On December 16th, while everyone else watches Christmas classics like Santa Claus is Coming to Town or It’s a Wonderful Life, Amazon Prime members are going to celebrate the holiday season with the Third Reich and The Man in the High Castle Season 2 premiere. That and the free shipping. It’s the real reason for the season.
The drama. The intrigue. The most chilling version of a Sound of Music song you have ever heard, including that time your college roommate decided to drunkenly croon “My Favorite Things” at karaoke. The texts to your friends about what the hell is going on and wondering if you should see a therapist for thinking a Nazi spy is hot.
It’s all coming back.
So, what does the next season of TMITHC entail? Hopefully it includes a shorter acronym. Here’s the official synopsis:
Season two resumes with Juliana Crain (Alexa Davalos) facing the consequences of her decision to betray the Resistance and allow Joe Blake (Luke Kleintank), a suspected Nazi agent, to escape the Pacific States with a film originally bound for the Man in the High Castle. Joe himself returns a hero to the Reich and finds himself thrust into the Nazi capital of Berlin, face to face with the father who abandoned him. Meanwhile, Frank Frink (Rupert Evans) becomes increasingly radicalized and drawn further into the Resistance after seeing images of his own execution in the mysterious films.
With political tensions mounting between Germany and Japan, Trade Minister Tagomi (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa) begins to regret his success in smuggling nuclear technology from the Reich and seeks solace in the strange new world he discovered at the end of season one. Meanwhile, Obergruppenführer John Smith (Rufus Sewell) struggles to reconcile the values of the Reich with the deteriorating health of his son — all while tasked with a mission from the Führer for which failure is not an option. And Chief Inspector Kido (Joel de la Fuente) begins to take greater interest in the Man in the High Castle, the films, and how Juliana Crain is connected to it all…
It pains me to see that my wish for Joe and Juliana sexcapades isn’t included, but I’m still hopeful.
— High Castle (@HighCastleTV) November 28, 2016
It’s a Mad, Mad World
If you haven’t seen the final episode of High Castle, what the hell are you waiting for? Stop reading this right now and come back when you’re done.
Last we left, Tagomi emerged from his mediation in allied-won San Francisco. Is this reality? Is this still a dream? Who knows but it seems we’re going to be seeing more of this alternative world throughout the season.
Team Joe v. Team Frank
Not going to lie, when I first started watching High Castle, I became a Joe girl all the way. From the way he smoked a cigarette to the way he made secret calls to Nazi headquarters in New York, I lusted after Joe. And yes, I may have imagined him saying “Julie” anytime he said Juliana’s name.
Then we interviewed Rupert Evans at San Diego Comic Con, and I almost lost my shit when he said my name.
In the new season, both men struggle – Joe with his path and his relationship with his father and Frank with his anger and apparently violent tendencies – which then leads to my personal struggle: do I choose Team Joe or Team Frank?
Can I choose both? Please let me choose both.
Who’s The Man?
All throughout the first season, episodes teased us about this mysterious figure releasing film reels of an alternative reality to spark a revolution. When the final episode aired, we were still left with this lingering question: who the hell is the man in the high castle? Is there even a high castle?
This season, we apparently will get our answer:
Rather than drag on who the mysterious film maker is, the show will introduce him to us early in the season. No, it’s not Adolf Hitler. Never thought I would write that in a post.
Who is rumored to be playing him? Stephen Root. Sound familiar?
That’s right: Milton from Office Space could be the Man. Just imagine if he did get his red stapler back.
So if we know who the Man is, the real questions remain: where does he get this footage ? What’s his goal? Is there another alternative universe that’s just filled with Joe and Juliana fan fiction?
I guess we’ll just have to wait for December 16th.
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