|“||(Thomas: We're trapped here, aren't we?) For the moment, but you see those guys, there, by the fire? Those are the Runners. And that guy in the middle there, that's Minho. He's the Keeper of the Runners. Now every morning, when those doors open, they run the maze, mapping it, memorizing it, trying to find a way out.||„|
|~ Newt to Thomas about the Runners.|
|“||It's a girl. I think she's dead. (Gally: What's in her hand?) "She's the last one ever." What the hell does that mean?||„|
|~ Newt to Gally after Teresa arrives in the Glade.|
|“||Well, you'll need all the help you can get then, won't you? Well, we started this together, may as well end it that way, too.||„|
|~ Newt before leaving for the Last City with Thomas and Frypan.|
|“||Yeah, we're all bloody inspired.||„|
|~ Newt before he, Thomas, and Minho jump out of the window of the WCKD tower.|
|“||Dear Thomas, this is the first letter I can remember writing. Obviously, I don't know if I wrote any before the Maze. But even if it's not my first, it's likely to be my last. I want you to know that I'm not scared. Well, not of dying, anyway. It's more forgetting. It's losing myself to this virus, that's what scares me. So every night, I've been saying their names out loud. Alby, Winston, Chuck. And I just repeat them over and over like a prayer, and it– And it all comes flooding back. Just the little things like where the sun used to hit the Glade at that perfect moment right before it slipped beneath the walls. And I remember the taste of Frypan's stew. I never thought I'd miss that stuff so much. And I remember you. I remember the first time you came up in the Box, just a scared little Greenie who couldn't even remember his own name. But from that moment you ran into the Maze, I knew I would follow you anywhere. And I have. We all have. If I could do it all over again, I would. And I wouldn't change a thing. And my hope for you. Is when you're looking back years from now, you'll be able to say the same. The future's in your hands now, Tommy. And I know you'll find a way to do what's right. You always have. Take care of everyone for me. And take care of yourself. You deserve to be happy. Thank you for being my friend. Goodbye, mate. Newt.||„|
|~ Newt's letter in the end of THE DEATH CURE.|
Newt is Sonya's older brother, Thomas, Teresa, Minho, Gally, and Frypan's best friend and fellow Glader, Aris, Brenda, Jorge, Harriet, and Vince's best friend and fellow Right Arm member, the second-in-command of the Gladers, and one of the two tritagonists (along with Minho) in the Maze Runner trilogy.
Newt is portrayed by Thomas Brodie-Sangster, who also portrays Sam in Love Actually and Red Nose Day Actually, Simon Brown in Nanny McPhee, Jojen Reed in Game of Thrones, and Benny Watts in The Queen's Gambit, and voices Ferb Fletcher in Phineas and Ferb and John Tracy in Thunderbirds Are Go.
The Maze Runner
Alby introduces Thomas to Newt and tells him that he will be in charge when Alby is not around.
When Gally stops Thomas from walking into the Maze, Newt and the Gladers join Gally in stopping Thomas from walking into the Maze.
At night, at the bonfire, Newt tells Thomas about the Maze, the walls, the Grievers, and the Runners. Newt watches Thomas and Gally wrestle before Thomas knocks Gally down to the ground, but Gally knocks Thomas down to the ground as well, causing him to remember his name.
The next day, Ben gets stung by a Griever and attacks Thomas, Newt and the Gladers manage to get Ben off Thomas.
Later, Newt and the Gladers banish Ben from the Glade.
Newt watches Thomas run into the Maze to help Minho and Alby, who have gone into the Maze to retrace Ben's steps when Alby got stung by a Griever.
The next day, Newt is present when Thomas, Minho, and Alby return to the Glade.
In the Council Hall, during the Gathering, Newt is present when Gally suggests that Thomas should be punished for going into the Maze to help Minho and Alby.
When Teresa arrives in the Glade, Newt jumps down into the Box, takes a note from her hand, and reads "She's the last one ever."
Newt decides that Thomas will spend one night in the Pit with no food, causing Gally to leave the Council Hall in anger.
Later, Teresa, who has woken up and fled to the tower, throws rocks at Newt and the Gladers, but Thomas stops her and goes up to talk to her, while Newt and the Gladers leave.
