Two big pieces of news out of HBO this week:
- Game of Thrones will return in April.
- Rose Leslie has landed the final major role of season two.
The actress, best known for having played Gwen on Downton Abbey, will portray Ygritte, a Wildling woman who meets Jon Snow during his adventurous time beyond the Wall.
The character plays a key part in the books on which the series is based and described as “strong-willed, witty, skilled in battle and survival in the wilderness." She's an "unconventional beauty" who is thin, yet powerful.