There are some big questions. We hear about them a lot. Some of the most popular are Breaking Bad, The Wire, The Sopranos, Game of Thrones, and Fleabag. They could keep going and going. The Man in the High Castle. These people cannot be ignored. They are a hardcore following for this book.
Created by Frank Spotnitz and produced by Amazon Studios, the series surfaced in 2015. The show has already earned a good reputation across just 4 seasons.
But, does this end there?
The Man in The High Castle: Season 5?
No, There Will Be No More the Man in The High Castle.
We know that Season 4 is the last one of this show. This season, there is a lot of stories left to tell.
The story is ending. We are left to surprise what comes next. The series will not end until we stop thinking about it.
LOOKING BACK WITH FRANK SPOTNITZ
It is always interesting to remember when we were firstborn. In 2015, Frank Spotnitz was interviewed by Den of Geek. (Towards the end,) he talked about a series. He said that he had to add characters and plot that wasn’t in the novel to turn it into a television series – but he was worried about damaging the narrative. But then, he tried to do things in a way that would be respectful to the novel and give more space for themes from the original story.
He said that he feels good now. He has done what he is required to do. Now, there are more stories for us to explore. After four seasons, we can agree that this was the case.
FANS TALK ABOUT THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE ENDING
One person said, “I finished The Man in the High Castle. It had a crappy ending!” Another person said, “I finished watching The Man in the High Castle today and I was disappointed with the ending.”
Another person also said that they did not like the show. They thought it was not very clear and did not understand what happened in the end. They loved the show, but they did not like this part of it.
This fan tweeted: “What an ending. The Man in the High Castle is a life-changing movie. But I can’t believe that they left it there. I really enjoyed the final season of The Man in the High Castle, but I am confused by what happened at the end. They added a lot of new questions and never answered them.
The Man in the High Castle ending explained:
In the spirit of Philip K. Dick, Amazon’s show about a world after the Nazis won World War II, The Man in the High Castle, had a lot of questions at the end.
For David Scarpa, who arrived on as showrunner for this continuous episode of the show, these 10 leftover episodes were about keeping with the central theme that runs throughout the author’s works. This theme is that there is no objective reality and once you realize that, you will lose your mind. Does he say it can be compared to Dick’s book Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? This book is the basis for Ridley Scott’s movie Blade Runner, and in it, one character cannot tell if he is human or a replicant.
In the last episode of The Man in the High Castle, something big happens. It is a surprise to some people, but not to others. Juliana Crain (Alexa Davalos), as well as the Resistance, were able to attack a Nazi train headed for Poconos with help from Helen (Chelah Horsdal). John Smith and his new wife are on the train. But there is an explosion, and the train jumps off its track. Helen dies, but John takes his own life with Juliana next to him.
Juliana’s vision happens while she is in the mines. She went there when the Resistance took them over. Every person that walks into Juliana’s world comes through the portal. Some people don’t look so good because of the light from the portal. Scarpa says they might not be important, but it does not matter what country they come from.
I had many negotiations with my partner, Daniel Percival, and others about how much we wanted to explain in the final scene. We wanted to give people the chance to think about what they saw on screen.
This person reveals that the portal is open, and it will remain open. That means the two worlds have become one. There’s a door from one world to the next, and people can move between them now. What does that mean? Ordinary people have been called to this event, and they are moving through the portal now. These two worlds will be fused because of this event.
This seems like a hopeful second for the Resistance. But in “The Man in the High Castle,” Hawthorne meets someone who is his wife. And life doesn’t always, or usually end neatly with a bow. The way life works are that it isn’t clear-cut, and happy endings are rare.
In the world of the Berlin Reich, will they retaliate? Will they get a new leader who will invade this new world? What will happen to Bell Mallory’s BCR without her son and husband? What about Kido now that he is an officer for the yakuza in San Francisco?
This movie is a lot like Philip K. Dick’s story. There are many questions that you don’t know the answer to. For example, it isn’t clear if this America can be reunited without conflict. General Whitcroft seems to have given up on the Reich, but he still wants to go back under the stars and stripes of old America. Meanwhile, people are fighting against returning to the American flag, or the Republic is represented on the West Coast. This might be setting up for a new conflict. This is our question about the current state of America. We can’t answer it because we don’t know. History isn’t over, so we can never return to the past.
The conclusion is the end of an era for Amazon. When MITHC first came out in November 2015, it was their first time to try to be a TV company in the “prestige TV” arena. Since it started, Isa Dick Hackett, an administrator producer on the show, found out that they canceled the show when she assembled the writers’ room for season 4. Scarpa knew from the beginning of his involvement with this show. “In television, you get a lot of probability to start something, but few shows really get an opportunity to complete things,” he mentions. “Typically on TV, you just pull the stopper and, if you’re fortuitous, you get to know one episode in advance.” It’s great that we can tell our story where we know we will write an ending.
One idea was in the endgame. It helped writers with the plot. This idea is called “complicity.” In episode 5, aristocratic “Mauvaise Foi,” (meaning “bad faith”), remembrances show how John and Helen earned their place in the Nazi regime by killing their Jewish friends.
After living in the Neutral Zone for months, Helen and her husband return to the East Coast. They want to find a future for their daughters, but memories of their past acts threaten them. But they must face them at some point. Did you know that part of this season was about how they will have to face their past choices?
Helen’s daughter asks her mom why the BCR is so hateful. Helen talks about how the BCR killed minorities in concentration camps. Her daughter gets sad and starts crying when she realizes that her parents built their success on other people’s deaths. Some things in the show we saw from the beginning. One of these things is that an African American person tells someone else something. A lot has not been said on the show about African Americans, Jews, and LGBTQ people. What did the Smiths do? We wanted to construct up to this final scene, so all of what was left unsaid had to be said in it.
Helen saw John coming. A tip from an undercover person in the store made her find tapes of John’s High Castle. They showed themselves – including Thomas – in the other world. “Jennifer’s words still playing in her ears, Helen of troy calls for all of this to cease, and John replies, “I don’t know how.” When this happens, they are both on a train that won’t stop. It keeps going until the Resistance blows up the track and takes down everything.
A series of explosions happen in this family, and the lies and secrets are exposed. That’s the final explosion because it was planned from the start. It was hard to make a special train car for that scene because of all of the effects that had to be made. Daniel and our effects team worked on this sequence. They had to be cautious with the budget because it was a big production. They were able to plan for an ambitious end to the show.
The rebels tore swastikas from the walls of the mines on a show. The MITHC team also removed any pieces of Nazi paraphernalia. It was hard for some of the people to work in a place where there were such symbols. As these symbols burn, the showrunner of MITHC thinks about how they are used in his show. He wanted to use them ‘gratuitously,’ but he doesn’t want to ‘pull punches’ or ‘sugarcoat that world.’
The producers of this show have changed the characters in it since Donald Trump became president. The first episode of the show was released when he announced his candidacy for president. Then came President Trump. Then Charlottesville happened. Now immigrant children are in cages at detention centers. It is not just alt-history anymore; it is happening now.
It is hard to know how our cultural history will remember television shows. Scarpa says, “We’re all feeling great about where we landed and where we ended up.”