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Spoilers ahead for Amazon’s The Man in the High Castle.
Season 4 of The Man in the High Castle arrived on Amazon’s streaming service this past Friday, bringing the adaptation of Philip K. Dick‘s acclaimed alt-history novel to a close. But with 40 hour-long episodes, the creative team behind the scenes (led by series creator Frank Spotnitz) had to fill out the story beyond what the 240-page novel covered. With such adaptations come the expected good and the bad; The Man in the High Castle has been, overwhelmingly, on the good side of things, but the Season 4 / series finale may just divide fans and undercut the series’ overall legacy. Or perhaps, with a little time to ruminate on the finale, “Fire from the Gods” may just be a fitting end to a fantastic series.
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Before we get to the final moments of The Man in the High Castle, it’s necessary to go back over the story so far. (Here’s your second spoiler warning.) Essentially, this alt-history take exists in a world where the Axis powers won World War II and divided up the United States into the eastern Greater Nazi Reich and the western Japanese Pacific States; a neutral zone between the two exists along the Rocky Mountains and provides a haven for a growing resistance movement. So while the gears of empire and rebellion turn in New York City, Denver, and San Francisco, encompassing the men and women on both sides of the conflict in a rather realistic way, the sci-fi element of the story comes into play when a series of films showing alternate realities are discovered. These films show the possibility of victory over the Nazis and Japanese Imperials alike, and they also hint at the potential for those who can physically travel between worlds.
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