Amazon’s Emmy Award-winning drama “The Man in the High Castle” envisions a world where the United States lost WWII, and Japan and Germany rule the country. Ahead of its Season 2 premiere, the streaming service released the first two minutes of the new episode, which shows student life in Nazi-ruled America.
The clip begins with Thomas (Quinn Lord), son of John Smith (Rufus Sewell) arriving to school. All seems normal as he walks through the hallways, enters his classroom, helps a buddy with a detail in early American history, and is then chosen to lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
“I swear I will observe the law, conscientiously fulfill my duties at home and school, be faithful and obedient, and pledge absolute allegiance until death to the leader of the Nazi Empire, Adolf Hitler,” the students recite.
Based on Philip K. Dick’s 1962 alternate history novel, Season 2 picks up 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. Political tensions will rise between Germany and Japan, with Trade Minister Tagomi (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa) beginning to regret his success in smuggling nuclear technology from the Reich. Meanwhile, Chief Inspector Kido (Joel De La Fuente) begins to take greater interest in the Man in the High Castle and Smith struggles with his son’s deteriorating health.
“The Man in the High Castle” Season 2 premieres Friday, December 16, on Amazon Prime.