Game of Thrones cinematographer Fabian Wagner has responded to complaints “The Long Night” was too dark to see on TV screens.
He attributes this to HBO’s compression of the episode which is made much worse when watching on phones and tablets. With the 11am screening in Australia, that’s an important factor, along with daylight ad bright rooms.
“We tried to give the viewers and fans a cool episode to watch,” he told TMZ, adding “I know it wasn’t too dark because I shot it.”
He also said showrunners and the director wanted the episode to be dark. The battle scenes were intended to be intense, claustrophobic and disorienting, like they would be in real life, but not confusing.
Foxtel has also responded to complaints.
“Foxtel is transmitting all episodes of Game of Thrones as it was provided to us by HBO. We haven’t deviated from how we’ve broadcast Game of Thrones in past seasons in any way and our HD distribution is in line with our normal high standards,” it said in a statement.
“Australian viewers aren’t the only ones with this experience as there have been many reports, worldwide, that are commenting that many scenes in this episode, and this season, seem darker with less detail during dark scenes than in earlier seasons.
“We are continually monitoring our broadcast to maximise the service quality to ensure it’s the best it can be.”
Source: Nine News