At night, in the medical hut, Alby starts attacking Thomas, but Newt, Jeff, and Clint manage to restrain him, allowing Teresa to inject the serum she had with her when she arrived in the Glade into his chest. Newt, Teresa, Jeff, and Clint watch over Alby while Gally takes Thomas to the Pit.
The next day, when Thomas and Minho return to the Glade, Newt watches Thomas and Gally argue with each other, when Teresa calls out to them and the Gladers and tells them that Alby is awake.
In the medical hut, Newt watches Alby tell Thomas that he remembers that Thomas worked for WCKD.
At night, during the Grievers' attack on the Glade, Newt, Thomas, Teresa, Minho, Frypan, Alby, Chuck, Winston, Jeff, and Clint hide in the Council Hall from the Grievers. Newt watches Clint get killed by a Griever. Chuck is caught by a Griever, but Alby sacrifices himself to save him.
After the attack, Gally punches Thomas in the face, causing Newt, Minho, Frypan, Winston, and Jeff to restrain him. When Thomas uses a Griever stinger to stab himself in the thigh to regain his memories, Newt, Teresa, Minho, Frypan, Chuck, Winston, and Jeff tend to him.
The next day, Thomas tells Newt, Teresa, Minho, Frypan, Chuck, Winston, and Jeff that he and Teresa worked for WCKD and created the Maze.
Gally takes command and has Teresa tied to the pole and attempts to have Thomas tied to the pole. Newt knocks down a Glader while Thomas fights off two Gladers and Teresa kicks a Glader in the groin, allowing Frypan to cut her free. Newt escapes with one half of the Gladers while Gally stays in the Glade with another half of the Gladers.
Newt helps the Gladers fight off the Grievers, but Jeff dies trying to save Minho from a Griever. The Gladers go into the WCKD lab and watch a video left by Ava Paige, who shoots herself at the end of the video.
Newt and the Gladers are about to leave when Gally, who is stung by a Griever, arrives with a gun and tells them that they will never be free. Gally aims the gun at Thomas, but Minho throws a spear at Gally, impaling him in the chest, while Gally shoots a bullet at Chuck, hitting him in the chest. Newt watches Chuck die in Thomas' arms before a group of masked soldiers arrive and take the Gladers to a helicopter.
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
In The Scorch Trials, Newt and the other Gladers in the dormitory were awoken by sounds of groaning and banging. An insane group of humans infected by the Flare, known as Cranks, attacked in vain at the barred windows of the dormitory.
While Thomas wandered the building in search of Teresa, Newt waited with the other Gladers in the dorm that were sleeping in. When Thomas discovered a new boy in the dormitory Teresa had stayed in, Newt decided to interrogate the boy. During the interrogation, the boy introduced himself as Aris, and revealed that he was part of a group of female Gladers called Group B, much to the shock of Newt and his fellow Gladers.
At 5:00, the Gladers awoke and waited for the Flat Trans. The Flat Trans arrived an hour later, and Minho told Thomas to enter the Flat Trans last to make sure Newt and the other Gladers followed. Thomas complied, and the Gladers entered the Flat Trans and were taken underground. Later, Newt and the other Gladers emerged to the surface and found themselves in the wasteland called the Scorch, where Thomas noticed an abandoned city a far distance away. Newt and the other Gladers trekked towards the abandoned city in hopes of finding food and water there.
After hearing a scream from the shack, Newt and Minho instructed Thomas to investigate. When he returned, he reported seeing Teresa. Newt and Minho immediately questioned why Thomas did not return with her, but Thomas told them she told him to part from her.
Once inside the shelter they used to hide from the storm, Newt discussed with Thomas and the other Gladers their next course of action. Their conversation was interrupted by a Hispanic leader of the Cranks named Jorge, who questioned the Gladers of their purpose in the Scorch.
