Here's how much the 'Game of Thrones' stars get paid
Game of Thrones is undoubtedly the greatest TV series of our time. Greatest, not just because it's a politically-charged period drama with dragons and ice zombies, but also because HBO set aside an insane budget for it. The six feature-length Season 8 episodes reportedly cost a whopping USD 15 million (Rs. 104.78cr) apiece. So, how much do the actors get paid? Let's find out.
Emilia Clarke or Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen
Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen has a pay cheque with zeroes comparable to however many titles she has. For this last season, the Mother of Dragons was cashing in a cheque of £537,000 (Rs. 4.85cr) per episode, which is reportedly excluding all the earnings from merchandise and DVD/BluRay sales. The 32-year-old actor has a rumoured net worth of £9 million (Rs. 81.32cr).
Kit Harington: Jon Snow also known as Aegon Targaryen
Jon Snow aka Aegon Targaryen, now that the cat's out of the bag, might just steal some of Dany's titles, Protector of the Realm and all that, and it reflects on his pay cheque. Harington also cashes in some hefty dough, earning £537,000 (Rs. 4.85cr) per episode of Season 8. Harington (32) also has a rumoured net worth of £9 million (Rs. 81.32cr).
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau: Jaime Lannister, the true Lannister
48-year-old Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who plays Jaime Lannister, earned £537,000 (Rs. 4.85cr) per episode. Interestingly, recent court documents revealed during a lawsuit, however estimated Coster-Waldau's earnings at $1,066,667 (Rs. 7.45cr) per episode, contradicting past claims. So, yeah, all core cast members could possibly be earning over a million dollars per episode. The lies! His reported net worth is £12 million (Rs. 108.40cr).
Maisie Williams: Arya Stark, a fan favorite but not HBO's
Maisie Williams' Arya Stark, a fan-favorite, might be one of the Faceless Men, but she certainly doesn't get a man's pay cheque. The 22-year-old actor gets paid £158,000 (Rs. 1.42cr) per episode. Reportedly, the discrepancy is due to the fact that Williams is categorized as "Tier B" and is technically not a core cast member. Her net worth is £4 million (Rs. 36cr).
Lena Headey: She's very much a Lannister in real life
If Lena Headey's pay cheque proves anything, it's that she's very much a Lannister IRL. The 45-year-old, who plays Cersei, rakes in £537,000 (Rs. 4.85cr) per episode. Earlier, Headey was getting paid £220,000 (Rs. 1.98cr) per episode. However, she later re-negotiated her pay to equal her male co-stars, and decently earned £378,000 (Rs. 3.41cr) per episode. Her net worth is £6 million (Rs. 54.21cr).
Sophie Turner: HBO has a bad deal for Lady Stark
Lady Stark might have evolved into a tough player in the game, but HBO did her dirty. The 23-year-old actor gets paid lesser than her contemporaries, raking in £158,000 (Rs. 1.42cr) per episode. However, speaking to Harper's Bazaar UK, she said she doesn't mind being paid less than Harington as he had a bigger storyline. Her rumored net worth is £3 million (Rs. 27cr).
Peter Dinklage: Our favorite Tyrion Lannister is just as rich
Surprisingly, it doesn't matter if you're Hand of the Queen or the Queen herself. You're just as rich. Peter Dinklage reportedly earns just as much as the top tier actors: £537,000 (Rs. 4.85cr) per episode. Hopefully, the 49-year-old actor has more sense than Tyrion, who spends it all on "tits and wine." His rumored net worth is estimated at £11 million (Rs. 99.40cr).