'Game of Thrones' season 7 cast updates: GOT stars are now paid up to $1 million per episode

"GOT" returns for season 7 in 2017 on HBO
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Los Angeles, UNITED STATE The cast of the CBS comedy series "The Big Bang Theory" pose with their award for Favorite TV Show during the 2015 People's Choice Awards in Los Angeles, California January 7, 2015. Reuters/Danny Moloshok

This current era has already entered what could be said as the “Golden Age of Television.” While this assessment would usually involve examining the 50 outlets that now produce scripted original programming, it matters how much money can be made on TV.

Thus, it looks like producers are taking advantage of this opportunity and are putting their money where it should be. It is notable that a lot of popular actors in Hollywood have been appearing in TV recently. Also, television has emerged to be one of the most entertaining media, instead of a book or a movie or a video game.

That said, “Game of Thrones” stars Peter Dinklage, Kit Harrington, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey and Emilia Clarke are now reportedly earning $1.1 million per episode. This is much bigger than actors who star in other series such as “Walking Dead” and even big Hollywood actors who will star in their series soon.

High Noble Society reports that Norman Reedus and Andrew Lincoln from “The Walking Dead” make $550,000 and $650,000 for the seventh and eighth season, while Dwayne Johnson makes $450,000 for “Ballers.” Kiefer Sutherland makes $300,000 for “Designated Survivor.” Additionally, big screen veteran Robert De Niro gets $750,000 for every episode of an upcoming Amazon series while Jonah Hill and Emma Stone are reportedly set to make $350,000 for their upcoming Netflix project “Maniac.”

The Independent writes that the total amount that these “Game of Thrones” stars will earn will amount to a whopping $5 million each, although the upcoming seasons are expected to be shorter than the usual 10 episodes. These successful salary negotiations are the surest way to secure the key cast members until the show concludes; that is, assuming all their characters will be alive until the end.

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While they are earning very big numbers now, the cast’s last pay raise had been reported to have been in 2014 where their wage per episode had been increased to $300,000. Despite the show’s phenomenal popularity across the globe, it is reported that it is not actually the highest-paying TV series to-date. The cast of “The Big Bang Theory” are said to be paid even more.

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