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"Escalation" is the fourth episode of Season Two of The Man in the High Castle, and the fourteenth episode of the series overall. This episode, along with the rest of the season, was made available for streaming on Amazon Video on December 16th, 2016.


Juliana discovers she's far from safe from the Resistance in the Reich. Smith confronts the reality of the lengths he's willing to go to in order to protect his son. And another father - Joe's - tries to persuade him to give Berlin a chance. Frank also has a decision to make: how far is he prepared to go to help the Resistance cause?


Tagomi sees his wife alive in an alternate reality. Later he visits Onoda to warn him about the effects of the nuclear strike. The pictures of a devastated Washington D.C. do not deter Onoda. He deems it necessary to strike because the Germans would not hold back.

Frank witnesses a reprisal of the Japanese on random civilians of the Mission District. He wants to act but the Resistance wants to instill fear in the authorities. When a 2000 pound bomb is found, Frank is sent on a retrieval mission. In the meantime he needs to find a way to repay the Yakuza 60000 yen.

Juliana visits the Smith family. Thomas helps her study the civic part of the ACT. She notices that his hand is shaking.Later she goes looking for George Dixon. However, a new tenant has moved into his apartment. She is pursued by a man and a woman, presumably under the employ of the SS. Trying to hide in the train station she is found and the agents try to shoot her.

The Resistance manages to drain the bomb of its explosive content. Frank understands more of Sara's decision to join the resistance. She is neither fully American neither Japanese. The two get romantically involved.

In the bar, Onoda and Kido have a bottle of whisky. Kido manages to keep sober but Onoda is very drunk. Kido seizes this opportunity to let Onoda sign a "routine order" with his seal.

Cast & Characters

Guest Starring
  • Evan Lee as Hostess Bar Patron

Notes & Trivia

To be Added

Season 1 The New WorldSunriseThe Illustrated WomanRevelationsThe New NormalThree MonkeysTruth
End of the WorldKindnessA Way Out
Season 2 The Tiger's CaveThe Road Less TraveledTravelersEscalationDuck and CoverKintsugiLand O' SmilesLoose LipsDetonationFallout
Season 3 Now More Than Ever, We Care About YouImagine ManchuriaSensô KôiSabraThe New Colossus
History EndsExcess AnimusKasumi (Through the Mists)BakuJahr Null
Season 4 TBA