Ygritte

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Game Of Thrones Ygritte Depicted By: Rose Leslie

 Appearance in Season: 2, 3 & 4

 Origin:  Beyond the Wall

 Allegiance: Free Folk

 Culture: Free Folk

 Genealogy: Lover – Jon Snow

 Life Status: Dead

About Ygritte

Ygritte was a woman that hailed from the Free Folk that lived north of the Wall. She was an integral part of Mance Rayder’s army and the lover of Jon Snow.

Biography of Ygritte

Ygritte was a very witty and courageous young spearwife. She had red hair and was a highly skilled archer. As she was living north of the Wall, she was very well skilled in survival and was a staunch supporter of Mance Rayder. Ygritte valued her status as a free woman and dubbed those living south of the Wall as “kneelers” who blindly followed family hierarchy without choosing a proper king.

Ygritte believed that since the wildlings and Northerners both descent from the First Men, there was no meaning in them fighting and they are separated only by the geographical divide of the Wall. Related to other wildlings, Ygritte was aware that the real threat was from the impending invasion of the White Walkers.

Ygritte in season 2

Ygritte was captivated by Jon Snow and Qhorin Halfhand as she was the sole survivor of their attack on her watchpost. She asked her captors to burn the bodies of her companions but Qhorin denies. He then asks Jon to execute her and leaves, but Jon cannot bring himself to kill her. While Jon hesitates to stroke his sword, Ygritte escapes, but is recaptured by Jon, who in the process is isolated from his brothers. As night approaches, Jon refuses to make a fire, forcing them to sleep out in the cold. Ygritte convinces him to cuddle up so as to share body warmth and then makes sexual advances towards him.

game of thrones- Ygritte held captive by Jon

The next morning Jon takes along Ygritte to find Qhorin. On the way she gets into an argument with Jon, saying that the North belonged to the Free Folk much before the Andals came in. She then lures Jon off his guard by trying to instigate him and manages to escape leading Jon into a wildling ambush.

Ygritte brings Jon before the Lord of Bones who orders his execution. However Ygritte convinces Rattleshirt that Mance would want to question Jon due to his Stark blood. The Lord of Bones brings forth Qhorin, who was captured by him. Qhorin then blames Jon for the death of his men, and Ygritte is upset over this. She is unaware that Qhorin was just pretending and it was a plan to plant Jon as a spy in Mance Rayder’s army.

On their way to meet Mance Rayder, Ygritte continues to toy with Jon. Qhorin instructs Jon to fight with him and kill him so that he could join the wildlings. Ygritte and her folk are stunned and accept Jon into their contingent by freeing his hands.

Ygritte in season 3

Ygritte escorts Jon Snow into Mance Rayder’s camp in the Frostfang Mountains. While they are walking some young boys pelt Jon with stones and ice, Ygritte protects Jon and shoos the kids away. When they enter Mance Rayder’s tent she ensures his safety and his adoption as one of the Free Folk.

Later Ygritte travels with Jon and Mance as they are marching gradually south towards the Wall. They come across one of his scouts, Orell. Ygritte is very surprised to find out that Jon has never seen a warg before.

On their way south towards the Wall, Ygritte and her Free Folk arrive at the Fist of the First Men. Mance orders Ygritte together with Jon and a group of twenty wildlings headed by Tormund, to scale the Wall and launch an attack on Castle Black from the south. Just before leaving the camp Ygritte playfully steals Jon’s sword and makes him chase her into a grotto. Ygritte stands naked before Jon and kisses him. Jon is reluctant at first but then gives in and performs cunnilingus at which Ygritte is very surprised. After sex she teases him about his virginity and still naked they jump into the hotsprings, and Ygritte states that she never wants to leave the grotto.

game of thrones - Ygritte and Jon

Later when the wildlings are ready to climb the wall, Ygritte discloses to Jon that she was aware that Jon was still loyal to the Night’s Watch, and warns him that he has obligations towards her as well. As she climbs Ygritte makes a massive crack that dislodges a large sheet of ice and kills several wildlings. She and Jon are left merely hanging by their safety rope. Orell is of the opinion that Tormund cannot continue climbing with the weight of Jon and Ygritte’s body pulling them down, and starts cutting the rope. Jon somehow manages to get a hold in the Wall and ultimately saves himself and Ygritte. They reach the top and indulge in a passionate kiss, grateful for being alive at this crucial moment.

