Ash vs Evil Dead fans got an early Christmas present from Starz last year in the form of the show’s Season 3 renewal. But details about what lies ahead for both fans and Ash Williams and his pals have since remained scarce. Lucky for those who hasn’t been keeping tabs, we’ve rounded up what you need to know ahead of the Ash vs Evil Dead Season 3 premiere below. Spoilers ahead!
What Season 3 will explore
The Evil Dead TV spinoff got the green light for a third run from Starz last October. The network broke the good news during the 2016 New York Comic Con, and Bruce Campbell himself teased that the new season will take an epic turn for his character, Ash.
“I can’t say much because we’re going to try and do some crazy shit,” the actor shared. “But we’re probably going to crack more into Ash’s big picture story. In the “Evil Dead: Army of Darkness” movie, it was foretold in the Necronomicon Ex Mortis that there’s more to the character than meets the eye. He revolves around a myth and has a bigger story to his life.
Campbell says Ash Vs Evil Dead Season 3 will explore more about that bigger picture. New subplots and twists will reveal exactly why Ash has been chosen to save the world.
Change in showrunner
However, all these will happen without Craig DiGregorio continuing his tenure as showrunner on the series. We can recall the executive producer bid adieu to the show due to creative differences between him and Rob Tapert, the long-time producer of the Evil Dead cult movies and the TV series.
“The downside sometimes can be that there’s a lot of ownership and other opinions that might not complement yours perfectly,” he told AV Club in an interview. DiGregorio acknowledged Tappert’s long history with the franchise, saying he knows his fellow EP also wants the best for the show but they just would not see eye to eye on several matters oftentimes.
“He’s a great person and producer, but creatively, we just didn’t have the same taste at all,” he added. Apparently, DiGregorio wanted to keep it funny and amusing in the midst of the gore while Tapert envisioned a more grim tone likely to keep with the spirit of most horror shows.
How it affects the new season
Mark Verheiden, who worked with Battlestar Galactica and on Netflix’s Daredevil, has filled in DiGregorio’s shoes. So, can we expect something more dramatic and horrific when the show returns? The former EP thinks it is possible, but he can’t really know for sure how the story will continue now that he’s out. Either way, he admits not mulling over it, saying it’s not something he would have wanted.
Who’s returning and who’s new
As far as casting is concerned, what we know so far is that all the remaining cast are returning for Season 3. Campbell says he isn’t planning to go anywhere soon and is even up for making five full seasons of the show.
Meanwhile, Australian actress Arielle Carver-O’Neill has officially joined the cast of Ash vs Evil Dead as a series regular. According to Deadline, she will portray “…Brandy, a smart middle-class American high school senior whose life is upended when she finds herself caught up in violent demonic events.”
When Season 3 will Air
The first two seasons of Ash Vs Evil Dead premiered in autumn, so the third season will likely follow suit with a 2017 premiere date just in time for Halloween, probably on October 1. We’ll let you know, though, when Starz announces an official Ash Vs Evil Dead Season 3 release date soon.
Ash vs Evil Dead serves as a sequel to the original Evil Dead trilogy. The show is set around 30 years after the films. Ash who was last seen going back to 1300 AD in Army of Darkness had returned from the past. He now lives in a trailer, moving from town to town. Meanwhile, the Deadites have also returned, so he carries the burden again of fighting these demons.