“Game of Thrones” is already renewed through Season 6, but considering it is HBO’s most popular show of all time, it makes sense that the network is apparently already negotiating its cast’s Season 7 paychecks.
The Hollywood Reporter says HBO completed an “extensive renegotiation” of its stars’ contracts, which previously only went through Season 6. This reportedly will make the actors “among the highest paid on cable TV.”
Since there are so many actors working on “Game of Thrones,” the report says renegotiations have placed the various stars into different pay tiers. The “A” tier includes Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister). These five all reportedly negotiated their deal in tandem.
Then there’s the “B” tier, that includes the likes of Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) and Natalie Dormer (Margaery Tyrell), among others. According to THR, the “B” tier is “paid on a lower scale but is said to be scoring raises as well in exchange for season 7 options. A lower tier of regular actors will receive much smaller pay increases, according to sources.”
HBO declined to comment or confirm the pay negotiations story. Filming is currently underway on Season 5 in Spain and Northern Ireland, and concluded in Croatia. The series was renewed for both Seasons 5 and 6 back in April 2014, not long after Season 4 premiered.
“Thrones” showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have long said that their goal is for “Game of Thrones” to end in seven seasons, but have acknowledged it could extend to eight as well. At this point in the series’ run, it seems very unlikely that HBO would not let Benioff and Weiss conclude the fantasy drama in the manner and length in which they feel is best — aka, Season 7 might not be confirmed, but it’s all but guaranteed.