on reviews from 13 critics with an average rating of 7.2 out of 10. The site's critical consensus states, "The Man in the High Castle finds something close to closure, wrapping up major threads to bring everything full circle in sufficiently dramatic fashion."
|2015||IGN Awards||Best New TV Series||The Man in the High Castle||Nominated|
|South by Southwest Awards||Excellence in Title Design||Patrick Clair||Nominated|
|2016||American Society of Cinematographers Awards||Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Television Movie, Mini-Series or Pilot||James Hawkinson (Episode: "The New World")||Nominated|
|Creative Arts Emmy Awards||Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series||James Hawkinson||Won|
|Outstanding Main Title Design||Patrick Clair, Paul Kim, Jose Limon, Raoul Marks||Won|
|Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Contemporary or Fantasy Program (One Hour or More)||Drew Boughton, Linda King, Brenda Meyers-Ballard||Nominated|
|Outstanding Special Visual Effects||The Man in the High Castle||Nominated|
|Critics' Choice Television Awards||Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series||Rufus Sewell||Nominated|
|Monte-Carlo Television Festival||Best TV Series Drama||The Man in the High Castle||Nominated|
|Saturn Awards||Best New Media Television Series||The Man in the High Castle||Nominated|
|USC Scripter Awards||Best Television Script||Frank Spotnitz and Philip K. Dick||Nominated|
|Visual Effects Society Awards||Outstanding Created Environment in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project||Casi Blume, David Andrade, Nick Chamberlain, Lawson Deming||Nominated|
|Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode||Lawson Deming, Cory Jamieson, Casi Blume, Nick Chamberlain||Nominated|
|Young Artist Awards||Best Performance in a TV Series—Recurring Young Actor (14–21)||Quinn Lord||Nominated|
|2017||Artios Awards||Television Pilot And First Season—Drama||Denise Chamian, Liz Ludwitzke, Candice Elzinga, Patti Kalles||Nominated|
|Creative Arts Emmy Awards||Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series (One Hour)||James Hawkinson||Nominated|
|Outstanding Original Creative Achievement in Interactive Media within a Scripted Program||"Resistance Radio"||Nominated|
|Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Period Program (1 Hour or More)||Drew Boughton, Jon Lancaster, Dawn Swiderski||Nominated|
|Outstanding Special Visual Effects||Lawson Deming, Cory Jamieson, Casi Blume, Nick Chamberlain, Justin Fox, Bill Parker, David Andrade, Danielle Malambri||Nominated|
|Costume Designers Guild Awards||Outstanding Fantasy Television Series||J.R. Hawbaker||Nominated|
|Leo Awards||Best Guest Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series||Kurt Evans||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series||Chelah Horsdal||Won|
|Location Managers Guild Awards||Outstanding Locations in a Period TV Series||Nicole Chartrand, Robert Murdoch||Nominated|
|Saturn Awards||Best New Media Television Series||The Man in the High Castle||Nominated|
|2019||Location Managers Guild Awards||Outstanding Locations in Period Television||Nicole Chartrand, Braden Jennings||Nominated|
|Satellite Awards||Best Genre Series||The Man in the High Castle||Nominated|
|Visual Effects Society Awards||Outstanding Created Environment in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project||Casi Blume, Michael Eng, Ben McDougal, Sean Myers ("Reichsmarschall Ceremony")||Nominated|
|Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project||Saber Jlassi, Igor Zanic, Chris Parks, Nick Chamberlain ("Statue of Liberty Destruction")||Nominated|
|2020||Visual Effects Society Awards||Outstanding Model in a Photoreal or Animated Project||Casi Blume, Ben McDougal, Chris Kuhn, Neil Taylor ("Rocket Train")||Nominated|
As part of an advertising campaign for the season 1 release, an entire New York City Subway car was covered with Nazi and Imperial Japanese imagery, as seen in the show, including multiple US flags with the Imperial Eagle symbol in place of the 50 stars (a change from the swastika used on the flag in the show), and multiple flags of the fictional Pacific States. In response to criticism from "state lawmakers and city leaders", the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) released a statement saying that there were no grounds to reject the ads because the neutral content subway ad standards prohibit only advertising that is a political advertisement or disparages an individual or group. MTA spokesperson Kevin Ortiz stated, "The MTA is a government agency and can't accept or reject ads based on how we feel about them; we have to follow the standards approved by our board. Please note they're commercial ads." Spokesperson Adam Lisberg said, "This advertising, whether you find it distasteful or not, obviously they're not advertising Nazism; they're advertising a TV show."
After complaints from New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, initial reports indicated that Amazon pulled the advertisement from the subway. It was later announced that it was the MTA, not Amazon, that pulled the ad because of pressure from Cuomo.
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