The Man in the High Castle is about to take an even further turn into the multiverse in Season 3, according to series executive producer Isa Dick Hackett and her co-EP Daniel Percival. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, the showrunners revealed that the new season, which debuts tomorrow, Oct. 5, will deal even more with the alternate-reality-jumping we've already seen in Season 2 through the exploits of Nobusuke Tagomi, played by Cary-Hiroyuki Tagama, and will extend even further beyond his storyline.
Hackett, who is also the daughter of the famed author, predicted that in Season 3, the series will go "far deeper into the sci-fi space than we have in other seasons." Percival added, "Some follow up chapters [Dick] wrote to Man in the High Castle, which were never published, inspired us....[In them], the Nazis are looking for a mechanical way to break into alternate realities, and he wrote these chapters around that idea and around their failures to achieve it."
The series, which debuted in November 2015, is an adaptation of the 1962 sci-fi classic novel by Philip K. Dick, and examines life in the United States in an imagined universe in which the Axis powers won World War II. In the world of both the book and series, the West Coast of the U.S. is under the governance of World War II-era Japan, while the East Coast is controlled by the Nazis. (A middle section of the U.S. serves as a buffer zone between the two.) As revealed above, Season 3 of the series will be informed by chapters that Dick wrote for a sequel novel to The Man in the High Castle that was never completed.
The inclusion of more alternate timeline storylines will play a key role in the dynamic that follows from Juliana "meeting" her sister Trudy at the end of Season 2. "This is her sister and it's not her sister," said Percival. "This is a new person, new alternate versions of one another."
Percival also spoke to the importance of making a show like this at this particular time in history. "One of the most important points I think to all of us making this show is that with these passing generations, as we move away from the events of the 1930s and '40s, we have to keep reminding the new generation what fascism is — what it means and how it happens."
Season 3 of The Man in the High Castle debuts on Amazon on Oct. 5. The series has already been approved for a Season 4, with no due date yet available.