After lunch with Jorge, Newt and the Gladers heard a crash coming from the lower floor of the tower, and they and the Cranks rushed to evacuate. Newt, Jorge, and the other Gladers escaped the tower but were separated from Thomas and Brenda during the evacuation. Afterwards, Jorge led Newt and the Gladers through the abandoned city and eventually constructed a camp near the outskirts. Newt and the other Gladers spread out to look for Thomas and Brenda after making the tent. During the search, Frypan reported seeing Thomas and Brenda being taken prisoner by a small group of Cranks in an alley. The reported sighting angered Newt and the others, and Minho immediately began planning out an ambush. Newt participated in the ambush and fought the Cranks with the others while Minho freed Thomas and Brenda. Eventually, Newt and the other Gladers succeeded in defeating the Cranks and left.
Newt and the group watched as a Berg brought Thomas aboard to remove the bullet wound he received from the Crank, Blondie. Thomas was then dropped back off to his group and they continued to the safe haven.
When Group B took Thomas, hostage they warned Newt and the other Gladers that if they followed the girls to their camp in the mountains to rescue Thomas, they would open fire on them with bows and arrows.
After finally reaching the safe haven in a snowy valley, Newt and the other Gladers made an alliance with Group B to confront WICKED. A moment later, the Gladers were reunited with Thomas, Aris, and Teresa, now free of WICKED's corruption. Afterwards, several canisters emerged from the ground and strange monsters emerged from them and attacked the Gladers and Group B. Eventually, Newt, with help from the other Gladers and Group B, destroyed the monsters. Shortly afterwards, a Berg arrived, and Newt, along with the rest of the Gladers, Group B, Brenda, and Jorge, climbed aboard and escaped. Onboard the Berg, Newt and the other Gladers celebrated their success.
Maze Runner: The Death Cure
At night, when Thomas leaves the hideout to go to the Last City to rescue Minho, Newt and Frypan join him.
The next day, Newt, Thomas, and Frypan drive into the sewers, where they are attacked by Cranks. Brenda and Jorge arrive to rescue them.
Newt, Thomas, Frypan, Brenda, and Jorge arrive in the Last City. While walking to the walls of the Last City with Thomas, Frypan, Brenda, and Jorge, Newt notices a crew wearing gas masks following them and alerts Thomas, Frypan, Brenda, and Jorge to the crew's presence. WCKD aims turrets at the crowd, forcing Newt, Thomas, Frypan, Brenda, and Jorge to run to avoid being attacked by the turrets.
Newt, Thomas, Frypan, Brenda, and Jorge arrive in a building. The crew, who has arrived in the building before Newt, Thomas, Frypan, Brenda, and Jorge, force them into vans with them. The crew takes Newt, Thomas, Frypan, Brenda, and Jorge to a hideout.
At the hideout, a member of the crew takes off his mask and reveals himself to be Gally. Thomas, remembering when Gally killed Chuck while stung by a Griever, punches him in the face. Newt rushes over to stop Thomas from punching Gally. Thomas reminds Newt of when Gally killed Chuck. Newt tells Thomas that he remembers that Gally was stung by a Griever and half out of his mind. With that, Thomas gets off Gally. Newt asks Gally how he is still alive, as he, Thomas, and Frypan watched him die. Gally tells Newt that he, Thomas, and Frypan left him to die and that if he and his crew hadn't found them, Brenda, and Jorge, they would be dead. Newt tells Gally that Minho is being held in the WCKD tower and that he, Thomas, Frypan, Brenda, and Jorge are looking for a way in. Gally offers to help them get into the WCKD tower. Thomas, at first, refuses to follow Gally, but Gally tells him that he can get him, Newt, Frypan, Brenda, and Jorge through the walls of the Last City.
While Newt, Thomas, Frypan, Brenda, and Jorge are led to Lawrence's hideout by Gally, Newt is told by Gally that he was found lying on the floor of the WCKD lab with the spear still in his chest by Lawrence's crew, who, after discovering that he is immune to the Flare, pulled the spear out of his chest and took him to the Last City, where Lawrence patched him up and convinced him to join his crew. Newt is told by Gally that Lawrence's crew is working to destroy WCKD. Newt is told by Gally not to stare at Lawrence.
