The big budget dystopian drama The Man in the High Castle has proven to be a major hit for Amazon Prime. It has become the most streamed original show on the service and has already taken home two Emmy Awards.
Here’s all you need to know about this exciting sci-fi drama and when you can expect to see its third season:
What is The Man in the High Castle about?
Based on the alternate history novel by Philip K. Dick, The Man in the High Castle reimagines America in 1962 as though Nazi Germany had won World War II. After the conflict ends, the United States is split between Nazi Germany and Japan.
The rising tensions between these two Axis Powers has been explored in the two series to date. We have also met a mysterious resistance group which has access to film roll which shows an alternative yet, to us, familiar end to WWII – one which the Allies won.
Already a bold and terrifying look at how differently history could have turned out, the science fiction element adds an extra and intriguing dimension.
Who is in it?
Rufus Sewell as Obergruppenführer John Smith
Rufus stars as John Smith, an American who served on behalf of the US in WWII. However, since Nazi Germany has taken over his country, he has converted to Nazism and has quickly risen the ranks to Obergruppenführer – one of the highest-ranking SS officials in the Greater Reich. Professionally Smith is determined to dismantle the American Resistance.
In his private life he is a fierce family man and has three children with his wife Helen Smith – including a son, Thomas. Thomas has facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy which Smith must hide from public knowledge as under Nazi law this is cause for euthanisation.
Luke Leintank as Joseph ‘Joe’ Blake
Under John Smith’s supervision Joe Blake is recruited to act a spy within the American Resistance. However, as he infiltrates the rebels, his loyalty and ethics are soon tested…
Sebastian Roche as Martin Heusmann
Martin Heusmann is the Reichminister, appointed directly by Adolf Hitler to rule the Greater Reich. He is German and a loyal Nazi since the 1930s.
Alexa Davalos as Juliana Crain
Juliana is an American who has spent most of her life growing up in San Francisco, which is now under Japanese rule. After witnessing the murder of her sister, she discovers a mysterious film roll which leads her to join the American Resistance.
Rupert Evans as Frank Frink
Frank was once the boyfriend of Juliana Crain and as he's part-Jewish, is almost constantly under threat. After a series of disturbing events he joins the American Resistance.
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa as Nobusuke Tagomi
Nobusuke is the Trade Minister of the Japanese Pacific States and is based in San Francisco. However, as the series unfolds he appears to be able to travel through time into alternative realities.
When does series 3 begin?
Series three is expect to drop on Amazon Prime in Autumn 2018, but an official release date has yet to be confirmed.
What will happen in series 3?
So far all that has been revealed about season three is that John Smith has been promoted to Oberst-Gruppenführer – the highest SS rank of all. What will this mean for the American Resistance, for an imprisoned Joe and for John's son Thomas, whose health is in decline? These burning questions will be thoroughly explored in the new season…
Amazon has released this curious three-minute clip from the new series that shows a member of the Resistance as a suspected ‘time traveller’ under Nazi surveillance: