Here's How Much Money Game of Thrones Stars Will Make for Final Seasons
$500,000 per episode.
Game of Thrones' lead actors are all getting sizable pay raises, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen), and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister) will each receive more than $500,000 per episode for seasons seven and eight.
It's not immediately clear what the actors were being paid for the previous seasons. However, THR said when they signed their latest deal, in October 2014, they became "among the highest-paid actors on cable TV." The increase in pay is described as "hefty."
The contracts for Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), and others have yet to be finalized. HBO declined to comment.
For the sake of comparison, The Big Bang Theory leads Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, and Kaley Cuoco make around $1 million per episode, according to Deadline. The show airs on a major national network, CBS, while Game of Thrones is seen on premium cable channel HBO.
An eighth season of Game of Thrones has yet to be confirmed, but is expected to happen. It's also anticipated that season eight will be the show's final one.
Executive producers David Benioff and DB Weiss are planning only 13 more episodes after season six wraps this coming Sunday, June 26. This would come out to seven episodes for season seven and six for season eight. Previous seasons have always contained ten episodes.
"I think we're down to our final 13 episodes after this season. We're heading into the final lap," Benioff said back in April. "That's the guess, though nothing is yet set in stone, but that's what we're looking at."
For more on the latest episode of Game of Thrones, watch GameSpot of Thrones, in which we react to the events, analyze the fallout, and predict what will happen in the season finale.
To read about the biggest moments from the episode, check out our written recap. You can also watch this video to see how the epic Battle of the Bastards was made.
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