'Game of Thrones' Actors Sign On for Season 7, Get Huge Pay Raises

Under the new contract, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Peter Dinklage reportedly will be paid close to $300,000 an episode.

AceShowbiz - "Game of Thrones" has secured the main cast through a potential season 7. The principal actors, who were initially signed through six seasons of the show, have signed new contracts that extend their stay on the hit HBO series until a possible seventh season.

As part of the deal, the actors reportedly get big pay raises. Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Peter Dinklage, who are included in the "A" tier, are paid at the highest level, The Hollywood Reporter says. According to Deadline, they fivesome will receive close to $300,000 an episode.

Maisie Williams, Natalie Dormer and Sophie Turner, who are listed among the "B" tier, also get salary increases in exchange for season seven options. Even other regular actors of a lower tier are getting pay increases, although smaller than the "A" and "B" classes.

"Game of Thrones" is currently filming season 5 in several countries, including Spain. U.S. Ambassador to Spain James Costos says that the show's production in the country has already boosted local tourism by 15 percent just two weeks into filming. "The intial information shows that Seville and Osuna, the two locations for the shoot, have already increased their visitor numbers around 15 percent," Costos says.

U.S. producers have been calling the embassy about shooting in Spain since "Game of Thrones" announced it would shoot parts of the fifth season in the southern part of the country. Moreover, the production of the medieval fantasy series attracted more than 86,000 people to auditions when Spanish production company Fresco Film said it needed 600 extras for "Game of Thrones".

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