I agree with Keith and Markus. Everything is up to artistic interpretation, and artistic interpretation is all subjective. We were asked to score the scene, not the show. The context doesn’t matter. Whether it’s something HBO would actually use doesn’t matter. It’s 100% our interpretation of the materials we were provided.
Those of us who interpreted the scene comedically are just as right as those who interpreted it dramatically. There is no wrong answer here. Only choices.
I think part of the anger might stem from people putting artificial constraints on what they thought was expected. The only requirements were to enhance the viewing experience, be creatively inventive, and progress the story being told. Anything within that framework is acceptable.