The Best Episodes of The Man in the High Castle

Last Updated: Dec 3, 2018

A glimpse into an alternate history of North America: what life after WWII might have been like if the Nazis had won the war. The Man in the High Castle explores daily life in 1962, fourteen years after the end of a longer Second World War (1939–1948 in this history). The victorious Axis Powers - Imperial Japan, Fascist Italy, and Nazi Germany - are conducting intrigues against each other in North America, specifically in the former U.S., which surrendered to them once they had conquered Eurasia and destroyed the populaces of Africa.


#1 - Fallout

Season 2 - Episode 10

Tagomi enlists Kido in a deception to save Japan from destruction. As Smith's life crumbles around him, he makes a dangerously bold play to hold onto his power. Joe tries to do the right thing but suffers the ultimate betrayal. Juliana must make a heart-wrenching choice that will shape the future of the world.

star 8.45
2,221 votes
Writers: Erik Oleson
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Jahr Null

#2 - Jahr Null

Season 3 - Episode 10

Juliana's attempt to stop the Nazis lands her in a precarious position. Himmler and John Smith lead a lavish celebration of Year Zero. Amid a series of successes, Smith faces a setback. Kido returns to San Francisco with a prize, performs an act of kindness for a friend. Tagomi makes a difficult decision. Ed returns to San Francisco and reconnects with Childan.

star 8.15
453 votes
Writers: Eric Overmyer, Wesley Strick
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#3 - Detonation

Season 2 - Episode 9

Tagomi faces a dilemma: to stay with his family or return to the world he left behind. Desperate to escape the Reich, Juliana strikes a final, dangerous deal with the Resistance. When Ed reveals a secret that puts the Resistance plan in jeopardy, Frank must decide how to deal with his best friend's betrayal.

star 8.01
2,114 votes
Directors: Chris Long
Writers: Wesley Strick
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Loose Lips

#4 - Loose Lips

Season 2 - Episode 8

Juliana gathers intel for the Resistance that could trigger WWIII. When the political situation in Berlin becomes unsafe, Joe must make a choice that could put his life in danger. Frank learns the truth about Juliana, leading him to question his newfound Resistance family.

star 8.00
2,161 votes
Writers: Rick Cleveland
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A Way Out

#5 - A Way Out

Season 1 - Episode 10

As revelations abound, Juliana is forced to make the hardest decision of her life. Wegener returns to Germany to carry out his mission. Smith risks becoming the prey as he goes hunting with his assassin. Kido desperately tries to close his investigation before his time runs out.

star 7.98
2,899 votes
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#6 - Baku

Season 3 - Episode 9

Juliana and Wyatt's mission takes them farther east and dangerously close to the center of a top-secret Nazi project. Trying to improve relations between their sides, Tagomi reaches out to Smith. Smith makes a crucial discovery. Kido finds closure.

star 7.91
455 votes
Directors: Deborah Chow
Writers: Chris Collins, Chris Wu
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The New Colossus

#7 - The New Colossus

Season 3 - Episode 5

As the Reichsführer continues to provoke the Japanese Pacific States, Juliana barely escapes a deadly situation and discovers a trove of Nazi secrets. John Smith tangles with his political adversary. The Nazis prepare for "Year Zero." Joe and Juliana come to a turning point in their relationship.

star 7.90
537 votes
Writers: Wesley Strick
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#8 - Kindness

Season 1 - Episode 9

With time running out, a desperate Frank is forced to put his life on the line to help Joe. The pieces finally fall into place for Smith as he uncovers who was behind the assassination attempt. Tagomi is devastated when he's confronted with the consequences of his scheming. Kido's investigation takes a dramatic turn when he makes an important discovery.

star 7.89
2,758 votes
Directors: Michael Slovis
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Three Monkeys

#9 - Three Monkeys

Season 1 - Episode 6

Joe celebrates VA day at Smith's house. Juliana accepts a job working for Tagomi as she continues her search for answers. Smith invites an old friend to join the celebrations, with surprising results.

star 7.77
3,004 votes
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History Ends

#10 - History Ends

Season 3 - Episode 6

With Wyatt's aid, Juliana flees San Francisco with the stolen Nazi secrets. Childan can finally return home; Ed decides to stay in the Neutral Zone. Tagomi makes revelations to Kido that change Kido's perspective. John Smith's career takes a turn.

star 7.77
509 votes
Directors: Meera Menon
Writers: Elizabeth Benjamin, Kalen Egan
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Kasumi (Through the Mists)

#11 - Kasumi (Through the Mists)

Season 3 - Episode 8

Juliana realizes time might be running out, but recruiting supporters continues to prove challenging. Tagomi finds himself in a dangerous life-or-death struggle. In therapy, Helen Smith crosses a line. Kido pursues his target in the Neutral Zone.

star 7.76
452 votes
Writers: William N. Fordes
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#12 - Travelers

Season 2 - Episode 3

Fighting to acclimatize to the strange new world of Nazi New York, Juliana seeks out the one person she thinks she can trust: Joe Blake. Angry and defiant after Juliana's departure, Frank is drawn to the Resistance movement and its charismatic leader. Joe confronts his own identity when he finally meets his father.

star 7.70
2,388 votes
Writers: Erik Oleson
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End of the World

#13 - End of the World

Season 1 - Episode 8

Juliana and Frank make plans to escape the Pacific States, only to be dragged back into danger by Joe as he tries to retrieve a new film. Smith's loyalty is put to the ultimate test when confronted with a startling family discovery.

star 7.69
2,796 votes
Directors: Karyn Kusama
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Now More Than Ever, We Care About You

