Welcome to Phase 2, Gladers!
The film picks up immediately after the ending of The Maze Runner with Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) and his fellow remaining Gladers learning how important they really are to WCKD’s plans.
Based on James Dashner’s novel, The Scorch Trials will throw these special teenagers into a world plagued with a disease called the Flare that eats away at the brain and has been turning people into insane and cannibalistic Cranks. We even get a glimpse of one named Blondie in this still. If you remember, she’s one of the Cranks to capture Thomas and Brenda (newcomer Rosa Salazar) while they’re in the Scorch city.
Speaking of Brenda (I adore her short hair. I’m so happy they’re keeping it in. She’s going to be so badass.), she’s joining the group alongside other newcomer Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad), who plays Jorge, a father-figure to her. I believe we can see him in this still poking at Teresa (Kaya Scodelario) as she’s hanging upside down next to the other Gladers.
I’ve been trying to analyze these pictures and what scenes they may pertain to and I can only assume that this is an added scene when they get caught by the Cranks after the lightning storm.
I’m not entirely sure I’m correct in my assumptions, so hit the comments with your ideas of what these scenes might be and we can speculate together!
The Scorch Trials will be available in theaters on September 18.