heraldsun.com.au — Now the trilogy concludes with Thomas determined to save every one of the Gladers, including Teresa (Kaya Scodelario), a turncoat now working for WCKD. That will require breaking back in to WCKD’s heavily fortified HQ.
“He’s got a problem, he needs to go to rehab,” O’Brien laughs of Thomas’s saviour complex.
“It’s the heartbreaking piece of my character’s journey. He just believes so badly that he can protect and save everyone that he cares about. The fact that is never true is something that really weighs on him.”
As the trilogy has gone on, it has bolstered its young cast with classy veterans such as Patricia Clarkson, Giancarlo Esposito, Barry Pepper and Aidan Gillen. O’Brien considers himself lucky to have great moments with all of them in this final chapter.
He got even luckier third time out with Walton Goggins — star of Justified, The Hateful Eight and a certified dude — joining the world as an anarchist rebel leader.
“He’s a super cool dude,” O’Brien grins. “He was really complimentary of our films, too. I was geeking out because I love Walton Goggins, he’s a great actor, so it was cool to see he that this wasn’t just a job he was taking, he did like what we were doing.”