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The Man In The High Castle season 1 finale recap: A Way Out

Joe is on his way to Mexico, Wegener is on his way to kill Hitler, and Tagomi is on his way to another moment in time

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The Man in the High Castle

TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
Arnold Chun, Luke Kleintank, Bernhard Forcher
Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

If the cliffhanger that came at the end of the previous episode was a serious game changer, I don’t even know what to call the final scene of this finale. Seriously, I kind of figured something like that was coming, but oh boy, my jaw hit the floor when it actually happened. Let’s back up though!

“A Way Out” picks up in the moment after Juliana and Frank have seen the film where Joe, dressed as a Nazi, executes Frank. Tears stream down Juliana’s face while both of them try to comprehend what they just saw. It doesn’t make any sense, and when Joe shows up, as oblivious as ever, there’s clear tension.

That leads to Frank refusing to hand the film over to Joe. A fight ensues and after each of them gets a few shots in, Joe leaves with the film, leaving Juliana and Frank wondering what their next step might be. They reach out to the only people they can, getting in contact with Karen and Lem and telling them about what’s on the film and that it’s in Joe’s possession.

The Resistance realizes how important that film is and how volatile it is in the hands of someone they perceive to be a Nazi. So Karen and Lem propose a plan. In exchange for getting Juliana and Frank on a boat to Mexico, Juliana must get the film from Joe and then kill him. She refuses to kill him in cold blood, so Lem offers to do it. All Juliana has to do is lure him out of the Nazi embassy.

Meanwhile, both Kido and the Obergruppenführer are fighting for their lives in different ways. Kido finally finds the man, a Nazi agent, who shot the Crown Prince, and murders him on sight, explaining to his partner that it’s what needed to be done. If word had gotten out that the Nazis had attacked the Japanese, a war would break out, which is exactly what the powerful Nazis want.

For the Obergruppenführer, he’s walking into a trap, and he knows it. What he doesn’t know though is all the details and what it means for him. All he knows is that he’s on a hunting trip with Heydrich, a man who likely tried to have him killed, being led deeper and deeper into the woods. That can’t be good.

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Wegener is also potentially risking his life. When he arrives in Berlin, under the orders of Heydrich to get a meeting with Hitler and kill him, he visits his family. It’s clear he’s never there for them, but this may be his final visit, so he bids them a tearful, heartfelt goodbye before heading off for a potentially deadly confrontation with Hitler.

NEXT: Heading back (or sideways) in time