This episode wasn't ground break, it wasn't amazing, but it moved the season forward. It did a good job introducing and continuing the main episodes for the season.
The first thing that it continued was the Hawkins and colleague thread with trying to align Texas with the Eastern side of the Mississippi and keep Texas from aligning with Cheyenne. I'm a little surprised that Hawkins' colleague survived the episode, but now things are probably going to quite down on that front, with Hawkins storyline now becoming more about avoiding being found out that he is still alive.
The next story line, one that they introduced, was that of Gray and the new government. There are obviously going to be sparks flying about when he goes to the constitutional meeting as a representative, and it also puts Eric back into a position where he is going to be helping out running the town a lot. He could end up being a more key character then he had been in the past couple of episodes, he was in them, but he didn't play an important role.
The final story line that this episode brought up is that of the return of Ravenwood. I don't know if it is the same guys as before (it could be a different actor, but I felt like with how they shot it they were implying it was the same guy), and both Eric and Jake have obviously run into Ravenwood before and knows what type of people are in Ravenwood. So there are going to be a lot of sparks flying there with people butting heads of what is being done with the town and how Ravenwood tries to run/control it.
Overall this was a good episode. I feel like things will pick up more after this episode, but there obviously is going to be some falling action after the episode that showed them still at war with New Burn.