HBO has signed on the cast of “Game of Thrones” for a seventh season, handing out salary increases to the principal actors according to a tiered system, The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports.
While the show hasn’t been given a seventh season yet, its renewal is considered likely given the show’s huge ratings and many awards, the story notes. The actors have completed renegotiations on their contracts that include an option for a seventh season, with HBO in return giving them “huge raises” for seasons five, six and the potential seventh season, the piece adds.
“With one of the largest and most diverse ensemble casts on TV, ‘Thrones’ employs a tiered system to compensate its stars, according to sources. The ‘A’ tier — which includes actors Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister) — is paid at the highest level. The ‘A’ tier actors are said to have renegotiated their deals in concert,” the story says.
The piece adds: “The lower-salaried ‘B’ tier — which is said to include co-stars Natalie Dormer (Margaery Tyrell), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) and others — is said to be scoring raises as well in exchange for season seven options. A still-lower tier of regular actors will receive much smaller pay increases, according to sources.”
HBO wasn’t commenting on the negotiations.