Bruce Campbell says Ash will be battling the biggest Deadite of all time in Ash vs. Evil Dead season 3. Since the beginning, anyone even faintly familiar with director Sam Raimi's The Evil Dead trilogy or the first two seasons of the subsequent STARZ series Ash vs. Evil Dead well know that the bane of Ash Williams' existence are the Deadites, a particularly nasty brand of humans or life-forces possessed by Kandarian demons. Ash (Campbell), of course, thought he'd vanquished evil completely by the conclusion of the third Evil Dead movie Army of Darkness, but following a night of partying 23 years later, he reawakened the Deadites after irresponsibly citing incantations from the Necronomicon, aka The Book of the Dead.
Recruiting a pair of younger Deadite slayers, Kelly (Dana De Lorenzo) and Pablo (Ray Santiago), at the start of Ash vs. Evil Dead, Ash and company have been busy dispatching Deadites of all shapes and sizes throughout the first two seasons, thinking they've finally triumphed and closed the book on the Necronomicon forever. But as the first trailer for season 3 shows, the book and its evil remnants are far from dead.
While the trailer shows plenty of Deadites Ash's own size, Campbell revealed more details about the monstrous creature that can be seen in the series' new poster and briefly at the end of the footage as Ash utters one of his trademark lines, "Come get some." In an interview with Bloody Disgusting, the chainsaw-handed antihero says the season builds toward his showdown with a 60-foot-tall Deadite. He says:
“It’s the big one, the mother of all demons. That’s what Ash is fighting with the tank, so it ends up that Ash is finally going to fulfill his destiny. He has to own up to who he is – if he’s the chosen one."
Campbell notes that the "chosen one" theme isn't new to the Evil Dead story with Ash vs. Evil Dead season 3. In fact, it's a sprawling narrative that began with Raimi's vision in the original Evil Dead trilogy. He says:
"Sam (Raimi)'s theory has always been that every millennia, the evil rises to test the mettle of the average man, not the special man, the average man. It’s a little biblical because there’s some story in the Bible, Evil’s like, ‘Let’s have Evil fight Good. You bring me your best man, I’ll give you our best man, let’s duke it out and see who wins.’ On the good side, they’re like, ‘I’m just gonna send you a schmoe, because we’re so confident in Good that even a schmoe can take you guys out.’ So that’s why Ash is essentially the Chosen One, he has no skills, zero skills, he’s not Navy SEAL or former FBI.”
Given the story line in season 3 has Ash finally confronting the ultimate evil, it sadly seems like Campbell is essentially closing the book on Ash vs. Evil Dead. Initially hoping for five seasons of the series, the show's struggle with the ratings in the first two seasons caused Ash vs. Evil Dead to push back its start date from October (where it began in seasons 1 and 2) to February for season 3. With any luck, there will be an uptick in viewership when the show kicks off on STARZ February 25, where Ash learns a thing or two about fatherhood when he meets the teenage daughter (Arielle Carver-O'Neill) he never knew he had.
Ash vs. Evil Dead season 3 premieres Sunday February 25 on Starz
Source: Bloody Disgusting