It's clear that the breakout character from HBO's hugely successful sci-fi series Westworld was Thandie Newton's Maeve. The character, who quickly became the beating heart (if not the sharp brain) of the show, started out as a confused, somewhat vulnerable character, and turned into the most badass characters. It was amazing how her character embraced what life had given her and turned it around on everyone, only to find out even that had been no feat of her own.
Now, as actress Thandie Newton opens up to Deadline about her character, we may be getting more of an idea of where Season 2 will take her. WARNING: Spoilers for Westworld Season 1 to follow.
What Lies Ahead For Maeve
In Season 2, we’re going to see her going back into the world that she has abandoned, which felt to me like an incredibly courageous and ultimately rebellious choice. Particularly as Maeve was informed by Jeffrey Wright’s Bernard character that everything that she’s done, like escaping the park, was programmed. I found that deeply disturbing, and Maeve also found it violently disturbing.
As you may recall, Maeve decided to return to #Westworld to find her daughter despite knowing the truth about the "world" she had lived in before. Furthermore, her character's refusal to escape the park may or may not have links to Ford's big plan (since he programmed her to leave). At this point, we don't know just how far Ford's programming will take her. Maeve is easily the show's smartest (not to mention strongest) character. She's as seductive as she is cunning, and that potent blend has made her overcome many obstacles already.
With that in mind, it's quite improbable to think that the madam would allow anyone to wipe her memory when she reenters the park. So, the logical course of action is for her to go back in the park awake, unbeknownst to the directors and controllers. How will she achieve that?
Newton's remarks about Maeve being violently disturbed only assures us that whatever step Maeve takes next will be a bold one. One can only imagine how strong Maeve's rebellious streak will be now that she has a full understanding of the lies she's been told. Needless to say, the host will be a woman on a mission when the series arrives next year. In the Comic-Con trailer for Season 2, we got our biggest clue to where the next season would take her character.
In the footage, we were shown an armed Maeve alongside script writer Lee Sizemore, who was probably being held against his will. This is a big win for Maeve, as she can use him to write a storyline which would make her meeting her daughter easier. In other words when Westworld Season 2 arrives next year, Millay may be in charge of her own destiny for the first time.
How she'll control him is still unknown, but Maeve has already proved herself more resourceful than any other character on the show (sans Hopkins's Ford, of course). It will also mark the first person of real power who Maeve will control.
In the chaos that is sure to follow now that the hosts are aware of who they are, Maeve will be on a journey of her own. Whether she will align with the other major players on the show is hard to tell, but given how caring Maeve is about her fellow hosts, it is highly likely that she may team up with Dolores and co. to take down the park as a way to find her daughter and get her freedom.
In the aforementioned interview, Thandie emphasized the importance of freedom and the fight against slavery of any sorts, which she felt were not only themes that resonated with her in real life, but were also pivotal to her character's journey on the show. Only time will tell just what Thandie Newton's colorful character has up her sleep when Westworld Season 2 returns to HBO in 2018.
So, Westworld fans, what do you think lies ahead for Maeve Millay?