On the brink of an inevitable Nazi invasion, the BCR brace for impact as Kido races against the clock to find his son. Helen is forced to choose whether or not to betray her husband, as she and Smith travel by high speed train to the Portal - with Juliana and Wyatt lying in wait.
The Man in the High Castle has concluded. Share your thoughts on the final episode!
Do you say the US is back?
I didn't understand the portal scene, who were the people coming through??
I loved the show but was totally lost with all the people coming through at the end...it seemed like I was supposed to understand but sadly I have no clue.
Drawing from what I've read about M-theory and how it has been depicted in SciFi shows like The Lost Room & The Cloverfield Paradox, the final scene depicts a re-population of America of lives who were lost as a result of the American Holocaust and the actions of the GAR & the Japanese Empire. They all came from realms of the multiverse where anything is possible. The scene also suggests that the "gods" made some sort of conscious decision to allow the re-population to take place since the Japanese Empire left the Pacific states and Nazism in America was defeated through Smith's suicide. But, that's just my take on it.
That was too short ! This show is so good and brilliant, with a perfect cast ! I'm gonna to miss it. It's satisfaying, we can imagine what we want for the next but an other season could have been very interesting, about how to rebuild the country and what happened with the European Reich. There are so many other questions asked.
I regret that Tagomi died like this, with quite no appearance. And I regret too that Ed disappeared like that, without a word about him, quite the same for Franck, only is art survived.
I think the people we see at the end are all the travelers from this world who were on the other realities who came back to their own. Hawthorne talks about that in season 2 if i remember correctly...
I've had more time to think about the ending of S3:E10, and in revision to my post above, I now believe that the final scene shows the influx of masses of refugees from other worlds in the multiverse where the Nazis and possibly other genocidal civilizations continue to rule. Since the world of TMITHC was depopulated of so many during the American Holocaust, the newly liberated world of TMITHC became a place to which oppressed, persecuted, and hunted people of other Earths could seek sanctuary.
Best season yet. However I do feel that I'm in the minority when I say that I'm satisfied with John Smith's arc.
John Smith as we all know (especially after the scene where the General arrived with food together with swastika bands after the war ended) joined the Nazi cause to protect his family. Hearing this alone - yea, John Smith for sure is no evil.
He did many ruthless things just to protect his family. He had the power to do so as well - he was a General in the SS. When he then became the sole leader of Nazi America, he could have turned against Berlin and reestablish the USA... but he didn't. Why? Because he already said it to Helen: He didn't know how to stand up against the machine he gave his life to for 20 years. His mind has been fully entrenched in a world where the Greater Nazi Reich exists and he couldn't see one where it didn't. As he mentioned to alt-Thomas, he got too caught up in the power the Reich has given him, and with that, Smith dug a hole too deep that he simply couldn't get out off, and the reason why he kept digging was so that his family stayed fed and well.
I'd feel that Smith already had his redemption arc, which is shown in his last few words to Juliana. He knows that alternate versions of him exist in other worlds. However, to him, he knows that the one that he chose was the worst possible version of himself. THAT, in my opinion, was his redemption arc - he chose the Nazi route to save his family - but at the cost of his closest comrades, his own son, wife, the trust of his own daughter (Jennifer), the poisoning of the other with Nazism (Amy) and even possibly sending his alternate Thomas to death. In that sense, he failed at his original goal, can no longer face his atrocities and thus committed suicide.
John Smith was caught up in the power the Reich has given him and thus didn't know how to surrender that power, thus continuing to lead Nazi America after Himmler's death. His redemption arc was with him implying that his Nazi self was the worst possible version of himself that he could have ever been, and that everything he did was for his family, not for the Reich.
But of course, that is just my take on John Smith :)
I agree. I see people posting everywhere that they were confused or didn't like the ending. I wish the show hasn't been canceled, but being that it was I think this was an interesting place to go. I'm not sure if people crave their endings tied up in a bow, but the vagueness leaves to the imagination.
I agree that the ending seemed rushed, forced or confused. There was little emotional payoff for John Smith's ending. His kids no longer have a father in both worlds. Julianna is just a bystander to this high point of the arc, where you would rather hope that there would be some dialogue between them. The symbol appears on the mountain, but there is no real explanation of it. There are too many characters that disappear without much explanation or scenes that lead somewhere that simply vanish in the story. But the series on the whole rests on the some great casting and a good story that was simply lacking in a plan to end it, since it was cancelled halfway through the production of the last season.
In my opinion The Final of The Man In The High Castle T4 was too good. I like the Jon Smith’s final “redemption” and The final scene was poetic.
What do you think?