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"And tell him I've been with no one else. I swear it, m'lord, by the old gods and new. I don't want no jewels or nothing...just him. The King was always good to me."
―Mhaegen to Ned Stark about Robert Baratheon[src]

Mhaegen is a prostitute and the mother of the royal bastard Barra.

Biography

Background

Mhaegen is a prostitute working and living at a brothel in King's Landing. She works for Petyr Baelish. She is known to King Robert Baratheon and is a former favorite of his. They have an illegitimate daughter named Barra.

Season 1

Eddard Stark visits Mhaegen, following the investigation of his predecessor Jon Arryn. She shows him Barra and they discuss her relationship with Robert.[1]

Season 2

Barra

Mhaegan presents Barra to Ned.

Gold Cloaks, led by Janos Slyntbreak into the brothel, along with a man who identifies Mhaegen as the mother of one of Robert's bastards. She resists when the Gold Cloaks take Barra from her arms. Slynt kills Barra personally after one of his men cannot go through with it. Mhaegen screams and weeps as the Gold Cloaks restrain her.[2]

Littlefinger notices that Ros is sobbing. She reminds him that Mhaegan works for him (he does not even remember who is she), and that the Gold Cloaks killed her baby. Littlefinger reacts very indifferently and insensitively.[3]

Appearances

Season One appearances
Winter Is Coming The Kingsroad Lord Snow Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things The Wolf and the Lion
A Golden Crown You Win or You Die The Pointy End Baelor Fire and Blood
Season Two appearances
The North Remembers The Night Lands What Is Dead May Never Die Garden of Bones The Ghost of Harrenhal
The Old Gods and the New A Man Without Honor The Prince of Winterfell Blackwater Valar Morghulis

In the books

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, Mhaegen appears but is not named. She has a a light red hair and freckles on her nose and bosom. Ned estimates she cannot be more than fifteen years old.

The brothel where Mhaegen works is not owned by Littlefinger but by Chataya, a tall and elegant black-skinned woman from the Summer Islands.

She is killed by Allar Deem, a Gold Cloak sent by Lord Slynt, when she tries to protect her baby daughter. She was not explicitly shown to be killed by the Gold Cloaks in the TV series, thus her status in the TV continuity is uncertain. In the next episode, Ros mentions to Littlefinger that Mhaegen "works for him" and that "the Gold Cloaks killed her baby" so she most likely survived the encounter.

See also

References

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