Where the WILDLINGS are

Game of Thrones’ Rose Les­lie warns cult hit just gets blood­ier

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IT’S the fan­tasy fic­tion story that be­came tele­vi­sion’s big­gest drama, and left fans who had never read the books reel­ing with a bloody end­ing to last sea­son.

GameofThrones, based on the best-sell­ing book se­ries of the same name by Ge­orge R.R. Martin, is kind of a big deal – right down to a sprawl­ing en­sem­ble cast, which at one point last sea­son hit 257.

Adapted for the screen for HBO, it is ul­ti­mate es­capism tele­vi­sion, with a swag of Emmy, Golden Globes and other awards to its credit.

As sea­son four looms, fans can­not wait to check in on the bru­tal hap­pen­ings in the dark and bloody myth­i­cal king­doms of Wes­teros and Es­sos, mired in a sea of power strug­gles, pol­i­tics and be­trayal.

If you’re not on the band­wagon, don’t feel spe­cial.

Rose Les­lie wasn’t ei­ther – un­til she au­di­tioned for the role of Wildling woman Ygritte in the sec­ond sea­son.

“For the first time ever at an au­di­tion, ig­no­rance was bliss,” says Les­lie.

“I was un­aware the show was air­ing in the UK, that there were books and there was this huge fan base.

“I was just ex­cited by the char­ac­ter be­cause Ygritte was so feisty.

“For me it was all about Ygritte, so there was no pres­sure. Had I known how big the show was I don’t think I would have been able to land it.”

Since then, Les­lie’s flame-haired war­rior woman has been to war with bow and ar­row, found love-hate-love with Stark-fam­ily out­cast Jon Snow (Kit Har­ring­ton) and been be­trayed by him.

That break-up may have paled into in­signif­i­cance along­side sea­son’s three shock­ing “Red Wed­ding” sea­son-en­der, but go­ing into sea­son four, Les­lie warns Ygritte is a woman scorned – and more dan­ger­ous than ever.

“I didn’t re­alise she could be so bru­tal,” says Les­lie, who in real life has lost the Scot­tish ac­cent she had as a child grow­ing up in a cas­tle in Scot­land, and now speaks in a soft, pol­ished Lon­don ac­cent – the prod­uct of se­nior school­ing in the south and vo­cal train­ing as part of her act­ing stud­ies.

“The whole show gets blood­ier,” she grins.

“Ygritte and Snow met at war, and for her at least, they are again sworn en­e­mies.

“She’s al­ways been strong-minded and snarky, but in sea­son four she is a dif­fer­ent woman.

“She’s harder and there is a feral side of her that has come out.

“She’s heart­bro­ken and as an­gry as hell and in the world of Wes­teros, wronged women are dan­ger­ous.

“She’s on a fear­less mis­sion now to get her own back and to show him, ‘You do not take me for a fool and you do not mess with me’.”

The sug­ges­tion that nowa­days that might be called stalk­ing elic­its a hearty laugh from the ac­tress.

“I know, and she’s got a bow and ar­row which ups the stakes.”

Les­lie cher­ishes Ygritte’s strength, play­ful­ness, wis­dom and loy­alty.

“She knows what she wants, she is un­wa­ver­ing, she’s not a pushover,” she grins. “But she can flip her lid in­cred­i­bly quickly and this sea­son we see a dan­ger­ous side to her.”

Best look over your shoul­der, Jon Snow. GAME OF THRONES 3.30PM MON­DAY (FAST-TRACKED) AND 7.30PM, SHOW­CASE

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