Ser Davos is one of the most honourable men in Game of Thrones – and there’s not many – so of course he’d be the one to set those pay rumours to rights.
Talking to the Sunday Independent, Liam Cunningham has laughed off reports that the main stars of HBO’s fantasy epic will take home up to $2 million an episode for the final season, topping the likes of The Big Bang Theory and Friends.
“What?! You think Game of Thrones works like a pensionable job in the civil service? Where the last men standing get the most money? It doesn’t,” he joked.
“Every time I see a new figure thrown around, €1m per episode, €2m per episode, I burst me ribs laughing. My bank manager is having a good laugh at it, too.”
And if we needed further evidence that the rumoured salaries were as believable as Littlefinger telling us to trust him, Cunningham added that it would just be too expensive if it was true.
“If what they are saying is true then that means it’s costing €20m an episode before you even buy one costume or write one word of script,” he noted. “That’s more than Star Wars!”
Other, more believable, reports last October had the salaries of the likes of Peter Dinklage and Lena Headey at a – still staggering – $500,000 per episode.
It’s probably lucky that HBO doesn’t pay its cast $2m an episode given that there are five spin-offs in the works, according to author George RR Martin, and not the four like it was originally reported.
“We had four scripts in development when I arrived in LA last week, but by the time I left we had five. We have added a fifth writer to the original four,” he explained.
Game of Thrones returns to HBO in the US and Sky Atlantic in the UK this July.
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