Ash vs. Evil Dead almost had a very different Season 2 ending due to creative clash

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Dec 19, 2016

The Starz series Ash vs. Evil Dead has proven a worth successor to Sam Raimi’s comedy-horror cult hit, but the recent season finale almost took a very different turn.

Former showrunner Craig DiGregorio, who stepped down after one too many creative differences with producer Robert Tapert, told The A.V. Club there was a “big difference of opinion” over what the DNA of the series should be. One example: DiGregorio conceived of the hilariously weird scene that had Ash literally fight a colon monster. But Tapert didn’t approve, and DiGregorio had to fight tooth and nail to keep it in there (which was worth the fight, we’d argue).

DiGregorio had put together a very different plan for the Season 2 finale, which was scrapped at the eleventh hour for the final episode that actually made it to air. The former showrunner breathlessly recapped his original idea, though, and it certainly sounds like some WTF-ery worthy of the franchise’s history. The short version: He wanted to get the action away from the cabin quickly, and even use vintage footage to show young Ash show up at the cabin and not find the book. Oh, and instead of the ending that sets up Ash vs. Ruby in the final scene, DiGregorio went a very different direction.

Here’s an excerpt:

“[Ash] see[s] a nice young lady, who seems very sad because she just got passed over for a teacher position. She’s distraught, and Ash, having learned a lot about how you can fail and come back from it, starts talking to her very genuinely in the charming Bruce way. They end up drinking together and go in a bathroom stall to have some early-’80s unprotected sex. What you don’t realize is that the woman Ash is having sex with is Kelly’s future mother [a young Suzy Maxwell]. So, what happens is that Kelly, while running in the woods, all of a sudden feels her entire being change and drops the book. That’s when 1982 Ruby catches up and realizes what just happened. She looks through the Necronomicon and sees Ash’s picture, and then next to it, a picture of Kelly starts to appear. Because of the unprotected bathroom stall incident, Kelly has become Ash’s daughter.

At that point, Pablo rushes into the bar, says there’s something wrong because the skies are going dark now that 1982 Ruby has the book, and they’re starting to summon things back. They go get Kelly, who’s somehow pissed at Ash, even though she doesn’t really know what happened, and while they don’t have the book, they have Pablo and use him to jump back to present day. When they get back, Ruby is standing there with Baal and her kids and they take Kelly away. Apologies, I really ran through a bunch there in about two sentences. But basically, we were setting up a season three where Ash had to go rescue his daughter… Kelly.”

Yeah, let that sink in for a second. We saw in the season finale that the past could certainly be changed, which can take care of the pesky fact that we actually met Kelly’s parents back in Season 1. DiGregorio is also aware of that, noting “time travel is inherently nonsense,” and he felt this could be a fun way to play with the format.

If you’re a fan of the show, or just a fan of the inside baseball surrounding TV production, the full interview is well worth a read.

(Via The A.V. Club)