Have trouble viewing the most recent episode of Game of Thrones? This episode had the night battle between the living and the dead. Many viewers complained about not being able to see it well. The battle took place in very poorly lit environments, and fans were very upset about not being able to see the action that took place.
Cinematographer Fabian Wagner explains that filming in that manner was done on purpose. He said it’s your TV’s fault, settings or quality, if you had problems seeing the show correctly. Wagner continues on to explain that the show is shot and filmed as if it were being shown at a movie theatre, even though the majority of people watch it compressed on smaller streaming devices.
The choice to film the battle so dark and chaotic was purely an artistic choice. “We’d seen so many battle scenes over the years — to make it truly impactful and to care for the characters, you have to find a unique way of portraying the story”, explained Wagner. He blamed viewer’s technology for the bad quality of the episode. “A lot of the problem is that a lot of people don’t know how to tune their TVs properly,” Wagner said. He goes on to say to 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.”
There are numerous different technological reasons why the viewing of the episode was not up to par. Some of which are varying connection speeds, brightness level of TV’s, backlight level, additional lighting sources nearby, etc. Wagner recommends using Amazon to stream the episodes due to the higher bitrate.