Last month, Ash vs. Evil Dead was canceled after three seasons by Starz, but according to a report by Bloody Disgusting, the fourth season would have been absolutely nuts. Executive producers Sam Raimi and Robert Tapert and star Bruce Campbell had been developing a storyline where Ash Williams would be transported to the future, a premise that was half Mad Max, half Fallout.
While the show itself serves as a pseudo-sequel to the original Evil Dead trilogy, it sounds like the scrapped fourth season would be a fun callback to 1992's Army of Darkness, in which Williams found himself thrust backward in time to the Middle Ages. At the end of the director's cut of the movie, Ash drinks several drops of a potion that will put him to sleep until he returns to his own time period. With each drop equaling 100 years, he accidentally drinks seven of them, instead of six, therefore, oversleeping by a century and waking up in a post-apocayptic wasteland akin to Planet of the Apes or The Twilight Zone's "Time Enough at Last." Williams screams to the heavens, "I SLEPT TOO LONG!!!" before crumpling into a heap on the ground as we cut to black.
The final moments of the Season 3 finale set up the twist and offered up a peek at the visual style a potential fourth season might've taken. Considering how bonkers this show has been up to this point, it's a real shame we likely won't get to see the post-apocalypse through the lens of Ash Williams.
Ash vs Evil Dead has performed fairly well on Netflix, and some are still holding out hope the series will find a streaming service on which the creatives can finish off the show. That being said, Campbell has confirmed that he's retired from playing his iconic character. If Raimi and Tapert wanted to continue on, however, it stands to reason Campbell might reconsider — or maybe even recast the role.
Oh no, something went wrong with the temporal displacement and Ash Williams now looks like Mark Ruffalo(?!), or something. Even so, many fans of the franchise will say that no one but Bruce can play the character. Since he has embodied Ash for so many years, they've got a good point. Only the future (pun intended) will tell.