Another complaint about House of the Dragon. Have you seen the latest episode of the Game of Thrones prequel? We haven’t yet, but there are other viewers expressing their dismay. “Far too dark, I just sit there looking at myself for an hour.”
Fans of the series didn’t keep their thumbs up on Twitter to complain about the terrible lighting in the seventh episode.
It was like déjà vu (or not?). Luckily it wasn’t as bad as in Game of Thrones. When the white walkers Finally at the gates of Winterfell for the long-awaited epic battle for the survival of Westeros, the creators couldn’t think of anything better to turn off the lights for an hour. The outrage on social media at the time was (rightly) great.
You can say what you want about it Family Guybut not that they don’t hit the nail on the head here:
House of the Dragon too dark
Yesterday too, fans took to Twitter en masse, mainly to file a public complaint about one lengthy scene.
We want to reveal as little as possible about the content of the episode, except that the plot has shifted up a gear and seems to be building towards a gory climax. Sorry about this “creative” decision.
In the left image you can see how the original was shot, so in daylight. This often happens with large productions, mainly because there is better lighting during the day and a lot can be adjusted during editing. With night shots, there is less creative flexibility.
The image on the right is the final result on your screen (and that is if you have a good TV at home). Again something that went wrong during the assembly phase. Tip for the people who haven’t seen the episode -or badly- yet: go to the screen settings on your television and increase the brightness. And just to be safe, close your curtains.
Public complaint about House of the Dragon on Twitter
On to some complaints on Twitter from fans who have stared blindly. Unlike the colors in the previous episode, the sarcasm really shines here.
i love tv! i love to look at it and see it and just look at that screen and see all the things on that screen hoo boy it’s so fun pic.twitter.com/OxelT3KLie
— Kathryn VanArendonk (@kvanaren) October 3, 2022
— Alan Sepinwall (@sepinwall) October 3, 2022
HOUSE OF THE DRAGON continuing the classic Thrones tradition of making an episode so dark it’s almost unwatchable pic.twitter.com/g1IXPlG6Nl
— Brendan Hodges (@metaplexmovies) October 3, 2022
You can also just work on yourself during the episode. Every disadvantage has its advantage.
Those episodes of House of the Dragon are sometimes so dark that I just sit there watching myself for an hour
— Devi Heller (@deviheller) October 3, 2022
The fans above can still laugh about it, but there are also some with less sense of humor:
The nighttime visuals in House of the Dragon are simply too dark. These scenes would be so epic if I could actually see what was happening
— lil (she/her) (@lilly_is_silly) October 3, 2022
This episode of House of the Dragon is so dark it’s unwatchable. Might as well just turn off my screen and listen to it at this point.
— cabral (@comradeaux) October 3, 2022
House of the Dragon is literally the DARKEST show I’ve ever watched. I cannot see SHIT. pic.twitter.com/OmYjRwioOP
— N (@nastassiachanel) October 3, 2022
And these House of the Dragon fans had (not) seen the light before:
Another month of Amazon Prime coming soon. I’m guessing there’s a little more visible on ‘The Rings of Power’. ‘House of the Dragon’ I call after 1 episode. Don’t feel like looking at some flickering candles on a dark screen and guessing what’s happening.
— Wouter de Boer (@weedebee) September 24, 2022
How dark do those people from House Of The Dragon want to make that series?? I don’t see shit
— Mark van der Molen (@MarkvdMolen) Sep 9, 2022
In addition, HBO’s social media managers apparently didn’t feel like working overtime. Or the answer to the complaints was already at hand, of course. copy, pasta, done. Time to clock out and go to House of the Dragon to watch!
love the HBO account having a prewritten response to “god damn no one can see shit on your show it’s too dark” comments pic.twitter.com/Rl986GMlig
— Brandon Hardin (@hardin) October 3, 2022
Keeping Game of Thrones tradition alive
It’s not the first time House of the Dragon honors a tradition of its popular predecessor Game of Thrones. CGI blunders are no stranger to the two series either. And have you seen the parody with Kim Targashian? Meet the Targashians!
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