Amazon’s The Man in the High Castle to end after season four


Amazon Prime’s alt-history drama based on Philip K. Dick’s classic novel, The Man in the High Castle will come to an end after season four.

After three thrilling, thoughtful, and frightening seasons and an upcoming fourth, Amazon Prime’s The Man in the High Castle, based on Philip K. Dick’s 1962 alternate history book, will come to an end.

While the cliffhanger ending of season three was shocking and exhilarating, setting up what I can only imagine is a truly awesome season four, it does feel like the story is drawing to its natural close.

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Considering an alt-history series could potentially stretch on into the present day (and how this particular alternate history could have helped us avoid our present one), or even more deeply explore the circumstances that changed history, it is good to see that those involved have a sense of this story’s scope.

Of course, since executive producer and Philip K. Dick trustee Isa Dick Hackett has penned an extensive first look deal with Amazon, this will likely not be the last we’ll see of stories like this, because of the very expansive, infinite nature of the world.

"“I think Isa and I both feel that there is a lot more story to tell in this kind of world,” said executive producer David Zucker. “While we’re bringing this chapter to a conclusion, if one thinks beyond the final frames of this series, it is very provocative to think about what stories may come thereafter. Whether or not we all get to tell them or they get told in another incarnation in film and television, that’s for us to all see.”"

The Man in the High Castle is set in an alternate history where the Nazis won the war and the U.S. has been divided into three territories — Japanese, Nazi, and Neutral — in which the citizens live under an openly fascist regime.

Juliana Crane (Alexa Davalos) discovers a film that depicts our history, the one in which the Allies won the war, and sparks in her hope and curiosity after the death of her sister at the hands of the Fascists.

She ultimately joins the resistance, covertly distributing the films across the country and recruiting fighters. They will not only have to fight for themselves but now to protect that alternate world from the power hungry Nazis of their own.

Watching the series, it is inescapable how important and frightening the subject material is at a time when our own country is flirting dangerously with Fascist ideals and strategies.

While the series is firmly set in its own fiction without overt reference to our real world, the parallels are often striking and Zucker’s comments about how the series has become sort of “fiction-less” more than fictional are particularly chilling.

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"“I think of all times to be dramatizing this novel, there may have been no better than now, this anti-fascist tale,” said Hackett. “And so I think during this fraught time, I think that it has been not lost on anyone on this show that this is a particularly important time to be, you know, having this discourse about the dangers of fascism.”"

Source: Deadline