Marvel’s ‘Runaways’ Producer Teased Death in Season 3

If you’ve binged the third and final season of Marvel’s The Runaways, you’ll know by know who died and how. What might not immediately be clear is why the deceased are no longer with us. 

It’s difficult, if not impossible, to discuss this topic without getting into spoiler territory, so consider this your spoiler alert, and come back after you’ve finished the third season and found out who met their maker. Since many signs pointed to the show coming to an end, the producers felt it was time to get truly dramatic. 

There were hints that someone would die

Marvel's 'Runaways' cast at New York Comic-Con.
Marvel’s ‘Runaways’ cast at NYCC | Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Hulu

Even before it was known for certain that the third season of Runaways would be the last, there was speculation that the show would have to deal with another kind of end. Outside of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Runaways was the longest running Marvel show that was still in production. The Netflix series Jessica Jones and Daredevil ran for three seasons each, with Luke Cage, Iron Fist and The Punisher each lasting two, while The Defenders had a one-and-done season. 

“Being on Hulu and being able to go…let’s just put it this way — this is the season where maybe some of the folks aren’t going to get out,” Marvel Television President Jeph Loeb told back in October. “With this cast, which we love both personally and professionally, it was challenging but there were stories that meant we would have to see where it was going to go. Something wicked this way comes.”

Fans of the show have known the series to be true to the comics, and that being the case, that would mean a dire fate for Gertrude Yorke, who was fatally stabbed and ended up dying in Chase’s arms. So did the show follow that pattern? 

Who did ‘The Runaways’ kill off?

Not one, not two, but three characters died, and they were all members of the Pride – Janet Stein (Ever Carradine), Catherine Wilder (Angel Parker), and Robert Minoru (James Yaegashi). This is true to the comics in that the comics eventually killed all the members of the Pride, so it may have seemed out of place had the show not killed any of them.

“We knew we were moving towards what we anticipated to be the final season, and we felt like there needed to be consequences to show just how grave the stakes were now, to both the Runaways and to Pride,” producer Josh Schwartz told EW

However, Runaways split the difference on Gertrude. Elizabeth Hurley’s Morgan killed her, but the Runaways, following in the footsteps of their Avengers brethren, pulled some time travel trickery to bring her back. Ultimately, the Runaways showrunners decided it was a lot easier to kill off the villains than the heroes. 

It wasn’t just ‘Runaways’ that died

Now that Runaways has concluded, it marks the end, or near-end of an era. It was one of the last shows produced by Marvel Television, which had seen great success with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Netflix shows only to be shut down so that the shows by Marvel Studios could come to the fore. 

That was a blow to the fans who saw their favorite shows die off like so many Chitauri aliens in the invasion of New York in The Avengers. Having led Marvel Studios to unprecedented success, President Kevin Feige will control the small screen as well as the big one. 

While fans certainly trust Feige, some of them are concerned he may be spread too thin, what with four movies (Shang Chi, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Spider-Man 3, and Thor: Love and Thunder) and four TV shows (Loki, WandaVision, What If…? and Hawkeye) all coming out in 2021. And he has a Star Wars movie in development too. Fans just hope Marvel doesn’t find out the hard way what happens when you bite off more than you can chew.