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‘Game of Thrones’ defeats many fans’ brightness settings

Bless The Red Woman for letting fans see what's happening.

Apr 29, 2019, 8:17 am

Internet Culture

 

Alyse Stanley

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.

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.

https://twitter.com/devinvasion/status/1122697433094524929

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.

https://twitter.com/A2OAbdelkader/status/1122688994897215488

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.

https://twitter.com/metalheadjunkie/status/1122837697842880519

https://twitter.com/Von_Gottesburg/status/1122785776163540992

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.

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*First Published: Apr 29, 2019, 8:17 am