The Man in the High Castle (TV series)

American dystopian alternate history television series

The Man in the High Castle (2015–2019) is an American dystopian alternative history television series, released by Amazon Video, loosely based on the 1962 novel of the same name by American science fiction author Philip K. Dick. The story is an alternative history of the world in which the Axis powers won World War II. The United States has been partitioned into three parts: the Japanese puppet state of the Pacific States of America, which comprises the former United States west of the Rocky Mountains; a Nazi puppet state that comprises the eastern half of the former United States; and a neutral zone that acts as a buffer between the two areas, called the Rocky Mountain States.

Season 1Edit

The New World [1.01]Edit

Don Warren: You know what those brownshirts out there would do if they caught you?
Joe Blake: I'm not afraid to die.
Don Warren: Me, either. Might be a relief, actually. But how you feel about pain?
Joe Blake: Pain?
Don Warren: Yeah. When they're plucking your fingernails out one by one, or they're cracking your balls open like walnuts. That's when maybe you stop caring about what your old man said and tell Johnny Jackboot out there my name, or just about anything else he wants.
Joe Blake: You're so afraid, why are you here?
Don Warren: I fought in the war, kid. I saw my buddies' brains get blown out on Virginia Beach. You... You're just a punk who could get me caught.
Joe Blake: Yeah, I guess I'm afraid of pain. I don't have any buddies who died in the war. I don't really know what freedom is. But I'm not a punk and I'm not a spy, Mr. Warren. I'm here because I want to do the right thing. So you gonna give me the job or not?

[Joe Blake asks about the police officer's tattoo of a knife through a flower]
Police officer: Oh? A soldier so fierce he’d kill a rose.
Joe Blake: That was you?
Police officer: A long time ago. We lost the war didn’t we? Now I can’t even remember what we were fighting for.

Joe Blake: [noticing ashes falling like snowflakes] What is that?
Police Officer: Oh, that's the hospital.
Joe Blake: The hospital?
Police Officer: Yeah, Tuesdays, they burn cripples...the terminally ill. Drag on the state.

Frank Frink: Hey, what is this?
Juliana Crain: It's newsreel film.
Frank Frink: Yeah, I see that.
Juliana Crain: It shows us winning the war.
Frank Frink: But we didn't win the war.
Juliana Crain: That's what they told us.

Joe Blake: [on the phone] Hey, it's me.
John Smith: How was your journey?
Joe Blake: No one stopped me.
John Smith: Then your cover's intact. I'll tell your father, Joe. I know he'll be very proud.
Joe Blake: Thank you, Obergruppenfuhrer. I hope so.
John Smith: Heil Hitler.
Joe Blake: Heil Hitler.

Sunrise [1.02]Edit

John Smith: Why do you want to succeed, son? Why do you want to do well in school?
Thomas Smith: To make my family proud. To bring honor to my school. To serve my country.
John Smith: Your goals are directed outward. A boy like Randolph wants only to gratify himself. This is the path to moral decay. The decadence ruined this country before the war. You will grow to be a useful member of society. You will make our nation stronger. Randolph will not, whatever his test score.

Randall Becker: It takes a lot of effort not to be free-- keeping your head down, holding your tongue.

Lawrence: We wipe them out, yet they keep coming back like lice.
John Smith: Lice don't assassinate Nazi officers.
Lawrence: I only meant--
John Smith: It may reassure you to liken terrorists to insects, but they inflicted great damage on us today. Never underestimate them.

Randall Becker: This ends only when people like us refuse to obey, no matter the cost.

Frank Frink: I-- I'm free to go? I am free to go?
Kido: You have suffered enough, and I am not a monster.
Frank Frink: If you ever need any more Jews to kill, you know where to find me.
Kido: Yes. I do.

The Illustrated Woman [1.03]Edit

The Marshal: What is that smell in here? How would you describe it?
Carl: I couldn't say.
The Marshal: Hmm. You couldn't say. You probably spend so much time in here, you don't notice. The old books. They got the stink of their owner. Cigarettes and coffee, cat piss, smell of decay.

Revelations [1.04]Edit

Juliana Crain: Have you seen the films?
Lem Washington: It's not my job to see them. I just pass them along.

Juliana Crain: I'm not here to kill Nazis. I'm here because I need answers, and I'm not leaving until I get them.

