Game of Thrones is one of HBO’s most successful series ever, garnering high ratings and multiple accolades for both the network and the show’s stars throughout its run. So it should come as no surprise that its cast members are also some of the highest-paid actors on cable TV. But of the show’s sizable ensemble, which stars rake in the biggest salary? Here’s how much the GoT actors are making now.
Before the start of Season 7, HBO renogotiated salaries with much of the cast, ponying up huge raises in exchange for the actors extending their respective contracts through an expected Season 8. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the network employs a tiered system to compensate its GoT stars, with those in Tier A bringing in the biggest bucks. So who is on which tier? This is how it all breaks down.
1. Tier A
As expected, Tier A, aka the highest-paid level, includes the show’s lead actors, including Emilia Clarke (who plays Daenerys Targaryen), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), and Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister). Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (aka Jaime Lannister) and Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister) are also included in this tier.
After earning close to $300,000 an episode for Seasons 5 and 6, the Tier A actors have won a major pay bump for future installments. Per Deadline, the stars teamed together to ask for significant raises for Season 7 and Season 8, which will be its last. So just how much will they be raking in? Read on to find out.
Per THR, the aforementioned Tier A actors have negotiated a new deal that will earn them each a whopping $1.1 million per episode for Seasons 7 and 8.
But there’s a slight catch: each of the coming seasons will be shorter than previous ones, with Season 7 running for seven episodes and Season 8 expected to run for six episodes. So while their paychecks may be higher, they’ll have fewer overall. And while the raise helps secure the cast, it doesn’t necessarily mean that everyone will survive the last episodes!
2. Tier B
The “B” tier includes co-stars Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), and several others who remain unnamed. The character of Arya is a fan favorite and widely considered a staple of the show. So her inclusion in the “B” tier is a bit surprising. However, some reports suggest that her age could have been a factor in knocking her down to the second tier.
Though their salaries weren’t revealed, the actors in this tier also reportedly underwent renegotiations that resulted in pay raises.
What about the rest of the cast not included in Tier A or Tier B? Per THR, there is reportedly also a third tier of regular actors who received much smaller pay increases during negotiations.
Game of Thrones airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on HBO.
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