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October 10, 2011 at 09:10 PM EDT

You know nothing about the casting of Ygritte! Until now: HBO is ready to unveil the final significant player added to the Game of Thrones second season cast.

Downton Abbey actress Rose Leslie has landed the key role of a Wildling woman that Jon Snow meets during during his adventures beyond the Wall. Ygritte is described as “strong-willed, witty, skilled in battle and survival in the wilderness. An unconventional beauty, skinny but strong with red hair (which the Wildlings consider ‘kissed by fire’).”

Leslie’s arc on Abbey wrapped at the end of its successful first season on PBS. She played Gwen, a maid who eventually snags her dream job as a secretary. It’s unclear whether she’ll return to the Emmy-winning series, which returns to PBS in January.

Leslie joins a rather huge season two cast for Thrones. The HBO drama also added a mercenary pirate, a lecherous Northerner and one of his pet wives, as well as a faceless assassin, Theon’s fierce sister, an heir to the Iron Throne and his sorceress, the Onion Knight a female wannabe knight and a proper princess.

Game of Thrones returns for 10 episodes in the spring.

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