Newt, Thomas, Gally, Frypan, Brenda, and Jorge arrive in Lawrence's hideout. Thomas tells Lawrence that he, Newt, Frypan, Brenda, and Jorge need to get into the WCKD tower, as Gally said that he can get them through the walls of the Last City. Lawrence tells Thomas that the way into the WCKD tower is impossible. Gally tells Lawrence that the way into the WCKD tower won't work without Thomas. When Lawrence asks Thomas why he should trust him, Thomas tells him that WCKD has something they both want. Lawrence tells Thomas that he, Newt, and Gally can go into the Last City while Frypan, Brenda, and Jorge stay behind. Thomas agrees and shakes Lawrence's hand. As Jorge tells Thomas to be careful going into the Last City with Newt and Gally and Frypan tells Gally to take care of Newt and Thomas, Newt sits down to straighten his shoes, but notices his right hand twitching and realizes that he has been infected by the Flare.
Newt, Thomas, Gally walk through the tunnels where Gally approaches a generator and turns on the lightbulbs so he can lead Newt and Thomas through the tunnels.
At night, Gally leads Newt and Thomas through the Last City. They hear an announcer telling everyone in the Last City to return home. With that, Newt, Thomas, and Gally decide to return to Lawrence's hideout. On the way back to Lawrence's hideout, Newt, Thomas, and Gally hide from the WCKD soldiers.
After Newt, Thomas, and Gally return to Lawrence's hideout, Gally uses a telescope to look at the WCKD tower and tells Newt and Thomas about its security system. When Thomas asks Gally about the way in that he had mentioned before, Gally convinces Thomas to look through the telescope. Thomas agrees and sees Teresa working in a lab. Gally reveals to Thomas that he plans to use Teresa to get into the WCKD tower.
The next day, in Lawrence's hideout, Newt, Thomas, Gally, Frypan, Brenda, and Jorge go over plans to use Teresa to get into the WCKD tower. Thomas is reluctant to use Teresa as their way into the WCKD tower. Newt reacts with extreme aggressiveness, screaming at Thomas for still having feelings for Teresa. Shocked about himself, Newt apologizes and walks out.
Thomas finds Newt sitting on a rooftop. Newt reveals to Thomas that he has been infected by the Flare, as revealed by the black veins on his right arm. Newt reveals that the reason WCKD put him in the Maze was because they wanted to tell the difference between immunes like Thomas and people like himself. Thomas tells Newt that he can cure him. Newt tells Thomas that they need to get Minho out of the WCKD tower. Thomas agrees.
The next night, while Thomas and Gally go into the Last City to capture Teresa, Newt, Frypan, Brenda, and Jorge go to an abandoned church. Thomas and Gally take Teresa to the church where Newt, Frypan, Brenda, and Jorge are. Teresa tells Newt, Thomas, Gally, and Frypan that Minho is in Sub-Level 3 with the Immune teenagers.
After Gally and Frypan get their trackers removed by Teresa, Newt approaches them and gives them WCKD soldier overall uniforms and face-masking helmets.
Disguised with WCKD soldier overall uniforms and face-masking helmets, Newt, Thomas, and Gally go to the WCKD tower with Teresa, while Frypan climbs up a crane, Brenda goes to a parking lot to steal a bus, and Jorge returns to the Right Arm's hideout.
While Gally enters the WCKD Tower through the parking garage, Newt, Thomas, and Teresa enter the WCKD Tower through the main entrance.
Newt, Thomas, Teresa, and Gally arrive in a stairwell. While Thomas talks to Frypan and Brenda on a walkie-talkie and Gally plugs a jamming device into the electrical box, Newt coughs from being infected by the Flare while leaning over the stairwell railing as Teresa, who is sitting on a step, watches on.
Newt, Thomas, Teresa, and Gally arrive in Sub-Level 3 where Newt, Thomas, and Gally shoot the WCKD guards. While Gally drills into the door of the vault, Newt and Thomas let the Immune teenagers out of their cells.
When Thomas and Teresa discover that Minho has been moved up to the medical wing, they and Newt go to find him, while Gally takes the teenagers and the vials of serum that he had taken out of the vault to Brenda.
Newt, Thomas, and Teresa take the elevator to find Minho. Janson joins them in the elevator and talks to Teresa, but then realizes that Newt and Thomas are in the elevator, but Newt, Thomas, and Teresa manage to escape. When Thomas asks when the Flare will stop, Teresa tells him that it stops when WCKD finds a cure. Thomas tells her that there is no cure. Janson holds them at gunpoint, but Teresa manages to let Newt and Thomas go to find Minho while she goes to do a blood test on Thomas' blood.
