HBO Responds to Home of the Dragon 1×07 Unhealthy Lighting

“Home of the Dragon” season one, episode seven, titled “Driftmark,” noticed the fractured Targaryen royal household come collectively at Driftmark to mourn the loss of life of Laena Valyrian. A dragon was stolen, somebody misplaced a watch, and a brand new marriage emerged. The episode was satisfying in nearly each approach, all the best way right down to its mind-blowing twist ending. There was only one factor that left a nasty style in followers’ mouths: the horrible lighting.

Because the solar set over the coast of Driftmark, the lighting within the episode grew to become so darkish, it was onerous to find out what was occurring on display screen in scenes that befell open air. One scene followers have been notably upset about having to squint by way of was that of Daemon and Rhaenyra consummating their relationship after over a decade of (*cough* incestual *cough*) longing.

Followers on Twitter stated as a lot, criticizing the present’s creators for dampening an in any other case wonderful episode and sharing examples of different reveals which have perfected their night-time lighting.

The backlash was so loud and swift, HBO Max issued a response nearly instantly. When person @Zephyr757 tweeted straight at HBO Max, writing, “I am gonna want @hbomax to concern a written apology for actually a complete episode of black display screen of #HouseOfTheDragon. That is ridiculous,” they really obtained the streamer’s consideration. Shortly after episode seven ended on Oct. 2, the HBO Max Assist Twitter account responded, insisting the darkish lighting was an inventive alternative. “Hello Stephen! We respect you reaching out a few night time scene in Home of the Dragon: Episode 7 showing darkish in your display screen. The dimmed lighting of this scene was an intentional artistic determination. Thanks!”

Followers aren’t fully glad with HBO Max’s clarification, although. So far as they’re involved, this episode will go down in Westeros historical past alongside “Recreation of Thrones”‘s infamously darkish season eight episode “The Lengthy Night time.”

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