Do you believe in the existence of evil? If you’re here and you’re reading this then I know you do. Thirty years ago our old buddy Ash Williams found the Book of the Dead, read from it . . . then read from it again, and now EVIL has found us! Again!
Being a Deadite might feel a little depressing right now with the recent announcement by STARZ and the Ash crew that season 3 will be the last big show for Ashley Williams and his band of merry badasses. Actor Bruce Campbell posted about the end of the show on Twitter on April 20th, saying that –
Ash Vs Evil Dead has been the ride of a lifetime. Ash Williams was the role of a lifetime. I will always be grateful to Starz, Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and our tireless fans for the opportunity to revisit the franchise that launched our careers. Thank you!”
Actress Dana DeLorenzo also had something to say about the end of the Ash era as well–
This has been the journey of a lifetime & deathtime! THANK YOU
@STARZ, Sam Raimi &producers, brilliant writers, our CREW/family, actors &extras, & above all you FANS! YOU are why #AshVsEvilDead exists & “I will f*ck your faces” with gratitude & love & guts always! #Ghostbeaters
For now, lets distract ourselves with season 3, episode 9 “Judgement Day,” which was –of course–packed. Zoë is the last surviving member of the Knights of Sumeria, but not for long! She gets seriously skinned to make a new page for the Necronomicon, and then falls on the wound in Ruby’s dirty old house. I’m still cringing, but it’s fine. After returning from the dead Ash, Pablo, and Brandy discover that Pablo can see through the eyes of the book and that Kelly’s body is occupied by Kaya. If this moment has you holding your breath for Kelly to be reunited with her body in the last episode you aren’t the only one.
The tender moments start to flow as Ash hands over his legendary Boomstick to Brandy and then rides for Ruby in appropriately epic style to Deep Purple’s song, Stormbringer (oh, how my inner-Bateman smiled!). Brandy, in typical kid fashion, immediately loses the Boomstick and is finally christened as the daughter of Ash Williams when she loses a finger to her Deadite cellphone. Kids, man. Always, busy with their phones.
Ash faces off with Ruby for the book and Kelly’s body and is wisely skeptical when Ruby tries to form an uneasy alliance. Knight Zoë gets what reddit is calling one of the best Ash death scenes ever and Brandy fires up the plow to get slashy, just like her father! The episode ends fast and hard as Ruby destroys Ash’s chainsaw (in one of the funniest moments of the series, in my opinion) just before the Dark One.
At the end of the episode the living Ghostbeaters are reunited and the final stand for Elk Grove is the only thing left for us. This season has been a pleasure for longtime fans of The Evil Dead, and this episode did not disappoint. Check back next week for season 3, episode 10 “The Mettle of Man,” and a lamentation of the end of the character Ash Williams. . . forever.