Episode 3 of Game of Thrones, titled "The Long Night" aired yesterday, and a lot of deaths went down. At least, we think that they did. There was a pretty big problem with the episode for many people on social media, and it wasn't with the decision to put all the women and children in a room with lots of dead people in it.
No one could see anything. It wasn't just your television screen or smartphone, it was everyone. Just look at this great image of Theon Greyjoy, just kidding it's Beric Dondarrion.
This one is actually Samwell Tarly, though.
Thankfully, Melisandre redeemed herself for murdering Renly Baratheon with a shadow baby and burning Shireen alive by giving us some lighting.
The show's producers have previously said that night scenes are so dark in the show because they're aiming for realism. And it's getting even darker as the seasons change.
"I think we're all very much on the same page where we're trying to be as naturalistic as possible," Robert McLachlan, a cinematographer, told INSIDER in 2017.
But Twitter users were still quick to take to the social media platform when the Dothraki swords went out and they couldn't see who was dying. "How we all watched Game of Thrones tonight," one user tweeted. "For the screen is dark and full of terrors..."
"Me trying to see who’s fighting whom in the dark," another added.
One Twitter use complained by pointing out how expensive the episode was to film.
"HBO: Let's make a show about dragons and zombies and spend a gazillion dollars on it."
"Also HBO: Let's make it so dark literally no one can tell what's happening."
Others posted photos of pure black to try and prank their friends.
"Sure we can’t see anything on Game of Thrones without squinting," this user wrote. "But the thing is, it’s DARK at night and the ice dragon show is extremely committed to realism."
While this fan pointed out how excitement quickly turned into confusion: "It's kind of hilarious that after I spent the day expecting Twitter to explode with emotion during Game of Thrones, all that's on my TL, from like 30 different people, is "Why is it so dark?""
Thankfully, it wasn't just our tired old eyes.
Hopefully the last three episodes won't leave us squinting. The HBO series returns Sunday at 9 p.m. EST for the showdown between Daenerys and Cersei.
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