Hey HBO, ‘House of the Dragon’ Is Too Dark to See

Having fun with HBO Max’s Home of the Dragon? Me too. At the very least, what I can see of the Sport of Thrones prequel. Seven episodes in, it is truthful to say the present is abnormally darkish, and I do not imply gloomy and pessimistic. I imply bodily darkish. As in, I cranked up the brightness on my laptop computer all the best way and I nonetheless want the captions on to determine who’s zooming who. And making an attempt to look at it on an everyday tv set is even harder.

Episode 7, which aired Sunday evening, was particularly darkish. Spoilers forward

Squint and perhaps you’ll be able to see them. 


Laena Verlaryon’s funeral scene was outdoors and principally OK. However something happening contained in the citadel, or after dusk? It was like I used to be making an attempt to see my hand by a bit of black development paper. There have been shapes? And typically the Targaryen blond hair was seen? However when Otto cuffed a drunk Aegon, and when Daemon and Rhaenyra had been strolling on the seaside, and particularly when Aemond was making an attempt to coax Vhagar the dragon to let him journey it? Yeah, it was like staring right into a cup of black espresso squinting to see outlines.

This can be a complicated present. I’ve learn Fireplace & Blood, the 736-page guide it is based mostly on, so I just about know what is going on on. However for a extra informal viewer, it is obtained to really feel such as you want a flowchart to maintain up. Each different character’s title is AE-something, or RH-something, they’re all associated and/or married to one another, and everybody’s obtained some type of declare to the Iron Throne. I really like the present, however that is why I simply need to have the ability to see it.

 I am not alone. One Twitter person implored HBO to lighten issues up on Sunday, tweeting, “Can I get slightly gentle on this episode?”

Different folks complained on to the HBO Max Assist Twitter account, however the official responses could not have been very satisfying.

“We recognize you reaching out a few evening scene in Home of the Dragon: Episode 7 showing darkish in your display,” the response learn. “The dimmed lighting of this scene was an intentional inventive resolution.” (THIS scene? There wasn’t only one, HBO!)

So, OK, don’t try to regulate your set — the filmmakers need it this darkish. However there is a rising tide on social media protesting the “inventive resolution.”

One viewer wrote, “I get that the showrunners need to convey, ‘sneaky shit occurs at evening’ However ppllleeeeeaaaaasssseeeeee add slightly extra shade, cuz that is me,” including the meme picture from the present Neighborhood displaying actor Ken Jeong squinting at a tiny piece of paper.

Joked one other, “The lighting finances for this episode: $12.”

And one other Twitter person is making an attempt to get the hashtags #HBOFixTheLighting and #HBOWeWantLight trending.

One person shared two pictures of Daemon and Rhaenyra strolling on the seaside — one wherein they’re clearly seen and simple to see, and one other which may have been filmed by chocolate pudding.

A cinematographer weighed in to say we should not be blaming the lighting.

“This is not a lighting problem; it is a shade grading problem,” Oren Soffer wrote. “The second nonetheless was shot in broad daylight — loads of gentle. It was graded to look this darkish, although, which is the issue. Begging folks to at the very least attempt to perceive the issues they’re (rightfully) complaining about.”

Lighting or shade grading, it looks as if showrunners would need their costly, fastidiously filmed scenes to be seen. 

Home of the Dragon has a darkish plot — with homicide, torture and every kind of bloody vengeance. Does it additionally must be visually darkish?

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