Ash vs Evil Dead Season 3 Episode 10 Trailer and Details are Here

Ash vs Evil Dead is now in its final season, but we are definitely ready for the finale, episode 10, "The Mettle of Man."

Ash vs Evil Dead Season 3 is coming to an end, you Ashy-slashy stalkers! But alas, so is the whole series, and we’re not ready to part with our glorious chin. Still, it should be going out on a high, at least we hope. After all, the whole chainsaw-on-Deadite has been groovily centered around Elk Grove… and Ash’s daughter. So get your motors revving, because the blood is about to start letting. You can find our review of the most recent episode right here.

In that severed vein, here is the trailer and synopsis for Ash vs Evil Dead Season 3 episode 10, which is somberly titled “The Mettle of Man.” It airs on April 29.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykBxOwv5XmE

Elk Grove undergoes a major battle that takes place on the streets, Ash rides high in a military tank, speeding across shaky, post-apocalyptic Elk Grove. Ash fights the biggest battle of them all – a sixty foot tall Kandarian demon.

Ash vs Evil Dead Season 3 Episodes

As we anticipate more Ash Williams approved mayhem, we look back at what has already passed, as well as what is to come. Below is a handy dandy guide to your favorite show about chins. For episodes that have already aired, there is a brief excerpt of our reviews, which you can read more of by clicking on their titles. The rest include synopses and details as far into the future as we can see without reading from the Book of the Dead.

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Ash vs Evil Dead Season 3 Episode 1: Family

As a season premiere, “Family” plays things fast and loose, yet it’s still incredibly tight. This might sound like one of many the innuendos that Ash spouts off in the opening sequence – which is one of the funniest sequences the show has pulled off to date – but it also happens to be a factual statement. We are re-introduced to Ash, Pablo, Kelly, Ruby, and the town of Elk Grove and see how far they’ve come since we last saw them, and we meet brand spanking new characters and get to know a little bit about them too, all while having the same old messy, scary fun we usually do. Surprisingly, none of this feels rushed or unbalanced; in fact, the show feels lighter than ever. That’s quite a feat for the series, if not a testament to the ambition behind Mark Verheiden’s clever script.

“Family” is sharp. Dare I say, it’s better than the pilot episode. It’s arguably a more confident outing, and has no problem weaving together its diametrically opposed elements (wacky comedy and grisly horror) in a more seamless and digestible fashion. I can honestly say this is the first time I’ve watched Ash vs Evil Dead and didn’t get that sneaking feeling that the plot is being improvised as it goes along, or that it wasn’t being fueled by contemporary horror tropes and imagery that don’t necessarily fit within Evil Dead’s haunted wheelhouse.

Ash vs Evil Dead Season 3 Episode 2: Booth Three

One thing is highly apparent when watching the second episode of this tighter, more thoughtful third season of Ash vs Evil Dead: the show has finally realized how to properly utilize its cast of characters – and it’s about damn time.

In the past, Pablo and Kelly were mostly treated as extensions of Ash Williams. They were given basic tasks – like kill Deadites, confront their supernatural heritage, or deal with the emotional fallout of the horrific yet somehow hilarious circumstances that they survive from episode to episode.

Now, Pablo and Kelly are the ones who get to do the heavy lifting for the plot while Ash does what he does best: serve as the Homer Simpson-style comic relief and get into silly, bloody brawls with undead rejects. In other words, Pablo and Kelly deal with the drama and Ash handles the gags. This is fantastic, if not because it helps to define their characters in a clearer way, then because it makes the show feel exponentially more cohesive than it ever did in its first two seasons.

Ash vs Evil Dead Season 3 Episode 3: Apparently Dead

Mark my words: this is the best season of Ash vs Evil Dead. Ever.

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The cast is on fire (most of the time, not literally), the jokes are ricocheting around the scenery like stray cartoon bullets, and the gore is flowing more smoothly than it has in years. With a clear plot structure in mind, this show has finally mastered the art of sequential storytelling.

New showrunner Mark Verheiden gets Evil Dead. He understands why it works and – more importantly – how. He knows that it’s not an empty exercise in horror for horror’s sake. It’s not about jumps and gasps; it’s about shocks and laughs. Verheiden understands that it has its own visual language and sense of humor that must be adhered to in order to feel authentic to Raimi’s original vision. This franchise can be likened to wandering around in a naughty after-hours funhouse, and this season is the first time the series has truly felt that way. 

