- Game of Thrones’ cast’s contract extended
- Characters divided in tiers
- Most highly paid in Tier A
The cast of ‘Game of Thrones’ which only signed six seasons of the show has now successfully signed for the seventh season too.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the stars of the ‘Game of Thrones‘ have signed up for the 7th season too with huge raises for season 5,6 and 7. Game of Thrones is the biggest show on HBO with fourth-season finale attracting a huge 7.1 million viewers.
Initially the most important actors on the Game of Thrones were signed for only the first six seasons of the show, but now they have entered into an extension of their contract which includes the option for Season 7. The potential season 7 is going to make the cast members the most highly paid ones on the TV, thanks to the increasing popularity of the HBO show. The show is based on the best-selling books byGeorge R.R. Martin, and back in April two additional seasons were added to it making it go through the season 6. There is no such green light for the seventh season as of yet however it appears to be highly likely now considering how much popularity the show is gaining and not to forget the record breaking ratings.
The sources have claimed that because the show houses a very diverse ensemble of cast, the people behind the show have opted for tiered system to compensate its stars. As the title suggests, the tier A is going to include all the main characters on the show which includes Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister). This segment obviously includes the most highly paid characters.
Up next is the tier B which is going to have co-stars Natalie Dormer (Margaery Tyrell), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) and some others. The actors on this list are paid comparatively less however it is said to be scoring raises as well in exchange for season 7 options. Sources are saying that a lower tier will have actors who will receive much smaller pay increases.
Negotiations are likely to carry on and being revised for hit shows such as this one and at the moment there is no denying the popularity of the Game of Thrones which happens to be the biggest show on HBO. We can surely gauge that from the fact that its fourth season alone attracted a total of 7.1 million total viewers. The show has even managed to top up The Sopranos as HBO’s most-watched series in terms of average gross viewership.
The show was also part of the Emmy nominations and had a total of 19 mentions which included best drama, supporting actor and actress for Dinklage and Headey, respectively; writing and drama series.
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