Through two seasons on Starz, Ash vs Evil Dead has proved itself to be one of the most consistently funny, and truly endearing shows on television. And it’s done all of this with a nod and a wink, while also paying homage to the film series that spawned it. There is just enough horror to stay true to its roots, without sacrificing the gore-induced comedy the show is built on. Now as the third season approaches, speculation is ramping up.
Earlier this month, while outside the Saturn Awards, Bruce Campbell let slip that Ashley J. Williams is now a father.
“Wait until you see season 3, baby. It’s off the charts. We’re jumping off a cliff at the end. It will never be the same. The world will never be the same at the end of this season. There’s some big shit that happens – Ash’s daughter. Ash has a child. She’s in trouble. She’s a target. The demons are like the mafia. They go after your family. Not only has saved the world, now he has to raise a daughter — a teenager. An unruly teenager.”
This is the beautiful off-shoot available when using time travel on your show, a favorite device among genre-writers everywhere, like a big continuity eraser which allows you to amend and change things at will. Now, rewriting a character’s past by physically changing it is as easy as sending them back in time for a few episodes. And this time, it looks as though the result will be Ash having a teenage daughter. And if the show stays true to character, this new daughter will no doubt hate her father, as he will have likely been absent for large portions of her upbringing. But that’s just speculation, and the story could go any direction from there.
Something else we can speculate is the identity of Ash’s offspring – which will not be Kelly it would seem, though she’s been foreshadowed as his heir apparent for some time now. Recently, IMBd’s AvED page has been updated with one cast member listed for the season three premiere – Ellie Gall as Rachel.
Now we don’t know who Rachel is, and she may well have nothing to do with the daughter storyline, but at 21 years old, Gall could certainly still pass for a teen, and she has just enough of a resume to believe she’s more than a featured extra. The Austrailian actress has been doing television (Mind Over Maddie, A Place to Call Home, Puberty Blues, Blind) down under since 2009, and AvED is shot in New Zealand, so it could just be a casting of convenience, but we’ll find out this fall.
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