Game of Thrones is one of the most expensive shows on television. Thanks to its unparalleled immense budget, viewers get beautiful visuals and breathtaking sets to marvel at, and the actors get some great paychecks — which are apparently getting even greater.
In November of last year, it was rumored that the stars of the show would be taking a whopping $1 million per episode. And if a new report is to be believed, that amount may not even be close. According to the Daily Express, the five main stars of Game of Thrones have just signed incredibly lucrative deals for Season 7 and 8.
- Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen)
- Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister)
- Kit Harington (Jon Snow)
- Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister)
- Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister)
Just how much money are we talking about here? Well, each actor could earn up to $2.5 million per episode, according to the new report.
How is that possible, you ask? Reportedly, the stars' contracts contain lucrative bonus clauses on shared percentages of syndication payments. And those come from 170 countries where Game of Thrones air, hence the high amounts. While the report is not confirmed, if this ends up being true, the Game of Thrones stars would become the highest-paid actors in television history.
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Taking into account the show's already impressive monetary expenses and with Season 7 and 8 being the final ones, it wouldn't be a surprise if these figures turned out to be true. And considering the actors have made the show such a worldwide phenomenon, who can deny they deserve all the gold in Westeros?
Game of Thrones returns to HBO on July 16, 2017.
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