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Game Of Thrones cinematographer Fabian Wagner defends the Battle of Winterfell’s dark scenes

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Contrary to the divided opinion of fans about the strategy used in the most anticipated battle in Game of Thrones, there was one issue that almost all the fans were united about – the low lighting of the episode. Hilarious memes have been circulated with Melisandre being thanked for the fire she set up on Dothraki blades, to dragons being applauded for helping with brightness whenever they could. However, cinematographer Fabian Wagner who worked on the episode thinks otherwise.

Game Of Thrones cinematographer Fabian Wagner defends the Battle of Winterfell's dark scenes

Wagner, in an interview with Wired, blamed HBO for compressing the episode in a manner that had a direct impact on the clarity, resulting in pixalation and muddy patches surrounded by dark light. The cinematographer who has worked on epic episodes like Battle of the Bastards and Hardhome, said that most of the viewers watch episodes on smaller screens, thereby affecting the viewing experience. The intention of the lighting was supposed to show the war as intense, claustrophobic and disorienting.

Wagner asserts that the episode was not meant to be confusing and hence for the perfect viewing experience it should’ve be watched in darker rooms and bigger screens.

A lot of the problem is that a lot of people don’t know how to tune their TVs properly,” he said. “A lot of people also unfortunately watch it on small iPads, which in no way can do justice to a show like that anyway.

What are your thoughts about Wagner’s statements? Let us know in the comments section.






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Watched it on a 65″ OLED TV in pitch darkness. The scenes were pure black at times with no detail, so there is either a compression or a source issue.

Linda
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The lack of light in the battle scenes completely ruined what would otherwise have been epic. I actually had to google to find out who died and who survived and that was after viewing it twice!

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The dark, foggy effect, played havoc with my nerves, made me feel frustrated and added to my confusion. Just like it would be in battle. Job done! Brilliant!

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No issues. Enjoyed the feeling the darkness gave but could still easily see what was going on. 10 year old 40 inch Samsung TV via Hulu over WiFi.

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Watched on a large screen one year old tv and still had to get up and walk up to the screen multiple times to try and determine what was going on. As for turning up brightness, the lighting should have been adjusted for a normal tv viewing not us adjusting our sets. Loved the episode, but had to rewatch large portions to try and see who was fighting.

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I’ve never been in any kind of an actual battle, but I imagine that if one is in battle, especially at night, it is difficult to see, difficult to distinguish friend from foe, difficult to see where the enemy fire (or friendly fire) is coming from or going to, and insanely tense. I felt like the darkness of the scenes accomplished that and really added to the tension, and was a positive aspect of this episode.

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Even on a 4K changing the settings several times(I had to watch it more than once as it was dark) and still is hard to see.

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I don’t think that blaming the viewers helps any. Yes, night battles are claustrophobic and hard to see, I have been there in real life, but, isn’t it just worth the courtesy of giving fans a better experience? We pay for it when all is said and done. Please don’t blame someone else.

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Kit Harington looks back at his fondest memory from Game of Thrones

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Kit Harington looks back at his fondest memory from Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones has been over for a while now, but we’re still obsessing over it. It seems like we might not be the only ones still not over the show as in a recent interview Kit Harington who played the role of Jon Snow revealed that he still thinks about the show a lot and also look back on some of his older fondest memories from the show.  Read on!

Kit was recently at the 2020 Golden Globe Awards where he was the only Game of Thrones actor nominated for one. Ryan Seacrest of E! Caught up with them for a short interview bit on the red carpet. Check the video out:

Seacrest noted he was the only Game of Thrones member present at the awards (except Jason Momoa). Kit said:

“I haven’t got my gang. It’s odd. I haven’t been to these things without the rest of us around. So I’m a little jealous of the Succession dudes.”

Kit was nominated for the Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series (Drama) category but did not win. Seacrest then asked him if he still thought about Jon Snow:

“I think about him all the time. It was always just getting into costume the first day back, getting into that outfit and just sort of being back on set, back with him on character. I loved it. It’s in retrospect that you start loving it. It does go by fast. Ten years, like that.”

Well, we hope Kit knows that we miss Jon Snow just as much as he does.  what do you guys think? Talk to us in the comments, down below!






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Game of Thrones cast members discuss the reasons behind the success of the show

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Games of Thrones cast dissects the success of the show

Game of Thrones ended its glorious run of eight seasons earlier this year. During its run, the show garnered immense following and success. Ever since the show finished its run, there have been lots of postmortem of the show by fans and critics alike. Recently the cast joined in the discussion and tried to explain their reasons for the mammoth success of the show. Read on to find out!

Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner, Kristofer Hivju, Richard Dormer, Jerome Flynn, and Isaac Hempstead Wright recently spoke to IGN and answered questions in their own candid style.

Games of Thrones' cast dissects the success of the show

On asked about why the show became such a global cultural phenomenon, Maisie Williams gestured towards herself!

Sophie Turner on the other hand said:

“Fantastical elements that gave the escapism, the very human interaction and emotions” was what she believed was the perfect combination.

Kristofer Hivju a.k.a. Tormund Giantsbane on the show thought:

“It is so much that is unexpected, it doesn’t follow any rules of storytelling.” He also added the sheer amount of hard work that about 2000 people put in on the show had also something to do about making the show a giant success.

Jerome Flynn that played the character of Bronn on the show said:

“The richness of character that George originally created had so much wide array of emotions. The job the makers did of translating the characters from book to the screen and also the epic nature that HBO brought to the show”

Flynn believed are all part of the reasons why the show was such a massive success. Isaac Hempstead on the other hand believed:

“The attention to detail on the show was unparalleled. Literally, the books on the show were handwritten by the props department and you might only see it for 2 minutes..”

He also credited writer George R. R. Martin for creating such a vast universe through his books.

Wasn’t it nice to see the whole cast talking about the show so fondly? Let us know why you thought the show became such a big success?






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Emilia Clarke on why she doesn’t drink with her family on Christmas

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Emilia Clarke on why she doesn’t drink at home on Christmas

Game of Thrones finished months ago but Emilia Clarke‘s career has continued to scale new heights. While promoting her latest movie “Last Christmas“, Clarke recently spoke to AceShowbiz. She spoke about the holiday season and her modus operandi of celebrations. Read on!

No drinks for Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke on Christmas

Everybody loves the holiday season and so does the Games of Thrones star Emilia Clarke. She revealed how her mode of celebration varies according to the company:

“We celebrate every year at home in London. I’ll also meet up with my friends around Christmas time and we’ll get drunk together”

Clarke then added:

“But that’s a different kind of celebrating – that doesn’t happen with the family. My mother would never allow it.”

Well, wasn’t that a remarkable revelation from an actress who arguably played the most powerful character on the show! Emilia Clarke’s portrayal of Daenerys Targaryen A.K.A. Khaleesi on Game of Thrones received critical acclaim and lots of popularity all over.

What do you think about this revelation from our Khaleesi? Let us know in the comments below!






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