Stars of the highly successful series “Game of Thrones” will be receiving a pay raise for the next two seasons of the Emmy Award-winning drama.
Sources confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter, that some of the regular mainstays such as Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen), and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister) will all be paid north of $500,000 per episode for the already confirmed season 7 and widely expected season 8, which could also potentially be the final season.
The salary bump for the said cast members is said to be part of their contracts, which were signed back in October 2014, but although they are already locked in, it does not guarantee that their characters will survive until the end of the show.
Speculations have it that the new installments may be shorter than the usual 10 episodes possibly just seven episodes for season 7 and only six episodes for season 8. Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss previously shared ahead of the premiere of the current sixth season that they are already writing the final act and are “looking at somewhere between 70 and 75 hours before the credits roll for the last time.”
With most of the shooting taking place in Northern Ireland, some are concerned that since the location benefits from European Regional Development Fund are part of European program to incentivize production in the region, the show’s funding might get cut off now that United Kingdom has decided to leave the European Union.
However, the network reportedly has not taken money from the fund for the last few seasons. HBO said in a statement with news outlet, “We do not anticipate that the result of the EU Referendum will have any material effect on HBO producing ‘Game of Thrones.'”