The first season of Starz’s Ash Vs. Evil Dead had no shortage of gore, and though the cast and creatives didn’t divulge to much on Season 2 during today’s TCA panel at the Beverly Hilton, they did assure a lot more blood and grotesque moments were on the way. “There are more nozzles, this year, on the blood-delivery stem,” star Bruce Campbell quipped. “They can do a wider spread of blood.”
Based on the Evil Dead franchise, the second season roars back into action October 2 with an extended season premiere. It finds Ash leaving his beloved Jacksonville and returning to his hometown of Elk Grove. There, he confronts Ruby (Lucy Lawless), and the former enemies must form an uneasy alliance as the town becomes the nucleus of evil.
The new season will include clips from the filmed version and some of what Campbell called “holy crap Easter eggs,” for longtime fans — but those who are not familiar with the movie version aren’t left out. “They don’t keep anyone out of the loop,” co-star Dana DeLorenzo said. “It’s just extra special for the fans who have been along for the ride.”
Added executive producer Rob Tapert added: “We do it better. Better stories, which mean we hit more points.” He added that they were “able to exceed our expectations in terms of what we can bring from a production point of view and a story point of view. This season will deliver to the audience everything they enjoyed in the first season and kick it up a notch all across the board.”
Rounding out the panel were co-stars Lawless, Ray Santiago, Michelle Hurd and Lee Majors, another addition to Season 2.
“I had heard of the movies — I thought it was strictly horror,” he said. “This is a hell of a show. I’ve never seen such horror in anything that turns out so funny.”