'Game of Thrones' 3.2 Review and Recap: 'Dark Wings, Dark Words'

by David Chute
April 8, 2013 3:04 PM
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Kit Harington in 'Game of Thrones'

If the opening episode of Season Three of "Game of Thrones" was mostly talking, Episode Two is mostly walking, though it sets a brisk pace and there's a lot to see along the way. 

From last week's series of admirably-acted tense encounters between pairs of negotiators or antagonists, we hit the road this week with several additional configurations of our favorite characters, all marching off toward future momentous plot upheavals.

The youngest refugees from the destruction of Clan Stark, Bran (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) and his brother Rickon (Art Parkinson), as they head North across a moor toward the wall to find their half-brother Jon Snow of the Black Watch, meet two key supporting characters from the novels, Stark loyalist siblings Jojen and Meera Reed (Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Ellie Kendrick), whose introduction is handled elegantly. Jojen is another dreamer of prophetic "greendreams," which enables him to make what could be the series’ coolest entrances to date, drifting out of the mist in the middle of one of Bran’s dreams.

So far, the Reeds look like unambiguous heroic paragons. When her motives are challenged by the always alert and suspicious Osha (Natalia Tena), Meera comes out with a classic declaration of altruistic heroism: "Some people will always need help. That doesn't mean they aren't worth helping." In Westeros, of course, things are rarely what they seem, especially when they look this good. We are sure there is more going here than meets the eye, and will await further developments.

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  • Sabastian | April 10, 2013 12:15 AMReply

    It looks like the Stark children have less and less control of their destinies every time we meet them. I saw “Dark Wings, Dark Words” after I finished my shift at DISH today and Arya’s introduction to The Brotherhood leads me think she might be taken captive again on the next episode. I started volunteering as a fireman recently so normally I would miss it, but I don’t need to now that I have the DISH Anywhere app on my iPhone. It lets me watch live TV regardless of where I find myself so I have not missed a show or a fire yet.

  • Jamie | April 8, 2013 3:22 PMReply

    so far this season seems to be wandering around in search of a story. Hope things start to gel better.

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