Amazon screened the first episode of The Man in the High Castle's third season at New York Comic Con, and it did not disappoint.
Appearing during the Q&A portion of the panel, executive producer Isa Dick Hackett (also the daughter of Philip K. Dick) let slip that the forthcoming season will feature content from her father's unpublished sequel to his 1962 classic upon which the titular show is based.
“We haven’t gotten away from the spirit of it," she said. [You'll see a] more direct Philip K. Dick infusion.”
**SPOILER WARNING! The following contains spoilers for the first episode in Season 3 of The Man in the High Castle!**
Set six months after the end of Season 2, Episode 3.1, titled "Now More Than Ever, We Care About You," begins with a group of Nazi stormtroopers being gunned down by a contingent of rebels led by Juliana Crain (Alexa Davalos).
And things only get crazier from there, folks: The Japanese detonate an atom bomb of their own, Nicole Dörmer (Bella Heathcote) becomes like Leni Riefenstahl, and the Smith family is reeling from the death of their son, who turned himself into the State after discovering he had a degenerative illness.
Meanwhile, Joe Blake (Rupert Evans) is being held prisoner and tortured by none other than Josef Mengele, Auschwitz's "Angel of Death," after his father was arrested for treason. He's then forced to execute his own father.
Meanwhile, Juliana (Alexa Davalos) and her sister from another reality are hanging out with the eponymous Man in the High Castle, Hawthorne Abendsen (Stephen Root). He tells her that it's time for her to take over the reigns, instructing her to visit Trade Minister Tagomi (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa).
Three interesting bits of alternate world building should stick out to the students of history out there.
First is when Hawthorne talks about how his original films of the Allies winning the war were just extra bits of celluloid he cut together when he owned a movie theater. When shown, his wife says, people went nuts, going so far as to kiss strangers. This is exactly what happened when Japan surrendered in August of 1945, a soldier smooched a nurse in Times Square, resulting in the iconic photo.
Second, New York's still got 1960s-era Made Men salesman, but their talents are used not to sell products, but propaganda for the Reich.
Third and lastly, Inspector Kido (Joel de la Fuente) is in search of a new right-hand man after the bombing of the Kempeitai HQ last season by Frank Frink.
He finds a replacement in a young man, who was born in America and is half-Japanese and half-white. Kido inquires as to whether the young man's American "loyalties" will interfere with his work. This is a direct parallel to American's stance on Japanese citizens born in America during the war. They were mistrusted, and in 1942, FDR signed an order allowing Japanese-Americans to be rounded up and placed in internment camps in the desert. One such individual that found themselves in a camp was Star Trek's George Takei.
Season 3 of The Man in the High Castle premieres on Amazon tomorrow, Oct. 5.
Season 4 is currently shooting and will feature all-out rebellion by the occupied Americans. Three cast members appeared in a pre-recorded message from the set to reveal that the Japanese hold in the Pacific States of America is under attack from China, which is backing the U.S. rebels.
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