The Man in the High Castle takes place in an alternate past in which the Nazis win the war, expanding their ideology through the planet. Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan control the United States in this unique Amazon Studios production. If you have already seen it, keep reading, and stay tuned for part two, coming soon!
Number Fifteen: The Main in the High Castle vs. NYC
NYC transit users were shock to walk into the subway one morning to find the trains filled with nazi-themed propaganda. Of course, they didn’t know it was a publicity stunt to promote the series. The campaign was deemed insensitive and inappropriate and all ads were removed.
Number Fourteen: Deliberate American Accents
Show creator Franz Spotnitz wanted his fascist characters to spark a debate and stay away from the stereotypically Hollywood “bad guys.” For that reason, he gave American accents to each one of the characters presented to make it feel closer to home and, thus, not so easy to disassociate from them: “Suddenly it becomes that impulse in all of us to embrace intolerance, or hate, or absolutism.”
Number Thirteen: Multi-Reality Theory
Spotnitz was inspired by Philip K. Dick’s idea that there might be an infinite number of parallel realities in the world, and how reality can play out differently in each one of them. The show is loosely based on Dick’s novel, but swims much deeper into this concept.
Number Twelve: The Opening Song’s Origins
‘Edelweiss’, the show’s opening theme song, was written for Broadway’s musical The Sound of Music. Paradoxically, this play could have never been created had the Nazis won the war.
Number Eleven: Ridley Scott Advised on It
Not a lot of people know this, but Scott is actually involved in the project. He is the executive producer of the show through his production company, Scott Free Productions. Scott advised the team on visual aspects of the show, as well as sources they should look at for inspiration, such as Blade Runner, The Conformist and Edward Hopper’s paintings.
Number Ten: The Man in the High Castle Was Structured Like a Novel
The Man in the High Castle was produced by Amazon Studios and aired on Amazon Video, which allows viewers to watch every episode in the same day. For this reason, Spotnitz decided to structure the whole story like a novel, with slow builds and blocks of chapters.
Number Nine: Strong Attention to Detail
The show takes places in an alternate 1962 in which the Nazis won the war. The production team had to pay close attention to otherwise insignificant details that would’ve taken the viewer away from the story. For instance, the signs in Times Square show agricultural and industrial ads, cars have no finds and everyone still wears hats.
Number Eight: Alternate Ending
Spotnitz had an alternate ending planned out for the series, in case Amazon didn’t pick it up for a second season. Once Amazon confirmed its return for season two, the original cliffhanger ending was used. Stay tuned for part two, coming soon!