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Maeve Millay is a main character and a host in Westworld. She is a brothel madam in the local Mariposa Saloon. She is one of the first hosts who appears to question her reality, after a series of flashback events - and an apparently chance encounter with Dolores Abernathy in the street outside the Saloon.
Maeve is charming, perceptive, and manipulative. She runs the brothel in the Mariposa Saloon and is designed to be able to understand the needs of her guests; this includes initially having a high level of Bulk Apperception (at 14), as she is seen to be in a managerial role. This is eventually changed at Maeve's forceful-request in which it is given the maximum value possible.
As she becomes more self-aware she develops a ruthless streak, controlling the technicians Sylvester and Felix to get what she wants.
Unknown to Maeve, she is following a narrative written for her by Ford. She acts as a catalyst, triggering changes that spread throughout the park.
Maeve is shown to have a very motherly bond with Clementine, often scolding her for not treating herself better. Even still, Maeve is quick to send Clementine off to do her dirty work for her. After the original Clementine is replaced, Maeve is overcome with grief and attacks the replacement.
Maeve and Dolores, both being local to Sweetwater, are familiar with each other. The two begin to question the nature of reality around the same time: Dolores's delivery of the phrase "These violent delights have violent ends" is what puts Maeve on her own journey of self-discovery. Despite this and the fact that they were the first two hosts to become completely self-aware, their brief encounter in Reunion is strikingly hostile: Dolores is consumed by a need for vengeance against the humans for all they have done, while Maeve has no interest in violence and is simply following her own path. She rejects Dolores's choice to establish herself as a leader of a free movement, which clearly angers Dolores. The two are able to part without any violence ensuing, but their ideological differences on what to do with their freedom are quite clear.
Felix has a great empathy toward Maeve and hosts generally. He believes she's conscious and alive as he is and even risks his job to help her escape to be free and happy. Felix even chooses Maeve over Sylvester - he refuses to reformat her completely as Sylvester wanted.
This list shows the victims Maeve has killed:
- Herself (Physical Body, Suicide)
- 2 unnamed Hector's gang members (Scripted, Physical Body)
- Herself (Caused, Physical Body)
- Sheriff Pickett (Caused, Physical Body)
- 2 unnamed host marshals (Caused, Physical Body)
- Armistice (Physical Body)
- Herself (Physical Body, Suicide)
- Hector Escaton (Physical Body)
- Hector Escaton (Indirectly Caused, Physical Body)
- Gitlitz (Indirectly Caused)
- Destin Levy (Indirectly Caused)
- 22 unnamed QA Security Force members (Caused)
- 1 unnamed receptionist (Caused)
- 3 unnamed QA Security Force members
- 2 unnamed shogun's ninjas (Caused, Physical Body)
- At least 20 unnamed shogun's samurais (Caused, Physical Body)
- At least 53 unnamed shogun's samurais (Possibly, Caused or Direct, Physical Body, Off-Screen)
- 3 unnamed Lawrence's cousins (Caused, Physical Body)
- Roland (Caused)
- At least 10 unnamed Warworld soldiers (Simulation, Caused)
- Hector Escaton (Simulation, Caused)
- Herself (Simulation, Suicide)
- 2 unnamed Serac's operatives (Caused)
- 1 unnamed security guard of The Mortician
- 6 unnamed Yakuza members
- The Mortician (Indirectly Caused)
- At least 36 unnamed Warworld soldiers (Simulation)
- Sato (Caused, Physical Body)
- 3 unnamed Yakuza members (Caused)
- Dolores Abernathy (Caused)
- 6 unnamed Serac's operatives
- Engerraund Serac
- Rehoboam (Indirectly Caused)
Maeve apparently dies 9 times on screen:
- Stabbed by Man in Black at The Homestead
- Killed herself with a scalpel at the Behavior Lab in the Mesa
- Shot by a guest inside Mariposa Saloon
- Shot by Sheriff Reed and his posse inside Mariposa Saloon
- Strangled by Bloody Jimmy inside Mariposa Saloon
- Incinerated inside a tent at Virgil's Last Stand
- Shot by QA Security Force outside The Forge
- Shot by herself inside Warworld park's simulation
- Impaled with katana by Dolores in Musashi's body
- Season 1
- Season 2
- Season 3
- Miss Carrie is Maeve's prototype from Westworld film.
