Movies! ‘Game of Thrones’ cast make $500K per episode

As you watch this classic television series, the stars drag so much money to the bank. Here is what they make.

‘Game of Thrones’ cast make $500K per episode

Game of Thrones is the biggest show on television by a lot of measures, and certainly the biggest hit in HBO’s history, so it’s no surprise that its actors – the ones who have managed to survive into the seventh season – are making bank.
If you’ve ever wondered exactly how much a starring role in Westeros pays, Variety now has the answers for you.

Emilia Clarke

Kit Harington

In its 2017 salary survey – a “sampling of estimates” for the paychecks of TV’s most notable stars – the outlet revealed that Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington and Lena Headey all make the same amount per episode: $500,000.

The five actors, who have been a part of the popular fantasy drama since it first aired in 2011, sit at the top of the pile of the show’s big earners.

Lena Headey

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau


Peter Dinklage

Yes, that is per episode, meaning a full 13-episode season would bring in well over $6 million. According to their list, that’s the same as Kevin Spacey brings in for an episode of House of Cards, and slightly more than Claire Danes makes for an episode of Homeland.
In some cases, that per-episode estimate includes “additional compensation for their work as producers or for their profit participation stakes”, meaning that dollar amount isn’t their pure per-episode salary as actors – but none of the Thrones cast are listed as producers. (By comparison, Spacey and Danes are both producers on their respective shows.)

Variety’s list also includes the hefty earnings of a number of other big names on different dramas, including Homeland’s Claire Danes ($450,000 per episode) and House Of Cards’ Kevin Spacey ($500,000 per episode).

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The biggest earner of all is Oscar-winning actor Robert De Niro, who is set to earn a remarkable $775,000 per episode for his as-yet-untitled Amazon drama series, set to be helmed by acclaimed director David O. Russell.



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Chinenye Nwabueze

Nwabueze is a communication researcher with several years of lecturing experience in Nigerian universities.

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