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A Song of Ice and Fire character
Game of Thrones
First appearance
  • Literature:
  • A Clash of Kings (1998)
  • Television:
  • "The Old Gods and the New" (2012)
Last appearance
  • Literature:
  • A Feast for Crows (2005)
  • Television:
  • "The Children" (2014)
Created byGeorge R. R. Martin
Adapted byDavid Benioff
D.B. Weiss
(Game of Thrones)
Portrayed byRose Leslie
WeaponBow and arrow
Significant otherJon Snow
OriginBeyond the Wall
CultureFree Folk

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Ygritte is a fictional character from George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy series of novels and its television adaption titled Game of Thrones, where she is portrayed by Rose Leslie. In the novels, Ygritte is a major character in Jon Snow's early storyline, while a main character in the TV series.

Ygritte is first introduced in the 1998 novel, A Clash of Kings, where she is a Wildling archer who is spared by Jon Snow after killing her group. She would eventually become Jon's lover and a sufficient ally of his during the events of A Storm of Swords, and would later be betrayed and deserted by him. Ygritte is eventually killed at the end of the novel, and later mentioned and seen in Jon's dream in A Feast for Crows.

Her role in the HBO television series is much more prominent, and nearly identical to her novel counterpart. Ygritte first appears in the second season where she is spared by Jon Snow and questioned, where she eventually tricks him and takes him prisoner, along with other nearby Wildlings. The character is ultimately credited as a main character during the third season, where she assists Jon Snow in several tasks and becomes his lover. During the fourth season, Ygritte is given her own points of view after being left behind by Jon Snow in the previous season.

Rose Leslie's portrayal as Ygritte in seasons 2-4 received a mostly positive reception among critics and fans alike, and her and Leslie's co-stars received a nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for the Screen Actors Guild Awards in 2013.[1] The character in the novels has received an average reception.

Character storylines[edit]

Book series[edit]

A Clash of Kings[edit]

A Storm of Swords[edit]

A Feast for Crows[edit]

TV series[edit]

Season 2[edit]

Season 3[edit]

Season 4[edit]

Season 5[edit]


Critical reception[edit]

In the novels[edit]

The character received an average reception in the A Song of Ice and Fire novels.

In the TV series[edit]

The character received a mostly positive reception, with some fans and critics alike disliking Ygritte's character during the fourth season. Rose Leslie was never nominated for an award for her stand-alone performance for Ygritte. Leslie, her co-stars, and the main crew of HBO's Game of Thrones received an honorary merit during the CinEuphoria Awards in 2020.[2]

Audience and general reception[edit]

In the TV series[edit]

In a fan pole from 2021, Ygritte was ranked the 28th best Game of Thrones character.[3]

Recognition and awards[edit]

Year Award Category Result Note(s) Ref.
2013 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated Shared with the cast [1]
2020 CinEuphoria Awards Merit - Honorary Award Won Shared with starring/main cast and crew [2]

Legacy and impact[edit]

Ygritte's quote to her lover in the earlier parts of the story, "You know nothing, Jon Snow", is often credited as one of the most memorable quotes in the series. The quote has also been featured in several popular memes.

Ygritte's death is often cited as one of the saddest television deaths in history.


Several products and actions figures based on Ygritte have been released, most of which are based upon the TV adaptation of the character.

Funko released a Funko Pop! in 2014 based on Ygritte from the TV series. The figure holds a bow and arrow, and is loosely based on her season 2 appearance. Funko also released an Ygritte action figure later that year, based on her season 3 appearance. Dark Horse released a seven-inch tall action figure based on Ygritte in 2016, alongside many other characters from the television series. [4]



  1. 1.0 1.1 Team, The Deadline; Team, The Deadline (2013-12-11). "SAG Awards Nominations: '12 Years A Slave' And 'Breaking Bad' Lead Way". Deadline. Retrieved 2021-12-05.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "CinEuphoria Awards (2020)". IMDb. Retrieved 2021-12-05.
  3. Top Fan-Favorite Game of Thrones Characters Ranked According to Votes, retrieved 2021-12-05
  4. "Game of Thrones: Ygritte Figure :: Profile :: Dark Horse Comics". www.darkhorse.com. Retrieved 2021-12-16.

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