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Audrey December 17, 2016 0 Comments

A great way to start a story is by asking “What if?” and that is what Philip K. Dick did when he wrote his Hugo Award-winning, 1962 alternate history novel, The Man in the High Castle, which was turned into a TV series by Amazon and begins streaming its second season today.

The premise The Man in the High Castle explores is what would have happened if the allies had lost World War II? The answer is that here in the U.S., Germany controls much of the East Coast, while Japan overseas the West Coast. The only real part of America that is left is the Rocky Mountains, which are a “neutral zone,” and that is where the resistance is located, led by a mysterious figure known only as “the Man in the High Castle.”

Season 2 picks up where Season 1 ended with Juliana Crain (Alexa Davalos) facing the consequences of her choice to betray the Resistance and allow Joe Blake (Luke Kleintank), a suspected Nazi agent, to escape with a film originally intended for the Man in the High Castle. As a result, Joe returns a hero to the Reich, but when he expresses his doubts about continuing to Obergruppenführer John Smith (Rufus Sewell), he is sent to Berlin for a meeting with his long-lost father to entice him to continue on.

Parade.com spoke to Luke Kleintank and new cast member Bella Heathcote, who plays Nicole Becker, to get the inside scoop on Season 2 and their personal reactions to the premise.

What can you tease about Season 2?

Luke Kleintank: We pick up where we left off, so Joe is on his journey back to New York City via the boat, and he goes straight back to Smith’s office to present the film that he’s sequestered from San Francisco. On that journey, he’s dealing with the trial that he had to go through in Season 1. I think he’s fed up with the whole system of the Reich and wants nothing to do with it anymore. So, he goes back and he’s viewed as a hero to a certain extent, but he doesn’t feel like a hero.

Joe and Smith’s relationship kind of falls apart and then it comes back together when Joe is thrust into Berlin, where he meets his father. Then, he experiences the Reich in a whole different light, what it has to offer and experiences its seduction.

We’re starting to see it all unfold. He’s dealing with the conflict of whether he’s going to join the system or fight against it. He meets Nicole along the way in Berlin.

Do you think you would be a good spy?

Luke Kleintank: I’m not a big fan of lying so probably not. I think I could do it though, if I had to.

As an actor you play different people, so maybe that would help?

Luke Kleintank: But the thing is as an actor you’re given the words, so I’d have to make up my own stuff and that might be hard.

Read the entire interview here.

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