‘Game of Thrones’ Fans Have Déjà Vu From Scenes In Recent ‘House of the Dragon’ Episode

‘Game of Thrones’ fans are not happy about the dimly-lit scenes from this week’s ‘House of the Dragon’ episode, and they’re making their frustrations known.

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While House of the Dragon aired yet another spectacular episode this past Sunday, many fans are experiencing some major déjà vu from the episode’s dimly-lit scenes. Outraged Game of Thrones fans took to Twitter to express their distaste over multiple scenes they said were too dark to see during episode seven of House of the Dragon, comparing it to an episode from the final season of Thrones.

Most fans will remember when this same issue arose in 2019 about “The Long Night,” a major battle episode in the final season of Game of Thrones. Many fans expected an epic battle to rival “The Battle of the Bastards” but were instead met with dimly-lit battle scenes that forced viewers to squint to even partially make out what was happening on screen.

Both “The Long Night” and the most recent House of the Dragon episode were directed by Emmy winner and Thrones alum Miguel Sapochnik.

In between hilarious reactions to the events unfolding during the episode, fans didn’t hold back about their distaste for the show’s lighting choices.

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Some even took to calling out HBO directly, to which one of HBO’s Twitter accounts addressed and defended the issue, calling it an “intentional creative decision.”

HBO Max’s Help account tweeted, “We appreciate you reaching out about a night scene in House of the Dragon: Episode 7 appearing dark on your screen. The dimmed lighting of this scene was an intentional creative decision.”

Sapochnik is no stranger to this criticism and even addressed it in an interview with IndieWire back in 2019 when talking about the Battle for Winterfell. Defending the episode’s creative choices, Sapochnick said the cinematography of “The Long Night” was heavily influenced by the plot and grim atmosphere of the episode.

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“[The episode] is made to be watched in a cinema with as many people as you can stick in there and I don’t have a solution for the problem that arose out of it,” Sapochnik said. “It made sense that this was the last hope humanity has, the last beacon of light, and from the perspective of where we needed the story to go— which was to reach a surreal, chaotic climax— we needed an environment that was friendly to that. So all the reasons for doing it were there, and nobody sat there and wondered if it was going to be too dark.”

HBO’s House of the Dragon airs Sundays at 9pm ET. Don’t forget to tune in this Sunday for episode seven, and check back here afterward for our weekly Twitter reaction round-up!

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