Right around this time of year, the wait for the genre-rich delights of the Halloween season becomes an interminable slog. But this year is even worse than usual thanks to the promised return of Ash vs Evil Dead, the Starz series that answered two decades worth of fans’ rallying cries by reassembling the Evil Dead team for another gruesome galivant against the powers unleashed by the Necronomicon.
Executive produced by Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, Bruce Campbell, Ivan Raimi, and showrunner Craig DiGregorio, Ash vs Evil Dead made a spectacular debut last year with a first season that was as packed with as many gore gags and guffaws as the classic films on which it’s based, and thanks to the ten 30-minute episodes, had room to double down on the mythology, characters, and the straight up nasty weird bits. And if this first trailer is any indication, it looks like Season 2 is raising the game all over again with blood-drenched frenzy. Hail to the king, indeed.
For Season 2, returning cast members Bruce Campbell, Lucy Lawless, Ray Santiago, and Dana DeLorenzo are joined by newcomers Lee Majors as Ash’s father, Ted Raimi (yay!) as Ash’s Childhood best friend, and Michelle Hurd as Ash’s highschool sweetheart.
Here’s the official Season 2 synopsis:
The second season roars back into action with Ash leaving his beloved Jacksonville and returning to his hometown of Elk Grove. There, he confronts Ruby. The former enemies have to form an uneasy alliance as Elk Grove soon becomes the nucleus of evil.
The cast is led by Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead, “Burn Notice”) in the role of Ash Williams; Lucy Lawless (“Salem,” “Spartacus”) as Ruby, who now possesses the powerful Necronomicon; Ray Santiago (“Touch,” Meet the Fockers) as Pablo Simon Bolivar, Ash’s loyal sidekick dealing with the trauma he suffered in the cabin; and Dana DeLorenzo (A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas) as Kelly Maxwell, who, grief-stricken after the death of her parents, plots revenge against The Evil Dead.