And of course, she did all this WITHOUT the knowledge of good and evil.
Can you really have free will if you do not understand what you will?
It was actually God in the story who was deceptive, lying to, essentially, children that they would die. The serpent spoke the truth that they would gain knowledge; God decided that they should die for what they did.
How can gaining greater insight into the truth ever be the blue pill? If Eden was the Matrix, then the serpent is Morpheus and God is the robots that control the illusion.