**There are no spoilers in this article**
Art is undeniably subjective. Nobody is right all of the time and even brilliant filmmakers like director Steven Spielberg miss the mark like his box office disaster “1941,” “The BFG” and “The Adventures of Tintin.” Nobody, not even Spielberg, is invincible.
And while “Game of Thrones” might be the biggest show of all time, the filmmakers made a specific choice that has everybody divided.
Everyone had high expectations for “Game of Thrones,” the final 8th season when the first episode premiered a few weeks ago. The ratings were monstrous – even on an international scale.
And the premiere ended with a moment between Jaime Lannister and Bran Stark that recalled something back all the way to the very first episode of the series. Once rivals, these different families are forced to put their differences aside so that they can take on the Night King and defeat his zombie army.
But the problem with this epic battle – the showdown – was that the lighting was too dark to really discern what was going on. It was incredibly frustrating and it caused people to speculate whether this was done intentionally to cut budgetary costs or whether it was a choice by the filmmakers.
There was even a big argument on Twitter about who lived and who died because you couldn’t really tell.
But that’s when the memes took over.
Here are some of the funniest ones.
— Free Folk Memes (@FreeFolkMemes) April 29, 2019
— tyrannosaurus regina (@laur_rach) April 29, 2019
Many people were rather furious with how irritating it was to watch the big battle sequence.
So far, this is big, but also defined mostly by the fact that it’s visually totally unintelligible? #GameofThrones
— Alyssa Rosenberg (@AlyssaRosenberg) April 29, 2019
The widely held universal fact is that it was hard to tell what was going on. But it’s more likely that it was done intentionally.
Colin Hanks – Tom Hanks’ son and the actor known for “Fargo,” and “Orange County” – probably put it best when he wrote, “Yes, it was dark, and hard to see but that’s the point. That’s what made it feel that much more claustrophobic and inevitable. A nightmare experience that even made The Hound think it was futile. That’s why I liked it.”
It’s almost without question that “Game of Thrones” is one of the biggest television shows of all time, if not the biggest, and that’s mainly because the hit HBO show has a bigger audience in Europe than anywhere else.
The point being; they could’ve thrown a massive amount of money at this episode if they wanted to because HBO can afford it, but Colin Hanks is probably dead-on. The producers and writers were hard-pressed on using the power of suggestion to intensify the situation.
Colin Hanks nailed it with his second tweet too which read, “Also, since they can’t spend 150 million dollars on one episode, I see no difference between using darkness to obscure CG white walkers your budget can’t afford to show on that size and scope, than say… Using water to hide a shark that doesn’t really work on your budget.”
He’s of course referring to the movie “Jaws” where you don’t see the shark too often in the movie.