|“|| Am I missing something here? This is the same girl who betrayed us, correct? Same dick?|
I like her.
|~ Brenda and Gally.|
|“|| You can't save everyone, Thomas.|
I can try.
|~ Brenda and Thomas.|
|“|| I'm not leaving you, okay? So forget it.|
Even though you should?
|~ Brenda and Thomas.|
Brenda is the secondary tetartagonist of the Maze Runner series. She is first introduced in The Scorch Trials. Eventually, it is discovered that she is part of the group of Immunes. She becomes close to Thomas during The Scorch Trials and The Death Cure.
Brenda is portrayed by Rosa Salazar, who also portrays Lynn in The Divergent Series: Insurgent, Ava Perez in CHiPs, and Alita in Alita: Battle Angel, and voices Alma Winograd-Diaz in Undone.
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
The Gladers take refuge in a warehouse outside the city during the storm in the Scorch. After they revive Minho from the lightning strike, they discover that they're trapped in the front room with chained Cranks lunging at them. While the group panics and huddles closer, Brenda appears from a room off to the side, chuckling that the group alerted their presence, thanks to their "watch dogs". She takes them to meet Jorge, who is curious about the group and their sudden appearance.
As Jorge tries to pry information from them, she sits back on a couch and watches. When Thomas and Minho try to fight Jorge's crew, she grabs a scanning device from the table and tells Thomas to shut up before scanning the back of his neck. The scanner reads that he was tagged by WCKD and that he is to be killed by Group B. Shocked, she hands the scanner to Jorge, saying that he was right.
Once the Gladers are tied up and left to dangle over an open area, Brenda talks to Jorge about the Gladers. He is giddy, stating that these kids are their ticket to the Safe Haven promised by the Right Arm. Brenda expresses doubt about finding them, stating that he'd be giving up his secure position as the leader of the refugees in the warehouse just to chase after a theory. When WCKD shows up, looking for the Gladers, Jorge instructs her to free the Gladers and get them out of here while he rigs an intricate bomb that will detonate after a song played on a record ends.
Brenda finds one of the refugees trying to smuggle the Gladers out at gun point, hoping to turn them into WCKD for a reward. As he tries to shoot at Thomas for attacking him, Brenda shoots the refugee, killing him. She takes the Gladers to a zipline and yells at them to get out now, as they have little time. She lingers behind to dig around for a trinket in Jorge's desk drawers and tries to make it back to the zipline with Thomas, only to find multiple WCKD armed soldiers closing in. She leads Thomas across support beams in the warehouse to escape, sliding down poles leading to a sub-basement area as Jorge's bomb detonates. She locates a grate leading to the underground tunnels and leads Thomas to find an exit.
As they walk through the area, she points out a strange webbed vine pattern on the walls. Both get jumpy at the sound of something coming towards them, only to discover it is a rat coming out of the pipe near them. She kicks the rat, which lands near one of the Gone Cranks, coming to life and grabbing the rat. Once it realizes that it has company, it moves towards the pair, prompting other Gone Cranks to chase after them. Both find their way out of the tunnels and begin to climb up into a collapsed building. Due to the angle of the building, Brenda loses her balance near the top and slides into an abandoned room, landing on the glass with a thud. Thomas rushes to help as the glass begins to crack and break away. Meanwhile, a Gone Crank finds them, sliding into the room and trying to rip at Brenda's face and body. She manages to dodge the assault until Thomas finds a wire and offers it to Brenda for support as the glass finally breaks and sends the Crank down several stories.
After they escape the building, Brenda stops by a trash dumpster, tearing off a strip of cloth when she discovers that the Gone Crank scratched her while falling out of the building. She dismisses that she's okay for now and tells Thomas that they need to blend in and find Marcus, Jorge's contact who knows about the Right Arm. They pass a building where a loud party is taking place and a blonde woman asks if they're here for the party. Brenda addresses a blonde man in a suit, asking for Marcus. The man lies, telling her that Marcus used to be in this building, but he is no longer alive. Thomas asks if the man has seen a group of teens and an older man, prompting the man to hand over a bottle of liquor. The man tells them that in order to enter the tent to look for their friends, they need to take a sip each. Brenda drinks first and Thomas is forced to down a long sip by the blonde woman.
