Game of Thrones season six may be coming to an end, but the series's most prominent characters were treated to some very exciting news for next season: huge pay hikes. All the cast of the smash hit fantasy has to do now is... survive next week's finale!
Scroll down to find out the highest paid actors in television
It has been revealed that the primary cast, which includes Lena Headley (Cersei Lannister), Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister) will receive substantial pay rises for seasons seven and eight.
While the cast's previous salary negotiations put them at $380,000 per episode, the five actors will now receive over $635,000 per episode over next year's season, should their character make it to the seventh series.
According to Deadline, the contract does not guarantee that their character will make it to the end of the show, keeping in with Game of Thrones' reputation that not even the most popular fan favourite characters are safe. This pay rise gives the five actors a place on the list of highest paid actors in television.
Check out what the other highest paid actors in television received per episode:
- Charlie Sheen, Two and a Half Men, $2.3million
- Ray Romero, Everyone Loves Raymond, $2.17million
- Kelsey Grammer, Frasier, $2.05million
- Tim Allen, Home Improvement, $1.6million
- Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco, The Big Bang Theory, $1.28million
- The cast of Friends, $1.28million (each)
- Jerry Seinfeld, Seinfeld, $1.28million
- Ashton Kutcher, Two and a Half Men, $960,000
- Hugh Laurie, House M.D., $895,000
- Tina Fey, 30 Rock, $640,000
According to the showrunners Dan Weiss and David Benioff, there will be "between 70 and 75 hours" of the show before it reaches its conclusion. Since the season six finale will mark the show's 60th episode, this suggests that season's seven and eight will consist of around 7 episodes each instead of its usual ten.
The show's 60th episode, titled Winds of Winter, will premiere on Monday on Sky Atlantic.