|“||The cunning and seductive Mariposa madam Maeve Millay is finely attuned to your desires; her intuition and perception will surely impress.||”|
|“||Maeve gets off the train, at the end of "The Bicameral Mind" at which point, we shift to handheld camera, which we’d held back on throughout the entire season until one moment with her, and one moment with Dolores, when Teddy comes to rescue her.||”|
–Jonathan Nolan, on Maeve's final step to consciousness
Maeve Millay is a main character and a Host in Westworld who 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 Mariposa 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.
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.
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- Season One
- Season Two
- 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's Host ID is AC5000487105
- Queen Mab, pronounced "m /ă/ v" (with the short /ă/ sound, unlike Maeve which is pronounced with the long /ā/ sound), is a character 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.
- Queen Mab is also a fairie from Celtic folklore. Shakespeare did not create her himself.
- Close-up of Bernard's tablet in The Well-Tempered Clavier