The pair split up to look for their friends and meet back up on the dance floor. Brenda, in a daze, states that she can't find them and resists Thomas's idea to look elsewhere, saying that its too late and maybe they just need to let go and accept their fate. Brenda kisses Thomas and for a brief moment, he hallucinates that he just kissed Teresa. He moves away from her, saying that he can't do this because she isn't her, before blacking out.
As Thomas comes to, he discovers Brenda sitting and watching as Jorge beats up the man in the suit, who is revealed to be Marcus. Brenda watches and listens as Marcus confesses that he's switched sides and works for WCKD, hosting the party to get them a little drunk so they're passed out when WCKD comes to collect them. Eventually, Jorge manages to get Marcus to confess where he last heard of the Right Arm's location and movement and he takes Marcus's car, Bertha, to get to the mountain area where the Right Arm is operating.
Brenda starts moving slower, due to her injury from the Gone Crank. Eventually, she collapses in front of Vince when Sonya and Harriet take the group to the base. Vince threatens to shoot her until Mary Cooper intervenes, instructing Thomas to help carry her to the medical tent. Mary Cooper administers a temporary fix to help Brenda's injuries but warns Thomas and Jorge that its merely a patch that will slow the progression, not fully cure it. As she lies on a cot, Thomas discovers the trinket box she went back for and she explains that the boy in the picture was her brother George. She recalls that WCKD picked them up when they were younger, running multiple tests on them. WCKD determined that George was fit to stay as they researched the cure, but Brenda was dismissed. Thomas leaves her to rest in the tent as he regroups with the Gladers.
Later, the Right Arm base is ambushed by WCKD, thanks to a tip from Teresa, who is convinced that they shouldn't have left the facility due to the bad state of world thanks to the Flare. Brenda fights alongside the Right Arm volunteers until Jorge deems the situation bleak. Both pull Thomas aside, trying to persuade him to leave with them so they can get to safety. Thomas refuses and sends both of them away, saying that he won't leave the Gladers behind.
As volunteers and escaped Gladers and Icers are rounded up, Thomas reveals that he has Jorge's handheld grenade and threatens Ava Paige and WCKD with it, stating that he will detonate it if WCKD proceeds to take the Immunes. In the midst of the standoff, Brenda and Jorge commandeer a Right Arm vehicle, crashing it into the soldiers, which buys some time for the volunteers and Gladers. Both fight alongside Vince to ward off WCKD as they take whomever they can get onto their Berg for the tests.
The next morning, Vince concludes that it would be best to send Thomas, Newt, Harriet, and the remaining kids to the Safe Haven before WCKD tries to get them too. Thomas resists, stating that he needs to go after Minho and won't hesitate to do it alone. Newt agrees to help and Brenda chimes in, with Jorge also in agreement. Eventually, Harriet and Vince conclude that they would like to exact revenge on WCKD for their losses and ask Thomas for the plan.
Maze Runner: The Death Cure
At night, while Brenda, Aris, Jorge, Sonya, Harriet, Vince, the Right Arm, and the Immune kids sleep, Thomas, Newt, and Frypan leave the hideout to go to the Last City to rescue Minho.
The next day, Brenda and Jorge discover that Thomas, Newt, and Frypan have left the hideout to go to the Last City and decide to follow them.
Thomas, Newt, and Frypan drive into a tunnel, where they are chased by Cranks. Brenda and Jorge arrive to save them.
Brenda, Thomas, Newt, Frypan, and Jorge arrive in the Last City. Thomas is scanned at the gate, and the WCKD guards recognize him. Brenda, Thomas, Newt, Frypan, and Jorge run from the turrets and into a safe corner where a group of masked men rescue them and take them to a hideout, where one of the masked men reveals himself to be Gally, who Thomas, Newt, and Frypan introduce Brenda to.