Three Monkeys' [1.06]Edit

John Smith: You find yourself a good woman Joe.
Rudolph Wegener: And until then, find as many bad ones as possible.

John Smith: You must trust the woman in your life, with your life, Joe!

Kindness [1.09]Edit

Reinhard Heydrich: The duty of maintaining order is never as thrilling as the challenge of establishing it.

A Way Out [1.10]Edit

Rudolph Wegener: It is far from easy to be a good man. In fact, as one gets older, it becomes more and more difficult to know... what a good man is. Yet it also becomes increasingly important to at least try.

Season 2Edit

Loose Lips [2.8]Edit

[John Smith and Erich Raeder visit Reinhard Heydrich at his cell as an alarm rings]
Erich Raeder: [as guards release Heydrich's restraints] Oberstgruppenführer, if you will please get dressed, we must evacuate you immediately.
John Smith: [enters cell] Please forgive our hastiness, Oberstgruppenführer. We don't afford to take chances with your safety at a time like this. [pause] Reinhard, I don't speak for myself.
Reinhard Heydrich: What is this?
Smith: Please. Please hear me out. I know it's too late for me. I accept that. But I ask you to bear in mind that I was just a soldier... a loyal soldier... doing his duty.
Heydrich: Am I to believe the Führer is dead?
Smith: I ask you one thing. Will you give me your word that you will spare Helen and the children?
Heydrich: How do I know this is not a deception?
Smith: I wish it were. One hour ago, San Francisco was flattened with an atomic blast. [Heydrich looks sad] I won't presume to tell you the details, but our invasion of the Pacific States is underway. And then I receive an order from Berlin demanding your immediate release. You won, Reinhard. You won.
Heydrich: [sniffles but face gets smug] You had your chance, John, and now you are on the wrong side of history. When the Japanese are eradicated, we will have a better world. A world, sadly, you will now never see.
Smith: Do I have your word that you will spare my family?
Heydrich: That is up to the new Führer.
Smith: It's not you?
Heydrich: [shakes head] No. It is someone with a much grander vision. [stands erect and gives Nazi salute] Heil Heusmann! [laughs hard]
Smith: Reinhard?
Heydrich: Yes, John?
Smith: Thank you. [Raeder kills Heydrich]

Fallout [2.10]Edit

[In Berlin, the Oberkommando der Wehrmacht meets with Chancellor Heusmann on a new war plan and an unnamed field marshal briefs them]
Briefer: [explaining map movements] Chancellor, men, our attack is in three phases. Phase One- U-boat and silo-launched missiles to destroy primary targets. San Diego, San Francisco, Pearl Harbor in the Pacific States. Darwin and Manila, Yokohama, Kamchatka, and Vladivostok in the East.
Chancellor Martin Heusmann: How long it will take?
Briefer: On your order, 15 minutes from launch.
Heusmann: And why not Tokyo, field marshal?
Reichsfuhrer-SS Heinrich Himmler: [interjects] If we kill their emperor, it would prolong the conflict.
Heusmann: So we spare him? After he murders our Fuehrer?
Himmler: The Japanese must see their deity surrender and acknowledge the superiority of our Master Race.
Heusmann: [sternly] They will accept that reality without him. [orders briefer as Himmler remains quiet] Destroy Tokyo in Phase One.
Briefer: [looks at Himmler who nods at him] Yes, Chancellor.
Heusmann: Continue.
Briefer: Phase Two - our long-range nuclear bombers destroy secondary targets, including Anchorage, Los Angeles, and Sacramento in the west. Osaka, Peking, Delhi, Bangkok, and so on in the east. Time to completion, six hours from launch. Phase Three, a ground and marine invasion to secure and occupy. We expect total capitulation within two weeks.
Heusmann: What kind of retaliation can we expect?
Briefer: The strongest resistance will be in our satellite states.
Himmler: Particularly, the Americas, where we expect the Japanese to mount significant defense and counterattacks.
Briefer: We anticipate Japanese bombers to launch long-range suicide missions. We should expect major attacks as deep as Chicago and New York.
Heusmann: Projected casualties?
Briefer: The nuclear attack will result in 15 to 16 million dead. Ground invasion will add another two to three million.
Heusmann: And on our side?
Briefer: The Japanese only have conventional weapons. Casualties will be in the hundreds of thousands.
Himmler: And mostly Americans, so... acceptable losses.
Heusmann: When can you be ready to launch?
Briefer: By 1900 tomorrow, Chancellor.
Heusmann: Good, [rises with everyone] Tomorrow night, I will address the Reich from the Volkshalle. During my speech, I will give the attack order. I will secure the Fatherland and the future of the Reich. [everyone makes the stiff-arm salute]

Season 3Edit

History Ends [3.6]Edit

[In New York, Himmler has just sworn in John Smith as the new Reichsmarchall for Nazi America]
Heinrich Himmler: Today marks the beginning of Jahr Null, Year Zero. This will become the beating heart. We will do away with the old. Today, history ends and the future begins!!

