Rumor: Game of Thrones Actors Could see Huge Raises


An eighth season for Game of Thrones could net major bumps for the cast, but contracts for the final season aren’t hammered out yet.

Game of Thrones just aired its most stunning battle to date in “Battle of the Bastards,” and there’s still one episode left to go in season six. “The Winds of Winter” will be the longest episode in the show’s history, though it’s going to have a tough time topping episode nine. And then, of course, there’s the future.

The current rumor floating over at Deadline is that the Game of Thrones cast is in talks for major salary bumps for the eighth season. While that’s not necessarily news in and of itself — it’s commonplace for actors of successful shows to receive substantial raises — it does mean that season eight isn’t hammered down yet.

The seventh season is only going to have seven episodes, and it has been a forgone conclusion that season eight would also feature a short episode count. While it’s likely that season eight is plotted out already, the cast isn’t yet on board. HBO does have a little wiggle room before they have to nail it down.

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This is also a rumor that isn’t likely to be confined anytime soon, if at all. HBO isn’t going to discuss the contracts, and the actors themselves won’t be keen to confirm either. What we can take away from this is that HBO wants very much for Game of Thrones to continue as long as possible, and that means making season eight happen. Not that fans would lose out on that deal either, of course.

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For now, it’s a safe assumption that Game of Thrones will continue into season eight. HBO may not choose to publicly announce a renewal until season seven is airing, but there’s not really any cause for concern.