The aftermath of the Battle Of Winterfell or The Long Night continued to get crazier as many fans were still complaining about several aspects they found to be troublesome in the episode. Plot points and story problems aside, one of the biggest problems the fans had was the dark scenes in the episode which were so much that at times one couldn't make out who is fighting whom.
Responding to this, cinematographer Fabian Wagner had something important to say. The man laid the blame on the TV settings.
A lot of the problem is that a lot of people don’t know how to tune their TVs properly,” Wagner told Wired UK. “A lot of people also, unfortunately, watch it on small iPads, which in no way can do justice to a show like that anyway.”
Even the room a viewer watches in, can have an impact on the visuals, Wagner adds: “Game of Thrones is a cinematic show, and therefore you have to watch it like you’re at a cinema: in a darkened room… if you watch a night scene in a brightly lit room, then that won’t help you see the image properly.”
Besides, the episode’s murky visual palette was a conscious choice, Wagner notes, to match the combatants’ sense of confusion: “The showrunners decided that this had to be a dark episode… Another look would have been wrong. Everything we wanted people to see is there.” And he doesn’t even mind if you don’t catch every last visual nuance, he says: “Personally, I don’t have to always see what’s going on, because it’s more about the emotional impact.”
In the end, though, the veteran cinematographer — who has shot six previous Thrones episodes, including epic installments like “Hardhome” and “Battle of the Bastards” — considers his years of experience behind the lens to be the final word. When asked by TMZ about fans’ complaints about the episode being too dark, he sniffed: “I know it wasn’t too dark because I shot it.”