As we know, Game of Thrones is one of the biggest shows in the world, and the production quality and fan base considered, the stars of the show, naturally, must be well paid. We had first heard of salary negotiations for the top stars, five of them : Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister) and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lanister), who got their salaries bumped up to $1 million per episode. In another news, quite recently, the five stars apparently renegotiated their deals to get paid over $2 million per episode. The legitimacy of these pay bump leaks hasn’t been verified, and in a recent interview, Liam Cunningham, who plays Ser Davos Seaworth on the show, has dismissed the news of the stars walking away with so much cash. Read on!
Liam Cunningham spoke about the massive pay bump news while talking to Independent.ie, said that the news was far from true. He honestly seemed surprised that we would even believe the figures to be legitimate. He said :
“What?! You think the Game of Thrones works like a pensionable job in the civil service? Where the last men standing get the most money? It doesn’t! Every time I see a new figure thrown around, €1m per episode, €2m per episode, I burst me ribs laughing. My bank manager is having a good laugh at it, too.”
He went on to talk about how the deal didn’t make much sense, since Game of Thrones wasn’t a show made in America. He explained :
“It is not filmed in the States; if you had an American deal, there would be a lot more ‘residuals’ so you can’t compare shows that are filmed here to shows that are filmed over there. And if what they are saying is true – that the top 10 stars are getting €2m per episode – then that means it’s costing €20m an episode before you even buy one costume or write one word of script. That’s more than Star Wars!”
So, it looks like our favorite stars aren’t making as much money as we thought they did. What do you think? Tell us in the comments, down below!