- When the third episode of the final season of “Game of Thrones” airs on Sunday night, it’ll be the longest episode of the series at nearly 1.5 hours.
- The episode is likely to be very dark, in the literal sense — it features a massive battle at night in and around Winterfell, which is notoriously dark to begin with.
- There are a few simple things you can do to prepare your television for the best possible viewing experience.
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After eight seasons of buildup, one of the most-anticipated moments in “Game of Thrones” is about to finally happen.
The third episode of the show’s final season features the Battle for Winterfell: an 82-minute episode centered around a massive nighttime battle.
Given the show’s proclivity for nighttime scenes lit only by fire, the episode is also likely to be one of the darkest in its history. Rather than struggling through the darkness, we’ve got a handful of TV tips to make your viewing experience a bit more easy to see:
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1. The obvious stuff first: Turn down your ambient lighting (or turn it all the way off if possible).
There’s a good reason that all the lights are off when you go to the movie theater: Because it makes the movie easier to see!
The same logic applies here.
Rather than keeping the kitchen light on so you’re able to easily grab snacks, maybe just bring the snacks to the table and shut off your lights for the duration of the episode.
2. Turn up the brightness on your screen (to an acceptable level).
It’s not just you: “Game of Thrones” has gotten intentionally darker as the seasons have progressed.
“In season seven, of course, winter is here,” Robert McLachlan, a cinematographer, told INSIDER in 2017. “In the past, we had the shutters open out of necessity for the day interior [scenes] in Winterfell or Castle Black or Eastwatch, so that some daylight could make its way in. That was your primary lighting source. There was this rule there that nobody in this world would burn candles in the daytime because they’re a luxury item, they’re far too expensive.”
By season eight, the show is at peak darkness — a reflection of the show’s world, where winter has arrived.
One simple solution: Turn up the brightness setting on your television. If nothing else, this will help with details in especially dark scenes.
Beware, of course, not to go too crazy with the brightness — you risk completely washing out the image, and that’s no good for anyone.
3. Turn down the contrast setting on your TV.
Turning up your brightness will only get you so far — it’s contrast, which controls the disparity between white levels and black levels, that will help get you closer to something balanced. After turning up the brightness, head over to the contrast setting and turn it down.
Ideally, a balance of the two will help to make the entire scene brighter without getting too washed out.
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