When fans last saw Ash, he was headed down a lonely highway with Pablo and Kelly in the backseat, cruising toward the unlikeliest of dream destinations: Jacksonville, Florida. That was in the season 1 finale of Starz’s Ash vs. Evil Dead, and for fans of the continuing adventures of chainsaw-handed Ashley J. Williams, it left them with plenty of questions as to what season 2 would entail. Mostly, those question revolved around just how much downtime in the Sunshine State would be possible with Ruby and her deadites having ostensibly been given the keys to the kingdom by the one man (unlikely though that may sound) capable of stopping them once and for all.
Thankfully, Starz is ramping up their marketing for the second season of the next leg in the Evil Dead franchise. So far, there’s been some solid hints that the tone of the series isn’t going anywhere, as the first image released offered up proof that, while Ash may be getting on in years, he still knows how to get down at a raging kegger. Things went quiet after that (maybe too quiet), but the show made its presence felt with an image showing Ash teaming up with the demonic Ruby and then a patriotic new poster proclaiming ‘Glory. Gory. Hallelujah!’ suggesting last season’s antagonist will be joining the Ghost Beaters as they get back on the ol’ demon-slaying horse to save humankind.
But those were still images and posters, and therefore the story only goes so far. To get the real scoop you have to hear it from the horse’s mouth, so to speak. Well, someone clearly told Starz that, as the network has released a first look at the second season that includes a few tasty sound bites from Bruce Campbell, as well as Lucy Lawless, Ray Santiago, and Dana DeLorenzo.
The team’s all here in the roughly two-minute featurette, and that’s plenty of time for the stars to get the audience up to speed as far as what’s going on in season 2 and why it is Ash finds himself partnered with the woman who tried to kill him last time around. As it turns out, the demons Ruby birthed into the world after sending Ash on his way to Jacksonville have turned on their mother (clearly they’ve become resentful demonic teenagers – or, you know, teenagers) and she needs Ash’s help on the disciplinary front. But Ruby’s love-hate relationship with her hellish offspring isn’t the only familial story line season 2 will touch upon. Earlier this year it was announced that one-time Fall Guy and all-around Six Million Dollar Man joins the cast as Ash’s father, Brock Williams. The family drama playing out in season 2 will also give the series access to Ash’s past, which, from the sound of it, isn’t too rosy since he returned home from a cabin in the woods having chopped his friends into little pieces.
That sort of insight into Ash’s post-Evil Dead (or Evil Dead 2) days could bridge the gap between the end of the movies and the start of the TV series – especially since Campbell recently confirmed there’d be no connection to Army of Darkness at this point in the show. While that may be a bummer for some fans, meeting Mr. Williams should provide an intriguing new avenue of the character’s past to explore.
At any rate, the show looks like it has upped the comedy quotient quite a bit, which, as the first season demonstrated, goes nicely with the over-the-top gore that’s splattered around so generously in every episode. From what’s on display in the featurette, it seems as though the stakes are higher this season, which may be cause for concern, as Campbell says, “Our good is not that good. And the evil is really bad.“
Ash vs. Evil Dead season 2 premieres on Sunday, October 2 on Starz.