game of thrones - Ygritte and Jon

Ygritte, Jon Snow and the wildlings headed by Tormund Giantsbane march towards Castle Black and await Mance Rayder’s signal to launch an attack on the Night’s Watch. Orell tries to convince her on the way that he would make a better husband than Jon. Ygritte refuses him bluntly. Later Jon tries to explain to Ygritte that their caused would not be fruitful; but she insists that she did not mind dying an honorable death, and the duo kisses passionately.

Later the wildlings plan to raid and elderly horse breeder’s home. When the contingent attacks the farmstead, Jon hits a rock with his sword, alerting the old man and giving him a chance to escape. Ygritte tries to shoot at the fleeing man but Jon pushes her bow and arrow aside.

The old man is later captured in an abandoned old windmill. Orell suggests that by killin the man himself Jon would have to prove his loyalty to the wildlings. Jon is unable to kill an innocent man and the old man is ultimately killed by Ygritte. Tormund realizes that Jon is still faithful to the Night’s Watch and orders his men to kill Jon. He also advises Ygritte to not let herself be killed for her lover’s sake. Jon defeats the attacking men and flees, leaving behind Ygritte and heads for the wall.

game of thrones - ygritte

However Ygritte catches up with him when he stops to rest. Jon tries to convince her but she shoots him thrice before he manages to get away. With tears in her eyes she watches him ride away and regrets his betrayal of her; and her inability to kill the man she loved so much.

Ygritte in season 4

Ygritte and Tom rest as they are awaiting Mance’s signal south of the Wall. Tormund reveals that he is aware that Ygritte still loves Jon despite his betrayal, to which she replies that all three arrows made a mark on his body. Knowing her skill as a markswoman, Tormund says that if Jon is alive it is because she did not want him dead. A group of Thenns led by Styr arrives, bringing along food from a raid farther south. Styr asks if Ygritte was his woman to which she reacts vehemently. Styr then sits next to the fire to cook his meat, a human arm.

Ygritte and the wildling band attack a village and kill almost all of the residents. She kills one villager with an arrow, and Styr orders his son to run to Castle Black to warn the Night’s watch about the fore coming attack, in the hope that the brothers would leave the Castle to protect nearby villages.

Ygritte is an active participant in the attack on Mole’s Town. Ygritte is attacked by a whore in a brothel, but swiftly thrusts a spear into her gut and kills her. Ygritte then comes across Gilly and her son in hiding, and gestures for them to be quiet and spares their lives.

Right outside Castle Black , Ygritte engages in a heated argument with Styr about her feelings for Jon, motivating her to kill herself and Jon in order to reestablish her tarnished reputation in her community. The wildlings then notice Mance Rayder’s bonfire signal to launch an attack on Castle Black. Ygritte inspects Castle Black’s defenses and reports that most of the men are on the Wall and few are remaining in the castle. The contingent prepares to attack while Ygritte is hesitant. During the battle, she kills many brothers of the Night’s Watch including Pypar. She corners Jon Snow and aims an arrow at him. Meeting him weakens her in the knees and she is reluctant, and while she id off guard Olly shoots her through the chest from behind. Jon holds Ygritte in his arms and she asks him if he remembers the cave that they had sex in and the fact that she had wished never to leave the cave so as not to face war and death. She says they should have stayed in that cave and then dies.

game of thrones - Ygritte's death

Post the arrival of Stannis Baratheon at the Wall, Jon speaks with Tormund who is now under the custody of the Night’s Watch. Tormund questions Jon if he loved Ygritte, to which Jon does not respond. Tormund then states that Ygritte loved him very much, as the only thing she talked about after Jon left her, was killing him. He convinces Jon into burning her body beyond the Wall. Jon takes Ygritte’s body to a grove in the Haunted Forest and makes a funeral pyre in front of a weirwood tree, burning his love’s body with tears of grief in his eyes.

 

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