‘Man in the High Castle’ to End After Season 4 – Watch a Teaser (Video)

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Amazon’s alternate-history drama “Man in the High Castle” will end after its upcoming fourth season.

The final season was confirmed in an teaser, which you can watch above. It will stream on Amazon Prime this fall.

The series, based on Philip K. Dick’s book of the same name, depicts a world where the Allied Powers lost World War II and Nazi Germany was able to spread its influence across the globe. In the series, the United States has been dissolved and split between German and Japanese control, with those two countries essentially taking the place of the U.S. and Soviet Union during the decades-long Cold War.

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“It has been a great privilege to work alongside our extraordinary ‘High Castle’ team, in partnership with David Zucker and Scott Free, to bring my father’s classic novel to life, particularly during this tumultuous period in our real world. I believe fans will be thrilled and satisfied by the epic conclusion we have in store for them,” said executive producer Isa Dick Hackett. “I am very grateful for the ongoing support from Amazon as we produce this final season, and look forward to building on this extremely successful partnership. Stay tuned; there’s more to come!”

The show includes storylines that focus on the growing political tensions between Japan and Germany over control of the U.S., as well as Americans who choose to join the Greater Reich (like Rufus Sewell’s character, John Smith) and those who join the underground resistance against the occupiers (like Alexa Davalos’ character, Juliana Crain).

“Man in the High Castle” introduced the idea of parallel worlds, making the argument that the world shown in the series is simply another, much darker, timeline than our own. In the third season, which has gone past Dick’s novel and included parts of his never-published sequel, featured a storyline where the Nazis — now a global superpower — building a machine to travel to other dimensions so they could conquer them as well.

The series was created by Frank Spotnitz, who left after the first season. Amazon did not have a showrunner for the second season and brought in “Bosch” creator Eric Overmyer to showrun the third season.

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How ‘Man in the High Castle’ Grapples With Its Frightening Real-World Relevance In Season 3

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(Warning: Some mild spoilers for Season 3 of Amazon’s “Man in the High Castle”)

Eric Overmyer swears the third season of Amazon’s “Man in the High Castle” isn’t a response to Donald Trump.

“I banned the ‘T’ word in the writers room,” Overmyer, who took over as showrunner this year, told TheWrap. “I wanted to let the current situation resonate with the show by itself. I didn’t want it to dictate our narrative.”

But the real-world parallels of a show that not only imagines Nazi Germany’s victory in World War II — subjugating much of America in the process — but the spread of its fascist worldview, are hard to ignore. Put it his way: The tagline for this season is #ResistanceRises.

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“I’m not saying our current administration is fascist,” Isa Dick Hackett, an executive producer on the series, clarifies for TheWrap. “But I will say that there are certain tendencies that we’ve seen that gives you pause.” Hackett is also the daughter of Philip K. Dick, whose 1962 seminal novel of the same name is what the series is based on.

“There’s a fair amount of resonance, just because it’s a story about fascism, in part, and a resistance to fascism,” argues Overmyer.

Amazon first debuted the alternate-history series in 2015, well before Trump’s electoral victory and the addition of “Fake News” to the global lexicon. But after nearly two years off — Season 2 aired in December 2016, before he took office — “Man in the High Castle” returns to a world that the author himself finds troubling.

“My dad was always preoccupied and fearful of fascism in particular,” said Hackett. “I think we’re seeing certain fascist tendencies that we should be concerned [about]… If they are not ultimately quashed, if they are allowed to manifest, we know where that’s going — to some hideous places.”

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That real-world relevance was front and center when the show began shooting the current season just a few days after the riots in Charlottesville over the white supremacist “Unite the Right” rally. Hackett said that when everyone went to work that first day, especially for those who had to wear Nazi costumes, “it really kind of took on a different meaning.”

“It was hard,” she continued. “The iconography is so vicious and represents such horror and hate, it does get rough sometimes, but I do think it’s important to remind people.” Though the show’s narrative this season may be explicitly tied to what is currently happening in this reality now, Hackett is mindful of the increased significance the series has taken on.

“I think it’s an important show to make right now,” said Hackett. “We’re very aware of the opportunity we have.”

And that opportunity extends to how the show portrays the Nazis, shying away from portraying them as the sterotypical “mustache-twirling” villains.

The show wades into a tricky waters in its portrayal of Obergruppenführer John Smith, an American-born Nazi who becomes a high-ranking member of the American Reich (which, essentially, is what’s left of eastern and central America that is under Nazi control). Smith is undoubtedly a villain in the show, and he ends up seeing up close and personal how destructive the Nazi ideology can be.

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In earlier seasons, he finds out his son, Thomas (Quinn Lord), has Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy, a congenital disease which will slowly weaken and paralyze him. That’s a no-go in Nazism, who believed in racial “purity” and this extended to those who had chronic diseases. When Smith finds out of Thomas’ condition, he goes to great lengths to cover it up, even killing doctors who know of Thomas’ diagnosis.

In one of the most chilling moments in the series, Thomas ends up self-reporting himself to the Reich and willingly leaves to have himself euthanized for being “defective” at the end of the second season. But this left the show with a moral quandary: How do you wring drama out of a father trying to save a loved one, but that father just so happens to be an evil Nazi?

“This isn’t about redemption for him or making him some sort of hero,” said Hackett. “Clearly he is not.”

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In the third season, the family, especially Helen Smith (Chelah Horsdal), is grieving over the loss of Thomas. That grief and how it causes a rift between Helen and John was another way for the writers to illustrate just how awful and destructive the Nazi ideology is.

