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“Game of Thrones” Actors Rumored to Score Big Paydays for Next Season

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Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister in “Game of Thrones”; Macall B. Polay/courtesy of HBO(NEW YORK) — HBO’s fantasy drama Game of Thrones is about to conclude its sixth season this Sunday, but we know there’s at least one more season to come.  And the stars of the hit HBO drama reportedly are getting substantial bumps in pay to return.

Deadline reports Peter Dinklage, who plays Tyrion Lannister; Kit Harington, who plays Jon Snow; Lena Headey, who portrays Cersei Lannister; Emilia Clarke, who plays Daenerys Targaryen; and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who plays Jaime Lannister, will allegedly be paid more than $500,000 an episode for season seven — and, fans will be interested to learn, for a potential eighth season.

HBO has no comment but the rumor is the new contracts don’t guarantee that all the characters will survive through the end of the series. Then again, if you’re a Game of Thrones fan, you’re used to major characters being killed off.  Contracts for the other series regulars reportedly have yet to be negotiated.

It is rumored that Harington, Dinklage, Clarke, Headey and Coster-Waldau negotiated $300,000 each per episode going into season six, with the network securing an option for a seventh season.

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