Am I surprised that the stars of Game Of Thrones are being paid by the truckload? No, of course not. We’re talking about the grandest, most expensive, visually dazzling show on television, that when it’s all said and done, may be considered the greatest television show of all time.
But almost TWO AND A HALF MILLION DOLLARS AN EPISODE?!? For those at home who don’t have the gigantic math brain that I have, that’s about $30 million for each cast member for the next 13 episodes. Not a bad haul for a group of actors who were largely unknowns before the show started.
Now, the real question here is, how many of these five survive through the end of the show? I’m telling you right now, Jaime and Cersei are donezo. Jamie is going to have to off Cersei at some point this season, and then in the final season, he will (hopefully) have a hero’s death. While we all know Cersei is going to go out gruesomely, one way or the other, but it will be interesting to see how the show handles Jaime’s death. Remember, Jaime started off a full-blown heel, morphed into an anti-hero, and is now essentially one of the main heroes of the show. Will the writers treat him as such?
That leaves us with the big three,: Jon Snow, Daenerys, and Tyrion.
The best bet to die, in all likelihood, is Jon. I think the idea of Tyrion, the perpetually underestimated dwarf, surviving all the chaos of the show is a very appealing idea to the writers. As for Daenerys, she’s as close to untouchable as it gets, given the fact that she’s always riding a dragon.
That leaves us with Jon, who in all likelihood, will die before the show’s end. The dude wants to die, and we all know deep down that the strongest emotional punch Thrones can possibly deliver is by sending Snow to pasture.
God damn I can’t wait for this show to come back.
Anyway, about their mind-bending salaries:
According to reports, British cast members Emilia Clarke (who plays Daenerys Targaryen), Kit Harington (Jon Snow) and Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister) join US co-star Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister) and Danish co-star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister) in having signed contracts for the seventh and eighth seasons.
It was claimed last November that the big five would be earning £890,000 per episode.
But this new report claims they’ll be able to increase their wages to up to £2million per episode thanks to ‘complex bonus clauses’ enabling them to earn the big bucks thanks to shared percentages of syndication payments from the 170 countries around the world which air Game Of Thrones.