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One of the worst things that can happen to a film set is a severe accident involving an actor, and that's what happened on the set of Maze Runner: The Death Cure. Franchise star Dylan O'Brien was rushed to the hospital after being run over by a car while filming a major action set piece, leading many to wonder if the film would even get made. However, with the movie about to debut in theaters, CinemaBlend recently sat down with O'Brien to ask him about the accident, and he explained that he would've never felt right leaving the Maze Runner story without completing it, saying:
We weren't sure what was going to happen. I wasn't sure what was going to happen. I wasn't sure how I felt about it, to be honest, for a really long time. It was more of just spending the time, that was so out of my head for so long after, spending the time to recoup and recover. I was dealing with other things. But no, it means the world to me to finish this. I realized how important it was to me, and I would've never been ok with it ending the way it had. This is right. This is how it was meant to be, ending it like this.
A period of uncertainty followed Dylan O'Brien's accident. Fans had no idea how serious the injuries were, and few people were entirely sure if he would be able to come back and round out the franchise once the project was delayed indefinitely. O'Brien himself wasn't sure how everything would pan out, but he also knew that he wouldn't feel comfortable leaving everything with the cliffhanger ending of Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials. It was a long road back to normalcy for the 26-year-old actor, but with Maze Runner: The Death Cure properly finishing the trilogy, it seems that Dylan O'Brien feels good about the franchise.
In general, it doesn't look like Dylan O'Brien has shied away from action filmmaking in the wake of his accident on the set of Maze Runner: The Death Cure. He recently delved into more R-rated action territory with his turn as Mitch Rapp in American Assassin alongside Batman icon Michael Keaton, and he even expressed interest in the possibility of portraying Dick Grayson (once he learned who Nightwing was) during his recent Maze Runner interview with CinemaBlend. It was a long road back to proper physical health, but with Maze Runner: The Death Cure properly finishing the trilogy, it seems that Dylan O'Brien feels good about the future.
Check out a clip from our interview with Dylan O'Brien below to hear what he had to say about the aftermath of his accident and his road to recovery.