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Game of Thrones Season 7: More Than Just A Measley Hour Per Episode

Every episode of Game of Thrones Season 7 may cost somewhere north of the $6 million it cost to produce Season 6’s episodes. Let’s be clear: it’s going to be $10 million per episode, reports said. Majority of that will go to beautiful and massive sets and elaborate shooting locations.

The staggering budget can get even higher every time there’s a battle scene to be shot in Game of Thrones. In retrospect, two of the biggest battles in GoT history—Massacre at Hardhome and Battle of Blackwater—cost $8 million to produce. The Battle of Blackwater was $2 million above the episode budget. That means, battles in Season 7 may cost more than $10 million.

Game of Thrones Season 7 costs much more than anticipated

Surely, making a large series such as Game of Thrones Season 7 is more than just about a gigantic and elaborate set. Paying all those high-profile actors can take a toll on the production team. That’s largely thanks to now being the golden age of US television.

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Game of Thrones Season 7

Screen cap from the Twitter page of GoT_Tyrion

According to a report on The Hollywood Reporter, as quoted by Winter Is Coming, that five of the show’s A-tier cast members managed to renegotiate a deal that will pay them each $1.1 million per episode. These are Peter Dinklage (Tyrion), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys), Lena Headey (Cersei), and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime).

They will be paid that amount for Season 7 and 8. Before that, they were paid $300,000 per episode. This is certainly a huge raise for the cast. Supporting stars such as Sophie Turner (Sansa) and Maisie Williams (Arya) are surely getting paid more, too, compared with their contemporaries in the business.

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Game of Thrones Season 7 latest news and release date

There is no recent news about when Season 7 will be released next year, but fans are thinking that a summer airing will just be perfect. Filming for Season 7 is going to end by mid-February.

For now, there are a couple of events that can tide fans over while waiting for Game of Thrones Season 7 . The show was nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series and Best Television Series Drama at the 74th Golden Globes. On Feb. 20, there’s also the 24-hour Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience that kicks off in Minneapolis.

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