Back in July, when San Diego Comic-Con news was pouring out of every hole, the internet lit up when it heard the rumor ARMY OF DARKNESS would be a part of, or at least referenced during, the new season of Ash Vs Evil Dead. If you watched the first season, you'll recall the show basically ignored any hint of Ash's adventures in the Middle Ages, which seems like the sort of thing that would come up at least once. (Although there's a drawing in the Season 1 finale that you could say is a brief visual reference.) So the revelation that at least some of ARMY's DNA would be in Season 2 of the Starz series simply tickled all the deadites out there.
But seems as though we got way ahead of ourselves. (I know, hard to believe the internet jumped the gun on something.) I spoke to the one and only Bruce Campbell mere minutes ago and the question of whether or not ARMY OF DARKNESS will at all be prominent in the new season came up. Here's Bruce's response:
I've been sort of putting that to bed. It was a random thing that Rob [Tapert] said, and you know how the internet is, if you see one sentence written, it's real. I think Rob was more alluding to the fact that we've already taken stuff that would have been in Army of Darkness. He still time-travels before Army of Darkness. People have always asked, "Where is Army of Darkness?" Like, we don't really need Army of Darkness. That was sort of our take on the whole thing. You've got to be careful referencing certain movies, because then you have to make deals with certain partners that might own those certain movies.
Naturally, this could change, if not this season then maybe next (if the show does indeed have a third life in it). But take it from The Chin: don't expect any ARMY OF DARKNESS chatter in Ash vs Evil Dead anytime soon.
Ash vs Evil Dead returns to Starz on October 2nd; check out our review of the first episode HERE. Our full chat with Bruce Campbell will go live next week!