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Sunday’s highly anticipated Battle of Winterfell-focused episode of HBO’s Game of Thrones started off with a wave of criticism from viewers frustrated with how dark the cinematography was.
Sunday’s installment — the longest in Game of Thrones history — was filmed amid a sea of darkness, snow and, later, smoke and fire in a bid, one would presume, to have viewers experience the sense of insanity on the front lines of the deadly battle. However, it also made multiple scenes very challenging to decipher as viewers struggled to identified the living from the dead and fan favorites from the White Walkers.
if you had trouble seeing what was happening on Game of Thrones, it’s a great time to tell your cable provider (hi @Xfinity) you’re sick of them over-compressing their signal
— Sam Adams (@SamuelAAdams) April 29, 2019
— Sophie Myers (@snh_myers) April 29, 2019
— Nora Dominick (@noradominick) April 29, 2019
just an incredible episode so far pic.twitter.com/43JpqyvWbj
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) April 29, 2019
all jokes aside I’m very happy for the dark person shaped blur that did the thing with the other dark person shaped blur and [squints] a cat? I think? https://t.co/eu1aAHTJRA
— Mark Berman (@markberman) April 29, 2019
shout out to everyone else learning their tv is trash in real time
— Katie Nolan (@katienolan) April 29, 2019
The real Game of Thrones is trying to see what the hell is happening on my pitch dark screen #BattleForWinterfell
— Molly Knight (@molly_knight) April 29, 2019
The visual scheme of tonight’s episode of #GamefThrones was apparently inspired by the final scene of The Sopranos
— Gregg Kilday (@gkilday) April 29, 2019
HBO declined to comment.
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