HBO is notoriously tight-lipped about just how much cash it pays its stars, but Deadline just reported that the five main stars of pop culture phenomenon Game of Thrones will be getting huge raises next year. Throughout Season 7, Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister) will bring in upward of $500,000 per episode.
SPOILER ALERT: They probably wouldn't try so hard to lock down Lena Headey for another year if they were only going to burn her to a crisp in the Season 6 finale. Looks like these five characters will all live to see another season. (Sophie Turner (Sansa) and Maisie Williams (Arya) are noticeably absent from the list, but that could be simply because they're a bit younger than their cast mates — 20 and 19, respectively — not because they're going to die. Although with this show, you never really know.)
Last time we heard about contract negotiations for the cast was back in Season 5, when they were reported to be earning around $300,000 per episode. It makes perfect sense that HBO would be beefing up the salaries of its actors, since Game of Thrones is a money-making machine, and looks like it's only going to continue that way. As the show approaches its seventh and (hopefully) eighth seasons, HBO needs to lock in its stars and make sure they don't get whisked away by the allure of the silver screen. The offers are undoubtedly pouring in for these suddenly big names. Emilia Clarke's new romance Me Before You hits theaters this weekend, and Kit Harington has finished filming Western thriller Brimstone, which is expected to be released later this year.
Watch the trailer for Me Before You here:
But Sansa and Arya aren't the only main characters missing from that list. 34-year-old Natalie Dormer, who plays Margaery Tyrell, is already a movie star in her own right. Aside from playing Anne Boleyn in The Tudors for three years, she's been in Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2 and has two different films currently in pre-production status. Two movies in the works and no extra cheddar from HBO? Sounds like somebody might not be long for the world of Westeros.
We'll find out in the Season 6 finale "The Winds Of Winter," which airs this Sunday on HBO! Watch the trailer now:
And don't forget to check out 7 Things You Might Have Missed in last week's episode, "Battle Of The Bastards."