Seriously, people. Who is Ruby Knowby? Answering this question requires spoilers, so proceed with caution if you haven’t kept up with Ash vs. Evil Dead.
At the beginning of the fourth episode, “Brujo,” Lucy Lawless’ character tells Michigan state trooper Amanda Fisher (Jill Marie Jones) who she is. Her name is Ruby, and she is the daughter of Evil Dead II‘s Raymond and Henrietta Knowby. Knowby was the archaeologist who discovered the Necronomicon Ex-Mortis, otherwise known as the Book of the Dead, and his recorded translations were what summoned the evil that plagued the first two films. Fans of Evil Dead II know what really happened to the Knowbys, as well as their oldest daughter, Annie. However, Ruby seems to blame Ash (Bruce Campbell) for their deaths.
That a show like Ash vs. Evil Dead would expand the movies’ mythology should come as no surprise. After all, simply doing another Evil Dead film would be too predictable. As for adapting it for the small screen, another oh-crap-we-summoned-demons-again story stretched across 10 episodes would be a bit much. Television requires variety for longevity, hence the addition of brand new protagonists, antagonists and an apparent* second Knowby daughter.
The thing is, Ruby is no ordinary woman. She might not even be human. How many normal people can come back to life after being thrown into a funeral pyre by the possessed, burnt body of its original occupant? Hell, not just thrown, but exploded. If she was just another deadite, then her resurrection in “Fire in the Hole” would make sense. But she isn’t just any old possessed corpse, and being that Ash vs. Evil Dead already expanded the Book of the Dead‘s canon of demons in “Books from Beyond,” perhaps Ruby is another one of the Necronomicon Ex-Mortis‘ subjects. Or maybe not. Maybe she is something else entirely.
Fisher’s explanation of how she met Ruby, and who she thinks she
is was, are beautifully contrasted in the latest episode. For while the state trooper tells Ash about her, Ruby’s naked, coal-covered body rises from the fire’s remnants.
“She spent her whole life fighting those freaks, but it finally caught up to her. Just a normal person. Got tangled up into something that was so much bigger. Something beyond her control. I will always be thankful she was honest with me. She taught me there is more out there than any of us realize.”