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Vala is a recurring character in the fifth and sixth seasons. She is portrayed by Meena Rayann, and debuts in "The Wars to Come." Vala is a prostitute living in Meereen and a secret member of the Sons of the Harpy.

BiographyEdit

BackgroundEdit

Vala is a prostitute in Meereen who is secretly in league with the Sons of the Harpy, a resistance movement against Daenerys Targaryen.

Season 5Edit

Vala is approached by White Rat, an Unsullied, who has been repeatedly frequenting her. White Rat pays her, then keeps her from disrobing and removing his trousers - as a eunuch he is unable to have intercourse - instead having her lie behind him and caress him as she hums a melody to him. However, she is in league with the Sons of the Harpy and, as he is distracted, one of them enters the room and slits his throat. Vala and the murderer watch as White Rat quickly bleeds to death.[1]

Later on, she aids the Sons of the Harpy in setting a trap for several Unsullied, among them Grey Worm, which leads to the death of Ser Barristan Selmy.[2]

Season 6Edit

Eventually, the Unsullied find and apprehend Vala. She is brought before Varys in the Great Pyramid, who interrogates her for information on the Sons of the Harpy. It seems that Vala became a prostitute to get close to Unsullied and Second Sons on the Sons of the Harpy's behalf, expressing vehement hatred for Daenerys and her soldiers, whom she sees as destroying Meereen. She initially refuses Varys, believing that the eunuch wishes to torture her, though he assures her this is not the case and will only lead to misinformation from her. Instead, Varys calmly backs her into a corner with knowledge of her young son, Dom, and how bad his life must be if he loses his mother. When the Spider promises safe passage to Pentos for Vala and her son, as well as a generous bag of silver to buy a new life, she agrees to cooperate. She tells him that the masters of Astapor, Yunkai, and Volantis fund the Sons of the Harpy.[3]

AppearancesEdit

Season Five appearances
The Wars to Come The House of Black and White High Sparrow Sons of the Harpy Kill the Boy
Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken The Gift Hardhome The Dance of Dragons Mother’s Mercy
Season Six appearances
The Red Woman Home Oathbreaker Book of the Stranger The Door
Blood of My Blood The Broken Man No One Battle of the Bastards The Winds of Winter

Behind the scenesEdit

The character first appeared in Season 5 but wasn't given a name until Season 6.

In the booksEdit

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, there is no character named Vala. Stalwart Shield, White Rat's equivalent, repeatedly visits a brothel to have women lie with and hold him. There is no mention if he has a preferred prostitute. Also, there is no indication if any of the prostitutes were in league with the Sons of the Harpy during the attack in which he was killed.

Strictly speaking, "vala" in High Valyrian means "man" (like how the name "Adam" literally means "man"), but an entirely separate word is used for "woman", "abrar". This might be pure coincidence and not necessarily incongruent - after all, Slaver's Bay was founded by the Ghiscari, and there have been a large influx of new words and names from foreign lands due to importing large numbers of slaves, so a few homonyms between the local dialect and proper High Valyrian would probably happen.

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