US television channel Starz has announced that the April 29 season three finale of Ash vs. Evil Dead will also be the series finale, because the show will not be returning for a fourth season.
Carmi Zlotnik, president of programming at Starz, said, “Ash vs. Evil Dead has taken audiences on a wild ride for three seasons thanks to the fantastic performances and creative efforts of Sam, Bruce, Rob and the entire cast and crew. We are proud to send the show out with a bang … and a splat.”
The character – first portrayed in Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead in 1981 – has become one of horror’s most iconic heroes and that’s entirely as a result of Bruce Campbell’s ability to balance comedy and the trademark Evil Dead gore. While hearing about the cancellation of any favorite show is always a drag, the end of Ash vs. Evil Dead is particularly poignant, because it more than likely means the end of Ash Williams.
At an event in March, Campbell told an audience that “if they cancel it, I think Ash is done.”
In a Starz press release however, he was understandably more effusive:
“Ash vs. Evil Dead has been the ride of a lifetime. Ash Williams was the role of a lifetime. It was an honor to reunite with Evil Dead partners Rob Tapert and Sam Raimi to give our tireless fans another taste of the outrageous horror/comedy they demanded. I will always be grateful to Starz for the opportunity to revisit the franchise that launched our careers.”
Evil Dead is one of the longest-running and consistently entertaining horror franchises out there, and while the news that its latest chapter has come to the close is certainly sad, it’s not quite unexpected. In previous seasons, Ash vs. Evil Dead was renewed ahead of the season premiere and while the show was never a ratings juggernaut, the based dwindled from the 437,000 same-day viewers it launched to back in 2015 to just 175,000 non-DVR viewers as of the April 15 episode
The final season still has two more episodes to get Ash and the Ghostbeaters (now including Ash’s long-lost daughter) out of the realm of the Dark Ones and, hopefully, defeat Ruby (Lucy Lawless) once and for all.
The show airs Sunday nights on Starz.
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