Winston (Maze Runner)

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Winston to Gally about his decision to sacrifice Thomas and Teresa to the Grievers.Gally. It doesn't feel right, man.

Winston is the Keeper of the Slicers in The Maze Runner franchise.

Winston is a good friend with Thomas and especially with Frypan.

He is also Teresa, Newt, and Minho's best friend and fellow Glader and Gally's former best friend and current enemy.

Winston is portrayed by Alexander Flores, who also portrays Arturo in Twelve, Lou in Jack, Jules, Esther & Me, and Ed McKee in The English Teacher.


The Maze Runner

Winston is present when Thomas arrives in the Glade. When Thomas starts to run, but trips and falls, Winston and the Gladers laugh at this.

When Gally stops Thomas from walking into the Maze, Winston and the Gladers join Gally in stopping Thomas from walking into the Maze.

At night, at the bonfire, Newt introduces Thomas to Winston, who he says is the Keeper of the Slicers. Winston watches Thomas and Gally wrestle before Gally knocks Thomas down, causing Thomas to remember his name.

The next day, Ben gets stung by a Griever and attacks Thomas. Winston and the Gladers manage to restrain Ben, see the Griever sting on his stomach, and take him to the Pit.

Later, Winston and the Gladers banish Ben from the Glade.

At night, Winston watches on as Gally crosses out Ben's name on the wall.

The next day, Winston watches on as Thomas runs 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, Winston is present when Thomas, Minho, and Alby return to the Glade.

In the Council Hall, during the Gathering, Winston is present when Gally suggests that Thomas should be punished for going into the Maze to help Minho and Alby.

Winston is also present when Teresa arrives in the Glade.

Later, Winston goes into the Maze with Thomas, Minho, Frypan, and Zart to investigate a dead Griever.

Later, Teresa, who has woken up and fled to the tower, throws rocks at Winston and the Gladers, but Thomas stops her. As Thomas goes up to talk to Teresa, Winston and the Gladers leave.

The next day, when Thomas and Minho return to the Glade, Winston watches Thomas and Gally argue with each other, when Teresa calls out to them and the Gladers and tells them that Alby is awake.

At night, during the Grievers' attack on the Glade, Winston, Thomas, Teresa, Newt, Minho, Frypan, Alby, Chuck, Jeff, and Clint hide in the Council Hall. Winston watches Alby and Clint get killed by Grievers.

After the attack, Gally punches Thomas in the face, causing Winston, Newt, Minho, Frypan, and Jeff to restrain him. As Winston, Newt, Minho, Frypan, and Jeff try to restrain Gally, Thomas takes a Griever stinger from Chuck and uses it to stab himself in the thigh to regain his memories. Winston, Teresa, Newt, Minho, Frypan, Chuck, and Jeff tend to Thomas.

The next day, Thomas tells Winston, Teresa, Newt, Minho, Frypan, Chuck, and Jeff that he and Teresa worked for WCKD and created the Maze.

Gally takes command, has Teresa tied to the pole, and attempts to have Thomas tied to the pole. Winston watches on as Thomas fights off two Gladers, Teresa kicks a Glader in the groin, allowing Frypan to cut her free, and Newt knocks down a Glader. Winston escapes with one half of the Gladers while Gally stays in the Glade with another half of the Gladers.

Winston 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.

Winston 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. Winston 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

Winston appears in the sequel to the first film with the other surviving Gladers, entering the immense facility of WCKD led by Janson, although he ignores it. Winston doesn't believe Thomas when he says that the people in this building are lying about their intentions and, in passing, makes the acquaintance of Aris. But when Thomas returns with evidence, he forces them to leave the dormitory to flee the facility. They succeed, with Aris. Winston and the others go to an abandoned mall. Cranks then attack the group, kill Jack, a Glader, and wound Winston in the stomach. The next morning, Winston's injury worsens and he falls on the sand dunes during the journey. His friends have to carry him, but Winston tries to end his life by failing to shoot himself with a gun. He shows the infection on his belly and Newt gives him the gun to fulfill his wish. Winston tells Thomas to take care of the others and pulls the trigger. Winston is mentioned by Frypan when the heroes join the Right Arm.

Maze Runner: The Death Cure

In the last film, Minho is captured by WCKD and put through programmed trials in his imagination by them to harvest the serum against the Flare. In the beginning of the event, Minho is in the Glade and sees Winston, Alby, and Chuck turning to him. At the end of the film, Newt mentions Winston in his letter to Thomas. Frypan carves Winston's name on the memorial rock at the Safe Haven.

Physical Appearance and Personality

In the books, Winston's only mentioned physical characteristics are that he was short and muscular, with bad acne. After the incident with the Metal ball in The Scorch Trials, he loses his hair, receives burns and scabs to most of his face, and is almost unrecognizable. He is very stubborn.

In the film adaptations, Winston is depicted as a dark-haired boy who has warm brown skin, dark eyes, and no acne.


  • Gunmanship: As shown in the Scorch Trials film, Winston was capable of handling a small fire arm to defend against enemies. When being chased by a swarm of Cranks, he was able to hold them back long enough to buy his allies time to break the door to escape.


  • Walther PPQ: In the Scorch Trials film, before escaping the WCKD base, Winston grabbed this pistol from an unconscious guard.
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