Game of Thrones season 7’s top five actors are reportedly being paid up to £2 million per episode, which would make them the highest-paid actors in television history, eclipsing the stars of Friends and The Big Bang Theory.
The new contracts involve complex bonus clauses based on shared percentages of syndication payments accrued from over 170 countries, according to the Express.
Everything about the new season is big budget, with HBO spending $10 million on each episode, according to Forbes – up from $6 million an episode in season 6.
Excitingly, this increase will, in part, help the creators’ stage battle scenes on a scale we’ve never seen before.
“We’ve always wanted to get to a place – story-wise and budget-wise and time-wise and resource-wise – where we would be able to do a proper battle, with one army on one side, one army on another side,” co-showrunner D.B. Weiss told Entertainment Weekly recently.
Game of Thrones season 7 arrives on HBO and Sky Atlantic on 25 June, 2017.