Ash vs. Evil Dead Season 2 Trailer & SDCC Panel Insights
After a triumphant return to television last year, Ash returns this October on Starz! In the Ash vs. Evil Dead season 2 trailer, released last week, we see Ash is finally living his dream in Jacksonville…but the dead aren’t far behind.
Minor spoilers lie ahead. So if you haven’t seen season 1 yet, go fix that mistake before reading any further!
What makes Starz the best place for Ash vs. Evil Dead? According to Bruce Campbell, it’s that Starz has no content restrictions. When creating the show, the network told the team they wanted to produce a show unlike anything else on television. The result of that collaboration is something we would never see in theaters, simply because studios don’t give budget to R-rated films.
If this is starting out as a bit of a love letter to Starz, well, that’s because it is. We wouldn’t have a season one of Ash vs. Evil Dead without them — and we certainly wouldn’t have a season two. Campbell made it very clear in the panel that while we could cheer all we like at a panel in San Diego, “ratings make the world go round.” Therefore, if we want to see a season three and four, we need to support the network with our dollars. So if you can spare the cash, consider subscribing to Starz. You can even add a subscription onto your Amazon Prime account. Tell them you came for Ash, but stick around for some other great shows, too. (American Gods airs next year, and remind me to tell you how great Outlander is in a future post.)
I tell you this because Bruce Campbell made me feel like an asshole, and I think it’s an important point to share. PSA over; let’s get back to what to expect from this season.
Most exciting about season 2 is a certain addition to the cast. TV legend Lee Majors (The Six Million Dollar Man, The Fall Guy) joins the ensemble to play Ash’s dad. Campbell is especially thrilled by the addition, stating that Majors is someone, who, in a short amount of time viewers can meet and say, “Oh my God, that’s where Ash got all of his bad habits!” Which is exactly what you want when meeting our favorite antihero’s progenitor.
We’ve also not seen the last of Ruby (Lucy Lawless), whose role I will not spoil for those who did not heed my warning and continued with this article anyway. Though in this season, we’ll see her team up with Ash and the gang with what Lawless describes as a “weird trust relationship,” and “we’ll see how that works out.” She will also apparently take the role of a mother-type figure to Kelly (Dana DeLorenzo), which is slightly disturbing, but we’ll get to see the two kick a lot of ass.
With all of this, the show will also step up in intensity this season. Which is great to hear, because the best moments of last season were the bloodiest, and I honestly felt there weren’t enough of them. We’ll also see flashbacks to Army of Darkness, which is especially interesting given Ruby’s character — could she have actually played a role in that film?
It bears repeating: Starz wants to create something that can’t be found anywhere on television. So expect season 2 of Ash vs. Evil Dead to have more gore, more blood, and more ridiculous deaths. I just can’t wait for October — can you?