Ash vs Evil Dead Season 3 Episode 4: Unfinished Business

The underlying theme I’ve noticed in this episode is one of balance. There’s the balance between exposition and action sequences, for example. Then there’s the juxtaposition between Ash and Brock’s quest into the past and Kelly and Brandy’s struggle to ward off Deadite Pablo. We also have two sequences that neatly mirror each other and practically bookend the episode – Ash’s descent into the tool store’s basement, and his ascent into Ruby’s attic.

These are nice, graceful touches that writer Nicki Paluga added to give “Unfinished Business” an added dimension that can be felt throughout it.

The decision to tie in the “big family secret” Brock was about to reveal before he was run over last season – a moment I completely forgot about until now – to the current Knights of Sumeria mythos is a clever move. It doesn’t make as much sense in retrospect, but it works better than it should. It’s nice to see this series pay attention to its own details for once. Whoops, there I go again.

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Ash vs Evil Dead Season 3 Episode 5: Baby Proof

“Baby Proof” is full of great moments that remind us of why Evil Dead is such a beloved horror franchise and a wholly unique one, yet it feels exactly like a middle-season episode.

This is not damning by any means, but it does play out like one in which important plot points are dropped and somehow you can still follow along while scrolling through Reddit on your phone (which is not what I recommend doing, by the way).

Ash vs Evil Dead Season 3 Episode 6: Tales from the Rift

One of the most enticing parts of this year of television is that it doesn’t give a f*ck. I mean, it does give more f*cks than the past couple of years have (here I go again), most noticeably in the storytelling department. But it doesn’t give a f*ck in other ways, such as mixing it up by killing off its main characters, making them evil, or both. Ash vs Evil Dead has rediscovered that anything is possible in its universe, that there are no set rules, and the sky’s the limit. Cinematic experimentation has always been a part of Evil Dead‘s wheelhouse in the most sophomoric and twisted sense, and each and every episode of this tightly written yet out of control roller coaster ride lives up to that standard. 

Ash vs Evil Dead Season 3 Episode 7: Twist and Shout

This time around, an episodic high school dance dovetails into the ongoing storyline centered around Ruby’s machinations against Ash’s, uh, Ash-inations which revolve around seducing his daughter to the dark side. Oh, and creating an evil doppelganger of Mr. Williams who is more or less the same person but with more psychotic tendencies and one-liners that aren’t as up to snuff. Cloning Ash is one of the oldest evil tricks in the Evil Dead canon, yet this is the first occurrence in which the scenario is fully taken advantage of to their bloodiest effect.

“Twist and Shout” is a great episode of AvED because it lives up to its name in more ways than one, referring to the dance event and the climactic way its plot maneuvers around itself. Revelations are made to certain members of the main cast and a major death occurs at its end, all of which once again change the course of this season’s story arc. With only three episode left in Ash’s most addictive year yet, this is an impressive and frustrating turn of events. Impressive because Verheiden’s writing team once again proves that they know how to successfully mix things up for our heroes from episode to episode and keep us guessing; frustrating because we want more time to explore the bold new directions this show is taking.

Ash vs Evil Dead Season 3 Episode 8: Rifting Apart

What is Ash vs Evil Dead about?

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Many would go for the obvious and say that the show is a tribute to Ash Williams and the manic legacy of Evil Dead. Yes, that is the foundation of this program, but that was merely just the starting point. As far as broader, bigger themes go, Ash vs Evil Dead is synonymous with the everyman and everywoman’s victory against the unrelenting and uncaring evil forces of the cosmos. It’s about giving multiple armies of darkness the middle finger several times. It’s about taking control of your destiny through sheer bravery and standing up for yourself against those who outnumber and outgun you.

Mostly, though, Ash vs Evil Dead is about not letting the haters get you down. That’s a lesson that anyone who has felt like an underdog at some point in their lives needs to hear to keep on keepin’ on, baby. And “Rifting Apart” really drives this theme home, pretty much literally, in the beloved 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale.

Ash vs Evil Dead Season 3 Episode 9: Judgment Day

I found out yesterday that Ash vs Evil Dead has been canceled by Starz. Needless to say, I am not a happy camper. I don’t even own any camping equipment. But that’s neither here nor there. What I’m saying is this: I’m writing a review of the next-to-last episode of a television series which felt too good to be true, one that I’ve been covering since it first premiered around Halloween in 2015. It wasn’t perfect all the time, but it was addictive, entertaining, and consistently hilarious. Oh yeah, there may have been some gore thrown in there too. What more can you ask for in a TV show? (Pipe down. That was rhetorical.)

