I disagree. My wife and I were commenting on how much we care about him, compared to even 1 character in Foundation. Night and day.After episode 5, some similar thoughts to others. The warder bit was overdone. I don't feel like we had chance enough to bond with him to give much emotional impact. It just seemed like they were dedicating the bulk of a whole episode to a tertiary character...if it is about foreshadowing, they could have done it more effectively with much less.
I also was scratching my head at a Whitecloak hanging outside Tar Valon, chopping off Aes Sedai hands. I mean, if they can just roam around and execute Aes Sedai wherever they want, what's to stop the Aes Sedai from balefiring their camp? Why is there not all-out war between the two?
Overall still very much enjoying it, but this episode stopped the curve of each episode improving and felt like a step back.
On a different note, this is the first episode where I noticed a significant divergence from the book. It has been 30 years, bud didn't Rand and Mat go to Caemlyn first, meeting Elayne there? Not a big deal, but it does imply that they're going to be shifting things around from the books.
I think this show, like GoT, is a good mix of close up dialogue in rooms, and action.
Other than people nitpicking the differences between the show and books, I can't see how any fantasy fan isn't liking this show.