Jahr Null [3.10]Edit

[Aboard a ship in New York harbor, Fuhrer Himmler and Reichsmarschall Smith preside over the destruction of the Statue of Liberty]
Himmler: John, where is your family?
Smith: I have sent them away for a few days, mein Fuhrer. Helen was very tired.
Himmler: Sends the wrong message when a Reichsmarschall appears at a public ceremony without his family. I'm particularly sad that your children are not here to witness this today. You will get your house in order. [addresses the youth] Today is for you. The generation born since the end of the war. A pure generation, free from the decrepit ideologies of the past. You are the future. You are the Reich. But you must be vigilant. The enemies of the Reich are everywhere. Those who would anchor you to the past must be eliminated to make room for the new. Today, we tear down the old. Here is your Fuhrer's gift to you. A new beginning! Jahr Null! [to Smith] Reichsmarschall, give the order.
Smith: Come in, Major.
Luftwaffe pilot: Copy, Reichsmarschall. Clear to target. [a flight of aircraft fire missiles at the Statue of Liberty, which collapses into the harbor after a controlled explosion and amidst a fireworks display]
Radio announcer: At long last, her light goes out. With the destruction of this former icon, the American Reich enters a bold new era. Nazi youths are pouring into the streets to celebrate the destruction of liberty. In solidarity with their Fuhrer, they celebrate the beginning of Jahr Null.

Season 4Edit

Mauvaise Foi [4.5]Edit

[in the wake of the US surrender and the military standing down in early 1946, Colonel Bolden visits John Smith's quarters]
Colonel Bolden: Patton shook hands with Goering. It's all settled. First men to sign on will get food and good positions within the Reich. The holdouts will get nothing - or death. [leaves Nazi swastika armbands]

No Masters but Ourselves [4.7]Edit

[in the wake of the Crimson Pipeline bombings, Chief Inspector Kido dons headphones but eventually puts them down to set the radio on full blast]
DJ Evangeline: DJ Evangeline coming to you live from from Resistance Radio with breaking news from the JPS.
Bell Mallory: I speak for the Oakland Battalion of the Black Communist Rebellion. We claim responsibility for today's attacks on the vital services, command-and-control, and oil infrastructure of the Japanese occupiers. We seek an autonomous territory for black people on the West Coast. And we will never quit. And the Empire's oil will not flow until we get our homeland. All power to the people.
DJ Evangeline: All power to the people, indeed, Sister. There you have it, direct from the BCR.

[Emperor Hirohito makes an address]
Emperor Hirohito: [in Japanese with English translator voiceover] To our good and loyal subjects, after pondering the general trends of the world, and conditions obtaining in our Empire today, I am effecting a settlement of the present situation by resorting to an extraordinary measure. We declared war on America to ensure Japan's self-preservation, it being far from our thought to infringe on the sovereignty of other nations or to embark upon territorial aggrandizement. Our North American Occupation has lasted for nearly 20 years. Despite the best that has been done by everyone, the gallant efforts of our military and naval forces, continuing occupation has developed not necessarily to Japan's advantage. Should we continue to devote our precious resources to occupying the Japanese Pacific States, it would threaten the protection of the Japanese homeland. This is the reason I have ordered the strategic withdrawal of our occupying forces from the JPS. I am keenly aware of the inmost feelings of all of you, my subjects. However, I have resolved to redeploy our awesome might and manpower from our North American territories to the front lines of the escalating Asian conflict. Let our entire nation continue as one family, ever firm in its faith of the imperishableness of our Imperial State.

