‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7: Cast Members Get Huge Pay Raises!
“Game of Thrones” season 7 is still several months away but it seems House HBO has decided to reward its loyal vassals early. At least five of the show’s main characters are expected to make more than $500,000 each per episode come next season.Advertisement
The five actors are Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen), Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister) and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister). Each are expected to make a whopping $671,000 in “Game of Thrones” season 7.
This comes as no surprise given the show’s popularity but it is still a huge leap considering that the same five netted close to $300,000 this season. This makes them one of the highest-paid actors in television.
HBO seems to be breaking the Iron Bank with these pay raises, hopefully, the infusion of cash not only goes to the actors but to production as well. Everyone saw what a few million dollars can do to an episode such as “Battle of the Bastards.”
According to The Sydney Morning Herald, while the huge pay raise is definitely good news, this doesn’t change the fact that any of their characters could get killed later on in the show. With the events in “Game of Thrones” escalating into a new war, no one is safe come season 7.
The final episodes of the series are still unwritten and there could be an executioner’s ax hidden there. Fortunately, most of the actors are no longer confined to Westeros as most of them have careers outside the show.
Sophie Turner and Emilia Clarke are now household names after starring in “X-Men: Apocalypse” and “Terminator: Genisys” respectively.
Most of the cast were even struggling actors before landing a role in “Game of Thrones” and it will be difficult not to know who they are now.
Maisie Williams even admitted that she auditioned for the role of Arya Stark just so that she could buy a new laptop. Others were even saved from a life of prostitution after getting a spot on the show.
Hopefully, the story does not end with “Game of Thrones.” With so much source material and a large readily available fanbase, a sequel or spin-off is definitely a good idea.
Watch the season 6 finale “Winds of Winter” this Sunday 9 PM Eastern Time only on HBO.