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Fans Slam House of the Dragon for 'The Worst Lighting on TV'

"I thought my TV was broken."
  • Emma D'Arcy and Matt Smith in House of the Dragon. (Photo: HBO)
    Emma D'Arcy and Matt Smith in House of the Dragon. (Photo: HBO)

    The night is dark and full of terrors... and House of the Dragon, if you really squint and tilt your head juuuuust right.

    Last night's installment of the Game of Thrones spin-off, "Driftmark", left fans frustrated and confused after a dramatic beach scene became so dark it was near-impossible to see. Complaints about poorly lit scenes were often levied at Game of Thrones, but until now, House of the Dragon had seemingly avoided repeating the mistakes of its predecessor (for the most part). 

    After the scene in question darkened TV screens across the world, fans took to Twitter to slam House of the Dragon for its lack of lighting. "I'm watching a black screen 30 mins in," one viewer wrote. "I thought my TV was broken," tweeted another. 

    The darkness was apparently no mistake, either. In response to viewers' complaints about the scene, the official HBOMaxHelp Twitter explained that the "dimmed lighting of this scene was an intentional creative decision":

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    Jade Budowski is a freelance writer with a knack for ruining punchlines and harboring dad-aged celebrity crushes. She was previously a reporter/producer at Decider and is a member of the Television Critics Association. Follow her on Twitter: @jadebudowski.

    TOPICS: House of the Dragon, HBO, Game of Thrones