Brenda, Thomas, Newt, Gally, Frypan, and Jorge arrive in Lawrence's hideout. Thomas tells Lawrence that he, Brenda, Newt, Frypan, and Jorge need to get into the Last City. Lawrence tells Thomas that he can go into the Last City with Newt and Gally while Brenda, Frypan, and Jorge stay behind. As Jorge tells Thomas to be careful going into the Last City with Newt and Gally, Brenda watches Gally open a manhole cover to the tunnels and lower a ladder into the tunnels.
In Lawrence's hideout, Brenda, Thomas, Newt, Gally, Frypan, and Jorge go over plans to use Teresa to get into WCKD. Thomas is reluctant to use Teresa as their way into WCKD. Brenda reminds Thomas of when Teresa betrayed them, leading Gally to tell Thomas that he likes Brenda. Newt reacts with extreme aggressiveness, screaming at Thomas for still having feelings for Teresa. Shocked about himself, he apologizes and walks out.
At night, while Brenda, Newt, Frypan, and Jorge go to a church, Thomas and Gally go into the Last City to capture Teresa. Thomas and Gally take Teresa to an abandoned church where Brenda, Newt, Frypan, and Jorge are. Brenda plays a game of cards while Teresa tells Thomas, Newt, Gally, and Frypan that Minho is in Sub-Level 3 with the the other Immune WCKD test subjects.
Brenda goes to a parking lot to steal a bus while Thomas, Teresa, Newt, and Gally go to the WCKD building, Frypan climbs up a crane, and Jorge returns to the Right Arm's hideout.
While leading the Immune kids, one of whom is holding a bag containing the vials of serum, through the parking garage, Gally contacts Brenda on his walkie-talkie and tells her to come to the parking garage. Brenda arrives in the parking garage with the bus and she and Gally load the Immune kids into the bus. When Brenda asks Gally where Thomas is, Gally tells her that he was hoping that he was with her. Brenda starts to step out of the bus to find Thomas, but Gally stops her and tells her to stay in the bus with the Immune kids while he goes to find Thomas.
Whilw Gally goes back to the WCKD headquarters to find Thomas, Brenda drives the Immune children out of the garage, but is cornered by WCKD soldiers. Brenda fires a flare gun into the sky to signal for Frypan to save them with the crane.
Brenda, Frypan, and the Immune children discover that Lawrence has gone to destroy the wall to the Last City. Jorge and Vince arrive with a berg to rescue them. They fly into the city to get Thomas, Newt, Minho, and Gally.
Brenda, Frypan, Jorge, Vince, and the Immune children are waiting at the berg when they hear Teresa telling Thomas that his blood can cure Newt like it did Brenda, Minho and Gally arrive, asking where the serum is. Brenda, Minho, Gally, and Frypan arrive at the train station to see that Thomas has killed Newt. Brenda, Minho, Gally, and and Frypan gather around Newt while Thomas walks off to WCKD.
Brenda, Minho, Gally, and Frypan return to the berg where Jorge flies them, Vince, and the Immune kids to the top of the WCKD building where Thomas and Teresa are. Thomas is unable to get on the berg due to being shot in the stomach by Janson, but Teresa manages to throw him onto the ramp of the berg, allowing Brenda, Minho, Gally, Frypan, and Vince to pull him onboard. Teresa falls to her death when the WCKD building collapses. As Jorge flies Brenda, Thomas, Minho, Gally, Frypan, Vince, the Immune kids away from the building, Brenda helps Gally bandage Thomas' wound.
Sometime later, Brenda, Thomas, Minho, Gally, Frypan, Aris, Jorge, Sonya, Harriet, Vince, the Right Arm, and the Immune kids arrive at the Safe Haven. Brenda is walking with Harriet when she and her see Thomas, who has woken up, approaching them. Brenda watches as Thomas and Minho hug. At night, at the campfire, Brenda, Thomas, Minho, Gally, Frypan, Aris, Jorge, Sonya, Harriet, the Right Arm, and the Immune kids listen to Vince give a speech.
