[Mild spoilers ahead.] We’ve once again gone through last night’s “Game of Thrones,” lightening shots to catch invisible details. The show is broadcast to be so visually dark that it’s often impossible to see what’s happening on-screen.
As an example, when Euron Greyjoy’s ship finally shows up, what I could see on my screen did not compare with the menace communicated by the same shot that I lightened:
So what else did you miss? For one thing, whatever interior decorator Daenarys hired for Dragonstone should be fired:
Speaking of furniture, we see that Ser Jorah Mormont, an anointed (if disgraced) knight, only rates a twin bed and a lame octagonal stool….
…whereas Grey Worm, an orphaned Unsullied, not only gets a fancy chair…
…but also gets a full-size bed:
Meanwhile, while sailing the Sea of Dorne, the Sand Sisters get hammocks belowdecks, and are sensibly alternating directions in order to facilitate conversation.
While it’s not really “furniture,” over at Winterfell we see that they have these outdoor braziers that kind of look like wastebaskets. What’s with the spiky protrusions up top, do you reckon that’s the designer’s way of saying “Hey don’t put your hand here, this thing is dangerous”?
Oddly enough the indoor braziers at Winterfell don’t have the user-unfriendly spikes, but have four rings by which these can presumably be carried.
The overhead chandeliers back at Dragonstone, meanwhile, have a rather user-unfriendly feature: Downward-pointing metal spikes, just above head level.
The chandelier’s designer has also made no provision for catching dripping wax.
Yellow candles, by the way, seem to be all that people can get in Westeros.
And this episode, we were surprised to see that the Citadel Library has parquet floors. We also get a better look at their storage methodology: Scrolls are stored up top, books down below.
And we still can’t figure out what those chains on the shelves are for.
Meanwhile, over at King’s Landing, we get a look at the Anti-Dragon Ballistic Missile that Qyburn has been working on (and which was obviously based on Leonardo da Vinci’s Giant Crossbow).
In any case, we here at Core77 want to shout-out production designer Deborah Riley and all of the unsung folks in the GoT art department. We know that you guys and gals put in a lot of time to create these sets, and we want you to know that we appreciate it, even if we don’t get to see it during the original airings.
(Question for fellow viewers: I am watching the show via my HBO Now subscription, and find the images impossibly dark; for those of you watching it on proper cable, are the images any lighter/more easily discernible?)