Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams are still to sign new contracts
The cast of Game Of Thrones are set to receive a pay increase for the final two seasons.
Season six concludes this Sunday (June 26) with the HBO fantasy show returning in 2017 for its seventh season, which has already been confirmed. An eighth and final season hasn’t been announced but is thought to be “all but a formality”.
The Hollywood Reporter claims that several stars – including Peter Dinklage (who plays Tyrion Lannister), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister) – will earn more than $500,000 (£340,000) per episode. If true, it would make the actors among the highest-paid in US cable TV. HBO haven’t confirmed the salary increases.
The report also states that the contracts of the other stars – including Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) and Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) – have not yet been completed.
Meanwhile, the latest episode of Game Of Thrones has been voted the show’s best to date by fans.
‘Battle of the Bastards’ – the ninth episode of the sixth season – aired last Sunday (June 19) and was repeated on Monday night (June 20). The episode saw a showdown between Sansa Stark and Jon Snow’s army and that of Ramsay Bolton.
Since its broadcast, it has gained a perfect 10.0 rating on the IMDB website after nearly 8,000 votes. It replaces season three’s ‘The Rains of Castamere’ as the highest rated episode.