After an impossible to see episode 7, HBO responds to criticism

After the broadcast of an almost impossible to see episode 7, HBO had to explain itself officially.

episode 7 of house of the dragon went online this Monday, October 3 at OCS. The end is near for the Targaryen family, but this week some have had a hard time staying in front of their screens. This time, there is no unbearable sex or violence, but scenes that are too dark, sometimes impossible to see, some fans report on Twitter.

If you felt like you were looking at a black screen on Monday, you were definitely not alone. Faced with numerous criticisms, HBO finally decided to speak. The chain confirmed that it was not no technical problemor even a failed calibration, but a “intentional creative decision“which leads to this”dim lighting“.

In an official statement released later, the firm finally tempered the problem, stating that less than 1% of posts shared on social media in connection with the broadcast of House of the Dragon episode 7 evoked its lackluster.

HBO loves the dark

Remember that the criticism surrounding this episode 7 is not new. During the broadcast of the third episode of season 8 of games of throne in 2019, viewers had already criticized the scene of the battle against the Night King’s army, considered too dark to watch. At the time, the episode was directed by Miguel Sapochnik, who currently serves as co-showrunner on house of the dragon.

If the director seems to take his artistic choice to the end, we can nevertheless regret his lack of respect for the public. In the cutting room, the crew often benefits from a large-format screen perfectly calibrated to show the highlights and the darkest scenes.

In fact, it’s often on a smaller screen that viewers discover episodes. Whether it’s a TV, a computer, a tablet, sometimes even a smartphone, ambient light and HBO compression are likely drastically reduce the color and light ranges of an image. Hence the very dark photography of this episode 7.

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