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Few actors reach the upper echelon of fan adoration that Bruce Campbell attained for playing horror hero Ash Williams in the Evil Dead franchise, and similarly few would return to such a splatteriffic role after so many years as he did for Starz's Ash vs Evil Dead. But while Campbell himself may have balked at the idea a time or two in the past, fans should take comfort in knowing as long as there is a demand for the man with the chainsaw hand, he'll be there to strap that sucker on. According to Campbell:
I'm happy to take Ash to the end now. I'll do it. You know, every actor goes through the denial phase of 'Look, I've done a lot of other projects and blah-blah-blah.' You want Ash? I'm gonna choke you on him. You'll get more Ash than you've ever wanted in your life.
What's the exact opposite of the sad trombone noise? That's what was happening in my head when Bruce Campbell said those words to me and a few other press outlets during roundtable interviews at Comic-Con. Any conversation that revolves around an indefinite amount of Ash blasting boomstick holes in deadites is a good one, even when the words "the end" are used.
For the record, I've never considered too much Ash to be in the realm of possibilities, and I'm sure I'm not alone there. It was amazing to initially hear about his modern day return, and we still have at least ten more hilariously blood-drenched episodes coming, which is more than I ever expected. But that's different from what I wanted, which is like another 100 seasons.
Speaking of, when I asked about the possibility for Season 3, Bruce Campbell said he and Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert have a specific plan in mind for what's ahead.
We've been talking a lot about it. Cause see, we gotta plan ahead. The writers room will be back up in September. So yeah, we're talking about it already. We want Seasons 3 and 4 from Starz.
He went on to talk about why shooting for the multi-season order was important to them, and I was definitely convinced by the time the interview was over. Here's hoping everyone at Starz feels the same way. Campbell also talked about the renewed chances for a fourth Evil Dead movie, so we can always keep the faith alive that we'll get to see Ash again on the big screen. (I was part of the crowd that got to watch the Ash vs Evil Dead Season 2 premiere at Comic-Con on sort of a big screen, and cheering along the madcap action with other fans was a fantastic experience that should be replicated in theaters everywhere.)
With new cast members including Lee Majors and Ted Raimi, Ash vs Evil Dead Season 2 will kick off on Starz on Sunday, October 2. To see everything else coming to TV later this year, check out our fall premiere schedule.