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Helen Smith is a citizen of the Greater Nazi Reich in New York. She and her husband Reichsmarschall John Smith have three children together - Thomas, Jennifer, and Amy. Helen is an archetypal housewife as defined by the Reich. Since the end of the war, she has become fully committed to Nazi ideology and frequently derides those seen to be against them.

Helen is a well-known socialite within the New York elite because of her husband's position and connections within the SS. She frequently hosts and attends formal events with the aim of assisting John or increasing her own social standing. As a result, most of her friends are the wives of other high-ranking Nazis or important officials.

She loses her devotion towards Nazism following her son's execution, and she soon falls into a downward spiral, causing her to leave her husband and openly question the Nazi ideology. She returns to back to public life briefly, but finally gives John up to the American Resistance. She is killed during the Resistance's attempt on her husband.

Biography

Background

Not much is known about Helen's early life except she grew up poor along with John Smith during the Great Depression, leading to her being supportive of the Nazi regime later in her life. In the season finale of Season 2, she and her husband witnessed the atomic bombing of Washington D.C, at the time she was pregnant with Thomas. 

Season One

In Season 1 it is shown that she is a housewife while her husband works. She gets to know Joe Blake and Rudolph Wegener better when John Smith invites them over on VA Day.

Season Two

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Season Three

Helen is shown to be severely affected by Thomas' death, so much so that she has taken to alcohol and sedatives to help her cope with her loss. This intense grieving lead to Helen asking John whether it is possible to contact the dead via seances while she was drunk, indicating that she cannot come to grips with her loss. During Season 3, Helen started attending psychiatric therapy with Dr Ryan and as the season goes on, she exhibits impulsive behavior. This demonstrated with her not only planting a kiss on Dr Ryan (who informed John later and resulted in John ending the therapy sessions) but also questioning Nazi dogma by pointing out that Joseph Goebbels served the Reich well despite having a deformed right foot. 

Season Four

Helen is in the Neutral Zone, in Montana with her brother Hank and her daughters Jennifer and Amy, where she is shown to be sympathetic to the resistance. She eventually comes back in New York with her daughters after John Smith takes Jennifer and Amy back to the American Reich. Helen is later confronted by Juliana Crain and tells her where her husband John Smith will be located after Juliana promises to get her daughters a safe place in the Neutral Zone. She agrees to collaborate with the Resistance in exchange for her daughters' safety.

Helen also starts becoming more suspicious of her husband's ambitions, discovering both the films where Alt-Thomas appears in and documents pertaining to the extermination of all minorities in the to-be conquered Neutral Zone and Pacific states. Helen confronts John Smith on the train, stating that she knows of the extermination plans and that 'This needs to stop'. She informs him about her involvement with the Resistance and the plan for safety for their daughters. Despite John's offer of bringing Alt-Thomas to their reality, she refuses to go along with John`s plan to kidnap the Alt-Thomas, citing that they do not deserve their children for their complicity in the atrocities of the Reich. She is ultimately is killed when the Resistance attacks the train.

Alternate Helen

Alternate Helen Smith is similar to the Nazi Helen Smith in terms of character, a loving wife and a doting mother. However, she more contented with her life with no indications of resorting to alcoholism, drug depedency or impulsive behavior. She is shown to be very welcoming to Juliana, helping her settle down. Despite concerns about alternate Thomas Smith's decision to join the US Marines, she is shown to respect his decision since he is within the legal age to make his own decisions as an adult.

Appearance & Personality

Helen Smith is a very dutiful wife and mother, mothering her children affectionately and is shown to care deeply about her children and her husband. Initially, she is shown to relish taking care of the Smith household and has skills in cooking. However, despite this exterior, she is shown to be very aware of Smith's position and  the perils it brings with it in the forms of political rivals and enemies like Reinhard Heydrich and J. Edgar Hoover. Throughout the seasons, she is shown to be dependent on sedatives, taking them whenever the situation turned extremely stressful. After Thomas' death, Helen fell into a deep depressive state and changed from the housewife persona she had in Seasons 1 and 2. In addition to this, she is shown to have taken to alcohol and sedatives to keep her composure, to the extent that Himmler started seeing her as a liability for John. An impulsive side is also seen, with her openly questioning Nazi ideology and planting a kiss on her therapist. Helen even openly confirmed rumors that Joseph Goebbels had a deformity (an actual fact that was dismissed by Nazis as a mere rumor). Helen still retains her protective motherly behavior when rumors of Jennifer being a possible carrier of Thomas' condition arise, even halting a blood-taking that is compulsory.

In the forth season, Helen takes on a more pro-active attitude, both by publically playing the role of the "dutiful Nazi wife and mother" but secretly investigating the films, discovering both the existence of Alt-Thomas and her husband's genocidal plans. She continues to be somewhat open about her disillussionment with the Reich and the role the Smith couple have had in it.

Relationships

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Appearances

Season One
"The New World"
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"Sunrise"
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"The Illustrated Woman"
Absent
"Revelations"
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"The New Normal"
Absent
"Three Monkeys"
Appears
"Truth"
Absent
"End of the World"
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"Kindness"
Absent
"A Way Out"
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Season Two
"The Tiger's Cave"
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"The Road Less Traveled"
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"Travelers"
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"Escalation"
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"Duck and Cover"
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"Kintsugi"
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"Land O' Smiles"
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"Loose Lips"
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"Detonation"
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"Fallout"
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Season Three
"Now More Than Ever ..."
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"Imagine Manchuria"
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"Sensô Kôi"
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"Sabra"
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"The New Colossus"
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"History Ends"
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"Excess Animus"
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"Kasumi ..."
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"Baku"
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"Jahr Null"
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Season Four
"Hexagram 64"
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"Every Door Out..."
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"The Box"
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"Happy Trails"
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"Mauvaise Foi"
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"All Serious Daring"
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"No Masters But Ourselves"
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"Hitler Has Only Got One Ball"
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"For Want of a Nail"
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"Fire from the Gods"
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Notes & Trivia

  • Helen and John got married in 1944.
  • When John was stationed in Fort Monmouth, Helen lived there with him and their son, Thomas. They moved before her daughters were born.

References

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