I managed to sit through about 20 minutes of an episode a week or two ago, and the very first thought that came to my mind was that I wanted to be the owner of the local candleworks because every room had at least 50 or 100 candles burning for no reason at all.
I think that despite the darkness of the series (which I have NOT watched), they don't want to face up to how very dark people's lives were in that era (?) mishmash of different historical periods and regions... Yes, weren't all actual candles beeswax in such an era - of course there were also oil lamps, but people also needed oil and fat for cooking.
You don't know what you're missing. I just this second finished watching the last ever episode. In many ways it lacked the suspense it should have had, probably because so many scenes showcased Kit Harington, who acting-wise is like an extremely bland version of Oliver Reed.