After lengthy negotiations, the lead cast of HBO’s flagship drama Game Of Thrones have landed major salary increases. I hear mainstays Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau will all be paid close to $300,000 an episode. I hear the quintet did not negotiate together, with the deals done one by one over the past couple of months, with Harington, Headey and Clarke closing their new contracts first, followed by Dinklage, with Coster-Waldau wrapping the marathon talks. In exchange, the five have agreed to extend their deals to a seventh season.
Game Of Thrones, which is filming its fifth season, continues to break its own ratings records, most recently drawing 7.2 million viewers for an episode this past season.