Overall it was a great episode. I will definitely replay it with voice acting.
However, for me the story had the effect of a mini "Game of Thrones" / "Three Houses" as I really really liked the Steel Warband. They all had a personality and playing their instance day after day for weeks with Forged Steel kinda gives you a sense of familiarity. I was actually hoping they were going to be part of the new cast in the long term.
I get why they did it story wise, but I can't help but feel that one, they got dealt with way too quickly and more importantly that "the commander" has simply chosen the wrong allies. I hate pretty much all the legion imperators (except the flame one, he's chill ). The opposite side has Bangar, which is just as bad as Smodur, but at least the Steel Warband followed a leader they loved and didn't strike me as people who would have killed their own. They were a group of underdogs I was very thrilled to follow, maybe in parallel to the commander's story with more visions.
So, while the mixed, bitter feelings were probably intended (and in my case worked really well), I don't know that I will care much about what happens next as it "doesn't feel good" to be playing the commander right now. Certainly hoping Ryland gets revenge. That somehow the commander swap sides. But since Jormag is involved I don't see that happening either. Don't want yet another Braham drama