#14 - Now More Than Ever, We Care About You

Season 3 - Episode 1

Juliana Crain makes a new acquaintance in the Neutral Zone - an Irish fixer named Wyatt - and soon finds herself on the run and seeking Tagomi's aid. The Japanese test an atomic bomb. Joe Blake is sent on a diplomatic mission to San Francisco. Kido hires a new sergeant. Nicole Dormer arrives in New York to head a new propaganda campaign. The Smiths struggle with the aftermath of Thomas' death.

star 7.68
717 votes
Writers: Wesley Strick
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Land O' Smiles

#15 - Land O' Smiles

Season 2 - Episode 7

As Juliana worms closer to the Smiths, she discovers a dangerous secret. Childan and Ed get themselves in a sticky situation as they try to settle the Yakuza debt. On a Resistance mission, Frank uncovers a Japanese plan that could realize his worst nightmare.

star 7.68
2,141 votes
Directors: Karyn Kusama
Writers: Rob Williams
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The Road Less Traveled

#16 - The Road Less Traveled

Season 2 - Episode 2

After narrowly escaping death, Juliana discovers a family secret that could have global implications - and leads her to make a life-changing decision. Kido, Tagomi, and Frank all take dangerous risks, while back in New York, Joe settles into a normal routine, only to have it turned upside down when Smith gives him the opportunity he's waited for his whole life.

star 7.66
2,568 votes
Directors: Colin Bucksey
Writers: Rob Williams
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Imagine Manchuria

#17 - Imagine Manchuria

Season 3 - Episode 2

Juliana recognizes that her and Tagomi's fates are intertwined. Tagomi and Admiral Inokuchi realize the Reich is imposing a covert oil embargo on the Pacific States. Reichsmarschall Rockwell and J. Edgar Hoover plot against John Smith. Helen starts therapy to cope with her grief over Thomas, and takes drastic action to protect her family. Kido and Tagomi clash over Juliana.

star 7.65
603 votes
Writers: Eric Overmyer
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Excess Animus

#18 - Excess Animus

Season 3 - Episode 7

Juliana embarks on a mission to stop the Nazis - a mission that reunites her with old friends. Thelma and Nicole grow closer, despite the risks. Smith learns more about the Nazis' efforts into alt-world travel. Kido demands Tagomi come clean about the films and his ability to travel. Kido coaxes crucial intelligence from Childan.

star 7.64
473 votes
Directors: Steph Green
Writers: Dre Ryan
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#19 - Revelations

Season 1 - Episode 4

Joe is increasingly torn between duty and his growing feelings for Juliana. While Ed tries to stop Frank from making an irrevocable decision, Smith's investigation is interrupted when he has trouble with his witness. Tagomi's plan goes awry as events take a dramatic turn at the Crown Prince's speech.

star 7.64
3,330 votes
Directors: Michael Rymer
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#20 - Sunrise

Season 1 - Episode 2

Frank's fate hangs in the balance as he is held captive by the Kempeitai. Juliana makes contact with a mysterious man who gives her a clue about the films. Obergruppenführer Smith is surprised by an unfortunate turn of events.

star 7.63
4,164 votes
Writers: Frank Spotnitz
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Sensō Kōi

#21 - Sensō Kōi

Season 3 - Episode 3

Juliana and Tagomi pursue the mysteries of the films and Juliana reunites with an old friend. Childan is anxious to return to San Francisco now that the reprisals have stopped, but a potential new romance makes Ed reluctant to leave. Kido receives intelligence that sets him on a new path. Smith finds himself celebrated by Nazi high society at a screening of Nicole's new film about Thomas.

star 7.61
558 votes
Writers: Chris Collins
The Tiger's Cave

#22 - The Tiger's Cave

Season 2 - Episode 1

Joe returns to New York to hand over the film to Smith and request for his resignation, but Smith denies his request before delivering the film to Hitler. Karen and Lem confront Juliana for not shooting Joe before she is tranquilized. She wakes up in the home of Hawthorne Abendsen, The Man in the High Castle, and his vast film collection. Meanwhile, General Onoda reveals to Tagomi and his staff that the capsule Science Minister Shimada found in his pocket contains the plans for a nuclear weapon that the Empire intends to use to crush the Nazis, much to Tagomi's dismay. Frank confronts Arnold about spying over his own family. Desperate to clear Ed's name, Frank goes to Childan and asks for his help. Juliana attempts to get answers from an evasive Abendsen and receives a clue which may help to avert nuclear war. Gary Connell, leader of the West Coast Resistance, goes against orders and tries to kill Juliana, but she escapes at a Kempeitai checkpoint. A gunfight ensues between the Resistance members and the Japanese soldiers. Karen is killed in the crossfire.

star 7.60
2,927 votes
Writers: Frank Spotnitz
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Duck and Cover

#23 - Duck and Cover

Season 2 - Episode 5

Joe learns a truth about his past that makes him question everything. The rift between Frank and Ed widens as Frank is drawn further into the Resistance. In order to assure her safety, Juliana must betray someone close to her.

star 7.59
2,213 votes
Directors: John Fawcett
Writers: Erik Oleson; Rick Cleveland
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The Illustrated Woman

#24 - The Illustrated Woman

Season 1 - Episode 3

Joe and Juliana must act quickly as a vicious bounty hunter known as The Marshal arrives in Canon City. Tagomi makes plans with Wegener to pass valuable secrets from the Reich. Frank plots his revenge against the Japanese.

star 7.55
3,600 votes
Directors: Ken Olin
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#25 - Truth

Season 1 - Episode 7

Juliana makes a startling discovery about her sister's death. Frank reflects on recent events and makes an important decision about his future. Tagomi gains greater insight into Juliana's past.

star 7.55
2,885 votes
Directors: Brad Anderson
Writers: Emma Frost
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