The release of a new #TV series is something that often gets the people of today's world extremely excited. I mean, who hasn't dropped everything to stream the latest season of Marvel's Daredevil or the revival of Gilmore Girls? Or maybe you checked out something new like Stranger Things on the day of release? Either way, Netflix's original series' have redefined television and brought many of us into the twenty first century with the popular trend of binge watching.
However, despite Netflix's recent release of new supernatural drama The OA on the same day, December was all about the release of the second season of Amazon's The Man In The High Castle. Easily the strongest of Amazon's selection of original programming, High Castle takes place in an alternative universe that saw the Nazis win the war.
The series delivered an incredible first season and the stakes were higher than ever, but it's safe to say that High Castle did not suffer from second season syndrome — a condition that has plagued even the greatest of TV series in recent years. If anything the second season was stronger than the first and if you haven't dipped your foot into this alternate reality drama, now is the perfect time to do so because according to TVLine, Amazon have renewed the series for a third season.
This announcement comes less than three weeks after Season 2 premiered on the streaming service. Although streaming/viewing figures are rarely released, Amazon claim that the second season of The Man In The High Castle had the greatest debut weekend of any of their original scripted series ever.
As well as this renewal, Amazon have confirmed that a new showrunner has been appointed after Frank Spotnitz stepped down half way through the second season. Bosch executive producer Eric Overmyer will take over the post for Season 3. Amazon Studios chief Joe Lewis had this to say on the renewal.
"As timely as ever, the exploration of characters at a dark point for humanity has provided incredible stories for two seasons. Eric and his team are doing an incredible job crafting stories about the inner lives of those who struggle to do good in a world that is not. We couldn’t be more excited to bring Season 3 to customers in 2017.”
As excited as we are about the third season, changing the showrunner could be quite daunting for the viewers — especially of they've grown accustomed to the original creator's style or vision. Let's take a look at what this huge decision could mean for Season 3 of The Man In The High Castle, as well as looking at what's in store for lead character Juliana Crain.
How Will The Show Cope With A New Showrunner?
Spotnitz's departure is unfortunate, especially considering he was extremely passionate about the project, spending years trying to get it off the ground. Before Amazon picked the series up, similar projects based on Phillip K. Dick's novel were passed on by the BBC and Syfy. Spotnitz' departure was first reported back in May last year, with Amazon releasing the following statement:
“Given the ambition and scope of the series, the decision has been made to locate all creative efforts on The Man in the High Castle to the west coast; Frank Spotnitz will remain as an executive producer and step back from showrunner. His responsibilities will be managed by our deep and talented bench of producers. We are enormously grateful to him for bringing our customers on one of the most watched original shows on Amazon Video and we are excited about the team’s vision for season two.”
Appointing a new show runner is difficult because it's hard to know if the replacement will follow on with Spotnitz's original vision. Having said that, the second season of the series had little involvement from Spotnitz and it produced some of the best episodes yet so hopefully the third season will continue this trend. We have faith that the new showrunner will impress us with some more jaw dropping episodes.
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Will Juliana Reunite With Joe In The Third Season?
Despite being on opposite sides of the war effort, Joe Blake and Juliana Crain became friends during the first season of the show. However, their missions drove them to different countries during Season 2 and although it looked like the series was building towards a reunion for the pair, they never made it back to each other by the season finale.
Their separation resulted in several different story arcs beginning — all of which were extremely interesting and vital to the development of the overall storyline — so there is no doubt that their separation was necessary. In the final episode of Season 2, Joe discovered that Juliana is alive and his feelings for her are well established by now, so we're secretly — or not so secretly — hoping that the pair will reunite in the third season. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if the third season begins with Joe finding his way back to the USA in search of her. Let's hope so!
The Man In The High Castle's second season may still be fresh, but the news of a third season renewal is momentous. With so many questions left unanswered following the incredible conclusion of the second season, Season 3 will likely take us into new uncharted territory as Joe must figure out what he really wants. Also, Smith has a lot of power, but what will he do with it? 2017 has only begun but we're already counting down the days until we can binge the third season of this brilliant, original drama.
The first two seasons of The Man In The High Castle are available to stream on Amazon. Keep up to date with all the latest news on the show here. How do you feel about the renewal of The Man In The High Castle? What do you want to see in Season 3? Tell us in the comment section below.