Brenda drinks out of her cup while Gally and Sonya chat. Brenda watches Minho, Gally, Frypan, and Vince carve Newt, Chuck, Winston, and Mary's names on the memorial rock. Brenda is sitting at the campfire with Minho, Gally, Frypan, Aris, Jorge, Sonya, Harriet, Vince, the Right Arm, and the Immune kids when Thomas approaches them, hugs Brenda and Gally, and sits down at the campfire with them, Minho, Frypan, Aris, Brenda, Jorge, Sonya, Harriet, Vince, the Right Arm, and the Immune kids. The next morning, while Brenda is sleeping, Thomas goes to the memorial rock and carves Teresa's name on it. Thomas walks along the beach, stops walking, looks at the ocean and the ship, takes the serum out of his pocket, looks at it, and looks out into the distance.
Physical Appearance and Personality
Thomas describes Brenda as "pretty" and an "older teenager" who has long brown hair and dark eyes which "made the whites seem to glow brightly". She has a slightly scratchy, almost husky voice. It is suggested that Brenda is shorter than Thomas, as he thought that she had to be standing on the tips of her toes to put her head on his shoulder.
In the Scorch Trials film, Brenda has short dark hair that is cut close to her head, but is grown almost to shoulder length in the Death Cure film. She is, by a few inches, slightly shorter than Thomas.
Powers and Abilities
- Keen Intellect/Tactical Genius: In the Maze Runner trilogy, Brenda has demonstrated high potential of intelligence in situations that would be difficult to get through by using tactical advantages. As shown in a deleted scene in Scorch trails, she released a pack of Cracks who she and her group had chained up to attack WCKD soldiers who intruded the warehouse. During the Death Cure film, Teresa informed the group about Minho and the 28 immune children WCKD had held captive, Brenda confirmed that she would able to make it work to save all of them at once and plan a getaway. When Thomas communicated with her to be ready with the bus she gained access to, she meets up with Gally, who leads the Immunes to the bus and she starts to drive them out of the garage from the security, then when WCKD declared martial law on the getaway bus, Brenda performed vehicular warfare with the WCKD vehicles who attempted to crash towards her, but instead, she crashes them against the road then is pulled over and surrounded by the armed soldiers. Then when she ordered the children to stay inside the bus, she goes out and raises her hands in the air for the WCKD soldiers to see her holding a weapon that turned out to be a Flare gun, which she fired into the sky as a signal for Frypan to drop the rope of the crane he operated down to the direct pointed area that is marked with an "X" where Brenda was standing near it so she can attach it onto the bus to have Frypan pull the bus up off the streets with her and the immunes in it to escape from the guards and they succeeded.
- Expert Marksmanship & Weapon Proficiency: Brenda seemed to be proficiently skilled and sharp with using rifles and short range weaponry which allowed her to perform great feats and benefit in a far ranged combat. She had excellent bulls-eyes aim on her targeted opponents, she demonstrated this in the Scorch Trials film, when Barkley attempted to kill the Gladers, Brenda shoots directly behind his back with her PPQ pistol, then when the incoming WCKD guards infiltrate the warehouse, she fired her last rounds with perfect aiming. When WCKD ambushed the Right Arm headquarters, she later used a hunting rifle to shoot Janson in the left side of his shoulder, leaving him wounded, and a WCKD soldier, who was chasing Thomas in the head. In the Death Cure film, she shot a few dozens of Cranks with her Beretta 84 from the front and back of her position, saving her friends Thomas, Newt, and Frypan from their doom.
- Backpack: Brenda used to carry her supplies in this bag for survival skills and medical support.
- Trinket Box: Brenda stored a picture of her brother inside of the lid as it is the only thing she has left of him.
- M4A1 Carbine: It was shown in the Death Cure film that Brenda was wielding this assault rifle.
- Walther PPQ/Beretta 84: In the Scorch Trials film, Brenda briefly used a P99 pistol for defense against the guards of WCKD who showed up in her warehouse, and was shown in the Death Cure film to have been carrying the Beretta 84 pistol.
- Flare Gun: In the Death Cure film, Brenda used this gun to signal Frypan to drop the hook of the crane to escape from WCKD security.
- Winchester Model 70: When WCKD hit the Right Arm's base headquarters in the mountain, Brenda temporarily used this weaponry to provide cover fire for Thomas to escape and eliminate the last opponents.