It All Went So Wrong: HBO Cancels ‘Run’ After Just One Season

Well, Ruby and Billy found their way to Los Angeles, but that’s where the journey ends for HBO’s Run. After just one season, the network has canceled the high-profile series which starred Domhnall Gleeson and Merritt Wever as reunited lovers who go on the run from their boring lives. The series was created by Vicky Jones, a longtime collaborator with Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who also had a co-starring role.

“After exploring potential ways of continuing Ruby and Billy’s journey, together with showrunner Vicky Jones, we have come to the decision that we will not be moving forward with a second season of Run,” HBO said in a statement.

The series was extraordinarily well-received for one that I personally saw take a ton of criticism. That comes from me, as well, since I found the show to be extremely disappointing considering its novel premise and two immensely likeable stars. How could it go so wrong? I have thoughts, starting with the two main characters being revealed to be pretty terrible across the 7-episode season which felt like 20-episodes. They were like an onion of awfulness, each episode revealing a new layer of terribleness. That’s not how I want to watch Wever and Gleeson.

Sadly, Run ends on a cliffhanger. The goal was always for them to reach Los Angeles, which they do, but not before Ruby finds out the entire trip has been a plot by Billy to secure a book deal. Along the way, they bicker, have sex, fall in and out of love, commit a murder, backstab one another repeatedly, etc. etc.

For what it’s worth, Jones tells Deadline she had a ton of ideas for season 2. Not that we’ll get to see them unless the show moves to another network.

“We would love, love, love to keep going and keep running. I certainly have a thousand ideas. It’s called Run, and so the show has forward momentum. We can’t just sit still in the story.”

 

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.