Hey HBO, ‘Home of the Dragon’ Is Too Darkish to See

Having fun with HBO Max’s Home of the Dragon? Me too. At the least, what I can see of the Sport of Thrones prequel. Seven episodes in, it is honest 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 night time, was particularly darkish. Spoilers forward

Daemon and Rhaenyra are hard to see in this dark image of them on the beach from episode 7

Squint and possibly you may see them. 


Laena Verlaryon’s funeral scene was exterior and principally OK. However something happening contained in the fort, or after dusk? It was like I used to be making an attempt to see my hand by means of a chunk of black development paper. There have been shapes? And generally the Targaryen blond hair was seen? However when Otto cuffed a drunk Aegon, and when Daemon and Rhaenyra had been strolling on the seashore, 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 e-book it is primarily based on, so I just about know what is going on on. However for a extra informal viewer, it is acquired to really feel such as you want a flowchart to maintain up. Each different character’s identify is AE-something, or RH-something, they’re all associated and/or married to one another, and everybody’s acquired some type of declare to the Iron Throne. I 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 just a little mild on this episode?”

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

“We respect you reaching out a few night time scene in Home of the Dragon: Episode 7 showing darkish in your display screen,” 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 wish to convey, ‘sneaky shit occurs at night time’ However ppllleeeeeaaaaasssseeeeee add just a little extra coloration, cuz that is me,” including the meme picture from the present Group 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 photos of Daemon and Rhaenyra strolling on the seashore — one during which they’re clearly seen and straightforward to see, and one other that may have been filmed by means of chocolate pudding.

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

“This is not a lighting difficulty; it is a coloration grading difficulty,” Oren Soffer wrote. “The second nonetheless was shot in broad daylight — loads of mild. It was graded to look this darkish, although, which is the issue. Begging folks to no less than attempt to perceive the issues they’re (rightfully) complaining about.”

Lighting or coloration grading, it looks like 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 need to be visually darkish?

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