I actually liked the fact that where was no clear end goal other than finding food and place to sleep for the night. That kind of objectiveless objective just throws the door completely open for anything to happen.
I agree with a lot of Alex's points, although conversely I really enjoyed the downtime before everything kicked off. I definitely wouldn't call it stalling because it was nice to spend effective time with these characters simply talking to each other about normal things rather than a life or death scenario as is so often the case.
Overall, I'd say this season is a tiny bit weaker than the first but I think they did a very admirable job considering the lofty expectations they'd set up for themselves.
Really hope you do a similar feature for the Game of Thrones series Alex, whenever that might grace us.