I’ll save the eulogizing for next week’s review of the finale, but it feels wrong not to review this week’s entry within such context. As the penultimate episode of the ultimate Evil Dead TV series, “Judgement Day” hits a lot of sweet spots. The stakes are higher than they’ve ever been, a major apocalypse looms, and the classic cabin is nowhere in sight. That’s probably the most refreshing part for me, seeing as that was where the other two finales were set. AvED has a tendency to rely on the cabin as a go-to device when it runs out of ideas or gets stuck. Thankfully, the action isn’t centered around it this time and is instead focused on the cavalcade of crazy, off the wall storylines that are colliding with each other at a speed that’s breaking our necks in the funnest way possible.

Ash vs Evil Dead Season 3 Episode 10: The Mettle of Man

Elk Grove undergoes a major battle that takes place on the streets, Ash rides high in a military tank, speeding across shaky, post-apocalyptic Elk Grove. Ash fights the biggest battle of them all – a sixty foot tall Kandarian demon.

Ash vs Evil Dead Season 3 Trailer

And if you’re nostalgic for the marketing from earlier in the year and 2017…

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And in case you mised the first bit of grooviness, here is the Ash vs Evil Dead Season 3 trailer we were able to enjoy at New York Comic Con this past past October. 

This whole thing about Ash having a daughter? Well, guess what! Now this guy is giving out parenting advice. Can you believe it?

Ash vs Evil Dead Season 3 Story

Check out the season 3 synopsis:

The third season finds Ash’s status in Elk Grove, Michigan has changed from murderous urban legend to humanity-saving hometown hero. When Kelly witnesses a televised massacre with Ruby’s fingerprints all over it, she returns with a new friend to warn Ash and Pablo that evil isn’t done with them yet. Blood is thicker than water in the battle of good vs Evil Dead!

Check out the first images from the season here…

Bruce Campbell also since teased to EW that season 3 will take an epic turn for Ash.

“I can’t say much because we’re going to try and do some crazy shit,” Campbell said. “But we’re probably going to crack more into Ash’s big picture story. He is foretold in an ancient book. He’s not just some guy in a crappy trailer home. There is a myth to Ash, there is a story, and so we want to explore a little more of that Joseph Campbell, big picture story. Why him? Why that guy? Why is he chosen to save the world?”

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A bigger story about a Campbellian hero who was foretold is something that Sam Raimi has talked to us about in the past as Ash’s future. It is also hinted at in Army of Darkness.  Perhaps it makes sense as the first two seasons were focused on the gory delights of the earlier films that now we’ll enter more of “Chosen One” Ash. Good luck with that.

However, this will be happening without Craig DiGregorio continuing his tenure as showrunner on the series, leaving following a rather acrimonious break due to the Ash vs Evil Dead season 2 finale fallout.

Despite Craig DiGregorio steering the first two seasons of Deadite madness to mostly good cheer for the Evil Dead fans, the showrunner is bowing out of season 3. In his place, producer Mark Verheiden, who also produced Battlestar Galactica and Netflix’s Daredevil, will be taking over. However, unlike most  creative splits, DiGregorio has been rather frank about why he left the series, and who he fought with to the point of fracture: long-time producer of the Evil Dead films and TV series, Rob Tapert. Indeed, DiGregorio candidly opened up to The A.V. Club in December about why he dislikes the season 2 finale; while praising Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell, he suggests Tapert wanted a more serious “horror” themed show while DiGregorio fought for comedy, which ultimately led to what he called a “power play” that gutted the season 2 finale for the ousted showrunner.

He’s a great person and producer,” DiGregorio said. “But creatively, we just didn’t have the same taste at all. So, that’s what led to my decision. He owns part of the property and had a lot of creative opinions, but it was my job to creatively steer the show, and so it became a hindrance.”

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The showrunner also revealed his original ending for season 2 would have been Ash Williams inadvertantly becoming Kelly’s father since he would “[go] back in time and fuck Kelly’s mom and become Kelly’s dad.” However, that ending was jettisoned, and DiGregorio is unsure of where Tapert and Verheiden will now steer the show, albeit he suggests the aim is to push for more horror and keep the series in Elk Grove.

Says DiGregorio, “… If the push is going to be to make the show more drama and horror, and stay in Elk Grove, then that’s what they’re setting up. Maybe Ash is the sheriff of the town, I don’t know. I try not to think about it because it’s not something I would have wanted.”