Game of Thrones season 8 cinematographer Fabian Wagner defends 'dark' episode, blames viewers' TV settings
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Ever since the highly-anticipated Game of Thrones season 8 episode 3 premiered on 29 April (in India), viewers have flooded the internet with complaints about how dark the entire 82-minute episode was, which made it hard to decipher what was transpiring on screen. The HBO show's cinematographer Fabian Wagner addressed fans' discontent with the episode in a recent interview.
Defending the literal darkness of The Long Night, Wagner told Wired UK, "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.”
He further said that Game of Thrones is a "cinematic show" that needs to be watched 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.”
He added that the decision to abstain from overusing lighting in the night-time episode was deliberate, to replicate the combatant's murky state of mind.
Twitterati have criticised Fabian Wagner for his argument. Renowned journalist Wall Mossberg wrote on Twitter that filming a pivotal episode meant for TV viewing like a cinema, and then blaming viewers for not being able to see anything is "artistic arrogance".
I have a costly OLED and was able to make scenes visible, but only by tweaking the video settings in uncommon ways that degrade the experience for other shows. It’s artistic arrogance to film a crucial *TV* episode for best viewing in *movie thearers* & then blame viewers.
— Walt Mossberg (@waltmossberg) May 1, 2019
Agree with you Walt. Isn’t this show made primarily for TV and computer audience anyway? I am confused or should I say it ... I am in the dark 😉 — Padmasree (@Padmasree) May 1, 2019
Seems a bit arrogant.
— Captain Jeffrey T. Spaulding (@CaptJTSpaulding) May 1, 2019
Then why does the episode still look dark on my phone, switch, four different televisions? — Tenmar (@Tenmar) May 1, 2019
dude is saying we need to buy 4k LED tv to enjoy the show
hmm if only someone could brighten it up so people without 4K tv's could also see
— Navaneeth krishna (@navaneeth95) May 1, 2019
My tv is fine. I hardly saw any lights on the set. You shoot it with a lot of lights, then you make it darker in post prod if you really have to. No camera works good in the dark, even the most expensive one. — Wes 🐼 (@WesNetmo) May 1, 2019
Updated Date: May 01, 2019 11:13:53 IST