Something’s going on with Pablo (Ray Santiago), and by the looks of things, it’s not pretty. And while Sunday’s (Oct. 30) episode of “Ash vs. Evil Dead,” titled “Confinement,” saw a new foe rise from the ashes — and give a wider scope on this season’s real conflict — we can’t help but sympathize with Ash’s (Bruce Campbell) favorite Mexican (he’s not Mexican).
It’s been established that, while Kelly (Dana DeLorenzo) and Pablo act as worthy sidekicks to Ash, they actually provide more than just witty one-liners and Deadite-killing backup. We’ve previously seen Kelly and Ruby (Lucy Lawless) bond over their own mission to kill her demon spawn — the result of a deal between Ruby and a powerful demon by the name of Baal (Joel Tobeck). And now that the deal in question has been broken, Baal is out for some sweet revenge.
The deal Pablo made with the “Necronomicon Ex Mortis,” which found the book being tossed into a fiery oblivion inside of the Delta’s trunk, turned out to be a ruse. That was the final piece to the puzzle that allowed Baal’s entrance into our world. And with the finality of that event, things have gone all sideways for Pablo.
Remember way back in Season 1 where Pablo was possessed by the book and used by Ruby to help bring her gross hellspawn into the world? We believe that event was what bridged the connection between Pablo and the Necronomicon. And while the physical embodiment of the book is no more, it seems Pablo could be acting as its vessel.
We first met Pablo’s Brujo (Hemky Madera) uncle in the fifth episode of Season 1. It was during this episode that we got a peek into Pablo’s own lineage and, while it hasn’t fully been explored as of yet, it has seemed for a while, what with his visions and powerful amulet, that Pablo Simon Bolivar is of more importance to the story than he — or the audience — may be aware of.
Up until this point, the Book of the Dead has only been presented in a negative light. Throughout the “Evil Dead” movie franchise, and the series thus far, it’s a piece of literature that simply provides a gateway straight to Hell. But in the right hands (or body), could the Necronomicon be used for good? With the appearance of that Sumerian script on his abdomen, we have no other way to view this.
Inherently, Pablo is a good person. If he’s a vessel for the book, that could very well change everything. After all, Lacy (Pepi Sonuga) claimed Pablo was the one true hope to save them from these demons. It’s a sentiment that was echoed in the episode’s final moments by Ruby as she witnessed the appearance of more text on Pablo’s body. It may be painful, and gross, but this transformation may just be what the team needs to banish Baal for good.
After all, there isn’t anyone more knowledgeable regarding the ins and outs of the Necronomicon than Ruby Knowby: She’s the daughter of Professor Raymond Knowby, who — if you recall from the original “Evil Dead” movie — originally discovered the Necronomicon Ex Mortis and the Kandarian Dagger. So yeah… she sorta knows what she’s talking about.
“Ash vs. Evil Dead” airs Sundays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Starz.