Ash vs Deadite Henrietta. Ash vs Baal. Ash vs Chet. And Ash vs Brock
Not the ending showrunner Craig DiGregorio wanted but an epic showdown just the same
Season 2, Ep. 10: ‘Second Coming’ | Aired Dec 11, 2016
Ash vs Evil Dead Season 2 Finale Review
by TS Alan
Ashley J. Williams (Bruce Campbell) was never meant to spend so much time in the cabin in this season’s finale episode. Showerunner Craig DiGregorio had a totally different ending in mind, he candidly told ScreenCrush. The original concept included a young Ash coming into the cabin but never finding the book, and the big reveal — something that was hinted at throughout this season — that Kelly (Dana DeLorenzo) is Ash’s daughter. We almost got it when Ash’s dead father Brock showed up (Lee Majors) to tell him what he wasn’t able to in the episode “Last Call,” before being squashed by Ash’s possessed Delta 88. But alas, Executive Producer Rob Tapert nixed DiGregorio’s script idea, which consequently led to DiGregorio stepping down.
So the reveal did not happen, and what we ended up with was almost the entire episode inside the cabin with Ash first finishing off his battle with Deadite Henrietta (Ted Raimi reprising his Evil Dead role) from the previous episode. We then got 80s Ruby showing up and facing off against Kelly, Ruby and Ash. Present day Ruby (Lucy Lawless) holds off 80s Ruby in a deadly face off, which allows Ash and Kelly to escape. Returning to the Delata 88, the two discover Pablo (Rat Santiago) is alive. Wait, no, its actually Baal in disguise. This leads to Kelly and Ash’s capture, and they awake just in time to witness Baal and 80s Ruby’s spawn being born.
Ash manages to bait Baal into a fight, Mano a Mano, which Baal accepts and is sworn to in their blood upon the Necromonica. This leads to an epic battle of Ash vs Baal, which moves from one cabin room to another. Baal takes on the form of Chet (Ted Raimi), which momentarily fools Ash.
When Ash’s father Brock appears, he believes it to be Baal in disguise again. Brock attempts to tell Ash the family secret, but Ash is too busy trying to drown his father in the bathtub (conveniently full of water). Baal actually wasn’t Brock, so Ash actually does drown his father. Eventually Ash looses the battle (yeah Baal cheats), but as Baal is about to put an end to Ash, Ash distracts him by asking how good Ruby is in bed. The momentary distraction allows Ash to strip Baal of his human form causing him to lose. The Necromonica then keeps to the pledge sworn in blood, sending Baal back to the underworld and burning the cabin to the ground. And out of the ashes Pablo returns from the netherworld, which brings Baal and Ash’s blood oath to full fruition and makes Kelly, Ash and Pablo heroes in the eyes of the resident of Elk Grove, MI.
A happy ending? Not exactly. Present day Ruby may be dead, but 80s Ruby has survived and made it back to present day.