For fans, Episode 7 included several twists and turns. Laena’s burial was mournful, Aemond stole Vhagar and claimed to be his own, losing an eye in the process, and Rhaeynra eventually wed her uncle Daemon. Many people vented their anger on Twitter about the cinematography, labeling it “unwatchable” due to how darkly lit they were. The fans didn’t enjoy the dimly lighted scenes across the entire series. The irritation was reasonable, given that the episode had several moments that were essential to the larger plot of the show.
Since the program’s premiere on the HBO Max platform, lighting has been criticized repeatedly. This Sunday, The House of the Dragon fans claimed that the episodes’ dark, gloomy sequences even brought to mind the worst parts of the original Game of Thrones. One fan tweeted, “It’s honestly the DARKEST series I’ve ever seen.”
Instead of using the artificial lighting that so many Hollywood movies do to brighten the night, director Miguel Sapochnik decided it was more realistic to rely on natural sources. As a result, most viewers found it challenging to see anything in “The Long Night” episode, even after adjusting the display light on their televisions or monitors and turning it up.
One fan wrote: “I’m gonna need @hbomax to issue a written apology for literally a whole episode of black screen of #HouseOfTheDragon
To which HBO replied with Hi Stephen! We appreciate you reaching out about a night scene in House of the Dragon: Episode 7 appearing dark on your screen. The dimmed lighting of this scene was an intentional creative decision. Thanks! ^LL
Hi Stephen! We appreciate you reaching out about a night scene in House of the Dragon: Episode 7 appearing dark on your screen. The dimmed lighting of this scene was an intentional creative decision. Thanks! ^LL— HBOMaxHelp (@HBOMaxHelp) October 3, 2022
Several other fans also complained about Episdoe being too dark:
— Daryl Tucker (@thedaryltucker) October 3, 2022