Ash vs. Evil Dead, Season 3
Fans of slapstick blood and gore got a real groovy treat Saturday afternoon at 2017 New York Comic-Con. The Starz series Ash vs. Evil Dead held a panel to promote the upcoming third season, which premieres in February of 2018. After teasing us with a brief, never-before-seen trailer, Bruce Campbell himself took the stage to deliver a huge surprise.
“There’s one thing I know about Evil Dead fans…they are never satisfied. It doesn’t matter how much you give them, they want a little more. And because we have great respect for you as fans, and since you put my children through college, we’re going to show you an entire ****ing first episode.”
It was at this point the roof shot right off Hammerstein Ballroom, as the sold out crowd went wild. What followed was 30 minutes of laughs, viscera, and gross-out gags that had everyone unsure whether to smile or vomit. Needless to say, everyone loved it.
Without diving too much into spoilers, the season 3 premiere was an absolute delight. The brash, narcissistic Ash Williams (played by Bruce Campbell) has opened a hardware store/sex toy emporium after last seasons victory over evil. Pablo (played by Ray Santiago), Ash’s bad-luck companion, is still suffering negative effects from his encounter with the dreaded Necronomicon – which resurfaces in this premiere. To make matters trickier, a woman named Candace “Candy” Barr arrives in Ash’s life; or rather, she resurfaces, as Ash has forgotten about their past together in his typical solipsistic way. Based on the outcome of this episode, it would seem that our beloved dolt Ash might be in line for an honest to goodness character arc. A daughter will do that to you.
There are a few newcomers to expect in season 3, such as Arielle Carvel-O’Neill as Ash’s daughter, Brandy and Lindsay Farris as Dalton, the leader of an ancient order known as the Knights of Sumeria. These newbies took the stage with Bruce and Ray, as well as Dana DeLorenzo, who plays fan favorite Kelly Maxwell. Things got off to a funny start when, Arielle paid Bruce a compliment about his manners, and Bruce paid her back with $1. This would become a trend throughout the panel.
Speaking of the fresh faces, Arielle and Lindsay shared what it means to them to be a part of a show with such a devoted cult following. Lindsay, in particular, shared a story about how he was groomed to be part of this world by none other than his grandmother. As a 13-year old growing up in Australia, Lindsay’s grandmother would show him two movies on betamax: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and The Evil Dead. Lindsay had a hard time putting into words just how grateful he is to be “stepping into the TV screen” to be a part of one of his favorite franchises.
Because much of the event was taken up by the episode sneak peek, there wasn’t a great deal of questions asked and not a whole lot of interesting insights revealed. Primarily, the cast had a good time joking around and connecting with the audience. One audience member drew the playful ire of Bruce Campbell, when he implies that he “maybe” has respect for Ash as a character. When asked by the moderator what he thinks of people who consider Ash to be a role model, Bruce replied, “I think they’re idiots.”
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