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General George Patton once said, "Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way." In Westworld's eighth episode, "Trace Decay," our favorite brothel madam Maeve shows she might just be an undercover fan of Old Blood and Guts.
Like a Kasparov-ian chess master or a sleazy Edward Norton in Rounders, Maeve is several steps ahead of the game. And yes, you could argue that, thanks to her augmented system, of course this would make sense. But the host has always possessed an innate ability to suss out the deeper game being played, even if she couldn't consciously determine what it was.