The per-episode price tag for the final season of HBO’s megahit fantasy series “Game of Thrones” is a whopping $15 million, according to Fortune.
That’s right: $15 million per episode.
The seventh season just wrapped, and season eight — the last in the series — is scheduled to run six episodes. The season is expected to land in either 2018 or 2019.
The $15 million figure was previously reported by Variety as part of a report on skyrocketing TV series budgets.
Variety quotes David Wells, finance chief for Netflix, saying: “Is $20 million-an-hour television possible? Certainly. If you have the numbers of people watching it, we certainly can support that level of quality in terms of TV.”
Reporting on the “Game of Thrones” budget, Fortune notes: “Part of the reason for that huge price tag is the fact that the episodes will run longer than usual (though, the show’s seventh-season finale clocked in at almost 80 minutes). But, as anyone who follows the plot of ‘Game of Thrones’ could guess, the final six episodes are also likely to feature an inordinate amount of epic battle scenes that will require their fair share of large-scale set pieces and computer graphics (CGI dragons aren’t cheap). So, it’s no surprise that Game of Thrones will go out with a bang, financially, with HBO willing to spend well above the $10 million price tag that the series’ most recent episodes reportedly included.”