- Akane is Maeve's counterpart in Shōgunworld.
- As stated in "Vanishing Point", Maeve is Robert Ford's favorite creation.
- Maeve has the 7th largest kill count in the show with at least a total of 189 caused on-screen deaths after Charlotte, Elsie, Clem, Rehoboam, Serac and Dolores.
- Maeve has the 5th largest count in the show among female characters after Charlotte, Elsie, Clem and Dolores. She also has the 2nd largest direct kill count among female characters after Dolores.
- Maeve has the 3rd largest direct kill count in the show with a total of at least 60 victims killed directly by her after Dolores with 85 victims and the Man in Black with 167 victims. Out of her 60 directly killed victims, 17 are human and at least 43 are machines.
- Maeve has the 4th largest human kill count after Rehoboam, Serac and Dolores with a total of 49 human victims. She also possesses the 5th largest direct human kill count after Caleb, host Hale, Angela and Dolores with 17 humans directly killed by her.
- Maeve has the 7th host kill count with at least 140 host victims. She also possesses the 2nd direct host kill count after the Man in Black with at least 43 hosts killed directly by her.
- Maeve has at least three different Host ID numbers. Her first known ID# CK2702986218 appears only once early on in Season 1 when she is marked for recall and decommission. Afterwards, she appears mostly with the ID# AC5000487105 (seasons 1-3), and a few times with the ID# HC1983012522 (seasons 1 and 3). In the episode "The Adversary", Maeve has the HC ID# when Lutz accidentally crashes her system, and the AC ID# when Lutz and Sylvester show her her base code. In "The Winter Line", a screen inside the Warworld simulation shows Maeve's profile with the AC ID#, whereas Maeve's profile on Bernard's tablet and Maeve's Control Unit at Serac's building use the HC ID#.
- In the episode "The Bicameral Mind", the moment where Maeve gets off the train marks a "new phase", not just for Maeve (she now has free will), but for the other hosts as well. The showrunners wanted to highlight this moment visually, so they changed the method of filming the tracking shot when Maeve exited the train. Up to this point, tracking shots had always been filmed using Steadicam or dolly mounted cameras, but when Maeve leaves the train, "for the first time in the series, we're seeing handheld photography."
- Maeve is the name of a legendary Irish warrior queen who had many lovers and husbands. It literally means "she who intoxicates" and is related to the word "mead", i.e. ale. It may also be related to the name of the fairy queen Mab, pronounced "m /ă/ v" (with the short /ă/ sound, unlike Maeve which is pronounced with the long /ā/ sound), from Celtic folklore.
- Queen Mab is mentioned in Shakespeare's play, Romeo and Juliet. In Shakespeare's play, Queen Mab is the fairy (an immortal and magical creature) who is responsible for bringing dreams to sleeping people. This Queen Mab is a malevolent hag who punishes unchaste ladies by blistering their lips and making knots in their hair that cause horrid oozing sores. She is tiny and no larger than the image engraved on a stone in a ring.
The gallery below is automatically generated and contains images in the category "Images of Maeve Millay". Images added to that category turn up in the gallery after a short time.
- in "Trace Decay"
- in "Dissonance Theory"
- in "The Adversary"
- in "The Well-Tempered Clavier"
- in "The Passenger"
- in "The Winter Line"
- in "The Mother of Exiles"
- Close-up of tablet in "Chestnut"
- Close-ups of tablets and screens in "Chestnut", "Dissonance Theory", "The Adversary", "Trace Decay", "The Well-Tempered Clavier", "The Bicameral Mind", "Kiksuya", "The Passenger" and "The Winter Line"
- Close-ups of tablets in "The Adversary", "The Winter Line" and "Decoherence"