The second season of The Man in the High Castle is due to drop in a couple of weeks, and it looks set to clear up at least one mystery.
The first season introduced us to a dystopian alternate reality where the Axis Powers won the Second World War, and lead characters Juliana Crain (Alexa Davalos), Frank Frink (Rupert Evans), and Joe Blake (Luke Kleintank) live in an occupied, and divided, America.
One character, however, remained a mystery, despite playing a prominent and overarching role. This was the “Man” of the title, a shadowy figure who collects films depicting an alternate universe where the U.S. and its allies actually won the war.
This is a Philip K. Dick story we’re talking about here, so even that version of history is not the one we’ve become accustomed to.
The Man becomes the center of an uprising, a sort of Wizard of Oz figure — if Oz was a slate gray, sinister dystopia — around whom new followers gather, which in turn makes him a target for S.S. officers like Obergruppenführer John Smith (a chillingly steely Rufus Sewell).
So far no one has been able to track him down. He’s so mysterious, in fact, even we’ve not seen him. Until now, that is.
A season two teaser video released yesterday (November 29) shows Juliana in his presence, revealing not only a rather dishevelled man, but that it’s beloved character actor Stephen Root who’s playing him:
Having appeared in films such as Selma and Trumbo, not to mention TV shows King of the Hill, Boardwalk Empire, Turn, NewsRadio, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Root is perhaps best known for his role as the hapless Milton in Mike Judge‘s 1999 cult comedy Office Space.
Season two of The Man in the High Castle premieres on December 16.
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