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Feisty Ygritte (Rose Leslie) is the red-haired Wildling beauty who ensnares Jon Snow’s affections on Game of Thrones’. Part of the force that fights for Mance Rayder North of The Wall, Ygritte is a fierce warrior who knows how to take care of herself and a woman who knows what she wants from the world: to be free.
In Season 2, Ygritte is the only surviving member of a Wilding watchpost a small band of Night’s Watchmen, including Jon and Qhorin Halfhand, attack. Jon spares Ygritte’s life, but she tries to escape and Jon loses track of the other men in the vast icescape. Jon keeps Ygritte as his prisoner, and Ygritte teases Jon mercilessly. During the night, the two spoon to stay warm. Ygritte tries to get closer, but Jon refuses her. He has made a vow of celibacy to the Night’s Watch. Ygritte sees it as another way in which Jon is not free.
When the two walk into a Wildling ambush, Ygritte convinces the Wildling Lord of Bones not to kill Jon under the excuse that Mance Rayder will want to question him. Qhorin, who is also the Wildling’s prisoner, wants Jon to infiltrate the Wildling camp so he attacks Jon as a traitor, prompting Jon to kill him. The season ends with Ygritte and Jon entering the massive Wildling camp.
In Season 3, Ygritte watches out for Jon, the newest member of the Wildling force. Many, including Ygritte, are skeptical of his loyalty. Ygritte and Jon are part of a small group tasked with infiltrating The Wall. On the way, Ygritte and Jon share a steamy cave liaison, and Ygritte tells Jon he must be loyal to her above all else. When Jon runs away to re-join the Night's Watch, Ygritte finds and shoot him, though she is tearful as she does it.
Ygritte first appears in Season 2, Episode 6: “The Old Gods and the New.”
Memorable Quotes (and Moments)
— Ygritte’s awesome catchphrase: “You know nothing, Jon Snow.”
— Climbing the 700-foot Wall
— Jon and Ygritte’s steamy cave liaison
— “But I’m your woman now, Jon Snow. You’re going to be loyal to your woman. The Night’s Watch don’t care if you live or die. Mance Rayder don’t care if I live or die. We’re just soldiers in their armies and there’s plenty more to carry on if we go down. It’s you and me that matters to me and you. Don’t ever betray me...caue I’ll cut your pretty cock right off and wear it round me neck.”