The majority of the cast of Game of Thrones has agreed to a seventh season. HBO will be happy to hear that one of its most popular TV shows will be able to continue for another season. However, it is having to pay out more for its actors, and rightly so considering how well the show has done.
Earlier this year, HBO confirmed that Game of Thrones would get another two seasons, taking it up to season six. Now it has confirmed it will likely get a seventh season. According to the show runners, seven seasons would be perfect. That is the total number of seasons they want to make, and presumably it fits in with George R.R. Martin’s plans for the books.
Martin has said that his novel series Songs of Ice and Fire is a seven-set series. While there are talks of stretching it to eight books, it appears he likes the seven books for seven Kingdoms of Westeros. The Game of Thrones producers see that same symmetry.
It certainly seems like that is the option that the producers are pushing for with the show. When most actor contracts are re-signed after initial expiry, they are for multiple years. Grey’s Anatomy’s actors signed on for another two seasons, even though the network has not confirmed two more seasons. Big Bang Theory contracts have been re-signed for multiple seasons considering the network wants to do up to 10 seasons of the show. It would seem odd for the cast of the hit HBO series to only ask to sign one more year, unless the show producers were adamant that the show would not continue after that.
While the Game of Thrones cast has agreed to a seventh season, it is at a cost. The actors want to be paid more than they currently are, and it will mean that they will become some of the highest paid actors cable TV will see.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, there are different tiers for the cast on the program. The “A” list actors include Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey and Kit Harington, while Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner and Natalie Dormer are classed as “B” list actors on the show. However, all are getting some type of pay rise considering how well the show has been.
Renegotiations are common when it comes to signing new contracts. The Big Bang Theory stars managed to secure a reported $1 million deal for signing on for three more seasons. Game of Thrones was bound to see the actors asking for more money considering the 18.6 million viewership in the United States alone, when multiple views and platforms are considered. Internationally, the show is a huge hit.
However, while a number of the actors and actresses have signed on for an extra year, there is no guarantee that the characters will remain alive. It will all depend on how the books play out. Martin is still writing the sixth book, and will then have the seventh to come after that. There are still questions over how the show runners will deal with catching up to the novels. For now, the majority of the Game of Thrones cast has agreed to do a seventh, and possible final, season of the show.
Opinion by Alexandria Ingham
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