We’ve been waiting a long time for season three of The Man in the High Castle, but at San Diego Comic Con last week we finally got some answers.
The top thing to note is that we have our first full trailer for the new season. The trailer reveals that the Amazon hit will return on October 5th. That’s less than two and a half months away! For those of you who don’t know, The Man in the High Castle is about a version of the world where the Allies didn’t win World War II, and America is occupied by the Nazis and the Japanese.
The trailer shows that the Nazis have figured that there are other worlds than their own – worlds where they didn’t win the war. They don’t look at that as a bummer though; they look at it as a way to use the multiverse to their advantage – there are now more world for the Nazis to conquer. Scary stuff, especially when you consider that they have developed a machine that lets people travel between worlds.
Heroine Juliana Crain (Alexa Devalos) makes a bold statement that they have to destroy the machine. She seems to be talking to resistance members, which is interesting considering her rocky relationship with the group last season. It looks like she’s going to step up as a leader in the resistance this season, which is exciting, and about time! On Twitter, fan Lacy Baugher said about the panel, “Loving all the hints that Juliana is coming into her own as a leader and a fighter in her own right in Season 3.”
In the trailer we see Obergruppenfuhrer Smith (Rufus Sewell) and his wife receive a parade in their honor. At the panel, Sewell confessed that his character wasn’t happy with the Reich right now, but remains committed to it since he doesn’t see another way to live. To recap, last season, the Smiths’ son Thomas found out that he had a degenerative disease, and turned himself in to authorities in the season finale to be put down. Baugher tweeted that, “Rufus Sewell likes that the audience often can find themselves almost tricked into rooting for John Smith, in spite of everything they know about him.” Smith is apparently intrigued by the idea that there are various versions of themselves across worlds.
Speaking of various versions, Juliana will have a sort of reunion with her sister Trudy, who died in the pilot. This is a Trudy from a different world, and we don’t know what her life has been like, or how it has changed her. There will also be multiple versions of Juliana. While this has always been a dystopian show, the sci-fi part of it is finally really coming out to play. The show is based on the novel of the same name by Philip K. Dick. At the panel, his daughter, executive producer Isa Hackett, revealed that the machine the Nazis built is actually from some chapters her father had written for an unfinished sequel.
There was also an extended clip, privy only to those in the audience, that showed Juliana with the resistance and new cast member, Jason O’Mara, heading down a tunnel that leads to this machine. Fans on Twitter expressed their excitement after seeing this clip.
The other major news that came out of this panel, is that the show is already renewed for a season 4! The hashtag this season is #ResistanceRises.