Student or Learner
In the following sentence, is the speaker suggesting that he did think that the discussion would not be candid, but his assumption turned out to be wrong?
The discussion was more candid than I would have first thought.
That's my understanding.
The tenses seem odd, but it's understandable.
The conversation was more candid than I had thought it was going to be.
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.