Newt and Thomas reunite with Minho and they and him escape from Janson and the WCKD soldiers. Newt, Thomas, and Minho manage to lock themselves in a room. Thomas and Minho manage to break the window and they and Newt jump out of the window and into the pool. When they get out of the pool, four WCKD soldiers approach them and tell them to surrender, but one of them shoots the other three, takes off his helmet, and reveals himself to be Gally. Minho is shocked to see that Gally is alive, and Gally tells him, Thomas, and Newt that they are nuts.
While Newt, Thomas, Minho, and Gally are hiding from the WCKD soldiers, Minho asks Newt how he is feeling. Newt tells Minho that he feels terrible. While Minho and Gally talk to each other, Thomas carries Newt off into the Last City.
While going to the berg, Newt, Thomas, Minho, and Gally see the walls of the Last City exploding as a result of Lawrence sacrificing himself to destroy them.
While hiding behind garden beds, Newt, Thomas, Minho, and Gally see the battle between the WCKD soldiers and Lawrence's crew. Newt, Thomas, Minho, and Gally manage to escape.
Newt is unable to get to the berg due to being infected by the Flare, leading Minho and Gally to run to the berg to get the serum from Brenda. Newt gives Thomas his necklace before passing out. While carrying Newt into a train station, Thomas hears Teresa telling him that his blood can cure Newt like it did Brenda. Newt becomes a Crank and attacks Thomas. Thomas fights Newt and stabs him in the chest with a knife. Minho, Gally, Frypan, and Brenda arrive and see Newt's dead body. While Thomas walks off to the WCKD tower, Minho, Gally, Frypan, and Brenda gather around Newt's dead body.
Sometime later, at the Safe Haven, while Minho carves Newt's name on the memorial rock, Thomas discovers that the necklace Newt gave him had a note inside. Thomas reads the note, in which Newt tells him to look after himself and everyone, before thanking Thomas for being his friend.
Physical Appearance and Personality
Newt was generally kinder than many other Gladers, though he could still be rough when he had to keep order. He always tried to look out for his friends and seemed the most upset by the deaths during The Scorch Trials. Newt had a strong accent (either English or Scottish, according to Dashner) and frequently used British curses, most notably "bloody".
Newt was described as being rather tall and muscular, with blonde hair that came down over his shoulders and a square jaw. He had a limp from his attempted suicide, during which he climbed one of the walls in the Maze and leapt off it. In the books, Newt is often "the older boy", hinting that he's at least older than Thomas.
In the films, Newt is played by Thomas Brodie-Sangster, who portrayed him with short hair and a distinctly English accent.
Newt is shown as being friendlier and with a better sense of humor than Alby. While he can be stern, he definitely cares very deeply for his fellow Gladers and has their best interests at heart. He's often the voice of reason that keeps the group from breaking apart, hence his WCKD-given nickname, The Glue. He is shown to be quite sensitive, especially as a child, and struggles to continue when Alby is killed. He is depressed to the point of suicidal tendencies over his friends who died in the Glade.
One of Newt's most defining traits is his selflessness and refusal to let his own problems affect the well-being of his friends. When he gets infected by the Flare, he does his best to stay calm despite being terrified of losing himself and cares only for the rescue of Minho.
Powers and Abilities
- Leadership: In the Maze Runner trilogy, Newt was shown to be a neutral leader, when Alby wasn't around, he used to be the second in command, but when Alby died, Newt stood by Thomas to help lead him and the others to freedom. He has also been the voice of reason for when everyone in the group felt like giving up including Thomas, but Newt encouraged him to keep moving on and to not give up on his choice and he keeps the bonds they formed together going. In the Death Cure film, Newt demanded that he would follow Thomas to rescue their friend Minho and was willingly vowed to trade his life for it even when he had the chance to get the serum from dying by the Flare virus. Then in the end, Newt wrote a letter explaining to Thomas that from the moment they became friends in the Maze, he wasn't afraid to step into the unknown with him and told him that the future rested in his hands, and to take care of their loved ones if he was to perish.
