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Bruce Campbell tells us Army of Darkness is NOT a part of Ash vs Evil Dead

08.26.2016by: Eric Walkuski

Ash vs Evil Dead Army of Darkness Bruce Campbell interview

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!

Extra Tidbit: Would you like ARMY OF DARKNESS brought up at some point in Ash vs Evil Dead?

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8:52AM on 08/30/2016
Nobody has said Army of Darkness didn't happen, they're just not saying that it did. There's a difference. AoD is woven into the fabric of the show completely. Ash as a macho dickhead, catching chainsaws on his stump, working at a hardware store, even lines like "maybe cutting up my evil twin will feel weird some day" all only exist if AoD happened to Ash. I think what Bruce is saying here isn't "Army of Darkness never happened to Ash", instead he's saying "we can only mention Evil Dead 1/2,
Nobody has said Army of Darkness didn't happen, they're just not saying that it did. There's a difference. AoD is woven into the fabric of the show completely. Ash as a macho dickhead, catching chainsaws on his stump, working at a hardware store, even lines like "maybe cutting up my evil twin will feel weird some day" all only exist if AoD happened to Ash. I think what Bruce is saying here isn't "Army of Darkness never happened to Ash", instead he's saying "we can only mention Evil Dead 1/2, we can say Ash went back in time (end of ED2), but not specifically what he did there"
Ash vs Evil Dead works perfectly after the theatrical ending of AoD. Just because he's never mentioned going back to medieval England doesn't mean he hasn't done it. In the story it's not been relevant to the situations he's come across in AvED.
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12:46AM on 08/29/2016
I was sort of hoping they would go the route of the comic series (there are many). There are many versions of Ash throughout different dimensions. Ash even teams up with Xena and runs into BOTH versions of Bruce Campbell from that respected world....so 3 Bruces on one page. Since they've got Lucy on the show, and now Ted Raimi, it would be great if they could swing an Ash Xena cross over somehow,
I was sort of hoping they would go the route of the comic series (there are many). There are many versions of Ash throughout different dimensions. Ash even teams up with Xena and runs into BOTH versions of Bruce Campbell from that respected world....so 3 Bruces on one page. Since they've got Lucy on the show, and now Ted Raimi, it would be great if they could swing an Ash Xena cross over somehow,
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7:03PM on 08/26/2016
Thats actually good news. Dont touch AoD. Sam might make a sequel and he doesnt want AVED messing with its lore.
Thats actually good news. Dont touch AoD. Sam might make a sequel and he doesnt want AVED messing with its lore.
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