Amazon has done better work adapting Philip K. Dick‘s work than almost anyone, with the notable exceptions of Ridley Scott‘s Blade Runner and Richard Linklater‘s oft-overlooked A Scanner Darkly. The first season of their take on Dick’s “The Man in the High Castle,” one of the most furiously political novels that American science fiction literature has ever produced, was a resoundingly entertaining and fascinating watch. From what we’ve seen of the second season thus far, the series has evaded the sophomore slump and the latest clip for the new season, which you can watch below, backs up that presumption. In the latest clip, we get to see the first two minutes of the season, which features a memorably eerie readings of any pledge of allegiance. If this is the tone we can expect in the new season, the Best TV of 2016 contest is far from over.
The Man in the High Castle Season 2 arrives on Amazon Prime on December 16th.
Here’s the new clip from The Man in the High Castle Season 2:
Here’s the official synopsis for The Man in the High Castle Season 2:
Season two resumes 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 with a film originally bound for the Man in the High Castle. Joe himself returns a hero to the Reich and finds himself thrust into the Nazi capital of Berlin, face to face with the father who abandoned him. Meanwhile, Frank Frink (Rupert Evans) becomes increasingly radicalized and drawn further into the Resistance after seeing images of his own execution in the mysterious films.
With political tensions mounting between Germany and Japan, Trade Minister Tagomi (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa) begins to regret his success in smuggling nuclear technology from the Reich and seeks solace in the strange new world he discovered at the end of season one. Meanwhile, Obergruppenführer John Smith (Rufus Sewell) struggles to reconcile the values of the Reich with the deteriorating health of his son — all while tasked with a mission from the Führer for which failure is not an option. And Chief Inspector Kido (Joel de la Fuente) begins to take greater interest in the Man in the High Castle, the films, and how Juliana Crain is connected to it all…