The stars of the Emmy-award winning drama are in line to receive hefty salary raises for the likely seventh, eighth, and potentially final season of the fantasy drama based on George R.R. Martin novels, as sources confirmed.
Kit Harington as Jon Snow, Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen, Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister, Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister is said to be paid at the highest level of $500,000 per episode.
The rank “A” actors are said to have renegotiated their deals of characters’ performance.
Reports said, if the news is true, it does indicate that Jon, Tyrion, Daenerys, Jaime and Cersei will probably emerge unharmed from season six finale.
However, that doesn’t mean they’ll all survive in the HBO fantasy drama until its last, because quite surprises, unexpected plots, and climax will yet to be revealed.
The source also indicated that the 5 leads would most likely receive a similar amount in season 8, although does not yet announce formally, but is widely anticipated by millions of fans.
HBO is sharing the Game of Thrones wealth with the cast.
In October 2014, the raises for season 7 come as part of an option HBO had with the cast as part of their last deal, the five stars considered become among the highest-paid actors on cable TV.
Meanwhile on season 8, report has not yet been announced but is wildly expected as the drama, from showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, in their words, “approaching the finish line.”
The magnificent duo told reporters ahead of the current season that they are “writing the final act” and are “looking at somewhere between 70 and 75 hours before the credits roll for the last time.”
Game of Thrones ranks as HBO’s most-watched series ever and is the premium outlet’s longest-running show currently on air, averaging nearly 20 million viewers across the globe.