It's been a long time coming for Ashley J. Williams (Bruce Campbell), but in Sunday's (Nov. 13) episode of "Ash vs. Evil Dead," titled "Delusion," our intrepid Deadite-fighting hero gets committed. The story, as he begins to learn, is that he's been under psychiatric care since his bloody trip to that cabin over three decades ago. After all this time, could Ash really be crazy? In a word: No.
This is trickery of the mind, thanks to Baal (Joel Tobeck). After last week's episode which found Ash proving once and for all his hero status to the citizens of Elk Grove, it looks like the powerful demon worked one over on Ash's mind. He may think he's flying over the cuckoo's nest, but his reality is much worse.
Going the Negan route, Baal -- err... Dr. Peacock, was it? -- does his best to break our hero down to his basest form. And while Ash sees visions of his team with him in this unnamed hospital, he quickly finds out these versions of Pablo (Ray Santiago), Kelly (Dana DeLorenzo) and Ruby (Lucy Lawless) are not there to help him.
"Ash vs. Evil Dead" really has succeeded at walking the tightrope, so to speak. Presenting hilarious gore with Ash's signature quips appeals to any die-hard horror fan around. But when the show goes deeper to explore the hard reality underneath the splatter, it truly succeeds. Ash has lived this rough life for over 30 years and not once have we seen him fully embrace the magnitude of his crimes until now.
Murder is as murder does in the "Evil Dead" world. And once Baal breaks him, we see a side of Ash that has never emerged before. Tortured and defeated, a newfound rage rises in our hero as he agrees to denounce and destroy the Necronomicon once and for all. Here's hoping Kelly, Pablo and Ruby have what it takes to get through to him before Baal succeeds with his plan of world domination.
"Ash vs. Evil Dead" airs Sundays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Starz.