You’ve no doubt seen a lot of people complaining on social media that the latest episode of HBO’s Game of Thrones was way too dark. I don’t mean ‘dark’ as in subject matter, I mean people are annoyed because they couldn’t see sh*t on the screen.
Perhaps you were one of them?
Episode 3 of Season 8 will go down in the books as one that prompted a backlash from fans about how literally dark it was. Well, guess what? It’s YOUR FAULT.
At least that’s the word coming from Game of Thrones cinematographer Fabian Wagner. He said about the controversy, “A lot of the problem is that a lot of people don’t know how to tune their TVs properly. A lot of people also unfortunately watch it on small iPads, which in no way can do justice to a show like that anyway.”
There are some explanations out there for the episode’s overwhelming darkness. Obviously, there’s no electricity in Westeros, but also many TVs have a hard time with video compression and banding, so they can’t easily differentiate between similar shades of the same color.
Fabian Wagner added, “Another look would have been wrong. Everything we wanted people to see is there. Game of Thrones is a cinematic show and therefore you have to watch it like you’re at a cinema: in a darkened room. If you watch a night scene in a brightly-lit room then that won’t help you see the image properly.”
If you want to drop thousands of dollars on an 8K television, you might have a better viewing experience, but I don’t think most people have that kind of cash lying around. So most of us will just have to grin and bear these kinds of TV episodes until we invest in that kind of TV.
In conclusion, it’s your fault, dummy!