'It wasn't too dark': Maligned Game of Thrones cinematographer lashes out at HBO for The Long Night

S08E03 of Game of Thrones brought one of the most memorable moments in the series so far.

But while many fans raved about the quality of the episode, many were left unimpressed with the gloomy lighting; the darkness making it difficult to make out what was happening.

However, cinematographer Fabian Wagner insists the darkness in 'The Long Night' wasn't his fault.

He told TMZ he understood the darkness was due to television network HBO's "compression" of episode three.

Game of Thrones had always been a "very dark and a very cinematic show", he said.

"Ideally, this means viewing it like you would a movie - in a dark theatre," he told TMZ. Wagner recommended making the room dark when viewing episodes.

He added the director wanted the particular episode to be dark. Intensity was intended for the battle scenes but not confusion, he said.

"We tried to give the viewers and fans a cool episode to watch," he told TMZ. "I know it wasn't too dark because I shot it."

On Twitter, many fans made jibes about the darkness. One posted a photo of a blank screen saying: "This is my favourite shot from the latest episode of Game of Thrones. Crazy cinematography."

Another joked: "Imagine if the worst problem you had in your life was that a Game of Thrones episode that takes place at night was dark".


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