Frank Spotnitz’s small screen adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s dystopian alternate history The Man in the High Castle is one of the jewels in Amazon’s original programming crown.
Set in the early 60s and taking place in an occupied America, the series charts the uneasy stability in the US and Japan following the victory march of the Axis powers in the two decades since they won the war.
Dick’s novel cleverly used Japanese influences to propel the narrative along, and though that is not at the forefront as much in the TV show the mysterious reel of film titled The Grasshopper Lies Heavy is still at the heart of the show.
The ongoing mystery of the secret newsreel style footage of a history in which Germany was defeated is a wonderful hook on which to hang a detailed, nuanced look at the upending of the balance of power we live in today.
The series returns after its wonderful first series with Season Two beginning on the 16th of December on Amazon Prime Video.
We’ve got some exclusive character posters from the second season to share with you today, you can check them out below. Here’s the trailer for next season…
Based on Philip K. Dick’s Hugo Award-winning 1962 alternate history novel, one-hour drama series The Man in the High Castle explores what would have happened if the Allied Powers had lost World War II. While Germany controls much of the East Coast and Japan controls the West Coast, the Rocky Mountains have become a “neutral zone” — and ground zero for a resistance, led by a mysterious figure known only as “the Man in the High Castle.” While some citizens struggle against the fear, oppression and inequality, others accept their lives, as compromised and unfulfilling as they might be. But after a series of enigmatic films surface depicting a world vastly different from their own, some begin to question the very nature of their reality…
The Man in the High Castle Season 2 is exclusively available on Amazon Prime Video this December 16