It appears The Man in the High Castle will remain up there for another season. Amazon Studios has greenlit the show for a third season with a 2017 release.
Eric Overmyer is replacing Frank Spotnitz, who developed the series and then left in the middle of season two production. Amazon Studios did not replace him and simply allowed the show to function like “a republic,” as executive producer David Zucker put it.
The results of the departure and lack of replacement has caused mixed reviews from critics on the current season, which was released December 16, 2016. Some were fine while others felt it lost its political edge when it needed to remain strong.
However, it appears that Overmyer is stepping up and looking to deliver another thrilling season for viewers, according to Joe Lewis, Amazon Studios head of comedy and drama. “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.”
Regardless of the behind the scenes change, it did not affect the numbers for the season two release. Season one broke streaming records for Amazon and now, season two has registered the most viewers of all scripted Amazon originals to date on its debut weekend.
The Man in the High Castle is an alternate-history thriller, with the Axis powers of Germany and Japan winning World War II. They split the American coasts between them, leaving the Rockies as a “neutral zone” and ground zero for a resistance, led by the mystery figure only known as “the Man in the High Castle.” The show is based on Philip K Dick’s Hugo Award Winning 1962 novel by the same name.
Overmyer is familiar with Amazon series, just finishing work on Bosch. He has also previously work as an executive producer on Showtime’s The Affair and co-created HBO’s Treme. His other credits also include St. Elsewhere, Law & Order, and The Wire.
If you are on the fence about the show, check out our recent review of season one and look soon for our thoughts on season two.