With Amazon’s The Man in the High Castle returning with new episodes this weekend, I sat down with Alexa Davalos, Rupert Evans and Stephen Root (who is playing the title character) to talk about season 2. During our wide-ranging interview they talked about how the new season compares to the first, what the atmosphere was like on set, how much they knew about the arc of season 2 when filming began, what it’s like to work with a new director almost every episode, and much more.
For those not familiar with The Man in the High Castle, the show is adapted from the novel of the same name by the late Philip K. Dick. It depicts a world in which Imperial Japan and Nazi Germany triumphed over the Allies in the Second World War. Some 20 years later, the United States and much of the world has now been split between Japan and Germany, the major hegemonic nations. But the tension between these two powers is mounting, and much of the resistance and collateral damage of the struggle can be seen in the western U.S.
Fans of Season 1 will likely be all the more wrapped up in what goes down in the second season. While I’ve only seen the first five episodes, what’s great about Season 2 is its embrace of an expanding scope, both in the living world of the series and in characters that appear in the wake of the escalating conflict. And the characters that survived Season 1 continue the good fight, though in refreshingly daring and nimble ways that divert from last season. If Season 1 efficiently set up the world of The Man in the High Castle, Season 2 burrows into the interweaving paths that looks to subvert the new world order.
Below you’ll find a listing of everything Alexa Davalos, Rupert Evans and Stephen Root talked about followed by the official synopsis for season 2. Check out the interview above and look for more interviews from Collider soon.
Alexa Davalos, Rupert Evans and Stephen Root:
- They compare season 2 to season 1.
- On how Stephen Root can’t say anything about being the man in the high castle excerpt that he’s the man in the high castle.
How much did they tell them about the ultimate arcs of their characters?
- What it’s like to work for Amazon.
- Did they get all the scripts for the season 2 at the same time?
- Would they prefer having all the scripts at once or do they like not knowing?
- How many pages do they typically shoot a day when making the show?
- Did they have a lot of rewrites while filming?
- How season 2 puts the characters in all new places and situations.
- What did they tell Stephen Root about his character when getting involved and was he a fan of the show?
- What is it like on set since everyone likes to work a different way?
- How many takes do they like to do? What was the most they had to do while filming?
- How they always work with a new director.
- Have they been told how many seasons the show could run for?
- Do they know the ratings for the show?