One would think an issue that would split the Game of Thrones fandom would come from something related to the story instead of a technical choice from the other side of the camera. Many viewers were unhappy with how the episode was shot, claiming it was too dark, and had questionable editing choices.
Fabian Wagner is a cinematographer on the hit HBO series, and has spoken out in defense of the episode. In speaking with TMZ Wagner had the following to say.
“We tried to give the viewers and fans a cool episode to watch. I know it wasn’t too dark because I shot it.”
Wagner is no stranger to battle sequences, having worked on both the “Hardhome” and “Battle of the Bastards,” which are thought by many to be two of the show’s best episodes. Wagner was clear that this was a choice made by Game of Thrones go-to-director for battle episodes, Miguel Sapochnik, and D&D themselves, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. Wagner pointed to issues such as brightly lit living rooms, bad video settings on televisions and lower quality versions of the episode being shown to meet the high demand. I watched it twice on two different televisions, and it did look considerably better the second time. The TV can be a factor, though I am not sure how big of a factor it is.
Agreed, the episode was dark, and I spent much of it saying, “Who is that?” The thing is, I enjoyed the panicked feeling the episode gave me, I also accepted the episode was going to be this way early on, and was just more worried about my favorite characters being killed.
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