The dangers of Amazon’s darkest drama look like they’re only going to to expand in the third season, because as Stephen Root, the titular Man from a castle that is quite high, warns: “Embrace your destiny, or dodge it.”
“The Man in the High Castle,” based on Philip K. Dick’s 1962 novel, is set in an alternate universe where the Axis Powers won World War II, but as we enter Season 3, the boundaries between worlds seem likely to blur further. The official description of what’s to come, provided by Amazon…
…finds Juliana Crain (Alexa Davalos) grappling with her destiny after seeking safety in the Neutral Zone. Realizing that their fates are intertwined, she works with Trade Minister Tagomi (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa) to interpret the mystery of the last remaining films. Meanwhile, as tensions between the Reich and the Empire continue to rise, Joe Blake (Luke Kleintank) returns from Berlin and is sent on a diplomatic mission to San Francisco, where he and Juliana reunite and come to a turning point in their relationship. Also in the new season, Obergruppenfuhrer John Smith (Rufus Sewell) finds himself celebrated by Nazi high society, but political forces are closing in as North American Reischsmarschall Lincoln Rockwell and J. Edgar Hoover plot against him. Helen (Chelah Horsdal) takes drastic action to protect her family while they struggle with the aftermath of Thomas’ death, and Smith learns of a shocking and ambitious new Nazi program that has personal and global ramifications.
Featured prominently in the trailer, U2’s “Pride (In the Name of Love)” is the latest tune to get the moody-cover-song-used-for-a-dramatic-trailer treatment — an unconventional choice, but it does strike an oddly hopeful note for a series that has never shied away from bleakness. Per Amazon, the cover was performed by German performing artist Lxandra, which the studio says is the first time U2 has allowed the track to be covered by another artist.
“The Man in the High Castle” Season 3 premieres on Friday, October 5 on Amazon Prime. Check out the trailer below.