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The Only "Maze Runner" Series Recap You'll Need To Read

Get caught up before the epic conclusion, Maze Runner: The Death Cure, hits cinemas 18 Jan. (Warning: Spoilers for the first two movies ahead!)

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1. The Maze Runner series is about a group of boys who are trapped in an area known as the Glade, surrounded by a menacing Maze which is seemingly the only way out.

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They call themselves Gladers. Only a select few of the boys — typically the fastest and strongest — are elected by the group as Runners to enter the Maze to try to find a way out.

2. Each month, a new boy is sent to the Glade with supplies by a mysterious entity known only as WCKD.

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Like the other boys, the latest boy sent to the Glade, Thomas, has no memory of where he's from except for his name.

3. Thomas defies the rules by entering the Maze to help rescue the group's leader, Alby, even though Thomas wasn't a designated Runner.

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He's the only person ever to survive a night within the Maze and the only one ever to kill a huge AF creepy GRIEVER, rescuing Alby and two others like a legend.

4. Everything changes when Teresa, the first-ever girl, is sent into the Glade.

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She recognises Thomas straight away, and Thomas recognises her too.

5. Thomas then remembers what WCKD is (it stands for World in Catastrophe: Killzone Department), uncovering that they're all test subjects for the organization and being experimented on.

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How does Thomas know all this? Because he remembers that he used to work for WCKD, along with Teresa!

6. They hatch a plan to escape the Maze...which they do!

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And they also uncover an abandoned laboratory with a bunch of dead scientists and technicians.

7. This is where they learn the planet has been hit with a solar flare that has wiped out nearly all civilisation, and an incurable virus known as the Flare has been affecting survivors since.

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A video message is left by the director of WCKD, Ava Paige, before she is seen killing herself. HEAVY.

8. BUT TWIST! It was all a setup. Paige is in fact still alive. They don't know!

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She's been running the Maze experiment this. whole. time.

9. At first, WCKD claims to be the good guys, saying they're there to help. But big old nope!

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WCKD is using kids from the Maze (and many more mazes – not just the one Thomas was in) to find a cure for the harvesting survivors.

10. And a cure is so important to WCKD...not to mention the survival of the human race.

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Because someone who comes in contact with the Flare virus dies (or worse). They become a CRANK! Which is like an effed-up zombie.

11. In the second film, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, Thomas finds out the truth and decides to lead his friends and crew on a mission to break out of WCKD's complex...

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*slide-tackles WCKD*

12. ...and they finally make it out into the real world, now known as the Scorch. Here, they try to find the Right Arm, a rebel group fighting against WCKD.

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The Right Arm believes WCKD could've helped prevent the spreading Flare virus, thereby saving millions.

13. The remaining Gladers finally meet with the Right Arm thanks to Jorge, a member they meet in the Scorch.

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They are then introduced to the camp and its leader, Vince.

14. However, Ava Paige shows up too! She and WCKD invade the Right Arm's camp, and a battle ensues...

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~WCKD Is Good~

15. ...all thanks to Teresa, who has betrayed the Gladers by giving up their location, as she's been working with WCKD this whole time.

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Or has she?! WTF?! Minho, another Glader, is also captured in the battle and taken back with WCKD.

16. Thomas and the survivors from the Right Arm and remaining Gladers hatch a plan to infiltrate WCKD, save their friends, and find a cure.

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With all the answers finally being revealed, the third and final installment – Maze Runner: The Death Cure – is going to be epic.

Got a spare 90 seconds? Check out this cool recap from the the stars themselves, and don't miss Maze Runner: The Death Cure in cinemas 18 Jan.

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