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Game of Thrones‘ final season promises plenty of epic conclusions for fans of the nearly decade-long show, but few as highly anticipated as Sunday’s throwdown with the Night King and his undead wight army. Unfortunately for many fans, the hour-and-a-half nighttime battle—aptly titled “The Long Night—proved darker than their television and computer brightness settings could handle, leading to plenty of memes flooding Twitter almost immediately after the episode began to air.
tonight’s game of thrones really taught me a lot about the strength of the brightness settings on my tv— Andrew Goldfarb (@garfep) April 29, 2019
After all, when the majority of the cast’s lives are on the line, visibility is kind of important. Last year’s viral photo of Kalin Elisa squinting in disbelief made more than a few appearances in memes, as did last week’s passive-aggressive Daenerys’ squint.
Empire screenwriter Eric Haywood suggested a more accurate name for the night’s episode would have been “Turn The Brightness Up on That Bitch.”
Several fans began posting images of spoilers without context or shot from their favorite scenes, a.k.a. entirely black photos.
At one pivotal moment in the episode, the priestess Melisandre used her magic powers to light large portions of the battlefield in flames. Fans everywhere blessed her, not for her help in the battle but because they could finally see what the hell was happening on their televisions. A tweet by BuzzFeed writer Nora Dominick thanking The Red Woman wracked up over 100,000 likes in hours.
So while Game of Thrones fans appreciated finally getting the throwdown they’d been wanting for years, many had one tiny request for HBO: please don’t make it so dark next time.
Alyse Stanley is a video game and culture reporter based in Virginia with words at Polygon and USGamer. When she’s not writing about memes, she edits Unwinnable’s monthly magazine. You can follow her on Twitter @pithyalyse.