HBO has renegotiated contracts for several Game of Thrones stars using a tiered system to factor in a possible 7th season. As part of the deal, HBO is giving huge raises for seasons five and six, as well as for the questionable seventh season. Not only is Game of Thrones the highest viewed show on premium television, but it also makes the cast the largest paid on cable TV. Ka-ching!
On the highest paid tier are the show’s main characters, meaning Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister) who are the highest paid. The ‘B’ tier holds Natalie Dormer (Margaery Tyrell), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) and Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) just to name a few of them. Those in the lowest tier will also be getting small increases, according to sources.
Game of Thrones was renewed back in April for two more seasons, bringing us through season six, which is also the ending of the fifth book, we presume. Season seven has yet to be greenlit, but it seems likely considering the show’s impressive viewership. However, HBO will need more of George R.R. Martin’s epic material to utilize for its show.