Shae

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Shae
Shae by Amoka.jpg
Art by Amok ©

Born In 280 AC or 281 AC[1]
Died In 300 AC, at King's Landing
Book(s) A Game of Thrones (appears)
A Clash of Kings (appears)
A Storm of Swords (appears)
A Feast for Crows (mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (mentioned)
The Winds of Winter (mentioned)

Played by Sibel Kekilli
TV series Season 1 | Season 2 | Season 3 | Season 4

Shae is a young camp follower who comes into the service of Tyrion Lannister. In the television adaptation Game of Thrones she is portrayed by Sibel Kekilli.

Appearance

See also: Images of Shae

Shae is short and very pretty, with large dark eyes and black hair.[2]

History

Shae ran off when her father attempted to turn her into his kitchen wench and his whore.[3]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Shae is serving as a camp follower with Lord Tywin Lannister's army, when Bronn brings her to Tyrion Lannister, who is looking for a female companion before the Battle of the Green Fork[2]. Tyrion sleeps with her both before and after the battle, taking a liking to her, and he decides to take her with him to King's Landing despite his father Tywin's explicit command not to take the whore to court.[4]

A Clash of Kings

Shae with Tyrion - by algesiras ©

Upon arrival in King's Landing, Shae is set up at a house in the city. Tyrion cannot bring her to court, already defying his father in bringing her to the capital. Tyrion makes frequent use of Shae's services, relegating her to a role as his exclusive companion, and he finds his feelings for her are very strong. Tyrion believes that he has finally gotten over his first wife, Tysha, and his need for whoring:

I'm free of Tysha now. She's haunted me half my life, but I don't need her any more, no more than I need Alayaya or Dancy or Marei, or the hundreds like them I've bedded with over the years. I have Shae now. Shae.[5]

Recognizing that her presence in King's Landing is a weapon his adversaries could use against him, Tyrion takes pains to keep her safe and secret, though her presence is immediately known to Varys, who on several occasions facilitates their trysts. Tyrion keeps her in a manse in the city where they can rendezvous in secret.

With the approach of Stannis Baratheon's army and the breaking out of several riots in the city, Tyrion comes to fear for Shae's safety and moves her to the Red Keep, finding her a cover job as a maid of Lollys Stokeworth, while he continues to see her.[3]

A Storm of Swords

After Tyrion is married to Sansa Stark, Shae is made a maid of Sansa's so that she can continue to be close to Tyrion. Tyrion is worried about her safety, however, and is torn between sending her away and marrying her off in order to avoid Queen Cersei Lannister's suspicions. Eventually he decides to arrange a marriage between Shae and Ser Tallad.[6] Before he can act, however, Tyrion is charged with murdering King Joffrey Baratheon.

During Tyrion's trial, Shae betrays Tyrion by lying that he conspired with Sansa to murder King Joffrey and Lord Tywin, revealing the full and intimate details of their affair - including her pet name for him as her "Giant of Lannister". In exchange for her testimony Cersei offered her a manse in King's Landing and a knight to wed.

Shae is in Lord Tywin's bed when Tyrion arrived in Tywin's chambers, after his escape from the black cells. He strangles her to death with his father's golden chain of office.[7]

A Feast for Crows

Shae's body is discovered in the bed where Tyrion had left her. Cersei orders the disposal of her corpse to be handled by the Kettleblacks and that her presence in the chambers of the Hand of the King be kept secret.[8]

Quotes by Shae

Shae - by Pojypojy ©
My mother named me Shae. Men call me... often.[2]
– Shae


Shae: M'lord looks fearsome.

Tyrion: M'lord looks a dwarf in mismatched armor, but I thank you for your kindness.[2]

– Shae and Tyrion Lannister, before the Battle of the Green Fork

Quotes about Shae

Shae may only be a whore, but I am faithful to her after my fashion.[9]
Tyrion Lannister


You knew what she was.[10]
Varys, to Tyrion Lannister

References and Notes

  1. See the Shae calculation.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 62, Tyrion VIII.
  3. 3.0 3.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 44, Tyrion X.
  4. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 69, Tyrion IX.
  5. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 29, Tyrion VII, p 332.
  6. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 58, Tyrion VII.
  7. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 77, Tyrion XI.
  8. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 3, Cersei I.
  9. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 29, Tyrion VII, p 451.
  10. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 1, Tyrion I, p 18.

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