Just like ‘Army of Darkness’ had an alternate ending it looks like the second season of ‘Ash vs Evil Dead‘ does as well and it’s a doozy! A fight happened, things changed, Ash was involved, we can’t talk about it yet for those who haven’t seen it! We’ll be talking about who won, who lost, and with the alternate ending really what could have been. Obviously, there are spoilers below.
So in the show, we saw that Ash was still stuck in 1982 and both fought and defeated Baal. This caused all kinds of things like the cabin to implode, Baal, the evil version of Ruby, and their demonic offspring to all be banished to Hell. Also, Pablo rose like a phoenix from the ashes of the cabin. All around groovy things were happening as Ash, Pablo, and Kelly ended up back in the present where Ash was being honored as a hero with Ruby watching from the distance.
Right, because the people of Elk Groove would know about these events. Something fishy is going on.
Apparently, the season finale was changed at “the very last minute” by producer Robert Tapert according to showrunner Craig DiGregorio and this is how the season originally was to end:
“Basically, Ash kills Henrietta, gets the book, and runs outside with it. I wanted to get the episode outside of the cabin as quickly as possible because I thought I only wanted to see the cabin for episode nine. I didn’t want it to be there in 10 because I thought it was a repeat of last year with the last two episodes in the cabin. So, we got out of the cabin quickly, and that’s when Ruby and Kelly return. Inside, young Ash has entered but the book is gone, so he never reads it in this timeline. At that moment, the trunk rattles, Pablo’s in there, and he’s okay.
So, now they have the book and they have Pablo. Ash decides Ruby and Kelly are going to destroy the book. Meanwhile, Ash and Pablo head into town because Ash secretly wants to see his present-day deceased father Brock one last time before they go back to the present—remember that in 203 Brock starts to reveal a big ‘secret,’ we wanted Ash to want to get to the bottom of this. So, Ash and Pablo go to the bar, Kelly and Ruby go to the woods to destroy the book. In the woods, Ruby runs into 1982 Ruby and makes that same sort of plea to her, the ‘your life is going to be different, you don’t have to do this.’ But 1982 Ruby thinks that her future self has gone completely soft, kills Ruby, but then Kelly holds her own against 1982 Ruby, grabs the book, and runs with it. 1982 Ruby chases her because she wants to bring her husband and kids back and she didn’t listen to her future self.
Meanwhile, at the bar, Ash doesn’t see his dad, but does see 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.”
So, what does that mean for the third season going forward? It sounds like DiGregorio’s plans have to have some major re-writes to work or that we’ll be going down a completely different direction.
I don’t know, do you like this happy unrealistic ending that will probably turn out being a front for something horrible actually happening to Ash once again or will the show have a new feel when it returns next year? Share your thoughts below!
Source: AV Club
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