Dylan O’Brien and Kaya Scodelario Wrote a Scene for ‘Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials’

Though the Gladers will meet many interesting (and potentially dangerous) new characters in the Scorch, the core cast of our faves from The Maze Runner – led by Teen Wolf‘s Dylan O’Brien – remains central in The Scorch Trials. Fangirlish took part in a roundtable interview with stars Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Ki Hong Lee, and Dexter Darden, during which O’Brien and Scodelario discussed Thomas’ evolving leadership role and the scene they wrote for the film.

Though Thomas’ (O’Brien) curiosity and capability allowed him to quickly rise through the ranks in the Glade, he will find himself in a position of both power and uncertainty in The Scorch Trials. His fellow Gladers look to him – the one who led them out of the Maze – for leadership, but Thomas is just as out of his element as the others in their dangerous new surroundings. “He’s a struggling leader at this point, in that he’s still trying to lead and he doesn’t want to show anyone what’s going on with him, really. But I think he’s full of doubt at this point and regret, almost, and just question of himself,” O’Brien said.

The Gladers must continue to work together if they are to survive the Scorch, but – whether justly or not – every misstep seems to be attributed to Thomas (even by himself). “In his mind, this is all on his shoulders,” O’Brien said. “He made that choice [to leave the Maze], and now the fact that he could have led them wrong – it kills him.” Still, Thomas and his friends have no choice but to carry on. “He still has to lead, so he still has to be strong. That’s just a difficult conflict inside of him,” he explained.

Dylan is also well-known for his leadership role on set, though he humbly says that among their group they “never even think about it.” “We have a great group, we have a great energy, we have a great story that we all love to tell, you know, every time out,” he said. “[Leadership] kind of comes from all directions. Everyone leads on this movie, and that’s why we get it done the way we do and that’s why we’re all so proud of it at the end of the day.”

One of the ways O’Brien and Scodelario (Teresa) demonstrated leadership on The Scorch Trials was by writing a special scene between their characters, during which Thomas and Teresa reflect on their shared past and growing up together. “We wanted to add a moment of humanity,” Kaya explained. “We wanted to smile at each other. So much of our relationship is based around having to survive and get out, and we just wanted to take a second and show a bit of love to each other, and I think it’s such a beautiful way of showing it – us as innocent little kids meeting for the first time.” “And her being taller than me,” O’Brien added. “I think that’s great.”

You can see the scene Dylan and Kaya wrote along with all the other awesomeness of The Scorch Trials when the film hits theaters September 18. Stay tuned for more from our roundtable interviews with the cast.