Kit Harington And Rose Leslie Are Getting Married And The Internet Is Freaking Out

HBO's hit fantasy series Game of Thrones hasn't found much time to focus on building up romances between its characters, especially amidst all of the show's political intrigue, ice zombies, and murderous betrayals. But even when it has, few of the show's romances have resonated with viewers quite like Jon Snow and Ygritte's all-too-brief coupling in the third season. 

Most of that is thanks to the chemistry between actors Kit Harington and Rose Leslie, who made watching Ygritte and Jon flirt, fight, and fall in love a joy. And it looks like that chemistry continued, even when the cameras weren't rolling. They've been an item since 2012.

Now, following the announcement that the two were officially engaged in September 2017, here's everything you need to know about this fictional romance come true. As you might imagine, the Internet has some thoughts to share on this news.


  • They Announced Their Engagement In September 2017

    They Announced Their Engagement In September 2017
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    As of September 2017, actors Kit Harington and Rose Leslie are officially engaged. They decided to make this huge announcement in the quietest way possible: with an ad in the forthcoming marriages column of their local newspaper.

  • They Met While Working On Game Of Thrones

    They Met While Working On Game Of Thrones
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    While Kit Harington has been a mainstay on the series since its premiere, Rose Leslie was one of Game of Thrones' most memorable guest players. Introduced in Season 2, Leslie played Ygritte opposite Harington's Jon Snow. The two met in the North beyond the Wall, when Jon's Night's Watch brothers ambushed Ygritte's wildling party.

  • Their Characters Were Enemies-Turned-Lovers

    Their Characters Were Enemies-Turned-Lovers
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    Because of Jon's allegiance to the Night's Watch and Ygritte being one of the Free Folk beyond the Wall, the two characters were on opposing sides from the very beginning. Jon was even originally charged with executing Ygritte, to stop her from getting word to the other Wildlings. However, Jon found himself unable to carry out the command, and the two were instead partnered up for a brief time together, wandering alone.

    While it took some time for either to admit it, Ygritte and Jon's connection grew the more they spent time together. And when Jon acted as an undercover spy in Ygritte's wildling camp, she seduced him into breaking his vow of celibacy to the Night's Watch.

  • Rose Leslie Left Game Of Thrones In Season 4

    Rose Leslie Left Game Of Thrones In Season 4
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    After Jon betrayed Ygritte and her Wildling allies, the two went for a long period without seeing each other. Meanwhile, Jon prepared for a Wildling attack at the Wall, and Ygritte prepared her Wildling party for the attack, where she hoped to see Jon again and kill him for betraying her.

    But she couldn't bring herself to do it in the end, and died in Jon's arms after being fatally hit with an arrow in the courtyard of Castle Black.

  • They Fell In Love On Set

    Sparks apparently flew on set for Kit Harington and Rose Leslie. When asked about his best memory on Game of Thrones for L'Uomo Vogue, Harrington had a quick answer:

    "The three weeks in Iceland when we were shooting the second season. Because the country is beautiful, because the Northern Lights are magical, and because it was there that I fell in love... If you’re already attracted to someone, and then they play your love interest in the show, it’s becomes very easy to fall in love."

    Harington and Leslie continued their relationship after her time ended on the show. The two have been romantically linked since 2012.

  • Kit Harington Finally Listened To Nicole Kidman’s Advice

    Kit Harington Finally Listened To Nicole Kidman’s Advice
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    In anticipation of the Season 7 premiere of Game of Thrones, Kit Harington appeared on The Late Late Show with James Corden. Harington appeared alongside actress Nicole Kidman, who took the opportunity to pressure him into asking Leslie to marry him, much to his embarrassment at the time.

    But apparently he took her advice to heart, and popped the question to Leslie. Obviously, she said yes.