- "Game of Thrones" actors Kit Harrington, Lena Headey, and more make half a million dollars an episode.
- Their co-stars, like Sophie Turner, make far less.
"Game of Thrones" is a colossal hit for HBO, and the actors’ salaries reflect that.
Main stars like Kit Harrington (who plays Jon Snow) and Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister) got big raises in 2017 ahead of the show’s final season, which begins on Sunday. They now make $500,000 an episode.
Before that, their last raise came in 2014, when Harrington, Headey, Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen), and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister) each started making $300,000 an episode, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Others make far less than their counterparts, though. Actors like Sophie Tuner (Sansa Stark) and Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) still don’t even make as much as some of the stars of HBO’s other hit, "Westworld." Evan Rachel Wood, Ed Harris, Jeffrey Wright, and Thandie Newton are making $250,000 an episode for the show’s upcoming third season, The Hollywood Reporter reported in October.
But Turner understands why she doesn’t make as much as some of her "Game of Thrones" co-stars.
"Kit got more money than me, but he had a bigger storyline," Turner told Harper’s Bazaar last week. "And for the last series, 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.’"
Below is how much each main "Game of Thrones" star makes per episode heading into Sunday’s season premiere:
$500,000 — Kit Harington (Jon Snow)
Source: Variety (2017)
$500,000 — Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen)
$500,000 — Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister)
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