So what’s going on in this second Maze Runner movie, Maze Runner: Scorch Trials? If you thought that what protagonists (Thomas, Minho, Newt, Frypan and Teresa) endured to get out of the Maze in the first film was intense, the sequel takes the action and scare factors up several notches.
The increase in the scare factor is due to the introduction of the Cranks, which are quick-moving, zombie-like creatures that have been infected with a disease called The Flare. Like James Dashner’s second novel, Scorch Trials allows the audience to see what the post-apocalyptic world looks like outside the Maze and presents our main characters with a whole new set of challenges to their survival.
Screen Rant recently sat down with Ki Hong Lee (Minho), Dexter Darden (Frypan) and Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Newt) to discuss how the Scorch makes life very difficult for each of their characters, filming the now infamous-among-cast-and-crew, “hanging upside down scene” and what Death Cure Easter eggs you might spot if you really pay attention while watching the film.
What’s going on in the Scorch?
Dexter Darden: It’s hot.
Thomas Brodie Sangster: And sometimes cold.
Darden: The Scorch is pretty extreme. It’s an area we’ve kind of escaped and run of into which seems like it’s decimated, we’ve kind of seen the world around us crumble and fall and that’s kind of what we’re battling.
What was the toughest thing you had to do during filming and what was the toughest thing your character goes through?
Darden: The toughest scene to shoot, for me especially, was the hanging upside down scene. There is a scene you see in the trailer which is also in the film, where Giancarlo Esposito’s character Jorge, hangs up upside down and that’s really us hanging upside down. West had this vision, he had this really cool scene that he wanted and it was tough, having all the blood rush to your head hanging upside down between three to five minutes, it was tough, but it’s really really cool on screen.
Ki Hong Lee: it felt cool for like the first 20 seconds, and then it’s like, This is not as fun as I thought.’
How long would you be before you are let down for a break?
Lee: Maybe 2 to 3 minutes max? Just for safety.
What’s the toughest element for each of your characters?
Darden: Mine, not being to eat. Frypan is the cook of the Glade and his safe haven is being able to cook and provide food and provide entertainment and laughter for people and that’s removed, there’s not much food out there on the Scorch and that was definitely the toughest for me.
Lee: The Maze was kind of like living with your parents, you get out in your into the world and you have fend for yourself in this Scorch. For a lot of our characters we’re kind of out of our element, I think it’s a great growing experience for each of our characters because then you really learn what you’re made of, what you can do, how well you can acclimate to a new environment, new challenges, things like that, if anything a lot of growth for each one of our characters.
Sangster: Newt was the guy that when people would come up in the box in the Glade he would welcome and be the kind of friendly face, he be the person that was like home and he be the person that kind of assigns you to a job that gives you self satisfaction and helps the rest of the glade. I think he had a bond with everyone, so coming up here he’s left a lot of people behind and I think he doesn’t really have much of a gol, he’s following Thomas, he does trust in Thomas I think one of the hardest things for him is letting go, letting go of the people he cares about, seeing people die and not being able to do much about it. the only thing he can do is move forward, it’s a selfish thing to do but it’s the only thing to do. It’s quite a shift in morals and self survival and also the right thing to do. A lot more going on.
With regard to the third film, it seems like there might be a couple Easter eggs in this one. Do you find there’s some foreshadowing in it to single out for fans?
Darden: Once again it’s a cliffhanger, so it allows people the opportunity to see what’s going to come in the third film. I don’t know about major Easter eggs I know that there are certain major plot points that are hinted at at the end of the film that drive us in the third film to bring all of this to an end, so I think once the fans get a look at that they’ll go crazy.
Me too. I thought with Thomas on that drug and hallucinating, maybe there was a little foreshadowing with Newt.
All: Hmm. Maybe!
Darden: I didn’t even think of that actually, but yeah.
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials is now in theaters.