For Want of a Nail [4.9]Edit

[Chief Inspector Kido wakes up to Empire TV-San Francisco's farewell broadcast]
ETV Announcer: [in Japanese] Soon, the last ship leaves for Japan and with it the life we have made here. This concludes the final broadcast of Empire TV San Francisco. Farewell. Long live the Emperor! [Cut to Rising Sun flag and Kimigayo as background music.]
Kido: [tries to sing along] Continue for a thousand, eight thousand generations, until the pebbles... [simply listens until the end]

[The OKW discuss attacking the former Japanese Pacific States with a full combined ground and air assault]
SS Oberstgruppenfuhrer Adolf Eichmann: [in German, details animation in map] The conquest of the North American West will unfold in stages. First, the Luftwaffe will disable critical command-and-control infrastructure and carpet-bomb population centers. San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, and so on.
Reichsmarschall John Smith: Forgive me, General how much value to the Reich will these cities have if they're reduced to rubble?
Eichmann: [in English] The aerial assault will break the will of the population. Next, our Panzer divisions will cross the border from the Neutral Zone in a blitzkrieg strike. Supported by our Wehrmacht battalions, we will have control of the West Coast within a week.
Fuhrer Heinrich Himmler: Smith. You're a skeptic?
Smith: Invading the West is one thing, [to Himmler, nodding respectfully] Mein Fuhrer. Holding it is another.
Eichmann: The BCR are crude savages. They rely on animal instinct.
Smith: That's what the Japanese thought.
Eichmann: We use different methods, Reichsmarschall, and they have never failed to achieve results, as you know.
Smith: Yes.
Himmler: The question is not whether or how or when, Smith. For that is our destiny. The question is who. Who will lead the conquest of North America? A prize second only to Europa herself. Do you really believe that you deserve it, Smith? Or should I bestow it on someone else? Eichmann, perhaps? Or Goertzmann?
Eichmann: Mein Fuhrer, perhaps this duty can only be entrusted to a member of the German Herrenvolk.
Himmler: What do you say to that, Smith?
Smith: I disagree.
Himmler: That is all?
Smith: America is a rebel nation, mein Fuhrer. A German commander might - if you'll forgive me - promote unrest in the military. Only an American can truly control it.
Himmler: But you do not control America, Smith. Rebellion is rampant, and I have a bullet wound to prove it!
Eichmann: Is the problem that he can't control America? Or is it that he won't?
Smith: What are you insinuating, Eichmann?
Himmler: He is asking where your true loyalties lie, Smith. And I have been wondering the same thing myself. But tonight, at last, we are all going to learn the truth about John Smith.

[Himmler talks to John Smith about J Edgar Hoover's revelations of him]
Himmler: [takes a drink] When a man gets to be my age, he needs a son. I thought of you as that son, John. I saw myself in you. If anyone had hurt you, shot you, as those assassins did me, I would have hunted them down and strangled them with my bare hands. But you did nothing to avenge me. Where's the tribute to the man who gave you everything? When did you even visit me when I was sick? Nothing. [Smith is blank] Say something, Smith. If not for yourself, then for your family. Say something in your defense!!
Smith: What can I say, mein Fuhrer? You're... You're right. I never loved you. I never saw you as a, a father. I saw you as a, a petty little tyrant. You're a mediocre man. [sees Himmler coughing at the words and retreats to his oxygen tank] A failed chicken farmer. The very thought that you see yourself in me, it sickens me. [Himmler inhales from the tank, but upon noticing something different, Smith makes him breathe the gas in until he dies. Smith turns off the oxygen tank, which is actually a tank of Zyklon B.]

Fire from the Gods [4.10]Edit

[opening scene]
Production director: Okay, quiet, everyone. Cameras rolling. We go live in five... four...
Announcer: Ladies and gentlemen, the Reichsfuhrer of North America.
Reichsfuhrer John Smith: My fellow Americans. The last few days have been difficult for us all. Heinrich Himmler was a father to our people. We mourn his loss. But with his passing comes an opportunity for rebirth and renewal. A change has come to the Western states, and with it, a chance to take our divided land and bring it back together. A great transformation is coming. Soon, we will be one nation again.

[Juliana chances upon John Smith at a clifftop just outside the Poconos portal base]
John Smith: [sees Juliana] There you are. We've seen things... you and me. Other worlds. Other lives. We, we have that in common. It's unbearable. To be able to look through that door and glimpse all the people you could have been. And to know that out of all of them, this is the one you became. [commits suicide]


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