Westworld: Maeve Brings Back Two Old Friends… But to What End?

WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Season 3, Episode 7, of Westworld, “Passed Pawn,” which aired Sunday on HBO.

Westworld Seasons 1 and 2 spent nearly all their time inside the Delos enclosures, in either Westworld park or one of its sister locations located nearby. Being within a closed system meant the same characters turned up over and over. Angela, for instance, started as a greeter, but by the time Season 2 was over, fans had seen her play many roles over the ages. Dolores was always able to rely on Teddy to show up, while Maeve found the same characters in every park, just with different faces.

Leaving the park in Season 3 has also meant leaving most of those familiar faces behind. Despite fan theories Dolores took Teddy, Angela and Clementine with her, in the end, it was just many versions of herself. Maeve wanted Hector to be in the real world with her, but the first one was just a virtual ghost, and then the real one was crushed before he finished printing. As Season 3 reached its penultimate episode, it seemed like the only hosts from the park who made it out were Dolores, Maeve, Bernard and Stubbs.

But not so fast! Westworld Season 3, Episode 7 gave fans a cold open where finally, two more of the park favorites found themselves fighting in a world where death sticks.

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Clementine has long been a fan favorite since her initial introduction in Westworld‘s series premiere. Her character started as one of Maeve’s girls in the town brothel, but she’s traveled far and wide since then. She’s been used and abused by humans severely. At one point, she was a member of Dolores’ forces against the humans in the park in Season 2. But she was retaken, reprogrammed by Hale to be a walking bomb among the hosts, a spectre of death.

Fans thought she might be the host inside Hale this season, which would explain the early issues where the hoist brain was showing signs of rejecting the host body in which it was placed. But Clementine was always Maeve’s girl, first and foremost, and it’s not surprising that when she was reprinted into the real world, it was to fight for her old Madame against one of the Dolori. It was also a pleasure, after so much abuse, to see her kick some ass.

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When Maeve asked for backup, it was a given Hector would be top of the list to be reprinted. But with Dolores having three more of herself as her backup squad, it seemed only reasonable Maeve would also get three assistants. When Hector was seemingly the only one to turn up in the virtual world, fans were perplexed. Did Serac only give Maeve Hector? Clementine’s call number appeared in small type on a neighboring printing screen. But when Charlotte destroyed Hector’s marble, it seemed like Maeve might wind up short a real warrior.

However, Clementine was not alone in confronting the Dolores inside Musashi. As the host attempted a hasty retreat, Hanaryo, Armistice’s Shogun World counterpart, came flying through the door, the host with the dragon tattoo. If Maeve were was for a swordswoman who could take on anything Dolores threw at her, she found one. Even though Hector may not have made it, Maeve still has a girl gang worth fearing.

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With the Dolores inside Connells out of the picture, Maeve and Dolores’ gangs are equally matched. Hanaryo versus Musashi is the obvious throwdown pairing on one side, and the Dolores inside Hale having to face down a scarred and angry Clementine seems like the right matchup on that end. But with Dolores and Maeve, the title match of the finale, if you will, both collapsed on the floor of Serac’s facility in Mexico, it seems like maybe none of these fights will come to pass.

Could Westworld have brought back Clementine and Hanaryo as a one-off? Highly doubtful. The Dolori versus Maeve and her allies is going to be the showdown of the season.

Airing Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO, Westworld stars returning cast members Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Ed Harris, Jeffrey Wright, Tessa Thompson, Luke Hemsworth, Simon Quarterman and Rodrigo Santoro, joined by series newcomers Aaron Paul, Vincent Cassel, Lena Waithe, Scott Mescudi, Marshawn Lynch, John Gallagher Jr., Michael Ealy and Tommy Flanagan.

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