Nynaeve al'Meara (TV Series)

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A close up of Zoe Robins playing Nynaeve al'Meara in The Wheel of Time
Nynaeve al'Meara
Nationality Andoran
Affiliation Wisdom
Social Status
Family unknown
First Appearance Episode 1
Actor Zoë Robins

Author: Melina Tashir

Pronunciation: NIGH-neev ahl-MEER-ah

WARNING! The next sections contain spoilers for the Wheel of Time television series.


Nynaeve al'Meara is a young woman from the village Emond's Field. She is the village's Wisdom, even though she is very young to have been chosen as one.


Nynaeve has long dark brown hair, which she usually wears in a long braid.


Nynaeve is a stubborn person who cares about the people of Emond's Field and feels responsible for them.

Nynaeve's Journey

Season 1

Nynaeve first appears in the first episode Leavetaking. She is a Wisdom of Emond's Field. Her first appearance is during a ceremony that she leads Egwene through.

During the evening celebration for Egwene, Nynaeve meets Moiraine and Lan. The next day Moiraine confronts Nynaeve and asks about her birth and how she ended up being raised in Emond's Field. She questions how Nynaeve has managed to become a Wisdom at such a young age. Nynaeve defends her ability to take care of her people.

Later, Nynaeve teaches Egwene how to listen to the wind, but cannot explain to Egwene the meaning of what they hear.

That night, during the Bel Tine celebration, the village is attacked by Trollocs. Nynaeve is dragged off during the attack and everyone believes her dead.

Nynaeve next appears at the end of the second episode Shadow's Waiting when she surprises Lan by catching him off guard and demands to be taken to the others.

At the start of Episode 3 A Place of Safety we see Nynaeve escape the Trolloc while it is busy fighting with another. Nynaeve runs to the pool that is used during the ceremony when a woman is accepted into the Womens' Circle. Here Nynaeve fights the Trolloc and kills it.

She then tracks the others until she catches up with Lan and Moiraine.

Lan asks Nynaeve to help Moiraine who is suffering from the wound she received during the attack on Emond's Field. Lan manages to disarm Nynaeve and subdue her and tie her up.

Nyneave agrees to help Moiraine thinking that is the only way she can get the information about the whereabouts of the other Two Rivers folk.

In order to help Moiraine, Lan takes the three of them to a group of Aes Sedai who were taking a false Dragon to the White Tower. Here Nynaeve meets other Aes Sedai and their Warders. She spends her evenings with the Warders and Lan during the voyage to Tar Valon. An Aes Sedai of the Red Ajah called Liandrin expresses an interest in Nynaeve and her connection to Moiraine. Liandrin tells Nynaeve what the Red Ajah stands for, and also tells her about the Blue Ajah.

During the voyage and her evenings with the Warders, Nynaeve questions the bond between an Aes Sedai and her Warder, likening Warders to servants. The Warders set her straight about her misconception and explain to her the meaning of Aes Sedai.

The army following the False Dragon Logain attacks the Aes Sedai camp. Logain breaks free and attacks the Aes Sedai keeping him captive. During the battle many Aes Sedai and Warders are injured including Moiraine and Lan. When Nynaeve sees Lan mortally wounded, emotions overwhelm her and she manages to touch the One Power, and she heals all the wounded in the cave.

After they arrive to Tar Valon, Lan and Moiraine settle Nynaeve in the Warders quarters and ask her to keep hidden. They tell her that the other sisters will want her to become a Novice as she is so powerful. Moiraine tells her that her life will now change after she has channelled for the first time. She promises Nynaeve that she will protect her and bring her to the others once she has found them.

While in the Tower Loial finds Nynaeve in the gardens and brings her to Rand and Mat at the inn they had been staying. Nynaeve tries to heal Mat who seems to be very ill.

Nynaeve reunites with Egwene, and both are brought in front of the Amyrlin Seat, Siuan Sanche. Siuan tells Nynaeve that she is the most powerful channeler that they have seen in a thousand years. Nynaeve thinks that all the flattery is a mask for something that Siuan Sanche will ask from them. Siuan Sanche tells Nynaeve and Egwene that the Last Battle is coming.

Nynaeve and the other Two Rivers folk forllow Moiraine, Lan, and Loial through the Ways to Fal Dara.

In Fal Dara, Nynaeve follows Lan, and joins him and his friends for dinner. They spend the night together. Afterwards Nynaeve asks him why they called him Dai Shan. She finds out that he is uncrowned king of Malkier.

In the morning they find out that Rand and Moiraine have left for the "Eye of the World." Nynaeve tells Lan that it was not him that she tracked but Moiraine, and that Moiraine has a tell which she will tell him if he wants to go after her.

Trollocs attack Fal Dara and Nynaeve and Egwene join the defence of the city by joining in a circle with the other channelers. Nynaeve burns herself out with the other women. Egwene heals her.