Is Rose Leslie finally going to get to play someone modern on television? After taking on some memorable roles on both “Downton Abbey” and also “Game of Thrones” (where she was very keen to tell Jon Snow just how little he knew on a daily basis), the actress has landed a new gig on British television, albeit with a series that only a tiny percentage of Americans would be familiar with.
According to a new report from Digital Spy, Leslie has joined the cast of the Channel 4 series “Utopia” for a second season, where she will appear alongside the likes of Tom Burke, Alexandra Roach, and others. This show is a sort of dark thriller, where the problems are at least somewhat more grounded in reality than White Walkers or dragons on the loose. It will also mean that Leslie will probably not have to return to Iceland and film under absolutely miserable conditions and freezing cold temperatures again.
As for if this role could signal the fact that we will never see Ygritte on “Game of Thrones” again, don’t make any assumptions. The HBO series has already been filming since the late spring, so if the producers wanted to feature her again, they could. We know that Ygritte is still alive out there, though she is heartbroken after Jon Snow left her and the Wildings rather than turning on his own people in the Night’s Watch to be with her. While the show has stayed pretty faithful to the books over the years, there have been some liberties. (Heck, there has already been one major liberty taken when it comes to this character.)
“Game of Thrones” season 4 and “Utopia” season 2 will both premiere next year and as for “Downton Abbey,” it is actually in the process of airing season 4 on ITV. It will return to America with some new episodes of its own starting in January. Are you pleased to see Leslie getting some more series work, or do you wish it was on a show that had a little bit of a larger commercial audience? Be sure to share below! Meanwhile, click here if you want to read some more news all about the future of the show.