Hackett argues that it plays on this aspect of choices. John Smith made a choice to join the Nazi party, and now that decision is coming back to bite him. “I don’t think you have the same opportunity to do something on an emotional level, to actually demonstrate why those sorts of choices are so painful and ultimately destructive.”

Overmyer argued this made Smith a more compelling villain, because it adds something that viewers can relate to, even if it made them uncomfortable.

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“The trap is writing [Nazis] as cartoon villains,” explains Overmyer. “They’re more terrifying if they’re human beings and you find yourself liking them and then thinking, ‘Oh no, wait. I have to remind myself of what they’ve done and who they are and what they represent.’”

Not only do we see the effect on even those who agree with that ideology, but Thomas’ decision shows the chilling mental gymnastics they take to excuse it. “They had, from an objective point of view, crazy justifications. But in their mind, they were not villains, as hard as that is to fathom,” said Overmyer.

However, even though it includes a subplot about the literal destruction of American landmarks, the series isn’t all doom and gloom. It also shows the strong will of those fighting to resist fascism.

“We dig in a little more into the resistance and what forms it can take,” said Hackett.

Amazon’s third season of “Man in the High Castle” was released on Friday, Oct. 5.

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‘Man in the High Castle’: Nazis Invade Parallel Worlds in Season 3 Trailer for Amazon Drama (Video)

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Amazon Prime’s “Man in the High Castle” is returning after nearly two years away, and the trailer for the third season shows the Nazis are not satisfied with having conquered the alternate reality the show is set in.

They want to “invade and conquer” every alternate reality that exists.

The drama is adapted from Philip K. Dick’s science fiction novel of the same name, which takes place in an alternate reality where the Allied Powers were defeated in World War II, leading to the dissolution of America, split under Nazi Germany and Imperial Japanese control.

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The first two seasons, however, make the case that the reality the show finds itself in is just one of many possibilities, with the eponymous “Man in the High Castle” having film reels as proof, including the one that we all actually live in, where the U.S. and the Allied powers won the war and the Nazis were defeated.

In third season it appears the show will double down on this, with the Nazis building some kind of machine that will let them to travel to these alternate realities, for obviously nefarious means. The trailer is set to up-and-coming Berlin-based artist Lxandra’s reimagining of U2’s hit song “Pride (In the Name of Love).” This is the first time U2 has allowed “Pride (In the Name of Love)” to be covered and used commercially.

Eric Overmyer takes over as showrunner for the third season, after not having one in the second season following creator Frank Spotnitz’s departure. “Man in the High Castle” was among Amazon’s first original series. The series stars Alexa Davalos, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Rufus Sewell, Chelah Horsdal, Luke Kleintank, DJ Qualls and Rupert Evans.

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We already knew that “The Grand Tour” debuted as Amazon’s top-watched original series to-date, but now we have a pretty good snapshot of just how badly it beat “The Man in the High Castle.”

The former “Top Gear” guys’ new show more than tripled the opening weekend viewership of the revisionist history drama, which previously held Amazon’s record. Per measurement company Symphony Advanced Media, the highly anticipated “The Grand Tour” premiere earned 1.954 million viewers 18-49, the age range coveted by advertisers. Those numbers are inclusive of three days worth of delayed viewing, like all in this post.

Comparatively, the first episode of “MITHC” premiered to 637,000 viewers, according to Symphony AM. That total is more than double Amazon’s now third-biggest original series, “Catastrophe” (274,000 debut demo viewers). Keep in mind, the “Top Gear” alums had a built-in audience, so this wasn’t a typical new series launch.

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Of course, Amazon’s internal viewership numbers would be better to have, but the streaming company’s not coughing those up. Symphony utilizes audio recognition software and a panelist’s cell phone microphone to count up tune-in. The Silicon Valley-based measurement company considers its TV Ratings to be stable after eight days of compiling data, though Netflix’s Ted Sarandos has disagreed in the past.

The series stars Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May doing what they do best — traveling the world and discussing anything and everything car-related. Clarkson, who is known for being impulsive and outspoken, got into hot water at “Top Gear” after he punched a producer; he later apologized for the incident and settled a lawsuit over the matter.

“The Grand Tour” is releasing one episode at a time, unlike many streaming shows. Further episodes will be released weekly over the next 11 weeks for Prime members in the U.S., U.K., Germany, Austria and Japan, and the show will premiere worldwide for Amazon customers in over 200 countries and territories in December.

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Amazon Studios has expanded the role of comedy boss Joe Lewis to include the drama side as well, while Morgan Wandell will now oversee International Productions, the studio announced Monday.

Lewis, who previously had success with half-hour development at Amazon, is now Head of Half Hour and Drama Series Development, taking on Wandell’s former responsibilities.

Wandell previously served as head of drama development, but will now oversee development of series sourced from overseas, which includes shows like the British comedies “Catastrophe” and “Fleabag.”

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In addition, Brad Beale, vice president of TV content acquisition for Prime Video, sees his role expanded to include overseeing global selection of series for individual countries and licensing television content on a local and worldwide basis.

Amazon has recently garnered awards buzz and critical acclaim for its half-hour series developed under Lewis, including “Mozart in the Jungle,” “Catastrophe,” “One Mississippi” and the Emmy-winning “Transparent.”

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On the drama side, the streaming platform hasn’t seen as much success, though “Bosch” was recently picked up for a fourth season and “Man in the High Castle” is set to return for Season 2 in December. Amazon also has the David E. Kelley legal drama “Goliath,” starring Billy Bob Thornton, which debuted on Sunday.

Elsewhere, the studio’s film division has been renamed Prime Movies, which will continue to be led by Jason Ropell, worldwide head of motion pictures.

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