That (two hour!!) premiere didn't convince me.
Yes, two hours. That, for starters, is a problem. Plenty of shows have hooked me with an epic pilot, but even with two hours, TBE didn't do that.
Beyond that, some random thoughts (and SPOILER ALERT!):
Would TBE have been more interesting without the origin story? What if it just started off in the middle and we had to fill in the blanks? Or would that have been too complicated with flashbacks and dream sequences?
Speaking of, would it have been more interesting if she had gotten away, as you originally thought she would?
And even with the twist that she doesn't get away, isn't the person whom we're lead to believe killed her also a predictable plot twist?
Is it okay that for two whole hours I could not tell the difference between the Baron and that priest? Or the executioner and that soldier who let Wilkin's wife get away? Good thing one of each pair died in the finale to make things easier for me.
I like the saturated colors they use in the dream sequences, but that fade to black and white at each commercial break is a little too NCIS, no? And will be really annoying in binge watching.
Speaking of dream sequences, WTF was up with that dragon?
And speaking of the dragon, am I supposed to understand what his dragon tattoo means?
Did I miss how Bill Compton knows Wilkin? When did they meet?
Will I ever be able to see Bill Compton as any character other than that? And the same goes for Katey Sagal's Gemma.
And speaking of Sagal, let's just talk for a second about that Dracula-esque accent. Will I be able to not laugh / roll my eyes at that eventually?
Am I the only one wishing that Kurt Sutter's character wasn't (seemingly) so prominent in the story?
Was Ed Sheeran in the premiere?
Speaking of Ed.... the theme song and opening credits are nice, but maybe a little too much like SOA?
Despite all this, I'll watch for a little while longer. And probably develop a huge crush on Lee Jones.