The cast of Games of Thrones is of one of the highest paid acting ensembles on cable TV today.
According to Business Insider, Game of Thrones main stars Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen), and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister) are each making $500,000 per episode for Season 8. The current and final season of the epic fantasy drama series is composed of 6 episodes, so these actors will have $3 million each at the end of the season.
A story published by The Hollywood Reporter in 2016 revealed that the stars mentioned above, collectively called as the Tier A cast, started to get the $500,000-per-episode salary in Season 7 as part of their last deal with HBO, which they signed back in October 2014.
Though HBO didn’t confirm or deny these salary reports, Clarke confirmed in a Vanity Fair cover story last year that she was making just as much as her male Game of Thrones costars. “I get f–king paid the same as my guy friends. We made sure of that,” the 32-year-old actress said at the time.
Sadly, the Tier B cast make far less than their Tier A counterparts. According to Business Insider, Tier B Game of Thrones actors like Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), and Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran Star) only individually make $175,000 per episode for Season 8.
While the salary gap between the two tiers is arguably too big, Turner particularly understands why she’s making less than Harington.
“Kit got more money than me, but he had a bigger storyline,” Turner told Harper’s Bazaar last month. “And for the last series [Season 7], he had something crazy like 70 night shoots, and I didn’t have that many. I was like, ‘You know what … you keep that money.’”
Game of Thrones Season 8 airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on HBO.