The Game of Thrones stars are set to receive thicker paycheques in the HBO drama’s final two years with hefty salary raises, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Game of Thrones leads Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister) are set to earn in excess of $500,000 per episode of season seven.
An eighth season is yet to be officially announced but is widely expected to be the show’s swansong after the showrunners, David Benioff and DB Weiss, revealed they envisaged 10-15 episodes left.
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There will be seven episodes in season seven and six for the eighth, which is expected to be the last.
David said: “I think we’re down to our final 13 episodes after this season. We’re heading into the final lap.
“That’s the guess, though nothing is yet set in stone, but that’s what we’re looking at.”
The contracts of the remaining stars, including Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) and others, have yet to be finalised.
The previous deals signed by the cast saw them earn $300,000-per-episode. despite the enormous popularity of the show, the Game of Thrones actors will not earn as much as the stars of The Big Bang Theory, who are currently earning $1 million an episode.