Amazon’s The Man in the High Castle went from speculative to eerily persistent between seasons 1 and 2, and the streaming site seems to feel the same way. The Philip K. Dick adaptation, which sees the world as if the Nazis won World War II, has been renewed for a third season, just after its second aired in late November. But that’s not the only development. We’ve also learned that Eric Overmeyer, a veteran TV writer/producer behind Law & Order, The Wire, Treme and Amazon’s brother series Bosch, will be stepping up as showrunner for the 2017 season.
Joe Lewis, Amazon’s head of comedy and drama, said the following during his announcement:
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.
Overmeyer takes over for Frank Spotnitz, who served as showrunner for the first season. When he dropped out during production on season 2, rather than replace him, Amazon decided to let the show function as “a republic,” as executive producer David Zucker puts it, until it wrapped.
The newest season earned mixed reviews, but our own Christian Bone was among the more praise-happy critics. He said it “matches the lofty heights of the first run by taking the story into fascinating new avenues and raising even more questions.” We’ll have to wait until later this year to see how the third season holds up, but whether you love it or hate it, The Man in the High Castle is a bold, visually engaging dramatic program that’ll quite possibly feel like the most timely show on television when it airs again later this year.