Lets begin with two assumptions:
1) Reek/Ramsay will be cast and introduced in the third season, meaning that the Winterfell plotline isn't necessarily altered, just slowed down.
2) At least one of the Reeds will be cast and also introduced in S3.
How would you handle that if you got to choose how it would play out?
As I see it, Bran et al have to go into hiding at some point after Reek is introduced but before Rodrik lays siege to Winterfell. Clearly, you could introduce 1-2 Reeds later, on the road, but I think that stretches credibility. So, I think they have to present themselves to Winterfell while Theon is in control.
How would that look? Would Theon take them prisoner? Would they pretend to be bringing Howland’s greetings to the new lord of Winterfell? That seems over the top. What would have happened in the books if they had arrived late, and Theon already controlled the castle?
Edited by darrylzero, 12 April 2012 - 09:21 AM.