updated 06/08/2014 AT 10:00 AM ET
•originally published 06/08/2014 AT 10:15 PM ET
WARNING: Spoilers Ahead
Following her character’s demise, actress Rose Leslie (who also appeared in season one of Downton Abbey) spoke with PEOPLE about Ygritte’s limited wardrobe, filming the epic battle scene and what it was like to get up close and personal with Game of Thrones heartthrob Kit Harington.
On bedding Jon Snow:
Kit is a lovely and funny man, and a dear friend. We had known each other before we started working together on Game of Thrones. It was always such a privilege to be working opposite him and such a blessing that we get on in real life because it made our characters more believable.
It was my first sex scene that I’ve ever done and it was weird, but I felt that it was important for the characters and the audience to get to see just how much they have fallen in love. We got to see them in their own little world with no outside interests or power plays or nasty surprises. It was just two characters finally getting together.
On Jon’s limited romantic interests moving forward:
I think it is a lovely thing for somebody to move on and love someone else, but it is a tricky thing. You don’t want it to be his sisters – even though incest isn’t necessarily frowned upon in the world of Game of Thrones – and Cersei is just so evil.
If I had to choose someone on the show right now, I guess it would be Margaery Tyrell.
On her new archery skills:
I had never picked up a bow and arrow before I nabbed the role as Ygritte, but I was given training to make sure I didn’t shoot any member of the crew. It was really important to me that Ygritte look like a ruthless warrior and a killer, so I trained to have good form and really be able to execute it correctly.
Now that I know how to handle a bow and arrow, I find it very therapeutic. It is a brilliant way to ease your mind, so I am going to keep it up in my free time. It is a very fun skill to have.