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

Thompson on Hollywood By David Chute | Thompson on Hollywood April 8, 2013 at 3:04PM

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.
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Kit Harington in 'Game of Thrones'
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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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.