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.