Game of Thrones’ Darkest Episode Just Won an Emmy Award

The closing season of HBO’s Game of Thrones might have drawn the ire of followers who had been displeased with the best way the fantasy epic performed out, however that hasn’t stopped the sequence from taking dwelling a handful of Emmys. has already snagged, on the time of this text’s writing, a complete of 5 Emmys, three of them being for one of probably the most controversial episodes of the ultimate season, “The Long Night”.

At the Creative Arts Emmys on Sunday, “The Long Night” was awarded Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score), Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One Hour), and Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series. These awards had been on prime of the general awards the sequence received which embody Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series and Outstanding Main Title Design.

The award for Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing could also be met with a bit of shock for followers of the HBO sequence. The episode was infamously very poorly lit, the darkness of the episode making it troublesome for some viewers to see the occasions unfolding through the Battle of Winterfell. After the episode aired, (and, to be truthful, throughout) followers had been fairly vocal concerning the lightning scenario with some going so far as to edit scenes to point out how they might have appeared had they been higher lit. However, from a narrative and cinematography standpoint, the sparing use of gentle truly is sensible. The episode is a couple of battle at night time, within the darkness. That’s just about what the whole episode was, a 90-minute battle scene by which the forces of Winterfell confronted off with the Night King. The lack of gentle drives dwelling the phobia of that battle in addition to immerse audiences within the emotions of concern, disorientation, and extra the characters had been experiencing in battle.

It might have been a troublesome method for some viewers, however it was additionally one which was in step with one thing cinematographer Robert McLachlan mentioned in 2017 concerning the use of pure gentle on the sequence.


“If you watch season one again, there’s a lot of unmotivated backlight,” he informed INSIDER. “Even day exteriors, you can tell that they’ve been lit. The cinematographers who’ve been doing it since then, I think we’re all very much on the same page where we’re trying to be as naturalistic as possible… to make these sets and locations feel as they’re absolutely not lit by us, but only by Mother Nature or some candles, so that it feels more naturalistic, albeit enhanced in some cases.”

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