Wow! What an episode. I was NOT disappointed. Angst angst angst angst angst.
In the opening moments, Jax is drowning in alcohol and depression over the kidnapping of his son and Opie has to carry him to the shower. (How great was the shot of Ryan Hurst carrying Charlie Hunnam?)
This is just the kickoff to a fantastically constructed episode including the funeral of Half-Sack (tear tear) and an audience misdirection plot point involving the introduction of Hal Holbrook as Gemma's father. We also get a spectacular climax culminating in the death of a series regular.
More often than not, premieres do not live up to the finales they follow. In this case, SOA knocked it out of the park. I can't wait to see more.