The Maze Runner: Death Cure

Jillian Mauro, Sports Editor

A world that is filled with amazing trilogies and book series that are brought to life is a good world to live in. One of my favorite book trilogies is The Maze Runner and I was extremely excited four years ago for the movies to come out. The first installment of the trilogy, The Maze Runner, was the closest to the book but after that the movies always fell short. In The Scorch Trials, the arc of the trilogy held true but for Maze Runner fanatics there was glaring differences. The movies were still about a corporation, W.C.K.D (or W.I.C.K.E.D in the books), finding a cure to the disease called the Flare through a group of kids. But, the producers and writers took a different approach for the last two book plots. As I walked into the theaters, I reminded myself to take the movies for what they were and tried to watch without comparing it to the book. However, I could not help but find the differences.


Here are my top five most annoying differences from The Death Cure’s book and its on screen debut.

As one of my least favorite books in the trilogy, I was interested in how the producers were going to approach it. Like its predecessor The Death Cure starts off quick and action-packed and is very different from the book.

1. The Train Scene: It dives right into the campaign for saving Minho by Thomas and the crew chasing after a W.I.C.K.E.D transport train. This does not happen in the book at all, the plot starts with Thomas being prisoner to W.I.C.K.E.D. The insane train scene, though, was very enjoyable and clever on the
writer’s part.

2. EVERYTHING about Minho: At the ending of The Scorch Trials’ book, Minho was never taken by W.I.C.K.E.D and the whole campaign by the Right Arm and Thomas was made up solely for the movie. My assumption, is that the writers felt that creating a rescue for a beloved character, like Minho, was better for the movie screen as it once again puts Thomas in a heroic light and is more captivating.

3. Teresa’s New Career: Throughout the movie, Teresa is a doctor and scientist who is frantically testing Minho for the cure to the Flare, almost making her go mad. In the movie, she is forced to help Thomas to rescue Minho whereas in the book she goes back on her betrayal. Teresa in the book is a loyalist to W.I.C.K.E.D but eventually rejoins Thomas and the other Gladers.

4. The Right Arm: The group is introduced almost midway into the book when they’re revealed to be kidnapping those that are immune to invade W.I.C.K.E.D’s headquarters, ultimately to bring the organization down. As in the movie, the Right Arm is in the beginning of the movie and then appears again at just the end to help save Minho, Thomas, Gally and Newt in the city. Also, the mission of the Right Arm in the movie is different than the one in the book; the book’s version of the Right Arm is that they are a radical group wanting to destroy W.I.C.K.E.D; the movie’s version of the group is very peaceful and they’re the ones finding “The Paradise”.

5. The Paradise and W.I.C.K.E.D is good: My biggest issue with the movies is the way they end up in the so called “Paradise”. The movie presented the “Paradise” through the Right Arm and that they would sail to this place that is far away from the Flare. Vince brings all the immunes and the Gladers to what seems like an island with a hundred or so people. As in the book, the “Paradise” was an idea held by the Gladers that they heard about from Brenda and Jorge. It is then later revealed that the presumed evil
corporation, W.I.C.K.E.D, created this “Paradise” to continue the human race if the cure was never found for a government made disease to fix an overpopulation problem. The movie kept W.I.C.K.E.D bad, the book revealed the truth.