The fifth season is nearing the end of filming, the earliest plans for the sixth season are being drawn up, but HBO isn’t resting on its laurels when it comes to its fantasy drama “Game of Thrones”.
The Live Feed reports that the principal actors on the show, who were signed only through six seasons, have completed an extensive renegotiation of their contracts which includes an option for a seventh season. To get them to agree to that option though, HBO has handed out big raises to the cast to be paid not just for the sixth and seventh season but the currently filming fifth one as well.
The five key principals – Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister) – renegotiated their deals in tandem and are getting the bumps.
Other regulars – Natalie Dormer (Margaery Tyrell), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) and more – are paid on a lower scale but are scoring raises as well in exchange for seventh season options.
The raises are expected to make the cast members among the highest paid on cable TV. A seventh season has not yet been greenlit, but seems highly likely given both the critical reviews and audience numbers for the show.
‘Thrones’ this year has become HBO’s most-watched series in terms of average gross viewership with around 18.6 million viewers in the U.S. alone tuning into each episode across multiple platforms and views, along with massive international success and more Emmy nominations than any other series.