I have been binge watching Game of Thrones this past week. It is a hard show to watch, in that even when I know a favourite character is going to die it is difficult to watch the scenes leading up to the death, though the death itself is often easy enough. Even when I know a high tension situation will result in the protagonist escaping I desperately worry about them dying nonetheless.
One thing I have noticed is that there is WAY too much fire in that show.
Everywhere anyone goes there are torches, candles, blazing braziers, and lanterns. Somehow everyone has access to armies of people with nothing else to do but produce light for them.
Now I know that most of the characters are nobles who in fact do have armies of peasants producing things for them, but this is true even for those who are desperately poor and in dire circumstances. Every library scene seems to have dozens of candles burning for no reason. Every bedroom has lanterns going at all hours. All kinds of nearly abandoned places have fires burning merrily at all times in every corner... who is chopping all that wood?!?
I know, I know. It is for mood, for good shots, so we can actually see the characters. With reasonable lighting in the scenes everything would be shadows, and we wouldn't be able to get the most out of gratuitous nudity if things weren't well lit.
But geez, do the writers have any idea how much effort it takes to get all the oil and wax and wood that the people in that world burn with no care whatever for how long it took to acquire it? I know about chopping wood, and nobody would waste that much when they could get someone to do something else productive instead of flatten every forest in the nation.
I am fine with visions of the future, dragons, blood magic, and absurdly large ancient buildings. But there is WAY too much fire in Game of Thrones.
Spend a few weekends chopping wood yourself and you won't be able to unsee it either, mark my words.