- Athletic Human Strength: Newt was a muscular teenager who was strong enough to possess great athletic strength for his height and size. He was capable of assisting Thomas in smashing through a glass window and holding off a Crank from biting his face on his own up physical contact.
- Peak Human Durability & Mental Resilience: After Newt tells Thomas that he attempted suicide by climbing up the top of the wall and jumping into the Maze but broke his leg, Minho found Newt and brought him back to the Glade with a broken leg. Newt was still capable of moving very quickly even with a damaged limp in his leg without need of support from anyone to carry him nor even show signs of a strain. In the Death Cure film, Newt leaped out the window of the 20th floor of the WCKD lab with Thomas and Minho landing unhurt in the water. When he reveals that he was infected with the Flare virus, he slowly began losing half of his sanity which caused his behavior to become slightly aggressive but due to the aspects of his mental strength of will he showed a remarkable resilience to the effects of the virus for a constant time limit for 6 months after his injection of the WCKD enzyme known as Bliss, before it completely forced him to deteriorate when fighting against Thomas and begging him to kill him before it almost took him over.
- Peak Human Accuracy & Weapon Proficiency: Newt was shown to have achieve complete and utter accuracy on distant targets, with the activity in using projectile weaponry including a dagger in close combat. In the Scorch Trials film, when the Right Arm headquarters was being ambushed by WCKD, he used great skills with a rifle on many WCKD soldier and even made a headshot directly at one of them. In the Death Cure film, he fights against WCKD with Thomas and Gally with a Launcher, using amazing close quarter hand-eye coordination on every opponent that came from each corner direction to the chest part of their hearts and shot a guard who quick draw his pistol at Newt but failed to fire it leaving him unharmed.
- Dagger Proficiency: During his time in the Maze, Newt showed to know his way with using a dagger for working or combat.
- Brawling: Newt was an adept brawler skills as demonstrated in the Death Cure novel, where he helped trip over a fully armed WCKD Soldier while Thomas knee kicked above after they both stealthily snuck up on him.
As a Crank
Due to being infected with the deadly Flare virus, it began mutating both Newt's physiology and psychology granting him these few characteristics of a Crank:
- Feral Mind: Once Newt's veins turned black, the Flare virus spread to his mind which caused him berserk rage towards any living subject in contact near his position and attempted to bite them.
- Pain Suppression: The other attribute of becoming a Crank granted Newt suppression towards pain as Thomas pushed him to the ground and landed a few numerous blows of peak strength on him, neither of which slowed him down enough to be weakened.
- Backpack: Newt carried supplies and a water bottle for him and his friends to use in support of this backpack.
- Winchester Model 70: In the Scorch Trials film, Newt temporarily used this rifle to defend himself and the others against the incoming WCKD soldiers.
- Kel-Tec KSG (Launcher): It was shown in the Death Cure film that Newt held this weapon of WCKD property to fight against them with his allies.
- Electric Stun Grenade: In the Death Cure film, When out of ammo, Newt grabbed a taser-like device off a stunned WCKD guard he shot and used it on the last three.
- Browning Hi-Power Pistol: Newt used this side arm pistol in the Scorch during a deleted scene of the Death Cure film.
- Combat Knife: In the Death Cure film, Newt carried this item and used it as a Crank against Thomas.
"Great, we're all bloody inspired."
"Order. you say that bloody word over and over in your shuck head. Reason we're all sane around here is 'cause we work our butts off and maintain order. Order's the reason we put Ben out-can't very well have loonies runnin' around tryin' to kill people, now can we? Order. Last thing we need is you screwin' that up."
"Don't tell me we're still gonna get bloody Newbies thrown in our laps."
"Guess I'll go bug somebody else till the excitement begins, which better be bloody soon. I'm hungry." "Well, at least you didn't bloody roll over and die, Tommy,"
"Shuck it, I've never seen so many shanks acting like teat-sucking babies."
"You wanna know why I have this limp, Tommy? Did I ever tell you? No, I don't think so. I tried to kill myself in the Maze. Climbed halfway up those bloody walls and jumped right off. I hated the place, Tommy."
"Please, Tommy. please."
- Thomas Brodie-Sangster, who played Newt in the Maze Runner trilogy, also voices Ferb Fletcher in Phineas and Ferb.