AL­TERED STATE

How sea­son three of The Man In The High Cas­tle prom­ises to in­crease its sci-fi quo­tient

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It’s been al­most two years since The Man in the High Cas­tle left us dan­gling with cliffhang­ers like John Smith (Ru­fus Sewell) ris­ing in the ranks of the Re­ich while Ju­liana Crain (Alexa Dava­los) es­caped New York to the Neu­tral Zone, where Hawthorne Abend­sen (Stephen Root) re­vealed to her that al­ter­nate re­al­i­ties ex­ist.

Now the third sea­son ar­rives to fur­ther em­brace the Philip K Dick of it all as Ju­liana is awake to worlds that could be in­finitely bet­ter, or maybe worse, than the fas­cist one she’s only known. “It’s such an in­cred­i­bly broad land­scape and there are so many ways we can go with it,” ac­tress Alexa Dava­los tells Red Alert. “There are end­less pos­si­bil­i­ties since there are in­fi­nite re­al­i­ties hap­pen­ing si­mul­ta­ne­ously so there is this in­cred­i­ble ta­pes­try we can play with. Sea­son three dives much deeper into the mythol­ogy, and into PKD and his no­tions of re­al­ity; how much of re­al­ity is out there, and then in your head. Ju­liana starts to syphon these vi­sions and ac­tu­ally have mem­o­ries of these other places.”

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Dava­los says that new aware­ness will make her more proac­tive in shap­ing her own des­tiny. “She now has an en­tirely dif­fer­ent play­ing field, and a dif­fer­ent deck of cards be­cause she has this aware­ness,” she ex­plains. “Hav­ing [her sis­ter] Trudy put in front of her by Abend­sen was, in my in­ter­pre­ta­tion, to open the door of per­cep­tion so she can see what is too ab­stract to grasp oth­er­wise. It’s pos­si­ble and real. So, she has a lot of bread­crumbs and she’s learn­ing a lot that is hard for any­one to un­der­stand.” She’ll also have a new ally in Wy­att Price played by Ja­son O’Mara. The ac­tor teases that, “He’s an Ir­ish im­mi­grant who came to the States and has es­caped to the Neu­tral Zone. He’s set up a black mar­ket busi­ness in Den­ver and of­fers goods and ser­vices. He’s thriv­ing and mak­ing the best of a bad sit­u­a­tion. And with­out giv­ing away too much, he then meets Ju­liana and his life is changed for­ever when they meet. I’ll say they get along very well.”

Mean­while, Ru­fus Sewell says John Smith is now os­ten­si­bly com­mand­ing the Re­ich with Himm­ler. “For me, [this sea­son] is a con­tin­u­a­tion of what was al­ready hap­pen­ing, which are his doubts about this pact that he made which he felt was morally the right de­ci­sion. He sided with Himm­ler be­cause he felt ei­ther we let the Nazis’ nuke ev­ery city, or he uses ca­pit­u­la­tion to save his fam­ily. I think what’s hap­pen­ing with his son and his fam­ily in­forms ev­ery­thing he does at all times. As far as he’s con­cerned, that’s why he does ev­ery­thing. So now, he’s hitched his wagon to some­thing that, in or­der to pro­tect his fam­ily, has now turned around and said, ‘We’ll have your chil­dren one at a time.’ He is the ex­am­ple of good people who do bad things. Smith rep­re­sents Nazism, which is ob­vi­ously bad, but within that, he’s a hu­man be­ing. Or, at least I’m try­ing to make him a hu­man be­ing.” TB

The Man In The High Cas­tle re­turns to Ama­zon Prime Video on 5 Oc­to­ber.

Cary-Hiroyuki Ta­gawa plays Trade Min­is­ter Nobusuke Tagomi.

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