Published On: Sat, Feb 24th, 2018

Ash vs. Evil Dead: Season 3 Cheat Sheet

Rev up the chainsaw and crack open a brew or 12, because Ash is back, baby!

When the announcement first hit a few years ago, many of us were absolutely stunned. Could it really be? Was Bruce Campbell really returning to continue the adventures of that idiot with a chainsaw, Ashley J. “Ash” Williams, so many years after we’d last seen him in Army of Darkness? And as a TV show???

It seemed too good to be true, especially after the 2013 Evil Dead film that split fans down the middle like a blood-soaked blade – some of us loved it, some of us hated it (put me down under “love”) – and for all intents and purposes attempted to reboot the franchise… or not, because a lot of us think it was a sly sequel. Yes, because you can see Ash’s car at one point, although it may be just a nod… but this article isn’t about that. Moving on…

So anyway, Ash vs. Evil Dead not only gave us a heaping helping of Ashy insanity with far more running time than we ever would have had with the long-discussed Evil Dead 4, but due to its success, the show has gone on to have a second and now a third season coming up on STARZ (premiering February 25)! But for all those that may not have kept up with the saga since the early days of creepy cabins in the woods and medieval knights hacking at reanimated skeletons, here’s a brief round-up of what you need to know to get ready for Ash vs. Evil Dead Season 3! (Spoilers follow for the first two seasons…)

The Basics

We’re going to assume you’ve seen Evil Dead, Evil Dead II, and Army of Darkness (and probably the 2013 Evil Dead and maybe even the 1978 “Within the Woods” short too), so we know you’re not total primitive screwheads. Now listen up! Since then, when we first saw Ash again in the very first episode of Ash vs. Evil Dead, he was working at an S-Mart-esque store called Value Stop, and generally laying low 30 years after his days of fighting evil. And then all hell broke loose, as it’s wont to do.

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Soon enough, Ash gathered a gang of Ghostbeaters including former work buddy and budding brujo Pablo (Ray Santiago, he of the bouncy tall hair), as well as sardonic and Deadite-made orphan Kelly (Dana DeLorenzo, she of the quick quippy burn). Together they battled Ruby (Lucy Lawless), whose connection to that old troublesome Necronomicon ran deep and far back in time, leading everyone to a crazy cabin showdown back where it all began. In Season 2, things ramped up significantly as we met Ash’s dad (The Six Million Dollar Man himself, Lee Majors) and our hero confronted his reputation in his hometown while trying to save the world (and Pablo) from death itself via a time-twisting return to that same ol’ cabin.

Time for Pink… Mayhem!

As Season 3 begins, Ash is finally enjoying some local notoriety in his spawning ground of Elk Grove for doing that hero thing yet again, and he’s even taken over his late father’s hardware store (yeah, Majors didn’t last). While Pablo has stuck by Ash’s side, Kelly is out with Dalton of the Knights of Sumeria (hey, that’s what they said) hunting Deadites, and a massacre that could be due to Ruby’s blood-soaked influence spells an end to the quiet life and a return to form for the Ghostbeaters. And where else will the fight take them this season than back to high school, where a whole new world of crazy demonic shenanigans can take place amid the familiar trappings of school life? And wait… who’s this new girl? Read on…

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Eras Collide

One of the magical things about the series is that it’s such a wonderful continuation of the movies we all love, and yet it also manages to weave in references and nods in a way that takes in the chaotic craziness of the franchise. Put simply, there really is no Evil Dead film series in a traditional sense. Although there’s the original movie and two sequels… and a remake/possible sequel/semi-reboot/possible relaunch… each one technically exists in its own universe, as does the TV show, with each version revisiting and reworking that fateful first encounter with the Necronomicon in that cabin in the woods.


In fact, there are actually five versions of Ash’s original experience at the cabin if you count the 1978 short “Within the Woods” that Raimi and company made before the first full-length Evil Dead, which is quite a bit different but no less harrowing for Ash and everyone else. And although the TV series still can’t legally refer to anything from Army of Darkness (rights issues), they’ve done their best to nod to it more than once, and who knows what slimy Easter eggs await us in Season 3?

Who’s Your Daddy?

Perhaps most significantly this season, we’re about to meet… Ash’s daughter! Although we know that Arielle Carver-O’Neill is joining the cast this season as Ash’s previously unknown offspring Brandy, we also know that things could have been quite a bit different if it weren’t for some tension and shake-ups behind the scenes. Without dwelling on the real world professional issues, it seems that the original plan was to reveal that Dana DeLorenzo’s Kelly was in fact Ash’s daughter via a bit of time travel (he does that every once in a while) and a typically Ashian encounter with Kelly’s mom. Those plans were scrapped, however, and now Carver-O’Neill has a job. For viewers, the only things that will matter is if she’ll be a worthy addition to the team, and how Ash will deal with being a daddy. We predict… not well.

Gross, Man!

If there’s one thing Ash fans are into, it’s piles of blood and gore. Let’s face it, you’re going to get messy when you’re chopping up Deadites left and right with a chainsaw arm, so it’s inevitable that the guts fly and everyone gets hosed down with red goop many times over. The show has done its best to up the ante from the old days, and at times, it’s truly succeeded – including in the very divisive morgue episode, but the less said about that right now, the better – and this time around we fully expect that this season will be no different in that department. And with the world’s biggest Deadite ever about to make its debut, could we even be in for a bit of Ash as Jonah with the Deadite as the whale? We’re calling that right now. And as for anything else, all we’ll say is… sample cups.

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Beyond the TV

It can only be called an amazing gift that we keep getting new Ash adventures every year after so long a wait for Evil Dead 4 or some such continuation of the franchise. But hey, we can dream bigger – could Ash make it back to the big screen in the future? Anything’s possible, and it would be nice to see the once-discussed crossover in which 2013 Evil Dead’s Mia (Jane Levy) meets up with the man himself. Then again, she could just pop up in Season 4 of Ash vs. Evil Dead if STARZ keeps this party going another year, but for now, let’s just be grateful that there’s any new Evil Dead at all.

Buckle up, because it’s time to go back to school with a vengeance in Ash vs. Evil Dead Season 3, premiering on STARZ on February 25! It’s going to be – say it with me – groovy!

For more on Ash and the Deadites, check out our Evil Dead history lesson with co-creator Sam Raimi!

Find Arnold T. Blumberg on Twitter at @DoctoroftheDead.

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Ash vs. Evil Dead: Season 3 Cheat Sheet