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The Insider's Diary

Behind the scenes it’s a real 'Game of Thrones'!

Posted by: Sonali Velinker Kamat on November 05, 2014

Since its debut in America in 2011, HBO’s fantasy drama ‘Game of Thrones’ has become one of television’s hottest shows. Avid fans need no introduction to the story of dynastic struggles among the realm’s noble families for control of the Iron Throne. For everyone else, we suggest you buy a Blu-ray box set and get in the know, because our recap really won’t excite you as much as the real thing.

In the meantime, we’re talking about the money — the real behind-the-scenes ‘game’ that tells you all you need to know about how cast members are ranked and paid on the hit show!

In April this year, HBO renewed ‘Game of Thrones’for a fifth and sixth season. Though they’re currently filming Season Five, producers anticipate the future is bigger and brighter for this adaptation of George R. R. Martin’s ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’.So, riding the wave, they’ve pre-empted another renewal and have been hard at work locking in their lead characters for a seventh season. Of course it takes some carrot-dangling and producers have been forced to hand out significant raises to the lead actors.

Reliable insiders suggest that five of the shows biggest stars — Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Lena Headey (Queen Cersei Lannister), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau(Jaime Lannister) — have landed bumper bonuses, and will now receive a whopping $300,000 an episode. This lot is classed as ‘Tier A,’ while actresses Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner (sisters Arya and Sansa Stark) and Natalie Dormer (the ambitious Margaery Tyrell) are amongst those who find themselves in ‘Tier B’. It’s not all bad news for the B-listers though, because they’re in line for hiked fees and contract extensions too. There’s more cash on the table people, so let the games begin!