Courtesy a press release
The show was due for a new showrunner since Frank Spotnitz left the show in the middle of season two’s production. Other producers picked up responsibilities in the meantime, so a permanent showrunner was never hired.
While original reports said Spotnitz left the show over geographical disputes (he lives and works in Paris while the show was filmed in Vancouver), he confirmed later that it was due to creative differences. The distance was still an issue for other executives since Spotnitz was often not on set, but it was his decision to exit.
“I had a very different idea about where I wanted the show to go, and what I wanted the stories to be. So, we just sort of agreed to part ways, and I would say it was pretty friendly; in fact, it was one of the most cordial disagreements you could imagine,” Spotnitz said.
Despite this drama, The Man in the High Castle‘s second season premiered on Dec. 16 and raked in the viewers. According to Amazon, the show has the most viewers over its debut weekend of all Amazon original series. While reviews have been mixed (Vox’s Todd VanDerWerff called it the worst TV show of 2016), it still managed to present an alternate reality that was, unfortunately, appropriate when it came to this year.
“As timely as ever, the exploration of characters at a dark point for humanity has provided incredible stories for two seasons,” Lewis said.
According to the statement, the third season will premiere sometime in 2017. In the meantime, viewers can catch up on the first two seasons over at Amazon Prime and catch up on some teases that the studio has been putting out on social media, like the one below.