In Saturday night’s (Nov. 28) episode of “Ash vs. Evil Dead,” the team is confronted by a new challenge as one of their own becomes possessed by the demon which was resurrected in episode 3, “Books From Beyond.”
It seems that demon has followed the trio to Pablo’s (Ray Santiago) uncle’s place where some gruesome events play out. Episode 5, titled “The Host” shifts the focus away from Ash (Bruce Campbell) and Kelly (Dana DeLorenzo), and gives the audience more of an understanding of what Pablo can bring to the table.
“He’s pretty tech savvy and we haven’t really explored that side of him.” Ray Santiago tells Zap2it on a conference call with journalists, “But, you know, he’s there to give Ash a hand in fighting evil and he’s pretty much doing that as you can see.”
And part of that fight is the inevitable detail of being covered in blood for long periods of time. Santiago doesn’t seem to have a problem with the gore as he grew up a horror fan and when the topic was brought up by none other than Sam Raimi, Santiago explains he was all in from the get go.
“Well, so when I met with Sam in that last initial meeting, he said, ‘Are you ready to be doing these stunts and long hours and, you know, going to New Zealand and being covered in blood?'” Santiago exclaims, “I said, ‘Sam I want to be covered in as much blood as possible!'”
The thought of being covered in fake blood for hours on end sounds extremely uncomfortable but Santiago explains the exact sensation, “It feels like a bunch of Chihuahuas are licking you when they’re putting this blood on you because it’s basically like a bunch of different make-up artists put like a bucket of cold blood.”
A bunch of tiny dogs licking you doesn’t sound that bad. But according to Santiago, it does get sticky. Still, the actor just does his best to roll with the punches, “I just had to be like, ‘Wow, this is my life and this is great!’ And, you know, there’s an initial, sort of, initiation that happens with Sam which is, he basically gets a bucket of blood and in the pilot, he picks up a paintbrush and he splatters you with it.”
Throughout the past couple episodes, Pablo has found himself at a crossroads and it looks like he’s no longer running from his past and instead, making a much needed mends with his Brujo uncle.
“He left and had been, sort of, on bad terms with his uncle. And that’s why he sort of, didn’t want to go back. But he also wants to go back because he feels he may have found something bigger than he ever thought he would with Ash,” Santiago explains. “He’s destined for something bigger but he’s just trying to find it. I think that’s why he lapses onto this opportunity so intently.”
The journey has been intense thus-far and it looks like Pablo is going through his own evolution of sorts. “Throughout the entire series you’ll see him get more and more tech savvy, create other gizmos and gadgets, and things that might help the situation. I can’t really say because I’m not allowed. But, you know, maybe Pablo gets his own boomstick!”
One thing’s for sure, though — if Pablo does get his own boomstick, the deadite fight will only get more difficult and way more gruesome.
Santiago explains, “You know, you’ll just see [Pablo] goes through so much. There was one episode where I was shooting a scene and it kind of felt like the conveyor belt chocolate scene on ‘I Love Lucy’ except that perhaps … maybe, you know … I was Lucy. Pablo was dealing with some chocolates. It was like a bloody deadite situation.” Is there any other kind?
“Ash vs Evil Dead” airs every Saturday at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Starz.