The first episode of any show has a lot to do: introduce the characters, the world, and the conflict at the heart of the show. “Leavetakings” does that clunkily but overall, this was an excellent way to begin a series.
One rider burst from the ranks of their soldiers, galloping toward the Trolloc right flank. Mat would not be happy about that. One man, alone, would die. Loial was surprised that he could feel sorrow for that man’s life lost, after all of the death he had seen.