If this is some twisted April Fools' joke, it isn't funny.
The final moments of Ash vs Evil Dead Season 3 Episode 6 threw a huge curve ball at at its viewers. Long after the ending credits rolled, I found myself in a cloud of befuddlement and disbelief.
In a surprising turn of events, Kelly met her end at the hands of Ruby!
Of course, it's not as if Dana DeLorenzo was written out of the series, Kelly's body is merely serving as a meat suit in order for Kaya to roam free upon the world. But that didn't take away from the shock of the character's untimely demise.
I understood Kelly's anger and thirst for revenge against Ruby, but why in the world would she think it would be a good idea to go up against her alone and on her own turf?
If the countless battles against evil that this group has faced taught us anything, it's that if you never face anything alone.
Kelly's only ace up her sleeve was the Kandarian dagger, but when you're going up against the Demon Woman of Fire, you better have a contingency plan.
Do you know what evil is Kelly? It's power without fear ... without guilt ... without pain.Ruby
It was inevitable that Ruby would gain the upper hand, but it was fun watching Kelly mop the floor with her while it lasted.
The worst thing that could have happened would be for Ruby to have the Necronomicon and the Kandarian dagger. And thanks to Kelly's half-cocked plan, Ruby's not only in possession of both, but Team Ash is also down a member.
As if the odds weren't already stacked against Ash, Kaya is now roaming free as well.
Now that Kaya has been released and inhabiting Kelly's body, it raises some important questions:
What happens to a human's soul when they are killed by a weapon designed by a demon? Could the real Kelly still be in there somewhere?
I'm thinking one of two things could have occurred, either Kelly's soul is in the underworld or she merely swapped places with Kaya, and is now trapped within the Necronomicon.
Either way, this sounds like a job for the Brujo Especiale!
Since Pablo supposedly has a connection to the underworld, it may be possible for him to restore Kelly's soul. Especially considering that Kelly's body was healed when Kaya took over, the possibility of Kelly being resurrected seems all the more possible.
And if anyone is capable of bringing Kelly back, it would be Pablo.
I'm curious though to see how Ruby plans to use Kaya to drive a wedge between Brandy and Ash. Wouldn't it make more sense to just have Kaya kill Ash and Brandy? You would think that would be the most logical move.
However, if Ruby needs to transfer Ash's power to her child, killing him now wouldn't be in her best interest.
Ruby might have a more difficult time trying to come between Ash and Brandy than she thinks, as their bond continued to strengthen during the episode. It was cute seeing Brandy and Ash forming more of a father/daughter relationship.
The fact that Ash thought that a heated up Pop-Tart was the greatest thing ever speaks volumes about how much these two need each other in their lives.
Another surprise was having some more Knights of Sumeria making their way out of the woodwork. which I had been wondering when we'd be learning more about these people and where they come from. Do they all hang out at a members-only bar or something?
The only other two Knights we've seen up until this point was Dalton and guy that Brock encountered in his store on Ash vs Evil Dead Season 3 Episode 4.
Sumeria Woman: Poor Gary, at least he died battling evil.
Ash: Actually he picked a fight with my 75 year old dad.
We also discovered that one of Pablo's "special abilities" enabled him to decipher the Necronomicon incantation, and enabling the rift to be opened.
I knew something wasn't quite right when the Sumeria member was immediately spat back out of the portal after entering it. When he began to nightmarishly fuse with the other Knights, it reminded me of something straight out of John Carpenter's The Thing.
As grotesque as it was, it never really posed much of a threat.
We didn't get to see what mini Ash was up during this episode, but he has definitely been doing some serious maturing in what looked like some type of incubation chamber.
I'm willing to bet the next time we see that kid, he'll be fully grown. I'm curious to see if Ruby's child will look like a mirror image of Ash or if he'll some sort of hybrid Ash demon similar to Evil Ash in Army of Darkness.
Either way, we won't have to wait long to find out.
You're almost there. Once that idiot Ash Williams is dead, you and I will go on to immortal glory.Ruby
This was another fun half hour of entertainment. We were finally introduced to more Knights of Sumeria — even though their presence was short lived — and the fight with the Sumeria-fused demon was pretty wild. The whole situation with Kelly left a little to be desired but I'm hopeful that she can still be saved.
Let's hope Pablo can tap into his full Brujo potential soon.
Now it's your turn TV Fanatics!
What did you think of "Tales from the Rift"? Where you completely surprised by Kelly's death? Do you believe Pablo might be capable of bringing her back? What will Kaya do now that she's using Kelly as a vessel?
Sound off below and let me know!
Ash vs Evil Dead returns with a new episode on Sunday, April 8th on Starz at 9/8c.
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