Everyone has been raving about Game of Thrones Season 7, and apart from the exciting first episode of Season 7, there’s something that’s even more surprising. Emila Clarke made $2.6 million for saying three words.
If you think that’s surprising, the same report also stated that Kit Harington, Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and Lena Headey also make the same amount of money per episode of Game of Thrones for the final two seasons.
How Many Words Do You Have to Say to Make That Much Money?
Reportedly, Emilia Clarke got paid close to a million US dollars, $866,666 to be exact, per word for her phrase, “Shall we begin?” Also in the first episode of Game of Thrones Season 7, these other main actors said these many words: Kit Harington: 560; Lena Headey: 396; Nikolaj Coster-Waldau: 340; and Peter Dinklage: 0.
Peter Dinklage Didn’t Say Anything in Episode 1!
In Season 7 Episode 1, the Jon Snow actor reportedly earned $4,652 per word, whereas the Cersei Lannister actress earned $6,565 per word. Meanwhile, Dinklage, who had zero words in the premiere, reportedly earned $2.6 million, the amount he is said to earn each episode.
However, this does not go to show the acting power of the Tyrion Lannister actor, as he plays an integral character in the show. On the other hand, Clarke is reported to make $1.1 million per episode of Game of Thrones according to Celebrity Net Worth. This is far from the $2.6 million per episode the first source stated.
However, the second-mentioned source is not clear if this was at the start of Season 7 or if she has been making that much from her debut in the series. It is not stated how the publication came to that particular computation, but they also state that her current net worth is at $13 million.
Will Game of Thrones Season 7 Make Them Rich?
They all maintain steady net worths fit for television celebrities and for playing fans and viewers’ favorite characters in the hit television series from HBO. However, they still won’t have the salaries of actors of shows such as Friends, Two and a Half Men, and of course, The Big Bang Theory. In fact, Charlie Sheen once used to make $1.8 million per episode.
Given the number of cast members and the large scale production requirements and costs, it would also be a little impossible to pay everybody more without going close to broke. Sitcoms such as those mentioned don’t have to pay hefty CGI bills and rent horses. If there is one person who seems to be the richest, it is the creator of the series, George R.R. Martin, who reportedly makes $15 million a year and maintains a whopping net worth $65 million.