With the Battle of Winterfell happening at night, fans struggled to see which of their favorite characters were fighting whom and who was dying. So a few fans took it upon themselves to tinker with the settings and brighten up some of the key scenes.
The internet has blown up ever since the third episode of Game of Thrones season 8 released. Titled The Long Night, fans are in an uproar over the episode since it was so dark, many couldn't see the details. People all across the globe aren't exactly pleased with the fact that they couldn't see the Battle of Winterfell properly.
Memes mocking the brightness, or lack thereof, of the episode raged all over the internet. Unwilling to let it affect their love for the show though, a couple of heroes from the fandom brightened up some of the essential scenes. For the rest of the fans, these people embodied the statement "not all heroes wear capes." Now, scenes like the one where the women and children were hiding in the Stark crypt along with Tyrion Lannister and Sansa Stark who were stopped from fighting, could finally be seen properly.
Reddit user czmanix made it much easier on the eyes by brightening up the crypt scene and even Jon Snow's dragon battle. Another fan running a Youtube account under the name Hivemind also followed suit by changing the brightness of the dragon fight, battle scenes, and even the final scenes. Fans are rejoicing as they are able to see the finer details of the moments they missed initially. Now you can clearly see how the Wights made their move as they charged forward to slaughter the Unsullied Forces and the North's army.
However, it seems that these darkened scenes were done deliberately.
The Director of Photography of the series, Fabian Wagner, spoke up against the critics stating that the TV settings need to be properly adjusted and many aren't aware of how to tune the electronic device. He claimed that the method with which he directed and shot the show was aimed at theater-style viewing, according to the Verge.
“A lot of the problem is that a lot of people don’t know how to tune their TVs properly,” Wagner told Wired UK. “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 also called out HBO for their decision to make it so dark. “The showrunners decided that this had to be a dark episode,” says Wagner. “We’d seen so many battle scenes over the years – to make it truly impactful and to care for the characters, you have to find a unique way of portraying the story.”
Though the artistic manner with which he shot the episode is astonishing, it's the truth that most people watch the series on TV screens, iPads and also on mobile screens. But nothing can erase the fact that Game of Thrones is a huge success and that fans have been anxiously waiting for the series finale. With dynamic characters and the interweaving of betrayal, power, love, and revenge, fans have been hooked from the start. Their hearts will mourn when the final episode airs in a few weeks.
And after episode 8, this is how people reacted: